Whispering Hills Day Care Society

Executive Director, Kristy Sliwkanich
Program Director, Shelby Hodge

Whispering Hills Day Care Society
2 University Drive
Athabasca, AB T9S 0A3


Phone: 780-675-7946
whdaycare@telus.net
Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 7:30 am - *6:00 pm
*University Day Care Site closes at 5:30 pm

Closed all Statutory Holidays & 3 business days between Christmas and New Years

Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Out of School Care: Summer Care

Calendars are out! Enrollment is available on a weekly or daily basis.
Click to view each calendar.
Register online and contact our office to secure your dates today!

July Summer Care
Events Calendar
August Summer Care Events Calendar

Proud to be named an Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Centre

 Whispering Hills University and Multiplex Day Care Sites are excited to have been named two of the 100 new Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Centres across Alberta.

Starting May 1, 2018, we will offer:
-Capped parent fees at $25/day care,
-Begin implementing the early learning and child care curriculum framework*,
-Inclusive supports for children with diverse needs,
-support for inclusion and diversity for Indigenous, immigrant and refugee children,
-access to parenting resources and supports for families,
-support for vulnerable families.

Waitlists 
Thank you for your interest in our Early Learning and Child Care Centre program. Please understand that because space is limited, our program is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. To be included on our waiting list, please fill out our registration form indicating your preferred start date. We will contact you should a space become available.  

Links and resources

Questions
If you have additional questions about Alberta’s new Early Learning and Child Care Centres, please contact:   ELCC@gov.ab.ca.

*Play, Participation, and Possibilities: An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta by Makovichuk,L., Hewes, J., Lirette, P., & Thomas, N., is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution –NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on the work found at www.childcareframework.com
Newsletter
Spring 2018
We recently held our Annual General Meeting where we reported on the past year and reviewed our plans for the year ahead. Thank you to all who attended. If you were unable to make it you can contact our office to obtain the reports, ask questions and give feedback.

The programs have been busy in play! The children in our Out of School Care Program have been conducting science experiments and exploring the concepts of Cause & Effect. Some of their experiments have included an exploration of magnetic energy and using the chemical reaction between a base and an acid to create art!

At our Multiplex Day Care Site has had many interest topics on the go as the children follow the construction that is happening around our building. They have moved earth with play trucks and machines, painted and constructed with wood and enjoyed the demolition! They have been creating 'store front' dramatic play spaces exchanging play money and exploring different shops such as a beauty parlour/barber, consignment store and grocer.

The infants and toddlers at our University Day Care Site have been having a blast riding in make-shift vehicles around the room, pushing objects and creating sound effects. They explored thier 5 senses with sensory bottles and played with the concepts of wet/dry, heavy/light and sound.  
This Spring we will be making some much needed motifications to our outdoor play spaces at our Day Care sites. Our Program Director has been busy researching a Reggio-based outdoor play environment. Moving from the traditional playground equipment to a more holistic, natural and multidimensional environment will align us with the principals set out in Alberta's Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework: Play, Participation and Possibilities. Contact our office to learn more about our playground improvement plans and the steps we are taking to implement the Curriculum Framework.

Our Board of Directors has two vacancies for directors open to parents, guardians and interested community members. This is a minimal commitment with approximately 10 meetings per year lasting one hour each. Our Society relies on a Board in order to thrive and cannot function without these vital executive members. If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a board member or just wants to learn more about it please contact our office for the next meeting date and time. 
“Moving from the traditional playground equipment to a more holistic, natural and multidimensional environment..."
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Schedule of Events

Below is a list of upcoming events and closure dates. Please take note of these dates and contact our office with any questions or comments.
  1. 29
    Jun
    Summer Care Starts at OSC
    School is out and Summer Programming begins! Athabasca and Area Coalition 4 Success is operating through our program again this year and we have some exciting additional programming lined up! Contact our office for a calendar of events.
  2. 2
    Jul
    CLOSED
    All programs are closed for Canada Day
  3. 6
    Aug
    CLOSED
    All programs are closed for the Civic Holiday
  4. 29
    Aug
    First day of School
    School begins and with it, our Before and After School Care Programs. Kindergarten care is available contact our office for more information.
  5. 3
    Sep
    CLOSED
    All programs are closed for Labour Day
  6. 8
    Oct
    CLOSED
    All programs are closed for Thanksgiving