Covid-19 Update

UNBC Childcare Society Board of Directors will be meeting on May 21st to discuss a possible gradual reopening of the centre.  We will be emailing currently enrolled families an update soon after that meeting, please watch for further details.


Dear Families at UNBC Childcare Society;

Due to the ongoing developments with the novel COVID-19 virus, UNBC Childcare Society has made the decision to close our programs effective today, Friday March 20, 2020, in order to ensure the well-being of our children, families and staff.

Our center policy is that any unforeseen closures that go past 5 business days will result in fee refunds to families for the days past the first 5 business days. Therefore, we will issue refunds to currently registered families for March 30th and 31st. Refunds will be sent by mail. Please allow a couple of weeks for us to process these. We will not be charging any fees during this time of closure. Currently enrolled children will have their spot in the daycare/preschool held for them until such time that the UNBC Childcare Society Board deems it safe to reopen. Should you wish to give us notice of withdrawal, please send an email to me with a calendar month’s notice as per usual. Those families that have registered for September 2020 preschool, your spot is being held for you as long as we re-open for the September 2020 preschool year.

For families that are essential service workers, you can contact Child Care Resource and Referral 250-564-2483, ccrr@nbc.ymca.ca . They are starting a list of childcare programs that are willing to care for children of essential services workers during this time.

UNBC Childcare Society will be refunding currently enrolled families pre-paid fees for all days of closure due to COVID-19, all days your child was registered from March 20-31st. (For preschool families it will be the days your child’s class would have been open if not for COVID-19.) Please watch for these refunds by mail. We hope to have them to you by mid-April.

Please check our website periodically for updates. Feel free to email me should you have questions as well. kelly.thirkettle@unbc.ca


About Us

UNBC Childcare logo 2016UNBC Childcare is located on the campus of the University of Northern British Columbia. This million dollar facility is open to children of students, staff & faculty, and members of the UNBC Prince George community.  Waitlist priority is given first to UNBC students, then staff/faculty and then alumni. Please contact Kelly Thirkettle for details on the acceptance procedure.

The Childcare Centres, in partnership with families, provides a warm, nurturing and safe environment where children learn to respect themselves, respect others, and respect their environment. The environment is set up for co-operative play, providing a balance between active and quiet times. Activities are age-appropriate and "hands on" so the children can create, explore and discover the world around them.

All new registration inquiries must be made to the Manager by email or telephone. Tours are by appointment only.

Phone: 250 960 5720

Email: kelly.thirkettle@unbc.ca


Our Programs​

Twelve spaces
Ages 18 months to 3 years

Eighteen spaces
Ages 3 - 5 years

25 spaces
Ages 3 - 5 years


While UNBC Childcare is currently full, we recommend that you apply early where you will be placed on a waiting list. 


We are hiring on-call childcare substitutes. If you love children and and have your ECE certification apply today.

UNBC Childcare Paint FemailFree play is an integral part of the UNBC Childcare program. As stated by Dr. Neville Scarfe, one of Canada's most innovative and well-respected educators, "play is vital to childhood and adulthood, it is the most complete of all educational activities". Free play will provide opportunities for art and science activities, dramatic play, water and sand play, as well as construction, manipulative toys and woodworking.

UNBC Childcare recognizes the importance of the early years in healthy brain development and advocates for quality early childhood experiences. All our staff are certified Early Childhood Educators trained to enhance children's learning while encouraging social skills and strong self-esteem. They bring a love of children and years of experience supported by on-going professional development in childcare best practices.

UNBC Childcare is an active member of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) and participates in many family-themed activities throughout the community.  We encourage you to learn more about CCRR and the services they provide to young families.