About the Centre
MRU Child Care Centre is a non-profit organization that operates in close relationship with Mount Royal University. Families served at the centre include MRU Students, Faculty and Staff as well as the general public.
We offer four programs including:
- Child Care
- Before & After School Care Program- at St. James School
- Before & After School Care Program -at St. Augustine School
Child care program is for full time services only, for children aged 19 months - 5 years of age. Priority is given to full time MRU Students, Faculty and Staff, followed by the general public currently on our Wait List.
Preschool program is for children aged 3 years - 5 years of age, where the families who either need or choose to have care for their child for a few hours at a time, and only a few times per week. Generally there are either morning or afternoon sessions to choose from, and either 2, 3 or 5 times per week.
Before & After school care program at St. James serves children 6 years - 12 years of age, who are attending same school in Grades 1 - 6. Services are provided prior to and following school hours as well as varying days when the school is closed for professional development days.
Before & After school care program at St. Augustine serves children 6 years - 12 years of age, who are attending same school in Grades 1 - 6. Services are provided prior to and following school hours, as well as varying days when the school is closed for professional development days.
All of our programs offer high quality care evidenced in programming, facility opportunities, foods served, as well as highly trained and educated staff; while having a low turnaround both with regards to children and staff. All of our staff posses a minimum of a Level 3 in Early Childhood (Diploma or Degree), First Aid and CPR Certificate and cleared Criminal Record Checks.
Accreditation –a voluntary process whereby an organization may apply for such standing, thereby proving to provide excellence in quality care that is above and beyond what the GOA Social Care Licensing Facility Act requires. Such standing translates to additional funding for programming and equipment and salary enhancements for staff, thereby improving quality care overall. Ongoing additional monitoring and evidence must be provided to maintain such standing. Our current statuses’ are:
- The child care program has been accredited since 2005 and currently maintains a high standard of excellence- as recognized by the Government of Alberta
- The Before & After School Care program at St. James has been accredited since 2012.
- The Before & After School care program at St. Augustine has been accredited since 2014.
- Preschool programs in Alberta fall under the Education sector of the Government, and has no accreditation program in place.
Hours of Operation (unless otherwise stated)
Child Care Centre is open Monday to Friday from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, year round
Preschool Hours are 9:00 am - 11:45 am and 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm, September to June
Before & After School Care Hours are 7:15 am-8:45 am and 3:15 pm-6:00 pm, September to June