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Information on the Child Care Service

Hello CSEE-CBA attendees interested in child care,

This message is to provide a few preliminary details on the Child Care Service we are planning for CSEE-CBA 2023. We have reserved a large room for child care, accessible via the same hallway as the Convention Centre meeting rooms, with a portion of the room hived off for infant care. We will expand that space if the ages and number of children render it necessary.

We are currently evaluating two proposals we received following a locally distributed Request for Proposals. The lead person in both cases is a trained Early Childhood Educator III who has previously established and supervised child care centres. All hired caregivers will have a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry clearance. Proponents of both proposals will bring supplies as needed depending on the age of the children (infants, pre-school, or school age children). They will develop and bring supplies for age-appropriate activities including arts and crafts, puppets, games and puzzles, reading, free play, and naptime depending on the age of the children. Parents can drop in during the day and will be required to provide food (we are working on a mechanism to make this as easy as possible). Based on provincial licensing requirements, parents will need to stay in the building and/or take their children if they leave for lunch (the service we are providing is technically called “child-minding”).

If you are interested or potentially interested in having your child(ren) participate in this child-minding program, please let us know by March 31, so that we can ensure that we have suitable space and resources required to offer age-appropriate activities. We will identify a later cut-off date (likely May 1) by which we will need confirmation of children who will utilize the child-minding service.

Let us know by using this form, or send an email to

We look forward to creating a place where your children will have fun and be safe, allowing parents to engage in this summer's conference!

The CSEE-CBA 2023 EDI team


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