Non-profit daycare struggling with after-school numbers

The manager of a daycare in Sparwood is scratching her head about why the after school programs are not attracting parents.

  • Aug. 20, 2013 9:00 a.m.
The Treehouse day care in Sparwood.

The Treehouse day care in Sparwood.

The manager of a daycare in Sparwood is scratching her head about why the after school programs are not attracting parents.

The Sparwood Treehouse daycare at 421 Pine Avenue has been open for two years, and has enough children during the day to stay afloat, but the before and after school programs are not breaking even.

“I don’t get it,” said manager Lori Morley. “I’ve worked at other daycares and the before and after school programs usually do very well. “Our rates aren’t high, and we have tried to get information about us out at the school, but we are just not making enough at the moment to keep the programs going.”

The daycare is not-for-profit, so they only hope to make enough money to pay their staff.

“We need at least three kids to keep going,” she said. “We’ll be looking at our numbers in September and figuring out what to do then.”

The daycare is located behind the Teck offices at the old Mountain View school on Pine Avenue. The bus does not stop right outside the centre, but staff pick up kids from the bus, and take them back to it. They are open from 6 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m. Monday to Friday for children ages 6 months to 12 years. Call Lori at 250-425-4443 to register your child.