Our Program

Our regular program operates Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm. Extended hours or care are provided from 7:30am to 8:30am and 4:30pm to 5:00pm for parents needing this service.

The program year runs from September through to the following June in any given year and a separate summer program is offered in July and August. A weekend child care service can also be provided depending upon parental need. A minimum of 6 children per session would be required.

The Centre currently offers infant and toddler educare programs. Parents are invited to share their knowledge about their children and to visit during the day. Our programs are open-ended and flexible but within a routine framework. Each child is free to make choices, as long as he/she remains within the guidelines of consideration for others.

Infant program: Birth to 18 months

This program provides gentle nurturing care to the infants of working mothers. Here, the caregiver will strive to be in tune with each infant's unique cues and needs and will work in partnership with the family to ensure consistent care in order to create a trusting reciprocal relationship.

Teaching a child vowels Toddler program: 18 months to 3 years

Our Toddler program offers very young children unique years of self-development in a safe, tender atmosphere of special understanding, respect and support. We strive to present our young students with a world of beauty that will nurture their sense of ease, joy, and peace.

Preschool program: 3 to 5 yrs

Our preschool activities involve the use of both Montessori and Waldorf pedagogical materials and methods, in a safe and supporting setting, with increased age-appropriate variety, depth, and complexity. Young children benefit from a strong sense of routine and predictability, and we work with a very regular rhythm for our daily and weekly activities. Music and verses accompanied by movement, stories, circle time, practical activities of cooking and baking, gardening, sewing, and artistic activities of painting, modeling and drawing, all contribute to the balanced, joyful, and healthy development of young children.

The Toddler and Preschool programs consist of components that support our overall philosophy and are intended to provide for the holistic development of the children.

Hours of Operation and Fees

Regular hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday

Extended hours: 7:30 am-8:30am and from 4:30pm-5:00pm, Monday through Friday

Daycare rates

Infant/Toddler - 0 to 3 yrs

Schedule DescriptionPer month rate
Full days: 8 hours per day. 8:30am-4:30pm
5 days per week$ 1,050.00
4 days per week$ 880.00
3 days per week$ 690.00
2 days per week$ 480.00
1 days per week$ 250.00
Half days: 4 hours per day. 8:30am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm
5 half days per week$ 700.00

Preschool - 3 to 6 yrs

Schedule DescriptionPer month rate
Full days: 8 hours per day. 8:30am-4:30pm
5 days per week$ 850.00
4 days per week $ 700.00
3 days per week $ 540.00
2 days per week $ 380.00
1 days per week $ 200.00
Half days: 4 hours per day. 8:30am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-4:30pm
5 half days per week$ 600.00

Irregular or drop in Full days

If available space - $65 per day

Sibling Discount

If two of your children are attending 3 days per week - there is a 5% discount for the eldest child.
If both children are attending full time, 5 days per week - there is a 10 % discount for the eldest child.

Additional options

Regarding Extended care:

Our regular program runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. However, to accommodate the needs of some parents, extended care is available from 7:30 am - 8:30 am and from 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm.

In order to cover teacher costs, a fee of $5.00 per half hour or portion thereof is required for any care beyond 8 hours.

For example:

If a child is brought to the Centre at 7:30 am, and picked up 8 hours later (at 3:30 pm) there is no extra cost. However, for any care for that child beyond 3:30 extended care fees apply. On the other hand, a child brought in at 8:30 or 9:00 am must be picked up on or before 4:30 because extended care fees apply for any pick up after 4:30 pm.

Government assistance: is available to those who are eligible. Click here for more details.

Daily Schedule

Morning

7:30Centre opens for arrival of extended care children. Free play according to child's individual interests.
8:30Arrival and greeting of Regular Program children.
8:45Teacher-directed table activities. Teacher presentation of Montessori or Waldorf pedagogical materials to children, cooking, science or math activities. Children use materials according to individual choice.
9:45Clean up - Put activities away, hand washing, diapering or toileting as needed.
10:00Snack time - Caregiver prepares (parent provided) snacks for the children and joins children at table to model healthy eating habits and table manners. This is a time for language development and socializing.
10:30Outside play - Children reminded to use the toilet before going out. Gross motor development and exercise with individual gardening, nature walks within the 9 acre property, climbing, sand and water play and other outdoor activities.
12:00Children come in for lunch (provided by parents and prepared by staff) Wash hands, joined at tables by teacher. Children are responsible for putting leftovers in the garbage and clean up of their eating area.

Afternoon

12:00Lunch - followed by hand and face washing, brushing teeth
12:30Morning half-day children depart with parent or guardian. Afternoon Half-day children arrive
12:45Diapering and toilet time for full day children before nap.
1:00Nap Time - children needing to sleep retire to their own sleeping mat in darkened room with soft music. Children's individual rhythm is respected and, gradually, as children wake on their own, they join their peers in the main playroom. Those children not sleeping have quiet time with books, teacher read stories.
2:15Sleeping children wake and prepare for outside play.
2:30Outside Play - on nice days; indoor activities on bad weather days.
3:15Wash up and prepare for afternoon snack. Children put leftovers in garbage and dishes in the tub.
3:45Teacher-directed table activities. Teacher presentation of Montessori or Waldorf pedagogical materials to children, cooking, science or math activities. Children use materials and self-selected activities according to individual choice.
Continuation of self-selected activities or organic gardening, or other outside activities.
4:30Departure of regular program children. according to individual choice.
5:00Parent pick up of extended care children. Centre closes.