Kawartha Child Care Services has 24 licensed programs caring for over 900 children daily in the City of Kawartha Lakes, the County and City of Peterborough and the Region of Durham.

Our programs include full day child care, nursery school, and before and after school programs. Each program is unique with hours of service ranging from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Our home child care program offers flexible hours of care, depending on the individual care provider.

At Kawartha Child Care Services we believe children are competent, full of wonder and ideas with rights instead of needs and we view curriculum as everything that happens during our time together.

Inspired by the schools in Reggio Emilia our curriculum approach is both child-centered and emergent. Our educators observe and listen carefully to children at play. These observations guide our curriculum as we create opportunities for children to deepen their thinking, represent their understandings and encounter new perspectives. Through documentation, educators help children to revisit and reflect on their play and thinking and provide an environment where learning is visible to families.

We believe that each moment we share with children offers us time to build relationships and create an atmosphere that nurtures children, teachers, and families. Through primary care, children have more opportunities to deepen their relationships with others and engage in smaller group experiences. By creating a safe, secure and warm environment, children develop an eagerness to learn, independence, and a positive sense of self.

Financial Assistance

You may qualify for a fee subsidy that would assist with the cost of licensed child care for children from birth to age 12. If you are eligble for a fee subsidy, your child care fees could be partially or fully covered. Subsidies are available for a variety of child care settings.

To find out more about child care subsidies available in your area, choose from this list of links:


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