The Best Daycare In Uptown New Westminster Isn't A Daycare.

At CEFA New Westminster Uptown, we are all that and more. Core Education & Fine Arts (CEFA) is an Early Learning Private School with a proprietary and award-winning curriculum designed to educate and develop your whole child—academically, emotionally, physically, and socially so they’re ready for kindergarten—and for life!

Developing a better way of learning

CEFA New Westminster – Uptown

CEFA New Westminster Uptown is more than a daycare or traditional childcare centre. CEFA Early Learning opened its first school over 20 years ago in B.C. and is now Canada’s leading private school for children ages one to five. Trusted by parents since 1998, CEFA has earned a reputation for developing intellect in the early years, and for providing children with the finest start in education, arts, and the humanities.

CEFA students develop and play along with other children who are the same age, and they are always learning and playing—not just learning, and not just playing. At CEFA, core fundamental skills are at the heart of our curriculum.

We offer an incredible opportunity and and enriched curriculum for students to not only explore and learn, but to discover how they can contribute to the world.

Our school is a brand new state of the art facility that spans over 7,000 square feet, and features six licensed classrooms.

Our beautiful New Westminster location has two outdoor playgrounds, a resource room a family room and a private parking lot at the rear of the building. We provide a healthy and nurturing environment for your child, enabling you to be happy in the knowledge that your child is safe throughout the day.

We welcome applications from new families at any time, although we recommend registering at birth for any of our unique CEFA programs. Please feel free to attend one of our upcoming open houses or contact the school to arrange a personal tour!

Children Need More Than Childcare To Thrive. Give Them The Best of Both Childcare and Early Learning.

Did you know that the first five years are the most important in a child’s learning journey? Our schools are designed to provide your child with the right education at the right time: during the brain’s most formative period.

Having your child attend CEFA will help change their ability to learn, for life. What you give your child by enrolling them at CEFA Early Learning Private School is curriculum that ensures that their future is the best and most successful it can possibly be.

Our Early Childhood Education curriculum is proprietary and award-winning. We offer an enriched program to students that includes Fine Arts (such as Drama, Music, Dance, and Yoga), as well Core Education Subjects (such as S.T.E.M., Reading, and Writing). Our Teachers have their Early Childhood Education licences as well as specialized CEFA Teacher Training Certification, so our children learn from the the very best. We provide a healthy and nurturing environment for your child, enabling you to be happy in the knowledge that your child is safe and stimulated throughout the day.

Set them up for lifelong learning and wellbeing.

Studies like the Abecedarian Project, and the Perry Preschool Project, have shown that high quality early learning can have a powerful and lasting positive influence on children, and even the communities where they live.  Children take with them the benefits and confidence of this foundation throughout their entire lives. As a private early learning school focused on Core Education and Fine Arts, our proprietary curriculum is the most sophisticated of its kind in Canada and designed to educate and develop your child—to get them kindergarten ready, and life ready. We believe your child’s education is one of the best investments you can make.

News & Updates

See what’s going on at CEFA New Westminster – Uptown.

Hour of Operations and Pick-up/Drop-off Procedures

Effective September 1, 2020 we have returned to our usual hours of operation of 7:30am – 5:30pm. For the safety of both the children and staff, we will continue using the glass door to the JK3 classroom (to the left of the front door on Carnarvon Street) as well as the playground/ back doors as the drop off points for all classes. Please note that the back doors through the playground will remain locked throughout the day. Please refer to our Safety Plan for classroom specific drop off/pick up procedures. Note: unfortunately for safety reasons, we will not be able to accommodate stroller parking during this time.

Click here to read our COVID-19 safety plan.

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Early Learning Schedule

Occasionally parents may request to bring their child on a day outside of that child’s schedule. If there is space available in the classroom, the family would be invoiced separately for drop-ins for $90.

Effective April 1, 2021, the following are our new drop-in rates:

  • Cefababy & JK1 = $105 (if eligible for $17.50 CCFRI parent pays $87.50)
  • JK2 & JK3 = $90 (if eligible for $5 CCFRI parent pays $85.00)

Please note that CEFA can only offer drop-in days to currently registered students. We do not switch scheduled days.

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School Closures

In case of inclement weather conditions or power outages which prevent CEFA Early Learning from providing service to families, the school’s Franchise Partner will make an early morning decision to close the school based on our School District.

Snow closures – In the event of heavy snowfall, our first priority is the safety of our families and staff. We expect to be open every day throughout the winter. However, if the public schools in your School District has made the decision to not open schools because the roads are deemed too unsafe for travel CEFA will also be closed.

Current Openings

We welcome applications from new families at any time, although we recommend registering at birth for any of our unique CEFA programs.

  • CEFA Baby (ages 1-2): Accepting Waitlist Applications
  • JK1 (ages 2-3): Accepting Waitlist Applications – Limited space available
  • JK2 (ages 3-4): Accepting Waitlist Applications
  • JK3 (ages 4-5): Accepting Waitlist Applications


New Westminster – Uptown

Contact Us

#243 – 610 Sixth Street
(Royal City Centre)
New Westminster, BC  V3L 3C2

Open Houses

Join us to visit our school and learn more about our program.

Friday, October 7, 2021: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

15-minute private tours bookings (must book in advance), limited to one person per household.

Face Mask Required (daily health check upon arrival).

Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Hours subject to change with notice.