As we move through the uncertain times of COVID, we continue to offer quality learning programs to enrich children's lives. Infant, Toddler and Preschool age groups (0-3.8) are as per normal, but of course, we are following all Public Health and Governmental Guidelines.

We have 4 Schoolhouse Playcare Centres currently offering emergency care for essential workers for Kindergartens and Schoolage up to  12 years of age!  The children are welcome to bring their electronics to assist in their school learning at the interest of the children.   The locations open for essential workers are:    Elsie MacGill - Oshawa, Glen Dhu - Whitby, Roland Michener - Ajax, Highbush - Pickering

Please apply at:

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Dear Families,

We hope you are doing well, staying healthy and enjoying the beautiful weather! As you know, we will be reopening some of our childcare centres on Monday, July 13, 2020. In order to ensure a safe and healthy return that aligns with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education, we are planning a phased in approach of our 26 program locations. Additionally, we will be temporarily reducing our hours of operation during the summer to 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at all locations.

As an organization, we are committed to the well-being, health and safety of our children, families and educators. As part of our preparation we have updated our Infectious Disease and Pandemic Policy. This policy is included in this email for your reference, and will also be posted on our website at


COVID-19 News

June 11, 2020

Dear Families,

We hope you are doing well and staying healthy. As you may have heard, the government of Ontario announced that childcare centres across Ontario can re-open as early as Friday, June 12, 2020 provided that several new health and safety protocols are put in place. While we have always put the health and safety of our children first, these enhanced protocols will take some time to fully prepare for prior to re-opening. Some of the new protocols include;

  • fewer children and educators in a defined childcare space
  • changes to maximum group sizes to ensure small group interactions and support physical distancing practices
  • physical changes to the learning environment to encourage physical distancing where possible (children will still be playing with one another!)
  • daily health screening of children and educators upon


As we continue to respond to COVID-19 and the impact it is having on our families, please know that we will continue to update you as we learn more.  Please stay safe as we work together to regain our healthy communities.  
The Province of Ontario has updated closures as follows:
• All schools, including school-based child care centres, will remain closed until Monday May 4th (this means that ALL Schoolhouse Playcare locations will be closed)
• Non-essential businesses (including Schoolhouse Playcare Head Office) will remain closed until Tuesday April 14th 
Denise Gilbert ...

Hello Families!

The Regional Municipality of Durham is offering emergency child care to eligible health care and frontline workers, at no cost. Emergency child care services are being offered for children from birth to 12 years old and is reserved exclusively for eligible health care and frontline workers who have no other alternatives. The safest option for your family is to have children remain at home if possible. The application is now available online, please share with families who may be eligible and have no other options.

If you have trouble with the now available online link, please use this:

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