Parenting resources

Bringing your family to Canada is a wonderful opportunity, but settling into a new community as a family can present some challenges.  In your home country you may have had the support of family members, aunts, uncles and cousins to help you with a newborn or when a child is sick or simply to give you a free night out as a couple. In Saint John, it is important to use the community resources available and build a strong network of support.

Community resources

The Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre has a number of community programs that are open to spouses and children of international students.


Daycare for children

Finding daycare for children in Canada is difficult and it is particularly difficult in Saint John. It is important to start early and get your child's name on a waiting list. You will find a listing of daycare centres in the Yellow Pages of the phone book. Keep in mind that most daycare centres do not take infants under 2 months of age, so be sure to check for age requirements.

If you are looking for a babysitter, you can ask friends with children, check the local newspaper, or post an ad on Kijiji.

Children's schools

In New Brunswick, children begin school at age 5. 

Elementary School: Kindergarten to Grade 5
Middle School: Grade 6 to Grade 8
High School: Grade 9 to Grade 12

How to register

Once you arrive in Canada you can register your children for school by visiting the Anglophone School District - South office located at 490 Woodward Avenue.

Here you will receive a school permit and your child will be placed in one of the schools in the Saint John area.  

Please take the following documents with you:

  • Passports
  • All immigration papers
  • Proof of enrolment at UNB Saint John or Saint John College
  • Translated school documents from the last school your child attended 
  • Your local address, postal code, and telephone number
  • Child's immunization papers (immunization must meet New Brunswick standards)  

Once your child has been placed in a local area school, and given a school permit you can visit the school for final registration, course selection, and schedules. The school will provide you with a list of school supplies required.

For more information contact Anglophone School District - South at 506-658-5300.