FAQs

What if I am going to be late?

Please text the teacher, but remember they are not permitted to answer or check their phones until class is over. If you are worried that your message did not go through, or do not have the teacher’s number, please text Heather at 778-838-0335.

Where are the parks located?

Laura Secord
We meet the children at the circle garden in the court yard. Children who are too young will be picked up from their class by our Forest Educators. We walk from the school to Trout Lake where the program will take place. Parents can pick up children at 5:00 at the big colourful box at Trout Lake ( just at the parking lot on the Lakewood Dr. side). 

Douglas Woodward
Take the Exit for 15 St. (Cross Creek Rd) 
Continue onto Cross Creek Rd
Turn left onto Tyrol Rd. 500 m
Turn right onto 15th St. 79 m
Turn left onto Camelot Rd 160 m
Camelot Rd turns right and becomes Camwell Dr . We meet just above the parking lot in the open area. 

UBC Farms
Please make sure you park your car in the parking lot at the farm.  We will meet at the Yurt which is down the path to the right.

Coho Park
From the Highway, East on Mamquam Road
Left on Garibaldi Way
Right on Parkway crescent
Left on Park Crescent
Take the next right down the road to a dea end with coho park sign.
There is limited parking.

What items should I send with my child?

✔Rain or hiking boots & water sandals for the river

✔Long pants & spare set of clothing

✔Loose fitting clothing to allow the body’s insulation to work

✔No one-piece clothing–it is difficult to undress to use the bathroom

✔A small backpack that you can carry

✔A snack in a reusable container (or lunch for full-day programs)

✔A whistle attached to your jacket or a lanyard

✔A water bottle

✔Sunscreen & bug spray (come with it on, and bring some too)

✔An extra set of socks & gloves

✔Plastic bags in case feet or clothing get wet

 What if there is a bear?

Saplings has drill a children are trained to follow in this situation. All campers are asked to bring a whistle, and when we hear a whistle blow, all campers come together in a group, sing Jingle Bells loudly, and slowly back away. We will retreat to a safe spot and notify parents.

What if the weather becomes too poor to remain outside?

Saplings usually has a back up indoor space if necessary (with the exception of Carisbrooke). But please come dressed for the weather as we will remain outdoors whenever possible.

Is Saplings a licensed program?

Saplings preschools are licensed with ECE teachers. Saplings other programs such as camps and the Multi-age program are not licensed.

How are programs billed?

Fees are the same amount for each month regardless of the number of days in a month. The monthly fee is determined using the average number of days in the program divided by the number of months the program is in operation; 10 months for September to June.

When setting up payment information during registration, you have the choice of which day of the month your instalment is withdrawn on. We offer both secure debit and credit card payments which go through Netbanks.

What is Saplings' caregiver to child ratio?

The ratio for our school-aged program is 1:12, and for our toddler program 1:8.

Does Saplings provide food or snacks?

Saplings is not allowed to provide snacks or we would be considered a care program and would need a license. We are working on getting a license.

Does Saplings have any food restrictions?

Saplings that does not have any restrictions on food that may be brought, but we will send out a note to other participants if a parent notifies us of their child’s food allergy.

What are rules regarding releasing children to persons other than their legal guardian?

If this is going to be a regular thing, please include the alternate care providers name on your child’s emergency information (epact). Otherwise please notify our forest educators at drop-off time, or for last-minute please call ‭Heather at (778) 838-0335‬.

Are parents required to stay during programs?

Other than the Parent Participation Program, we do not require parents to attend. However if parents would like to join us, we do not mind at all, provided parents remain engaged in the activities.