Tillicum School
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An additional 316 new childcare spaces will be coming soon to several schools in the Greater Victoria School District.

The new spaces were announced on Friday and are part of an ongoing project that is being funded by the provincial Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The District applied for the funding in 2018 for expanded childcare spaces at school sites across Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal.

“We have heard clearly from our community that accessible childcare is a priority for families,” said District Board Chair Jordan Watters.

“When we extend¬†childcare options in our schools, our schools become even more valuable community hubs.”

Four new childcare studios have already been completed, with two each at Frank Hobbs and Doncaster Elementary.

New childcare studios are coming to the following elementary schools in early 2021:

  • Macaulay
  • Tillicum
  • Victoria West

Each studio will include office space, a full kitchen, washrooms and a wheelchair lift.

Additional studios are planned for September 2021 at Braefoot, Campus View, and Oaklands, and for July 2023 at George Jay and Marigold.