Dear Families,

As you are likely aware, the Ontario Government announced a delay to the start of the winter term for all Ontario schools.  School will resume following the winter break on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

As a result, we will not be offering care for our kindergarten and school-aged children on Monday, January 3, 2022 and Tuesday, January 4, 2022.  We will resume with our regular programming on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022.

Please note – we have not processed any child care fees for the month of January 2022 and child care fees for our before and after-school programs will be adjusted and you will not be charged for the two-day closure

We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you all the best in 2022!

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:

Thank you families for your continued support and faith in our educators to provide a safe, educational learning environment for your children. If you require more information, please contact Ruth at 

take care everyone and be safe! 



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 Our policy reflects the guidelines outlined from the Ministry of Education and aligns with the directives from Durham Region Public Health. Additionally, we have prepared a comprehensive training/orientation for our childcare professionals and we are working hard to prepare our learning environments to support the social, emotional and physical safety of the children we miss so much!

We are very excited to be welcoming our children and families back into care! We are confident in our ability to provide an environment that ensures your children are safe, while providing them with rich play-based learning experiences.

There are some notable changes to the way our childcare centres will operate during the COVID-19 pandemic and we continue to rely on the information provided by Durham Region Public Health to guide our decisions. Some of the changes you will observe as your return to care;

          ▪ daily health screening of children, families, educators and visitors upon arrival to the centre to ensure no symptoms of ill health (this includes temperature checks) Please allow for extra time in the morning to drop off your child. You will be asked to complete a daily health screening checklist and we will be taking the temperature of all children and those who drop off. Anyone who exhibits the symptoms outlined on the screening tool will not be admitted into the centre and will be directed to seek further assessment prior to returning to care. We will be strictly enforcing our policies related to sick children in care

         ▪ we will have a dedicated cleaner that will ensure frequent cleaning and sanitizing of our physical environments, toys and equipment ▪ there will be fewer children and educators to a defined childcare space, and the maximum number of individuals (including children and educators) will be 10 in each classroom. Groups will not mix with other groups throughout the day, and children will remain with the same group for at least one week at a time

         ▪ families will not be permitted in the centre. You are asked to drop your child off and complete the health screening tool in the morning. In the afternoon, you are asked to contact the childcare centre by phone 5 minutes prior to your arrival. One of our educators will bring your child and their belongings to you!while the learning environment will be set-up to encourage physical distancing, children will still be allowed/encouraged to play with one another. Once children go through the daily “health screening” they are considered safe to participate

         ▪ our screeners/greeters and cleaners will be utilizing PPE (personal protective equipment). Educators are not encouraged to use PPE in the classroom unless the activity would typically require PPE (i.e. diapering children)

         ▪ we will be providing snacks and meals for all children, and we will not permit outside food into the centre. You are encouraged to send your child with a clearly labeled water bottle.

How can you prepare for a safe return to childcare?

         ▪ plan to arrive at the centre with enough time to successfully drop your child off, complete the health screening tool and get your temperature read

         ▪ avoid sending toys and plush toys/stuffed animals to the centre. This is to avoid cross contamination. If your child uses a “stuffie” as a calming tool or sleep aid, it will be kept on your child’s bed and will only be utilized during sleep time. Please send this in a Ziploc bag

         ▪ please send disposable diapers and wipes, re-usable diapering materials will not be accepted during the pandemic. Please send diapers in a plastic sleeve and wipes in the original container (so we can seal them appropriately)

         ▪ please send extra clothing in a Ziploc bag, and ensure all belongings are clearly labelled with your child’s name

         ▪ please send your child to the centre with their own sunscreen, and ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please check to ensure that the sunscreen does not expire prior to September 2020. We will not allow children to share sunscreen.

         ▪ waterplay will be available, please send your child with a bathing suit and a towel

         ▪ please label everything you send for your child with their first and last name

We want to thank you for your ongoing support, and patience, as we work through this new way of doing things! This is all very new to us, and our educators are working hard to ensure the new guidelines are implemented while planning FUN, engaging experiences for your children. If you have any questions, please speak with your childcare supervisor.


Lisa Rankin

Executive Director

Schoolhouse Playcare Centres of Durham

 Please visit our website ( for information including COVID-19 Updates, Family Resources, Healthy Tips and Parent Education

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 arrival to the centre to ensure no symptoms of ill health
  • enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and handwashing procedures

In order to prepare for safe and healthy re-opening of our centres we will need to work with the DDSB to access and organize our space, as well as train our childcare professionals.

We cannot announce an opening date at this time. We are expecting further guidance from the Ministry of Education over the next few days that will help us to decide on an official re-opening date, and we are committed to providing an update as soon as possible. Please be assured that we are working hard to welcome our families back quickly!

One critical step in our planning process is understanding the childcare needs of our families. You would have received a link to an online survey to support us in this planning.

Please continue to look for communication from your centre supervisor and visit our website.

Thank you in advance for your patience. We know this is a stressful time for many families and will be in touch again soon with more details as soon as we have them.

For more information about the Province’s announcement, please follow this link;


Lisa Rankin

Executive Director

Schoolhouse Playcare Centres of Durham


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 
• Given the current uncertainty about how long school closures will continue and what ongoing directions/limitations may be imposed by the Province of Ontario:
Registration for SPC’s summer programs is currently on hold
• There will be no fees charged for days on which Schoolhouse Playcare Centres has closed/will continue to close as the result of COVID-19 and the directions and/or guidelines that we receive from either the DDSB or the Province of Ontario
• No post-dated cheques will be cashed, and no automatic payment withdrawals will be processed until such time that the centres re-open
• Adjustments will be made to families’ accounts to recognize any credits that will need to be applied for closure days
• Please visit our website ( for information including COVID-19 Updates, Family Resources, Healthy Tips and Parent Education
Stay Safe!
Denise Gilbert
Executive Director

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