What are the hours at Way To Grow Daycare?

Our centres are open Monday to Friday

**Our centre at 89 Hartzel Road, St. Catharines is also open on Saturdays.

We are closed for Statutory Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Civic Holiday
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Is there a Registration Fee?

Yes, there is a one time registration fee of $15.00 per child. This is paid when you pick up the Registration Package.

What are your child care fees?

Our child care fees vary depending on the age of your child and the program you select.  Child care fees are collected bi-weekly and are paid through EFT (electronic funds transfer), which is a pre-authorized bank withdrawal.

Please contact the centre of choice to discuss child care fees.

How do I get help paying for daycare?

Way To Grow Daycare has a contract with Niagara Region Children’s Services to provide subsidized daycare.

What documents do I need to provide when registering my child?

Every child enrolled in our programs must have a complete registration form with contact information for the child, parents and  emergency contacts. A health checklist and a copy of immunizations is also required.

Do you provide meals?

Way To Grow Daycare provides a breakfast snack, hot lunch and an afternoon snack on a daily basis. We proudly cater our own programs, through Little Ones Lunches and serve only Ontario Raised Beef and Cage Free Chickens.

What are your Teacher to Child Ratios?

Infants (3 – 18 months)

  • 1 teacher for every 3 children

Toddlers (18 months – 2.5 years)

  • 1 teacher for every 5 children

Preschool (2.5 to 5 years)

  • 1 teacher for every 8 children

JK/SK (children MUST be attending school)

  • 1 teacher for every 13 children

School Age (6 – 12 years)

  • 1 teacher for every 15 children

**Our centres are approved for reduced teacher to child ratios at the beginning and the end of each day.

**Our centres are approved for 20% mixed age grouping. This provides an opportunity to enroll a child that is not quite of the Toddler or Preschool age.

What does my child need to bring to daycare?

  • Backpack or bag (labeled)
  • At least ONE complete change of clothes (labeled)
  • Indoor Running Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • In winter extra mittens (one for morning and one for afternoon)

We encourage children to leave their toys and special items at home.  Our staff on occasion, will plan a day so that the children can bring a toy form home to share.  Our older children are NOT permitted electronics of any sort. 

Will you administer medication if required?

We will administer prescribed medication or Tylenol/Advil/Motrin if accompanied by a doctor’s note. Medication must be in the original container. It is a good idea to ask your pharmacist to split the dosage into two bottles so that one can stay at daycare.

Can my child attend daycare if he/she is sick?

If your child is not feeling well, we do encourage you to keep your child home. A general rule of thumb is to consider whether or not your child will be able to participate in all aspects of the program including indoor and outdoor activities. Children who are vomiting, have diarrhea or a high fever will not be permitted to attend.

Children who become ill during the day will be sent home. We require children to be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to the centre.

Do I get a refund if my child is away due to illness or vacation?

Our fees are calculated based on our costs and the children enrolled in our programs. As such, we cannot offer refunds if your child misses a day due to an illness, vacation or other absence.

Does my child have to go outside?

Research has proven that there are wonderful developmental and health benefits to active outdoor play.  Every child is encouraged to spend 2 hours outside every day (weather permitting).

What is your strategy for behaviour management?

Our teachers have been trained to provide positive child guidance techniques. Some of these strategies include:

  • Verbally guiding the child – at the child’s level
  • Redirecting the child to another activity
  • Sitting with the child to complete a task
  • Provide a quiet activity to allow the child to "re-group"