Our Programs and Fees

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Our regular program operates Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am to 4:30pm. Because of Covid,  extended before or after school hours are no longer
available.

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. 

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.

ABC Cubes

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 years)

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.

Creative Class

Daycare rates

(with Government subsidies applied)

Infant/Toddler (0 to 3 yrs)
Monthly Fee: $1,305.00

Full days: 8 hours per day
8:30am – 4:30pm

With Gov't subsidy in place, parents pays:

5 days per week:  $955.00 / month

4 days per week:  $880.00 / month

3 days per week:  $780.00 / month

2 days per week:  $620.00 / month

1 day per week:   $350.00 / month

Preschool - 3 to 6 yrs
Monthly Fee: $1,055

Full days: 8 hours per day
8:30am – 4:30pm

With Gov't subsidy in place, parents pays:

5 days per week: $ 925.00 / month

4 days per week: $ 850.00 / month

3 days per week: $ 720.00 / month

2 days per week: $ 600.00 / month

1 days per week: $ 340.00 / month

Irregular or drop in Full days

If available space - $95 per day

Sibling Discount

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

Friendly Payment Reminder

Payments are due within the first week of each month. To help make our bookkeeping easier, kindly provide payment at no earlier than the 1st of the month.

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 8:00 am - 8:30 am.

In order to cover teacher costs, a fee of $10.00 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 8:00am, and picked up 8 hours later (at 4:00pm) there is no extra cost. However, for any care for that child beyond 4:00pm, extended care fees apply. On the other hand, a child brought in at 8:30 or 9:00am must be picked up on or before 4:30 because extended care fees apply for any pick up after 4:30pm.

You know your child best! 

Your insights can help your teacher understand and support your child better. Our dedicated educators would love to talk about your child within school hours. If possible, inform or direct questions to your child's teacher or attending teacher at morning drop-off before activities have begun. For sensitive issues feel free to make an appointment.

 

Unless urgent, last minute, end of the day conversations are discouraged to allow timely dismissal of teachers.

Government Assistance

Government assistance is available to those who are eligible from Ministry of Children and Family Development. Click here or phone 1-888-338-6622 for more details.

Morning Schedule

8:00: Centre opens for arrival of extended care children. Free play according to child's individual interests.

8:30: Arrival and greeting of Regular Program children.

 

8:45: Teacher-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.

 

9:45: Clean up - Put activities away, hand washing, diapering or toileting as needed.

 

10:00: Snack 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.

 

10:30: Outside 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.

 

12:00: Children 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.

ABC Cubes

Afternoon Schedule

12:00: Lunch - followed by hand and face washing, brushing teeth

 

12:30: Morning half-day children depart with parent or guardian. Afternoon Half-day children arrive

 

12:45: Diapering and toilet time for full day children before nap.

 

1:00: Nap 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.

 

2:15: Sleeping children wake and prepare for outside play.

 

2:30: Outside Play - on nice days; indoor activities on bad weather days.

 

3:15: Wash up and prepare for afternoon snack. Children put leftovers in garbage and dishes in the tub.

 

3:45: Teacher-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.

 

4:30: Departure of regular program children, according to individual choice.

5:00: Parent pick up of extended care children. Centre closes.