About Children’s World
Children’s World is a unique child care centre that provides culturally enriched daycare, preschool, and toddler programs to the Japanese-Canadian and broader communities.
It is dedicated to childcare excellence and its staff follow the concept of Emergent Curriculum. Located near Historic Powell Street in Downtown Vancouver, it is conveniently located East of Gastown and North of Gastown.
Children’s World is a division of the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall where Japanese-Canadian culture and education has been taught since 1906. As one of the oldest Japanese-Canadian organizations in Canada, it was recognized as a National Historic Site.
Children’s World is licensed child care and preschool facility meeting the requirements set by the provincial government.
Philosophy of Children’s World
We believe that:
Children are entitled to discover themselves socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively in a positive and stimulating environment.
children thrive and learn best when their interests are captured.
Through diverse fun activities, children develop:
– curiosity, initiative and independence social skills and respect for others
– imagination and creativity
– love and respect for the family and the community awareness
– experience traditional Japanese cultural events and learn Japanese songs and more (preschool)
To firmly integrate the component of green and help foster environmental awareness among children and their community.
All of our staff are qualified, licensed Early Childhood Educators who have First Aid and Criminal Record Review.
Some staff members also have the Post Basic Early Childhood Education (Infant / Toddler or Special Needs) and/or University Degrees or other related education. The educators are encouraged to attend various professional development events (educational conferences and workshops) to bring new and fresh experiences to the classroom.
Daycare (30 months – 5 years old – English)
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 5:30pm
Japanese Immersion Toddlers’ Time (2 years old)
Tuesday & Thursday – OR – Wednesday & Friday
9:00am – 12:00pm
Japanese Immersion Preschool (3/4 years old)
Monday – Friday
9:15am – 1:30pm (Age 3/4)
9:00am – 12:00pm (Age 3)
9:30am – 12:30pm (Age 4)
Please visit the Program Fees page for the list of Children’s World program fees.
You may be eligible for financial assistance for child care by the Government of BC. Please visit the Government of BC website for details.
Children’s World is located in the recently renovated 1928 Japanese Hall that was originally built to provide space for cultural activities and teach children Japanese. It has been retrofitted with modern safety features like AED, disaster supplies, sprinklers, and a fire alarm system and is licensed and regularly inspected by Vancouver Coastal Health. It also features a playground complete with sandboxes and slide as well as a spacious 4300 sq ft (400 m2) indoor hall, which provides a rare opportunity for your child to get their much-needed exercise in Vancouver’s wet winter climate.
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