CHOOSING LONDON BRIDGE
Thank you for considering becoming a part of our Early Childhood Learning Centres!
We understand that securing child care can be a complex process. As providers we must take into consideration many variables, including available space, a family's preferred start date & schedule, and the age of child(ren) seeking care. We try to predict our enrollment cycle from 6 to 18 months in advance, and there are occasions when we can assist families seeking immediate care (see next section).
To begin the enrollment process, we ask that families:
Express interest using their City/municipality's online application system:
Please reach out to your preferred location(s) to discuss next steps for your family.
Please note: Centre Directors maintain individual wait lists based on families who have toured and/or contacted the centre directly. All phone numbers and email addresses for Centre Directors can be found on the CONTACT A CENTRE page.
Our complete Wait List Policy, along with other important practices and information, can be found in our PARENT HANDBOOK.
"Do you have any immediate openings?" is a common question we hear in London, and this chart provides some answers. This information is accurate as of July 17, 2017, but can change quickly. Please reach out to one of these Centre Directors if you are needing to start care ASAP.
We know that child care is a significant investment, and a big decision for your family. Costs will differ depending on the age of your child, and the number of days they attend a centre each week. All costs on our FEE SCHEDULE are based on a 9-hour day.
Child care subsidies are available to help offset the cost for eligible families, and applications are made through your local county/municipal government. Follow the links to learn more from LONDON, SARNIA or HURON COUNTY.
We work with families to ensure that every child's need is met, from sleep schedules in our infant rooms, to dietary restrictions, medical conditions, and finding community agencies to address concerns. Our Centre Directors are happy to engage in a discussion on how to best support your child.
Most centres open at 7AM, and have a pick-up time of 5:30PM. All operate Monday-Friday, and observe holiday closings. Please see individual centre contact information for specific details, as there are some hour variations.
London Bridge offers spaces on a consistent full-week (5-days, Mon-Fri) schedule for infants to preschoolers and part-week care for toddlers to preschoolers ( 2-4 days a week).
Our innovative approach is influenced by progressive early education models from all over the world. The schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy have been a strong source of inspiration.
London Bridge provides early learning environments that nurtures a child's curious mind and kind heart. Our approach to curriculum is emergent, play-based and focuses on children’s natural inquiries.
The "Four Foundations of Learning" (as outlined by the Ministry of Education in "How Does Learning Happen: Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years"), inspire and support our work. These foundations (Belonging, Relationships, Engagement, Expression) are essential for young children to grow and flourish.
We are a community that works tirelessly to live into our mission and vision each and every day. Every employee plays an important role in upholding the following “Image of the Child” statement, whether cook, administrator, custodian, educator, or director:
We believe in the competencies of all children. We view every child as being full of potential and believe that all children have a natural desire to learn and make meaning of their world. We believe that children have the right to live fully in their childhood – not to be rushed through it.
Read our PROGRAM STATEMENT for a full explanation of our approach to learning and curriculum. It explains how:
- We support positive and responsive interactions
- We focus on feelings and empathy
- We foster exploration, play and inquiry
- We promote a child’s well-being
- Children initiate experiences, and adults support them
- Environments and experiences are thoughtfully planned
- Local partners are welcomed into our centres to offer support & guidance
- Staff are continuous, reflective professional learners
- We evolve our processes
- Communication & engagement with families is ongoing and crucial
The learning and the love will be evident all around your child's Early Childhood Learning Centre. You'll receive regular communication about your child's development through face-to-face communication, an individual portfolio, bulletin boards, newsletters, and Parent Curriculum Nights.
CHOOSING LICENSED CHILD CARE
All London Bridge centres operate under licenses issued by the Ministry of Education.
As a licensed child care provider, we meet high standards in terms of health & safety practices, and also curriculum and learning goals. Details of these standards are laid out in the Regulations for the Child Care and Early Years Act.
Our classrooms are staffed by Registered Early Childhood Educators and paraprofessionals (like graduates with a Bachelor of Education, Child & Youth workers and Developmental Service Workers) who receive unparalleled and ongoing opportunities for professional development.
Keeping children safe as they play and learn is essential. With this in mind, London Bridge insists on the following:
- Criminal Reference Checks and Vulnerable Sector Screening (all London Bridge staff)
- Standard First Aid, CPR, and WHIMIS training (all London Bridge staff)
- Anaphylaxic Allergy training (all London Bridge staff)
- Joint Health and Safety committee & inspections (all locations)
- Daily Playground inspections (all locations)
- Safe Food Handlers certification (all Cooks)