Our Philosophy

The LWCC believes in offering quality programs that are based on the childcare needs or the York University community, where parents and children are the key elements and remain the Centre’s top priority. The Centre believes in providing a friendly, multicultural, and non-sexist environment for its members and feels that children are distinct individuals who should be treated with respect and they are encouraged to develop at their own pace and to their own potential.

At LWCC, we believe that children learn about the world around them through play. The Centre’s image of the child is one of being more worldly, being capable, competent and curious, a partner in the learning along with the teacher. Both images represent an inclusive environment where all children are welcome and included. Our children learn about themselves, their peers and the world in which they live through investigation and exploration, through art, drama, music and social interactions, while recognizing that each child is a unique individual. We encourage family involvement in our program as much as possible. We welcome ongoing discussions with parents and caregivers about their child’s progress – social, emotional, cognitive – and their daily life at the Centre.

We hire qualified staff and ensure their ongoing growth and development by offering workshops and seminars on a yearly basis. The staff focus on the children’s interests and passions as well as their own. The staff team believes that children are strong, competent learners. We understand that children are to be heard, seen and believed. The staff values and respects the children and believes that their thoughts and ideas are pivotal to the curriculum. It is the educator’s role to facilitate allowing the children’s ideas and interests to flow in a positive planned program, allowing the children to discover, explore, document, compare and share their ideas and results. We believe capturing and documenting our practice is a form of reinforcement of the learning process for educators, family and children.

Staff believe in being, honest, open minded, caring and current within the profession. Understanding that children learn in many different ways, small accomplishments are huge to a child who struggles within the program. We believe that the learning environment consists of everyone (children, teachers and families) working together for the holistic development of the child. We balance indoor/outdoor, active play, rest and quiet within each of our programs daily schedules. Activities within the program emphasize skills; self-esteem, self-respect, self-regulation, empathy and respect for others, which allows individual children and groups to interact in an appropriate and confident manner.