The Cold Lake Energy Centre will be expanding its Child Mind Program on a trial basis to see if demand can sustain the service.
“We’ve had a lot of requests to extend the program’s hours and so staff have put together this pilot project to see if the demand is there,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “This program is intended to allow parents with young children a chance to make it to the Cenovus Wellness Centre, so the new hours are tailored to the times most gym programming is happening.”
The Child Mind Program will run Mondays through Thursdays, from 5 pm to 8 pm. It will accept children ages 4-10, provided the parent signs a waiver and consent form and stays in the building at all times while their child is attending the Child Mind Service. It is being offered at a cost of $5, including tax, in the Husky Energy Children’s playroom on the first floor of the Energy Centre. There is a maximum space for 18 children at any given time, so parents are encouraged to call the Energy Centre ahead of time.
The expanded service will begin on Monday, Sept. 10 and run until the Christmas season, when it will be reevaluated.
“This is a service we hope to continue to offer but, ultimately, it will depend on the demand,” Copeland said.