Childcare and Schools for Children
The Childcare Centre at Memorial University offers on-campus child care in four program areas:
- Toddler Centre (age 2)
- Full-time pre-school (ages 3 - 6)
- Part-time (ages 3 - 6)
- Activity Centre for school-aged children (ages 5 - 12)
You should register your child as soon as you arrive at Memorial University as waitlist times can vary with each program. For more information, visit the Memorial University Childcare website.
Other Childcare Options
There are many other daycare facilities in St. John's. Typically, a daycare centre can charge between $30-$60+ per day, depending on your child's age and type of care required. Most daycares do not care for children under the age of 2 so check age requirements. It is recommended that you research several daycare centres to compare fees. A childcare subsidy to support childcare costs is available for some parents. Further information can be found here.
The Early Learning and Childcare Directory provided on the provincial Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s website has information on different regulated childcare services in the province. Family and Childcare connections provides information on homebased childcare providers.
Licensed childcare service providers must meet certain standards for staff training, facilities and programs. For more information about the provincial standards and helpful tips on how to find childcare, visit the Provincial Government of NL website on childcare services.
Schools for Children
The school year for children typically runs from September to June with children starting school at age 4 or 5 depending on their birth date. Classes usually run from 9:00 am in the morning until 3:00 pm in the afternoon.
Schools within the St. John's area are represented by the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. St. John's has one school that is part of the province-wide francophone public system that offers programs from Kindergarten to grade 12. For further information visit their website.
There are three levels in the Canadian Public School System:
1. Elementary School – Kindergarten to Grade 6 (age 5-12);
2. Junior High School – Grades 7 – 9 (age 13-15);
3. Senior High School – Grades 10 – 12 (age 16-18)
Public schools are funded by the federal government and administered by the provincial government. You do not have to pay to attend publicly funded schools. There are also private schools which parents must pay for their child to attend.
In order to enrol your child in school, you must contact the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. For St. John’s you need to contact the Avalon Office, for Corner Brook you need to contact the Western Region. You will be referred to the principal of a particular school in the area you reside. You should begin the enrolment process of your child as soon as you arrive in St. John's. PLEASE NOTE: in order to enrol your child in a particular school you must live within that school's service area (or catchment).
For your interview with the school principal, you may be requested to bring:
- Your child's school records (translated in English if necessary)
- Proof of your child's age - a birth certificate (translated in English if necessary) or passport
- Medical information or immunization documents for your child (translated in English if necessary)
- Proof of address (copy of a bank statement, telephone bill or lease/rental agreement with your name and address
- Your visa and study permit, and proof of child’s immigration status.
- MCP number: This is shown on the provincial health care card.
The principal will inform you of the exact documents you are required to provide.
Immigration Information for Minor Children to Study
For information, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/minors-documents.asp