How It Works

How much it costs

Licensed Flexible Daycare in Vancouver!

Work commitments and family obligations come when they come, so Buddings families pay a monthly fee (not per child), and schedule their childcare when they need it. The mandatory fee is deducted from a credit card on the 25th of the month to cover operating costs, and is included on your annual tax deductible childcare receipt.

What are the membership options?

Regular Membership: $65/mo. for daycare or $40/mo. for out of school care

  • Buy and book your hours online. Up to 3 months in advance
  • Transfer hours between centres, children, or month, with a 2-hour fee

Benefits Membership: $95/mo. for daycare or $55/mo. for out of school care

  • Maximum hours credited to your account(s) on the 25th of the previous month
  • Pay for what you use. Charged to the card on file on the 1st of the month.
  • No admin fees! 🙂

Adding, switching, and cancelling accounts is easy!

How much are hours?

Hours at Buddings are spent in bright, developmentally-appropriate playspaces for children from 18 months to 12 years of age! All our programs include educational components based on sustainable environmental and societal values, delivered by our amazing teachers!

Toddler and Preschool Care – up to 40 hours/month

  • 12 hours – $240 (3hrs./week)
  • 24 hours – $456 (2 x 3hrs./week)
  • 36 hours – $648 (~9hrs./week)

Book 1 hour at a time, or all day, with as little as 12 hours notice online.

Buddings Kids Club – before and after school care for 5 – 12 year olds

  • $10/hour
  • Walks to and from school for $5

Summer and holiday sessions are 3 – 3.5 hour blocks that include outings and excursions.

Does Buddings accept subsidies?

Our Occasional License isn’t eligible for any form of financial relief. No subsidies for families, no operating fund grants, and most recently, none of the provincial childcare support announced for the pandemic. It’s a factor in our decision to close our headquarters on West Broadway in 2023.

Can I put the account on hold? How do I cancel?

Submit a Change Form to membership@buddings.ca by the 15th of the month, for changes to take effect at the end of the month.

Ex: May 15 to cancel for June.

Why are fees different per age?

The older kids spend most of the day at school, so the membership fee is pro-rated for the hours they spend at our centre. The hours are cheaper because, according to the licensing regs, one teacher can supervise up to 12 school age children. With toddlers and preschoolers we need a teacher for every 4 kids, especially when it comes to bathroom visits, safe snacks, and having hands to hold on walks.

Read more about our Payment Policies, here.