Childcare and Education

The Tough Decision

Choosing a childcare provider is one of the most difficult choices a parent is faced with during the early years. Below are some tips to help you through this tough time, a link to the New Brunswick Government’s listing of licensed childcare providers in your area as well as their parent guide.

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Top Tips:

  1. Don’t procrastinate. Get your name on a waiting list while you’re pregnant! I’m not kidding. I cannot stress this point enough. Most licensed centres only have a handful of infant spots (sometimes as few as 6) and their waiting lists are 1-1.5 years long. Getting your name on the waiting list is vital but also keep in mind that it does not guarantee you a spot. If you’ve already had your baby, don’t put it off. Talk to friends, get references and visit your top three choices. As you approach your return to work date, start calling the centre to see how things are moving on the waiting list. Did I mention don’t procrastinate?
  2. Don’t be shy. Ask a lot of questions, talk with the teacher(s), and observe how they are interacting with the children and the mood of the children.
  3. Do trust your gut feeling about the facility.
  4. Very important to know: When you first drop off your child, 90% of children will cry uncontrollably and have to be peeled off of you. 90% of parents will cry uncontrollably in the car all the way to work.

Once you decide which centres to visit, be prepared with a list of questions. Below is a sample checklist of things to look for when visiting a childcare centre. Visit the OTC’s Organization Station. for a printable version of the checklist and note page to take with you.

“Things To Look For” Checklist:

  1. Are staff trained in standard first aid and CPR?
  2. Is there a first-aid kit readily accessible and is it well stocked?
  3. What are the procedures when an injury occurs?
  4. What is the centre’s policy for handling sickness?
  5. Ask about the diapering area sanitation practices and ask to see the area first hand.
  6. Is there an emergency exit plan posted and are fire drills practised regularly?
  7. If a van or bus is used to transport children on outings ask about the vehicle’s safety inspections and maintenance record and the drivers’ driving records.
  8. Do staff have their Early Childhood Education Certificate?
  9. Ask to see a snack and meal menu. Does it follow the Canada Food Guide? How often is the menu rotated? Are items made from scratch or are store bought, pre-packaged, or processed foods used?
  10. Is there a provincial inspection notice posted?
  11. What type of curriculum is followed? Are television and/or movies used?
  12. What is the routine of a typical day and ask to see a schedule of activities/themes for a month.
  13. How are discipline issues handled?
  14. Does the centre allow you to gradually introduce your child to the centre prior to your first day of work beginning with time with you and increasing to a half day without you?
  15. What are the hours of the facility and is there a fine for tardiness?

For more information, check out the New Brunswick Government’s publication A Parent’s Guide to Quality Child Care in New Brunswick. Visit: NB Parent Guide

The New Brunswick Government has a complete list of licensed childcare providers which includes infant care, preschool, and afterschool care. Visit Daycare Listing

However, because infant care is the most sought after and hard to find, we’ve highlighted them for you below.

Infant Daycares (Licensed)

* Note that “infant age” is defined differently by childcare facilities. ALSO SOME INFO BELOW COULD BE OUT OF DATE AS IT IS UP TO THE CENTERS TO NOTIFY US IF THEY CHANGED STATUS. THEREFORE, THE LINK ABOVE IS MORE UP TO DATE! THANKS!

Garderie Cocos d’amour Inc.

  • Contact: Isabelle Boudreau 384-7826
  • Location: 86 ruelle Julien, Dieppe
  • Language: Both

Garderie La Marelle Daycare

  • Contact: Kimberly Chamberlain, Kathleen Gionet 384-0707
  • Location: 355 boul. Dieppe, Dieppe
  • Language: Both

Under the Rainbow Daycare Ltd.

  • Contact: Odette Pelletier 878-8682
  • Location: 638 ave. Guy, Dieppe
  • Language: Both

Garderie Arlequin Daycare Inc.

  • Contact: Yvette Duguay 384-5332
  • Location: 444 chemin McLaughlin, Irishtown
  • Language: Both

Sweet Smiles Child Learning Center

  • Contact: Arlene Anderson 854-9520
  • Location: 11 Briggs Cross Rd., Lutes Mountain
  • Language: English

Carefour des Amis Inc.

  • Contact: Oda Nsabimana 854-7784
  • Location: 28 Belmont St., Moncton
  • Language: French

Centre de jour l’éveil Inc.

  • Contact: Janice Gauvin 858-4270
  • Location: Pavillon P.E. Landry, Université de Moncton, Moncton
  • Language: French

Dawn’s Day Care

  • Contact: Dawn Scott 384-8595
  • Location: 194 Rennick Rd., Moncton
  • Language: English

EduCare for Kids

  • Contact: Carole MacLean, 855-1464
  • Location: 15 Karen Dr, Moncton
  • Language: English

First Steps Wee College Inc.

  • Contact: Melody Munro 857-5560
  • Location: 135 MacBeath Ave (Moncton Hospital)
  • Language: English

Funetik Inc

  • Contact: Tera Thériault 388-2386
  • Location: 2041 chemin Mtn, Moncton
  • Language: Both

Garderie Les P’tits Dauphins

  • Contact: Joanne Landry 856-6012
  • Location: 44 chemin Mill, Moncton
  • Language: French

Home With A Heart Daycare

  • Contact: Janice Sutherland 384-8682
  • Location: 2051 Mountain Rd, Moncton
  • Language: English

Les Toutous-Service de Garde

  • Contact: Lina Buotte 383-9462
  • Location: 22 Promenade Glencoe, Moncton
  • Language: French

Little Dreamers Play Centre

  • Contact: Maureen 855-7943
  • Location: 255 Henessey Rd, Moncton
  • Language: English

Little Treasure ChildCare Centre/Future Leaders

  • Contact: 387-8044
  • Location: 15 Everett Street Moncton
  • Language: French & English

Miracles at First Child Care Centre

  • Contact: Nichole Richard 852-9105
  • Location: 157 Queen St, Moncton NB E1C 1K9
  • Language: English

Moncton Military Family Resource Center

  • Contact: Sheryl Wilson 860-5357
  • Location: 21 Bennett Ave, Moncton
  • Language: Both

Petite École Elmwood Little School

  • Contact: Yvette Duguay 854-8779
  • Location: 444 McLaughlin Dr. Moncton
  • Language: Both

Rosalie Horn – Rainbows and Stars Day Care

  • Contact: Rosalie Horn 855-0573
  • Location: 261 Reade St. Moncton
  • Language: English

Salvation Army’s Small Blessings

  • Contact: Lorraine Veysey 857-0588
  • Location: 20 Centennial Dr, Moncton
  • Language: English

Service de garde Chez Tiago Childcare Services

  • Contact: France Henriques 204-2123
  • Location: 47 rue Drummond, Moncton
  • Language: Both

Turning Points, Youth Center

  • Contact: Elizabeth Cormier 384-5908
  • Location: 178 Albert St, Moncton
  • Language: English

Cindy Quinlan

  • Contact: Cindy Quinlan 387-8347
  • Location: 35 Ashburn Ave. Riverview
  • Language: English

Reaching for Rainbows Child Development Centre

  • Contact: Danica Carson 389-1442
  • Location: 145 Lakeside Dr. Riverview
  • Language: English

Riddles & Rhymes

  • Contact: Johanne Beaulieu 387-4989
  • Location: 567 Coverdale Rd Riverview
  • Language: English

Riverview Stepping Stones Wee College & Riverview Stepping Stones Wee College Too

  • Contact: Melody Munro 861-1800
  • Location: 1 Trites Rd and 720 Coverdale Rd. Riverview
  • Language: English

Teddy Bear Day Care

  • Contact: Valerie Russell 854-2721
  • Location: 217 Randall Dr. Riverview
  • Language: English