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St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Incorporated is operated by a Parent Board of Directors, licensed under the Provincial Child Care and Early Years Act. The Day Care has been in operation since 1979 and provides quality child care in three different locations within the St. Lawrence community in Downtown Toronto.
St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care Incorporated believes children learn through play. Play is the cornerstone where children have the opportunity to actively explore and learn through materials and their environment. Play facilitates the development of the whole child including, social, emotional, physical, cognitive and creative abilities.
In order for children’s play to be meaningful, the experiences need to reflect each child’s skills and needs. The Centre is committed to offering a high quality, child centered program that provides for children’s success in learning. St. Lawrence Co-operative Day Care strives to provide quality care for all children, regardless of race, ethnicity, financial situations, gender and family structure. All children are entitled to the same level of service, care and hours of operation.
The program involves children, parents, teachers working together in an anti-bias and integrated environment. This teamwork promotes children’s abilities to resolve conflicts, understand mutual respect, gain independence and build self-esteem. These abilities are also encouraged by teachers modeling and encouraging socially acceptable behaviour where children are supported to self-regulate and develop positive relationships.
The children’s environment is structured with routines and transitions in order to provide consistency and security. This flexibility facilitates decision making and free choice which is incorporated in the program on a daily basis.
Words cannot express the thanks that my family has for each and every early childhood teacher and staff of St. Lawrence Co-operative Daycare. We enrolled Olena in September 2012, just a year before her Junior Kindergarten. She was a very shy child who didn’t spoke a word of English. Since then she has grown and matured a lot. Thank you so much for your responsiveness, attention to detail and support over the past year.
I had peace of mind going to work knowing my children were in a safe and nurturing environment. It was tremendously sad to say goodbye to the staff as my children have been in their care from when they were 6 months up to 10 years of age but I knew their experience in daycare had prepared them well in the next chapter of their lives.
Friendly, caring and passionate staff make for a warm family-like childcare setting. The staff have an amazing rapport with families; evident by the smiles and greetings when out in the community. We love the staff at St. Lawrence, they’re like extended family.