Emergent Learning Program

Discovery Station Early Learning Program

We are currently accepting registrations for our September 2022-June 2023 Discovery Station programs. In the instance that changes need to be made to the program as a result of the pandemic, parents will be notified as soon as possible. 

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Where children come to learn through play

What is emergent learning? Emergent learning is a philosophy of educating and planning curriculum that focuses on being responsive to children's interests and creating meaningful learning experiences. Our approach is child-initiated, reflective and active to the children's needs.

Why does OPCC utilize this approach? Emergent Learning is a superior model of education. It supports the Ontario Ministry of Education's Provincial philosophy and aligns with Halton Public and Catholic School Board's curriculum.

How does Learning Happen? When children are engaged in learning based on their interests, they have a natural motivation to learn. In the early years, children are engaged predominately through play and so it is utilized as a means to develop the foundations they will need to prepare for kindergarten.

What will they learn? Through emergent learning, children will be involved in variety of learning opportunities to enhance their discovery and problem-solving abilities which builds a strong foundation in all areas; social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language

This program includes:

  • Toddler and Preschool activities that will enhance your child’s natural curiosity and love of knowledge
  • Concepts that include the environment, the earth, animals, community helpers and other interesting topics
  • Qualified staff that will stimulate the creative, intellectual, social and physical development of your child
  • Special needs/integrated resource consultation provided by the Region of Halton

Registration for two program sessions are currently underway!

For full program information please refer to the General Information Booklet

Next Session
September 2022 - June 2023

Registration happening now!

Completed online registration forms are currently being accepted on a first come, first served basis. You will receive confirmation of whether your child has a space in the program or not within 10 business days. 

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Toddler Programs

(18 months to 2½ years)
3 Days: Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am -11:30am NSR-Main - Toddler Room  $498/month

2 Days:

Tues/Thurs 9:00am -11:30am NSR-Main - Toddler Room  $372/month

 Preschool Programs

(2½ to 5 years)
2 Days: Tuesday and Thursday 9:15am-12:15pm NSR- Main - Preschool Room  $370/month
3 Days: Mon/Wed/Fri 9:15am-12:15pm

NSR- Main - Preschool Room

5 Days: Monday – Friday 9:30am-12:30pm NSR-Main - Early Learning Room  $820/month

Our Discovery Station program is licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. Each location is inspected annually by the Ministry of Education. The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 contains requirements specific to staff qualifications and ratios, program content and equipment.

Click here to review Ministry of Education licensing inspection reports