Withrow Childcare Centre

Withrow Childcare Centre

Withrow Childcare Centre provides a caring, stimulating and creative environment designed to motivate the children to develop emotionally, socially, intellectually, creative and physically. The centre emphasizes respect for the child, self-esteem and a positive self-concept. At the same time, the children are encouraged to respect others. The teacher's role is one of guidance and support.

We are committed to providing excellent care and supporting children, parents and the staff. We strive to achieve a centre that is inclusive and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, culture, ability, nationality, or class. We are proactive in promoting acceptance, understanding, and valuing of differences.

Our Philosophy

Withrow Childcare Centre's philosophy on children's learning is to provide the children with a stimulating and supportive environment. The environment is designed to motivate the children to develop and to widen their mental and physical capabilities. Our philosophy focuses on the following components:

§  Multicultural Based Curriculum

§  Positive Guidance Strategies

§  Emergent Curriculum – is a play based programming style which emerges from the child’s interests, supporting them as they reach their developmental goals.  The curriculum is planned through observations, documentation and using the ELECT Document.

Withrow Childcare Program Statement: Click here for more information


The supervisor of the centre maintains a current waiting list of names of children needing a placement.   Admission into the centre will be bases on the following priorities.

§  Siblings of children presently in the centre (upon acceptance into Withrow Public School)

§  Individuals living in the Withrow Public School district

§  Have seniority on the waiting list

In order to maintain a balance of ages as well as the appropriate staff/child ratio, the child's age is considered before admitting.
Please note that Withrow Childcare Centre has an extensive waiting list. For more details about the wait list, please see below.

Admission Requirements

The following must be completed before the child can be admitted to the centre:

§  Registration forms

§  A non-refundable deposit

§  Medical form (Public Health)

§  Emergency Information Card

Age Groups
Our school-age room is licensed to care for 75 children, grades 1-5. All children enrolled in this program attend Withrow Public School.

Our preschool room provides 24 spaces for children, ages 2 1/2 to 4 (or until they enter Junior Kindergarten.

Full Day Kindergarten Before and After Care Program

Withrow Public School opened a Full Day Kindergarten Program as of September 2013.  Please note that at Kindergarten Registration interested families will be given an information sheet with how to apply for the before and after care program.  If there is enough interest in the Before and After component (20 children) a program will be implemented and families will be contacted by the Centre.  The staff/child ratio in the JK/SK program will be 1 RECE per 13 children to a maximum room number of 26.
Our Staff
The staff at Withrow Childcare includes 1 Executive Director,  1 Supervisor, 15 Teachers and 1 part-time assistant. The staff/child ratio in the preschool room is 1 staff per 8 children as required by the Childcare and Early Years Act. The school-age ratio is met with 1 staff per 15 children. 

Hours of Operation

Preschool Room - 5 days per week

7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

School-age Room

7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Full Day Kindergarten Before and After Program

7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The school-age room and JK/SK rooms will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all P.A days. It will also remain open during the March Break, although an extra fee may be added. The school-age room is closed during the months of July and August for summer break.

For more information, contact:

Anne Giltenan


About Withrow Childcare Centre

Withrow Childcare Centre is a licensed, not-for-profit centre that provides quality childcare located within the Withrow Avenue Public School. The centre has a licensed capacity for 151 children. These spaces are comprised of 24 pre-school and 75 school age spaces (Grades 1 through 5).

How do we get on the wait list?

If the waitlist is open, families can place their child on the waitlist by email withrowwaitlist@gmail.com   As of April 2016, the school-age program waitlist is closed. 

Please include the following information in your email/fax:

§  Your name, address and contact phone numbers.

§  Your child's name and date of birth.

§  Preferred start date.

§  The date and time on the fax/email will trigger the order of placement on the list. You will be contacted by phone or email to confirm receipt of your request.

§  If you are contacted regarding a space, you will be invited to visit the centre and meet with the Supervisor. You will have two days to accept or decline the spot.

§  If you decide to accept, you are required to give a non-refundable deposit of one half of a month's fees, to secure your spot.

§  If you decide to decline the spot but wish to remain on the list, your name will be placed back on using the date you declined.

How are spots assigned?

If and when a childcare space becomes available for a particular age group, the priority goes to:

§  Siblings of children presently in the centre

§  Children in the Withrow Public School catchment area with seniority on the wait list

§  Children returning after parental leave

§  Children with seniority on the Out of District wait list

Frequently Asked Questions

My child has been on the list for several years - why have we not been offered a spot?

§  The few spots that opened up were for children who were a different age than your child.

§  Siblings were given priority.

§  Your child's name was not at the top of the list when an available spot came up for that age group.



Please note: If your child is not offered a spot when he or she is 2 or 3, it becomes harder to get in due to limited openings for older children.

I heard that if I call the centre often to check my placement on the waitlist, I have a better chance of getting in earlier.
1. Staff are working with children and have no information regarding the waitlist. Please do not call.

If you have questions regarding your placement, please email them to withrowwaitlist@gmail.com

Please note: Although we will be happy to tell you where you are on the list, it is important to note that your placement may not change due to sibling/age priority.