Conestoga College operates a number of child care centres throughout Waterloo Region that offer quality early learning and care for children and function as lab schools for post-secondary college programs.
The program of each child care centre is guided by the philosophy taught to the Early Childhood education students. It has been developed using a thoughtfully constructed curriculum design that draws upon evidence-based research in the fields of early learning and care. Each program is based on the beliefs that children are capable individuals who develop and learn best in warm nurturing environments that respect their individuality and challenge their curiosity. Through experiences that emerge from children's play, qualified educators create learning opportunities that stimulate and support children’s learning and development.
In partnership with Conestoga's diploma program, the centres work in concert with faculty to support student learning through intentional and meaningful observations.
All of our child care centre lab schools are staffed by Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE) who are graduates of recognized college and/or university level programs and who are members of the professional College of Early Childhood Educators. These educators have been chosen for their credentials, their expert skills and knowledge in curriculum design and implementation and their caring, warmth and understanding with children.
Our child care centre lab schools are open to college students, college employees and members of the local community. As lengthy waiting lists often exist it is recommended that you contact the child care centre of your choice well before you want care to commence. Spaces are filled on a first come first serve basis. Fees are established on an annual basis and available by contacting any one of our locations. Fee subsidies from local municipal social services or child care divisions are available to qualifying families. Contact information about fee subsidies is available from any of our centres.
Download a copy of our Waiting List Form (pdf).
Mail or drop off the form and the administration fee to the centre of you choice.
Cheques are made payable to Conestoga College.
For general inquiries contact at 519-748-5220 ext. 2202