To be a supportive and nurturing community where the uniqueness of each child is celebrated.
Parents looking for child care, daycare or a preschool program are often looking for the same thing. They are looking for a high quality early learning program where their child will be nurtured and supported in all areas of development. Parents want to see their children be successful and meet their full potential.
Parkview Children’s Centre is recognized in Halton as one of the leading child care/daycare centres for the quality of the infant, toddler, preschool and pre-kindergarten programs offered. Our two Burlington schools were recipients of the prestigious 2015 Burlington Post Readers’ Choice Best Daycare Diamond Award for the high quality program offered
We provide early learning and child care based on the world famous Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children. This approach to learning has a number of grounding principles which our Parkview child care/daycare facilities subscribe to:
As part of our project based curriculum, the children in our schools encounter an environment that focuses on learning through relationships, research and art. Each school is organized around a number of learning centres where children are encouraged to explore a wide variety of art materials, real life experiences and natural resources.
Our image of the child is one that assumes children are competent, curious, inventive, and full of ideas.
At Parkview Children’s Centres the environment acts as a third teacher. Our goal as educators is to provide child care/daycare spaces that are clean, bright, stimulating and comfortable. The environment is designed to create interaction between various resources, teachers, the community and the children.
Relationships of many sorts are key to the healthy development of young children while they are in child care and developing in all areas. The connections between objects in the room, other children, teachers, parents and the community at large are all important building blocks for a solid educational foundation. Children in our Burlington and Oakville child care/daycare centres are encouraged to explore all of these relationships.
You’ll find a high level of transparency in our daycare/child care facilities. From the bright light that infuses every open space to the mirrors and light tables, and our openness to new ideas and ways of thinking, transparency is an important element in all of our schools. .
Parents will appreciate the use of documentation throughout our programs. Documentation provides evidence of children’s learning. Through concrete projects, drawings, photographs and verbal interaction, parents will be able to witness the progress of their children and have a clear notion of their child’s learning experiences. These projects give teachers the opportunity to evaluate their own work and refine the curriculum to better meet the individual abilities and needs of your child.
By listening closely to the children as they interact within their environment and with other children in the classroom, teachers can refine their approach to provoke further thought and actions. This allows children to explore a topic in depth with some guided assistance from our professional teachers.
The Reggio Emilia approach to learning uses a progettazione approach where projects are a basis for much of the activity while in school. Teachers, working with the children, develop flexible plans for further investigation and exploration of ideas and topics of interest. In this way, children help to determine, to some extent, the content and direction of their learning, exploration and activities.
In our child care programs we use the term “the hundred languages of children”. This refers to the many ways children have of expressing themselves. The experienced and caring teachers provide children with many different avenues for thinking, negotiating, devising, constructing, developing and symbolically expressing their feelings and thoughts. By using these various avenues of communication, the children and the teacher have a better understanding of one another and the material involved.
As you can see, the Reggio Emilia approach to educating young children is comprehensive, interactive, exploratory and supportive. As a professional staff we are comfortable working within this renowned educational model. Based on this approach to teaching and learning, we find that the parents of the children in our program are pleased and proud of the progress their children continue to make in our Burlington and Oakville daycare centres.
Please feel free to discuss the Reggio Emilia educational approach with any of our staff. They will be glad to answer your specific questions. They can also provide further information on this unique and time tested way of building solid educational foundations for the children of our community.
In each classroom you will find twoRegistered Early Childhood Educators and Early Childhood Assistants who have a combination of education and experience in related fields that help support our comprehensive program and your child.
Research tells us that trained and qualified teachers provide a higher quality of care due to their knowledge about how children grow and learn. Parkview exceeds minimum standards and requires that two Registered Early Childhood Educators be in each classroom. Our teachers participate in continuous professional development activities to enhance their work in this field. This on-going professional development occurs in formal workshops, seminars and conferences. Reflective dialogue is encouraged with the School Director and colleagues. This takes place throughout the day and provides a less formal approach to ongoing professional growth.
Our teachers are actively engaged in working with and observing your children on a continual basis to monitor their progress. Parkview’s teachers also share their observations with other teachers in the school in order to develop the best educational and social opportunities available for your children.
Parkview is proud that their curriculum approach follows the same principles used in the Ministry of Education kindergarten programs. Parkview commits to ensuring children have the best early learning education so that they are successful when they go to kindergarten for the first time.
Parkview also embraces new research published by the Ministry of Education about how children learn. The research document “How does learning happen” highlights four key concepts that must be present to support effective learning for children. These concepts can be seen throughout the daycare classrooms in the Burlington child care and Oakville child care locations. The four concepts are: Well-being, Expression, Engagement and Belonging.
All three of our centres are successful participants of the Quality First program. At Parkview Children’s Centres we are pleased to be a respected member of this prestigious program. Our staff strive to meet and surpass all of the “Quality First” criteria and performance objectives. Membership in the “Quality First” program provides assurance to parents that their children are in good hands and receiving some of the best care and instruction available based on recent studies in the early childhood education field.
Each of our facilities is also licensed through the Ministry of Education and are inspected on an annual basis. We are proud of the reports we receive from the Ministry of Education and continuously look for ways in which we can improve.
What does it mean to be licensed by the Ministry of Education and a member of the Quality First program?
There may be times when children with identified developmental needs (physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language) enrol at Parkview. When this happens the School Director meets with parents to ensure that the goals for the child are clear and curriculum plans are set to support the child for successful growth and development. The Registered Early Childhood Educators in the classroom commit to reviewing and implementing the program plans and meets with additional consultants to support the child and family. Ongoing observation, communication and revision to the program activities take place so that the child has what they need to be successful.
A Board of Directors consisting of parents and community members was formed at that time. Subsequently, Parkview Children’s Centre was registered as a non-profit organization under the name Sharlaur Children’s Centre (Burlington) Inc. We were pleased when the Region of Halton selected Parkview Children’s Centre to operate child care facilities in their two new long term care facilities in Oakville and North Burlington. In 2005 The Village School opened in the Post Inn Village and the Orchard School opened in Creekway Village. The addition of these two facilities enhanced Parkview’s growing enrollment. We are proud of having been selected to provide the preschool and child care services in these long term care facilities. Being able to work with the seniors in these buildings has added another rich element to our programs and to the lives of our students.
All of our schools are licensed through the Ministry of Education and are non-profit programs. This means we subscribe to a very stringent and clear set of guidelines in terms of staffing and the quality of the educational programs we offer. We are happy to enroll children when they are infants (at our Orchard & Village location) and eighteen months (at our Lakeshore location). We offer programs up until children are eligible to go to kindergarten.
Call any of our schools to arrange a tour or to discuss fees for enrolling your child. Fee assistance, sponsored by the Region of Halton, may be available for families. The School Director at each site can provide you with information about eligibility.
The location of The Lakeshore School provides access to a variety of parks and opportunities for nature expeditions. Both children and parents can enjoy the warm homey feel of this school that makes it a pleasant place to be a child. The facilities and staff at this location offer great opportunities for learning and playing.
The Lakeshore School children and staff offer an intergenerational program through its’ linkage with Sunrise Senior Living residence that is just down the street.
We are proud of the facilities at each of our schools and make renovations and improvements to our buildings on a regular basis. For example, at The Lakeshore School we have redesigned and rebuilt the outdoor play environments in 2003 and 2012. We also make improvements to the interior environments on a regular basis. We want to make certain that we offer the cleanest, most creative and comfortable spaces possible for your children and our staff.
This location of Parkview Children’s Centre is set in a bright, attractive, building with the classroom designed to suit a wide ranging and active program for infant, toddler and preschool aged children. At this location, we offer a comprehensive child care/daycare program that will assist in keeping your child emotionally healthy, creative, learning, happy, and active.
The Orchard School offers an intergenerational program through it’s’ linkage with Halton Region’s long term care facility.
Here’s what one of our parents reported about their experience at the The Orchard School: “My daughter spent 4 years at this day care from age 2 to 6 years. My son was there from 18 months to 4 years. I was always very happy with everything about the centre. “Excellent Burlington daycare!”
Set in a well-lit modern facility, you’ll feel confident leaving your children at this Oakville daycare location. The Village School fits comfortably into the surrounding community and can take advantage of the intergenerational opportunities with seniors found in a long term care facility with which it is linked.
Children and their parents appreciate the private and spacious courtyard playground that ensures safety and ample opportunities for active play.
“Our best future is one in which all children are healthy and secure; emotionally and socially competent; eager, confident and successful learners….” (Charles E. Pascal Special Advisor on early Learning in Ontario). At Parkview Children’s Centre we believe that we provide the type of social and educational experience that mirrors those beliefs.