UniverCity Childcare Centre

The UniverCity Childcare Centre opened its doors on April 2, 2012. The revolutionary facility, with space for 50 three to five-year-olds, is expected to be the first building in Canada to meet the Living Building Challenge™, which means it will have to generate as much energy as it uses, collect or recycle more water than it consumes, and be built and operated using non-toxic materials, sourced as locally as possible. The centre cost 15 to 20 per cent less than other childcare facilities being built in the region, without the green features.

Operated by the SFU Childcare Society, it is the first childcare centre in the world to integrate the most advanced environmental design and the renowned Reggio Emilia childcare program. SFU Faculty of Education faculty and student researchers also use the setting to investigate optimal ways to provoke and sustain learning in Reggio-inspired classrooms and how this holistic approach effects social development and learning interactions within the classroom community.

The Reggio Emilia model emphasizes three “teachers”: the educator, the environment, and the broader community in which the children live. The childcare facility itself becomes a laboratory for self-directed learning. The UniverCity Childcare facility will provide unique opportunities both indoors and out for the children to explore water, light, air, gravity, vegetation, and seasonal change.

For information on enrollment, costs, and hours, visit www.sfuchildcare.ca.

For more information on the UniverCity Childcare Centre, please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvqF4t0y5TQ&list=UUT1Q7ZOu-AEWt3QIUVU3lgw&index=2.