Infant/Toddler 4 Market St. Toronto, ON M5E 1M6 - 416 363 5989
Preschool 2 Princess St. Toronto, ON M5A 4G6 - 416 363 9506
School Age and Before and After School Programs                          
230 The Esplanade Toronto, ON M5A 4J6 - 416 363 9425

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The Infant and Toddler Centre is licensed for 20 infants and 20 toddlers by the Ministry of Education. The infant program has 2 rooms with the capacity of 10 infants in each room, ages 3 months to 18 months old. The toddler program has 2 rooms with the capacity of 10 toddlers in each room, ages 18 months to 2½ years old.

Welcome to St. Lawrence Co-operative Daycare Centre Infant Program

Our loving, knowledgeable, dedicated staff conscientiously cares for up to 10 children. We always have three staff members in our infant room. We offer quality care in a safe, healthy, environment. All of our teachers are highly trained. In the infant room we follow each child’s individual schedule to remain consistent with the child’s schedule at home. Through observation, learning your child's cues, and consistent parent/staff communication, we build a loving, joyful relationship with your child. This close relationship enables us to individualize personal care.

St.Lawrence has an open door policy. This means that parents can visit their infant any time during the day.

St. Lawrence Co-operative Daycare Centre Practices and Policy:
  • Health, safety, and positive parent relationships are top priorities
  • Children are guided and supported in their social development
  • Loving, respectful, responsive care by dedicated staff
  • Play, self-discovery and self-expression
  • Nutritious whole foods - positive eating experiences
  • Age appropriate materials and activities/experiences
  • Consistent practices among staff
  • Outdoor walks

Welcome to St. Lawrence Co-operative Daycare Centre Toddler Program
Our loving, knowledgeable, dedicated staff conscientiously cares for up to 10 children. We offer quality care in a safe, healthy, environment. All of our teachers are highly trained.The toddler program is designed to meet the needs of the individual child as well as the group as a whole. The information we have provided below describes the wonderful program we provide.

The daily schedule and program plans are posted on the bulletin board located in the toddler room. The toddler daily schedule provides several opportunities for your child’s developmental growth. The program is designed to enhance and cater to each child’s needs as an individual and as part of the group. The daily programming allows the teachers to facilitate opportunities that are age appropriate and take the child’s whole self into account.

The toddler room is set up with different areas of interest: quiet area, block area, drama, gross and fine motor, manipulative toys, and sensory experiences.

Nap-time for the toddlers is encouraged between the hours of 12:00 to 2:00. During this time the playroom is converted to a rest area, where each child has his/her own resting cot. The centre supplies cot sheets and parents are encouraged to bring in a blanket during this time. The sheets are washed on a weekly basis or as required at the centre. Parents are required to take home their child’s blanket once a week for washing. As a reminder due to health and safety reasons we do not encourage the use of a bottle at rest time.

The toddler playroom has a separate washroom, which also includes a change area. Your child’s diaper is checked and changed approximately every two hours. Parents are responsible to provide diapers, ointments/creams etc… As a reminder parents are asked to check/change their child’s diaper during a.m. drop off at the day care centre. Diapers and ointments/creams are labeled for each child and stored in the selves above the change area. The procedure for diaper changing and the diaper chart are located on the cupboards above the change table. Parents are responsible for supplying extra clothing for their child. When your diapers are running low we will put a reminder in your child’s cubby or in your communication book. Please ensure your child’s blanket, extra clothing, etc… are labeled with their name.

Our toilets are designed to suit the needs of the toddler group, however if your child feels more comfortable using a potty please make sure your child’s room teacher is aware.

The day care provides one a.m. snack, two p.m. snacks, and a hot lunch. The menu is posted in each toddler room and on the bulletin board located in the main hallway. Please instruct your child’s room teacher of any allergies, restrictions or changes in your child’s eating patterns.

Goals during this time include:

  • creating a positive experience towards food
  • encouraging the exploration of different foods
  • encouraging language
  • developing social skills and promoting independence
  • facilitating opportunities for sensory exploration

In the event of an illness at any point throughout the day, the day care centre will notify you (the parent). If you are not available we will then notify the emergency contacts on your child’s form. We will ask that you/emergency person pick up your child. Upon arrival at the centre a detailed illness report will be presented to you for your signature. This report will be filed in your child’s file.

In the event of an accident during the day, a detailed accident report will be filled out by a full time staff and presented to you at the end of the day for your signature. Once again this report will be filled in your child’s file. If the injury requires medical attention, the centre will notify you (the parent). If you are not available, we will then notify the emergency contacts on your child’s form.

Interviews will be set up on a need basis and are welcome throughout the year. This is an opportunity to discuss concerns and/or questions about your child and their development. Parents are also encouraged to discuss any questions with staff on a regular basis.

Birthdays are special occasions. One of our goals in celebrating is to consider the uniqueness and different backgrounds of each child’s. For this reason we invite parents to attend their child’s birthday snack if possible or share any special ideas.

Celebrations for all the children take place during afternoon snack. Children that are able, will eat the special snack and toddlers that have restrictions will eat their own snack. If you are unsure about what to bring, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher. Celebrations should be a happy and enjoyable occasion so let us all work together at making it an edible one too. Please remember this is a nut & pork free facility.

At this stage in a toddler’s development many changes are taking place. They are struggling to become more independent, autonomous while continuing to develop their own identity. Because of this they may experience conflict during their day that is difficult and upsetting to them. The teachers use a variety of strategies to assist a child who is experiencing conflict while supporting their need for autonomy:

  • Helping a child to find the necessary words
  • Demonstrating, showing by example
  • Removing items when used inappropriately
  • Helping children develop empathy
  • Redirecting
  • Anticipating conflict before it happens
  • Providing an interesting and developmental appropriate room set up

Please let your child’s room teacher know if you have a strategy or technique that you feel is effective in helping your child through a difficult situation.

4 Market St

St. Lawrence Coop Daycare Inc. - Infant and Toddler Centre
4 Market Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5E 1M6

Closest Intersection: Esplanade and Jarvis

Located south of the St. Lawrence Market

Hours of Operation: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday Inclusive
Closed on Statutory Holidays
Languages Spoken:English, Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Amharic,and Arabic
Parking: 3 designated spaces to pick up and drop off (10 minute maximum)

Supervisor: Grace Kingston
Telephone: 416 363-5989
Fax: 416 363-7830
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