Several advantages in new location
Two years of hard work and patience for the Harbour Breton CYN, licence holder, staff and the Advisory Committee of the Building Blocks Quality Child Care Center in Harbour Breton paid off in spades recently as the center now has a new location at the Elliott Premises.
© Clayton Hunt photo
Patrick Molloy was having fun at one of the learning centers at Building Blocks new location during its open house.
Marie Bungay is the Executive Director of the Harbour Breton Community Youth Network (CYN), which is the licence holder of the day care center.
Bungay said the CYN has an expansion of its licence as the new location means that the program can accommodate 28 children at Elliott Premises (24 to 84 months) and 14 children in an after-school program at the St. Joseph’s site.
In addition, the St. Joseph’s location will offer space for 14 part-time children in the a.m. (24 to 48 months) if needed.
The focus at the Elliott Premises will be on pre-school children while the St. Joseph’s location can accommodate students from kindergarten to grade six or seven starting in September since the licence will permit children from 36 to 155 months.
Bungay said the expansion and move to the Elliott Premises has several advantages over the previous location at St. Joseph’s.
The new location will be able to accommodate eight children at two years of age as opposed to just four children at the old site. Apparently, there is a big demand in the program for this age group.
“Not only are we able to meet the demand, we also have more space which enables us to enhance and increase learning centers and programs,” Bungay told the Advertiser.
“We can provide significant learning material and equipment resources for the children enrolled both inside and outside as we have significant playground space here.”
Bungay said the expansion of the operating licence also means that a kitchen operator could be hired to provide daily lunches and snacks for the children. Previously, at the St. Joseph’s location, lunch was not provided.
“We are very excited about the new location and what it means for the children, parents and our early childhood educators,” Bungay said. “Everyone is looking forward to a new beginning with the program.
“At the same time we are very much looking forward to our continued partnership with St. Joseph’s School. The staff and administration have been phenomenal, to say the least.”
Kerri Hunt’s son, Jordan, will be one of the children enrolled at the new location.
“ I’m very excited about this new location.” said Hunt. To have something of this quality in Harbour Breton with such a great staff is tremendous for everyone involved.”
Ann Marie Gallop, who will have two children enrolled in the program, said she is looking forward to the new site being in operation.
“I feel very secure in leaving my children here,” Gallop said. “We couldn’t ask for any better early childhood educators than we have in Harbour Breton.”