Childcare Expansion Project
Accessible, affordable, high-quality child care on or near campus is becoming increasingly important to the recruitment and retention of outstanding students, faculty, and staff. Unfortunately, the University of Saskatchewan is seriously underserved with respect to the number of available child-care spaces.
A January 2011 survey indicated demand for over 800 child-care spaces on campus, yet only 110 spaces are available between two facilities: the Campus Day Care in the Education Building has 44 spaces, and the USSU Child Care Centre in the RJD Williams Building has 66 spaces. This project, which aims to double the number of child-care spaces at the U of S by 2013/14, will be an important first step toward addressing this shortfall.
The initial project being investigated is the development of a new, purpose-built child-care facility in College Quarter. The design and location of this new facility is still in the early stages. Exact details regarding building size and form are still being investigated; however, it will potentially be built to accommodate 90 children.
The pedagogical and philosophical principles upon which the childcare space will be developed include:
- Natural Home Environment
- Age Structured but Flexible
- Provide opportunities for learning to all ages
As the plans develop for the most appropriate childcare expansion for the campus community, all efforts will be made to ensure the new space will be environmentally sustainable, while still able to serve the ever-growing demand on campus.