Child Care
Parkgate Society Staff

Waitlist Information

Update: December 2021

The Parkgate Society Child Care waitlist will re-open on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

When the waitlist opens on January 4, 2022, you will see the words  “Child Care Waitlist” with an arrow. These words will be a link. Click on the words and you will be directed to a fillable online form where you can enter your family’s information and child care needs. This link may only be open for a brief time as the waitlist will close once a certain number of entries have been received.

We wish you all a joyful remainder of 2021 and hope that 2022 will bring renewed energy and opportunities to all!

All the best,
Parkgate Society Child Care Team
For further inquiries or clarifications please contact us by email: children [at] parkgatesociety [dot] ca

Frequently Asked Questions

How does our waitlist work?
When there are vacancies in our programs, priority for space will be determined as follows:

  1. Children currently enrolled in our child care programs have priority to move up to the next level or to increase or decrease their days. 
  2. Siblings of children who are currently enrolled in our child care programs. 
  3. Waitlisted children who are eligible for the specific space available (based on age) and in order of waitlist date.


When can I apply and place my child on the waitlist?
You may put your child’s name onto the waitlist as soon as your child is born.
Is there a waitlist application fee?

No, however, there is a $75.00 administration fee when you accept a space in our child care program.

How long can I expect to wait to receive an offer for a child care space?

There are many factors we consider when a space becomes available (i.e. siblings currently attending, the date you went onto the waitlist, the type of program you are looking for); for these reasons, it is difficult to provide an accurate prediction of how long a family might wait for a space, or even if a space will be offered at all. Average wait times range from 1-3 years. Note: This information is not a precise indicator of when you may receive an offer of care. We cannot guarantee that a space will become available so we encourage families to continue exploring alternative child care options. 

How do I find out where my child is on the waitlist?

Given the various factors in determining who will be offered a space, we do not provide waitlist numbers and we are unable to respond to requests related to finding out where your child is on the waitlist. However, we can provide confirmation that your child is still on the list.

How much notice will I be given when a space becomes available?
We aim to provide you with a minimum of one month notice. When a space becomes available, we send a notification by email to a number of families on the waitlist to confirm who is interested. From the responses we receive, we offer the space to the first “eligible” child using our priorities. When you receive an offer for a space, you will have 48 hours to respond. If we do not hear from you within 48 hours, we will move on to the next child on the waitlist. For this reason, it is important for you to inform us of any changes to your contact information.
Do I get to see the child care program before I accept the space?
Yes, if you have been offered a space, you will have an opportunity to see the program before accepting the space.
What happens if I turn down a space when it is offered?
If you decline 3 offers of a space which match your waitlist application, your child’s name will be moved to the bottom of the waitlist and you will lose your priority status. If you no longer need a child care space, please contact us so we can remove your name from the list.
What if I accept a space and then decide I don’t want it?

We have a 45-day withdrawal policy. If you accept a space and then change your mind, you are responsible for paying the fees to cover 45 days unless your notice for withdrawal is more than 45 days prior to your child’s start date. Your child can be placed back on the waitlist and he/she will have a new waitlist date. Note: if you do not provide the 45 days’ notice/pay in lieu of notice, we will not put your child back onto our waitlist.

We understand that seeking high quality child care for your children is extremely important and can be stressful. A very good resource to help in your search for child care is North Shore Community Resources’ Child Care Resource & Referral page.

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