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Program Philosophy

At Cambridge Daycare our philosophy is learning through play. We recognize children as unique individuals taking in to consideration their culture, religion, language, family structure and ethnic identity. The program provides opportunities for children to grow in self-direction and independence by giving them the freedom to make choices and select the types of activities they prefer. We provide a quality childcare service that is built around the children’s interests, as well as long-term projects, increasing competence in every part of their development including physical, social, emotional, creative and intellectual.


In each room our qualified staff plan activities based on the children’s interests and the Alberta Curriculum Framework. We provide children with natural objects and materials (rocks, sticks, tree stumps, blocks of wood, etc.) for both indoor and outdoor play. The children can participate and explore activities in a variety of areas including dramatic play, sand and water sensory tables, math and science, circle time, art and outdoor play.

Being that we are located in the University/Strathcona area we are lucky to be able to have access to so many community resources. We regularly plan fieldtrips and monthly events for the children, as well as annual family events and celebrations. Throughout the year we take advantage of the festivals and attractions in the area. Some of these include Sand on Whyte, The Fringe Festival and the Whyte Avenue Artwalk. The staff and children also go to Hawrelak Park, Kinsmen Park and Tipton Park during the summer months. There are many hours spent at the Tipton Park spray deck in the summer! The children and staff also make trips to local businesses in the area and have monthly visits to a senior’s home.