The Catholic Child Care Experience

St. Joseph’s Early Learning Center is pleased to provide Licensed (VIHA) Daycare for 3 and 4 year olds. The New Center is at the rear of the school, housed in three portable classrooms. We also offer a three-year-old & four-year-old combined Preschool Program in a Day Care setting, as well as Before/After School Care.  St. Joseph's child care programs provide a safe and healthy environment for children 3 - 12 years old, attending as much as possible to individual needs and development. Children become socially responsible through processes that include positive modeling, assisted learning and encouragement, with an emphasis on respect for self, others, and the environment.
Continuing in the tradition of Catholic Education which began at our school in 1965, we offer child care that is based on gospel values. Our school motto is “Love is… St. Joseph’s” Our child care programs are a philosophical extension of the school, and embrace the following philosophy:

  • Each child is a unique gift from God, and it is our role to nurture their individual style and provide opportunities that will enhance their creativity, ability to problem solve and make choices.
  • Children learn through play and interaction with peers and adults. Our programs at St. Joseph’s are committed to providing children with a safe and enriching environment that encourages a positive self image and personal growth.
  • We believe in enriching each child’s development in terms of the whole child (spiritual, physical, intellectual, cultural, emotional and social) - the S.P.I.C.E.S. of Catholic Education.

We are accepting registrations for all programs. If interested in registering please click on the following links for an application to Daycare/Preschool or Before/After School Care.  There is a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00.  Please call Wendy Bird -Borau at 250-479-1237 for more information.

Our Programs

Our programs at the St. Joseph's Early Learning Centre include St. Joseph's Daycare, St. Joseph's Preschool, and the Before/After School Care Programs, reflect the licensing standards set by the province of British Columbia through Island Health, and is enhanced by the inclusion of our Catholic philosophy and access to the school and some of its facilities.
Children will experience:

  1. Maximum child/educator ratio 1:10 for Preschool & Before/After School Care and a ratio of 1:8 for Daycare.
  2. Developmentally appropriate toys, puzzles, books, dramatic play, art center, science discoveries, as well as circle time and theme related activities.
  3. Free play opportunities allowing children to experience choices and creativity.
  4. Support in the development of social skills, consideration for the rights and feelings of others, sharing and cooperation.

Our Staff

Our Child Care staff at the Child Care Centre consists of a Child Care Program director with ECE certification, a manager with a degree in Child and Youth Care, and two licensed early childhood educators (ECE’s).  Thorough reference and criminal record checks are completed in keeping with Child Care Licensing Regulations.  Our early childhood educators are trained in early childhood development, and together the staff provides a safe, dynamic, fun, and educational program.

Our Facility

Our facility boasts over 1,600 square feet of play and learning space. Children have access to a large outdoor play space. Children will experience an art center, science area, dramatic play area, quiet area, developmentally appropriate toys and more.
As child care programs are based in an elementary school setting, children will have access to the following:

  • library
  • gymnasium (for After School Care)
  • Child Care Centre computer

Program Hours & Fees

  • There is 1 Preschool class run per day and the time is from 8:40 - 11:00 AM.
  • Daycare runs from 7:30-5:00 pm daily.
  • Before School Care is open from 7:30-8:20 am and After School Care runs 3:20-6:00 pm.

Please refer to the Child Care Programs Handbook for further information.


St. Joseph’s Child Care Centre:

Mrs. Wendy Bird-Borau- Director or Mrs. Susan Clifford - Manager
Address: 753 West Burnside Road
Victoria, B.C. V8Z 1M9
Telephone: (250) 479-1237
Fax: (250) 279-1907
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