New childminding rates effective April 1, 2024

New Recreation, Parks and Culture Fun Factory rates went into effect on April 1, 2024. A fee increase was required due to rising costs of service delivery.

Last modified: April 5, 2024, 10:35 a.m.
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Fun Factory is a drop-in babysitting/childcare service for parents involved in activities located at Millennium Place and the Ardrossan Recreation Complex. We provide a safe and caring environment for your children while you participate in a healthy lifestyle. We will entertain your little ones with activities such as colouring, toys, play dough, puzzles and books!

Our childcare providers are certified in Standard First Aid and Level C CPR and have undergone Criminal Records Checks.

Fun Factory times and locations



Fun Factory rates

Category Rate
Child hourly $8.00 ($4/half hour)
Family hourly $13.50 ($6.75/half hour)
Single child 10-hour punch pass $72.00
Family* 10-hour punch pass $121.50
  • *Family includes immediate household members
  • Please note there is a 5-minute grace period for late pickups.

Everybody Gets to Play

Did you know? Fun Factory punch passes may be available to you through the Everybody Gets to Play program™. Residents who have limited income can apply for support through the program, which aims to increase access to recreation services and create more affordable options.

Frequently asked questions - childminding fees

Guidelines

Child to staff ratio

Our ratios follow the guidelines established by the Alberta Government for drop-in childcare centres:

  • Infants less than 12 months – 1:3
  • Infants 12 months to less than 19 months – 1:4
  • 19 months to less than 3 years – 1:6
  • 3 years to less than 4 years – 1:8
  • 4 years and older – 1:10

Sign-in and sign-out process

Signing in

When you arrive at Fun Factory, please use our boot area to create a name label for each child and their belongings. When you enter the Fun Factory room our staff will collect each child's belongings, record each child's name and age group as well as the location of your activity. Our staff will record the time of entry according to the clock on the desk.

Signing out

Our staff will record the sign-out time from the clock on the desk. Staff will calculate your payment and punch pass or accept single tickets. There is a 5-minute grace period, anything over 5 minutes will be charged the next half hour.

Health and safety

While at Fun Factory, your child will play in close contact with other children, which allows for easy transmission of germs. To help keep all visiting children healthy, please do not register your child in Fun Factory if he or she has flu-like (influenza) symptoms. Staff will contact parents whose child exhibits symptoms of illness.

Personal items

Please label all personal items (diapers, bottles, baby wipes, extra clothing, snacks, etc) before you bring them. If your child likes a special toy, you are welcome to bring it along. However, we caution that we cannot be responsible for lost, shared or damaged toys. You are responsible for the safety of your personal items.

  • Please take your valuables with you (i.e. purses, wallets, cash) and avoid leaving them in diaper bags.
  • Wallet and purse lockers are available at each facility for your convenience.

Snacks

In consideration of children with allergies, please do not send snacks with peanuts or peanut products.

We are not equipped to serve lunches or breakfasts. Please enjoy the use of our lobby to feed your child their meal prior to entering childcare.

Please note: We will provide two weeks notice for any fee or schedule changes. Pick-up our childcare brochure at Millennium Place or Ardrossan Recreation Complex.

Additional information
780-416-3300 (Millennium Place) or
780-400-2084 (Ardrossan Recreation Complex)
recreation@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Friday, April 05, 2024
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