Child care centres

Please note:

As spaces are filled on an annual basis, Conestoga child care centres are not open for drop-off services. Children are welcome on campus when accompanied by a caregiver to access services and attend events.

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 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 served 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.

Locations and contact info

Kitchener - Doon Campus Child Care Centre
0 to 4 years of age
Early Childhood Education Building
299 Doon Valley Drive
Kitchener ON N2G 4M4

Driftwood Park Child and Youth Development Centre
18 months to 12 years of age
50 Parkland Crescent Kitchener ON N2N 1S4

Silverheights Child and Youth Development Centre
2 ½ years and up - nursery school half-day program
8 to 12 years of age - before and after school programs only
4 to 12 years of age - summer camp program (July and August)
390 Scott Rd.
Cambridge ON N3C 3Z7

Care for Newcomer Children Centre
6 months and up - morning and afternoon half-day programs
For children of LINC students only
108 University Ave. E, Waterloo ON N2J 2W2
519-885-0300, ext. 5151

Sandhills Youth Development Centre, JF Carmichael Youth Development Centre, Pioneer Park Youth Development Centre
8 to 12 years of age - before and after school programs only

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