Snc'c'amala?tn is a combined school and childcare facility centre. The teamwork of a number of departments within the Okanagan Indian Band and support of Chief and Council made this facility possible. In 1994 a needs assessment was completed by our Band members, identifying a lack of affordable, reliable childcare.
In 1994 legislation allocated 720 million dollars for First Nations/Inuit childcare. The Okanagan Indian Band was one of the first bands in B.C. to apply to the First Nations Daycare Committee for childcare funds. The hard work of the Education Committee has made this dream a reality. As our preschool building did not pass a safety specification, it was decided to build one facility and offer a first rate Early Childhood Education Centre for our children that is First Nations Controlled.
At The Snc'c'amala?tn Early Childhood Education Centre
That only as a First Nations controlled facility could it be possible to provide a happy, healthy, safe, and stimulating environment for children which fosters their physical, intellectual, emotional, social, creative, and all necessary cultural development.
All areas are related to and dependent upon child one another and are of equal importance to the child's development.
In the individual worth and value of every child, and that each child is unique, with abilities that are different from those of other children.
That the group setting must meet the individual needs of each child within the context of the group, allowing them to expand and enrich their overall development, through play and discovery.
That the group care/school setting is a valuable family support system, allowing parents/guardians to pursue their own interests with peace of mind for their child's welfare.
It is critical that the centre staff and parents/guardians work together as partners in meeting the needs of the children.
Monday to Friday
- Full-time and Part-time care for Ages 3 months to 12 years.
- 7:30am to 5:30pm
- 4 year old preschool program
- 9:00am to 12:00pm
- Full-time program - 9:00am - 3:00pm
- Okanagan Language
- Okanagan/First Nations culture
- Nutritious lunches and snacks
- Qualified and Knowledgeable Staff
- Safe and secure environment
- Field Trips
- Head Start Program
- Diverse and Stimulating programming
- Family support and education
- Summer Day Camp for 6-12 year olds
The daycare programs are build around play, encouraging the children to begin mastering many fundamental physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and creative skills and concepts. The staff understand the importance of supporting the children's play through, observation, taking advantage of opportune moments to expand on the children's play and by encouraging the children to explore and experiment with new materials with the least amount of direction.