The Humber Child Development Centre (HCDC) has been serving our diverse community for over 30 years. Through our collaboration with families, the City of Toronto and other community partners, we continue to flourish and stay current in our practice as a dedicated team. Our program is consistent with the Ministry of Education and rooted in the Ministry pedagogy of How Does Learning Happen (2014); the six principles of Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT); and the Think Feel Act: Lessons from Research (2013) document. We view children as “competent, capable, curious and rich in potential” (HDLH, 2014, p. 6) and are here to support children’s development as a whole. This is primarily through play, our thoughtful observations, experiences, interactions, transitions and the rhythm of the day.
We welcome all families, in an inclusive environment and offer care for children ages 0-4 years, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. We are open all year with the exception of Statutory Holidays and Humber College Holiday Closures. HCDC is licensed by the Ministry of Education and operates under a purchase of services agreement from the city of Toronto. Families that live in the Toronto area may apply for childcare subsidy and resource consultation through the Every Child Belongs program offered in collaboration with the City.
Our Centre provides spaces for up to 20 infants, 30 toddlers, and 48 preschoolers, and at times of high enrollment, families may be placed on our waitlist free of charge.
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“Young children experience their world as an environment of relationships, which affect virtually all aspects of their development.” (HDLH, 2014, p.24)
Our program values and strives to continuously cultivate and nurture authentic, caring relationships and connections between children, adults, community, and the world. This helps children to establish a growing sense of self within the context of a group setting. Our responsive-inclusive program makes every effort to create and maintain an open, respectful and welcoming environment for all. We aim to reflect the rich diversity of our community through thoughtful and informed practices. Educators ensure that all children have equitable and genuine opportunities to participate in all aspects of the program. The children are offered opportunities to engage in inquiry, learn through play, build friendships and appreciate the natural world, through the everyday routine and transitions, interactions and experiences that take place daily. Our educators advocate for positive relationships with all children, families and communities. We provide opportunities for ongoing engagement and expression, fostering a healthy well-being and sense of belonging that contributes to building positive self-regulation and resiliency skills for life.