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New daycare location readies for opening

A new Queen’s Day Care Centre facility, located in the An Clachan complex on Van Order Drive, will open its doors in September, and staff members are excited about the new space.

“We’re very excited to be moving into An Clachan. A lot of our families are at An Clachan, so it works out very well,” says Eileen Beauregard, Executive Director, Queen’s Day Care Centre. “There is not a lot of infant care available in that area, so it’s going to be a great addition to the whole apartment complex.”

The daycare will be the second Queen’s Day Care Centre location, in addition to the one at 184-186 Union St.

In order to meet the needs of the majority people on the daycare’s waiting list, the new facility will be able to accommodate 10 infants (newborns – 16 months) and 15 toddlers (16 months to two and a half years) this September. In fall 2016, it will also begin accepting preschoolers.

“The space is lovely,” says Ms. Beauregard. “It’s tucked away at the back of the building, away from the road. It’s beautifully bright with large windows, and we’ll have a wonderful yard with trees, grass and sand for the children to enjoy.”

The new facility will also be on one floor, making it accessible for children and parents.

Renovations to the space are well underway, and are scheduled to be completed by the end of July. After that, new toys and equipment will be delivered, and parents should be able to tour the finished facility by mid-August. The anticipated opening date is Sept. 8.

In the meantime, interested parents are invited to call 613-533-3008 or email daycare@queensu.ca the daycare to inquire about availability. By mid-August, parents will also be able to make an appointment to tour the new location.

“Parents are welcome to come and have a look at the facility once the renovations are completed, and ask any questions they may have,” says Ms. Beauregard. “We know that people are excited to have this in the neighbourhood.”