Programs for Young Children in Fort St. James

Play | Health | Preschools | Development Specialists | Recreation | Childcare

Come and Play

Strong Start

A free drop-in early learning program for children from 0-5 years old and their parent or caregiver. A qualified licensed early childhood educator will lead activities, including stories, music, and art to help children get ready for success in kindergarten. The program includes arts and crafts, music and movement, circle time (stories and songs), gym time, snack time, puzzles and games and dramatic play. Hosted at David Hoy Elementary School Monday 12-3, Tuesday 9-12, Wednesday 3-6, Thursday 12-3, Friday 9-12

Phone 250.996.8237 | Facebook | David Hoy Website

Uloo Khoh

Offers learning opportunities for parents and children in a relaxed, friendly, inclusive environment. Uloo Khoh is a drop-in program that includes playtime, songs and rhymes, information sharing, and a healthy traditional and nutritional lunch for children and their caregivers. Hosted at Nak'azdli Health Centre on Thursdays from 10:00-12:00. Everyone Welcome.

Phone 250.996.7400 | Facebook

Language Fun Story Time

The Library is pleased to offer Language Fun Story Time on Thursday mornings (9:30-10:30) that has been generously sponsored by the Fort St. James Early Childhood Development Committee through the Success by Six grant. Bring your little ones to play with many new and exciting toys and meet local moms. Coffee and light snacks are provided.

Phone 250.996.7400 | Facebook | FSJ Public Library Website

Nakazdli Childcare Centre

Burn off some energy with your child at pre-school playgym. Hosted upstairs at the Nak'azdli Daycare on Mondays from 9:30-11:00 and at Nak'albun Elementary School on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:00

Phone 250.996.7001 || Phone 250.996.8441 | Nak'albun Elementary School Website

Stay Connected with Your Health Unit

Baby Drop-in

The Northern Interior Health Unit Offers:

Phone 250.996.7178

Baby Clinic

The Nak'azdli Health Centre offers a baby clinic from 10:00-3:00 on Wednesdays.

Phone 250.996.7400 | Nak'azdli Health Centre website | Facebook

Pre & Post Natal Group

The Nak'azdli Health Centre offers a Pre & Post Natal group from 10:00-12:00 every second Wednesday. This group offers an opportunity for discussion with people sharing similar experiences. Snacks are provided.

Phone 250.996.7400 | Nak'azdli Health Centre website | Facebook

Let's do Preschool

YMCA Child Care Centre

The YMCA Child Care Centre offers a preschool program on 5 days a week. Their small group philosphy will allow your child to recieve the individual attention they need as they learn through play exploring the indoors and outdoors, music and movement, sensory, stories, puzzles, blocks, dramtic play and leanring to play with others. Each day children will enjoy circle time and outdoor play. Caring and experienced staff will assure your child is kindergarten ready with the fundamentals they need to be successful.

Phone 250.996.0320 | Facebook | YMCA Child Care Centre Website

Nak'azdli Nursery School

The Nak'azdli Nursery School offers morning (9-11) and afternoon (12:30-2:30) classes five days at Nak'albun Elementary School. Registration can be done at the Nak'azdli Band office or at the School.

phone 250.996.8441 | Nak'albun Elementary School Website

Development Specialists

Infant Development Program

Home visits

Phone 250.567.9205

Supported Child Development

Supporting children with developmental delays and/or disabilities in attending daycare or preschool

Phone 250.567.5515

Bulkely Valley Child Development Centre

This program offers Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy thru home visits

Phone 250.567.2911

Child Mental Health

Nechako Valley Community Services Society provides this service

Phone 250.996.7645

Aboriginal Child Mental Health

Carrier Sekani Family services provides this service

Phone 250.692.2387

Child Care Resources and Referral

Home Visits

Phone 250.563.2483

Recreation Opportunities

En Pointe Dance Studio

Dance classes are available for children as young as 2 years old. The studio has a "fun first" teaching strategy and offers creative dance, ballet, hip hop and jazz classes for all ages. The studio is located in the heart of downtown Fort St. James and class schedules are available on the studio's website.

Phone 250.613.3412 | En Pointe Dance Studio Website | Facebook

FSJ Family Taekwondo

The FSJ Family Taekwondo Club provides an opportunity for your little one to gain self-esteem through strengthening their physical and mental powers. The club trains at the Energy Connection Health and Fitness Gym located adjacent to the Government Agent. Children as young as three years old can join the Junior Dragons class. Class Schedules and prices are available on the Energy Connection's Facebook page.

Phone 250.996.1300 | Facebook |

Music for Young Children

Group piano lessons are available for children age 3 and up. Parent participation is required. Children learn to play piano through games, rhythm and singing.

Phone 250.996.8349 | Facebook

Murray Ridge Ski Area

Murray Ridge is a great facility for children. The hill boasts a talented crew of ski instructors, a well equipped rental shop, and an amazing learning area. At The Ridge children under 6 ski for free!

Phone 250.996.8515 | Murray Ridge Ski Area Website | Facebook

Fort Forum Arena

Open from mid September through mid March, the arena offers excellent ice for hockey, speed skating, Canskate and public skating. Additionally there is a Parent and Tot skate on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30.

Phone 250.996.7600 | FSJ Minor Hockey Association Website | Hockey Facebook | Speed Skating Facebook | FSJ District Facebook| Stuart Lake Skating Club Facebook|

Fort St. James Youth Soccer

In the spring soccer is available for children as young as 3 years old. Children begin mini soccer at age 5 and can participate in tournaments.

Phone 250.996.8233 | FSJ District Facebook


Nak'azdli Daycare Centre

Daycare for infants, toddlers, and children between 3 and 5 years old. Your child will be looked after by qualified early childcare providers at a licensed facility. Daily activities at the daycare include outside play time, stories, learning thru play, and quiet time. A healthy lunch and two snacks are provided for your child. The daycare is open from 7:30- 5:30 Monday to Friday

Phone 250.996.7001 |

YMCA Child Care Centre

The YMCA Child Care Centre is open 5 days a week from 7:45 to 5:30. Our Provincial award winning Child Care programs are your child’s home away from home. Our highly skilled staff are trained in early childhood education and are truly passionate about children. At YMCA Child Care, your children will enjoy healthy snacks, daily outdoor play and will spend the day engaged in learning with our no screen time policy. Our caregivers will guide your children through their early development to assure they are kindergarten ready to allow them to be successful for years to come.

Phone 250.996.0320 | Facebook | YMCA Child Care Centre Website

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