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From Infancy to the First Day of School and Beyond

Once Upon A Time Child Care Centre is a non-profit child care center. The centre opened in 2002 and today operates two school-based centres in Essex and Maidstone. The Essex centre is located in Holy Name Elementary School and is a full-service centre offering full daycare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and before and after school school-age children. In Maidstone, at St Mary Elementary School, we have a before and after school program. Both centres have bussing available to and from schools in the area. As well both centres offer school-age children full day on school breaks, PD days and summer.

Once Upon A Time Child Care Centre is licensed by the Ministry of Education under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA).

Our programs are designed using the document; “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years”. Our emergent curriculum creates an environment where children learn through play, inquiry and exploration and is based on our observations and discoveries of the children as they play and interact. The experiences a child has early on in life set the foundation of learning for a lifetime. Using this document we provide a comprehensive education that focuses on Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression ensuring optimal learning and healthy development.

The learning environment is arranged to encourage positive experiences and allow children to be active and engaged. The Once Upon A Time Child Care Centre Team.