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Quality Full and Part-time Childcare Services in Pickering

Colwell Nursery School & Kindergarten understands the importance of children’s development. Our full-time and part-time childcare services in Pickering take your trust to heart. Before you select us as your childcare provider, we want you to feel comfortable and get to know us a bit. Colwell Nursery School & Kindergarten opened its doors to the Durham Region in 1988. For three decades, we have enrolled children from various backgrounds, ages, cultures, and learning styles. Our full-day and half-day programs evolve and adapt to our students' needs, as we want to ensure they receive the most enriching experience possible.


For your peace of mind, our facility is licensed and in good standing with the Ministry of Education. We also prioritize giving back to our community. For example, we regularly contribute to charity with our “Dress Down Fridays” and our annual “Operation Christmas” toy drive. Check out our FAQ for questions about our registration process, and contact us to enroll your kids into our nursery school or the daycare/before and after-school.

Our Facility Offers:

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Well-trained, Caring Staff

Our childcare professionals have long-term relationships with our school and the curriculum we offer. Our variety in programs offered keeps children’s interest levels high.

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Personalized attention

We offer a low teacher-student ratio to allow for more personalized attention. Due to our quality staff, our school can serve children with special or high needs.

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Assistance for children with language delays

We teach children with speech and language delays and many other difficulties, including social, learning, behaviour, and adjustment.

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Well-rounded curriculum

We place special emphasis on language, mathematics, science and social studies, physical education, and arts, as well as monitoring your child’s development through formal progress reporting.

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Personal development

We also emphasize the development of positive self-esteem and decision-making while ensuring that your child has fun and enjoys learning at nursery school.

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Effective teaching material & style

We use teaching materials and books recommended by the Ministry of Education and adapt our teaching style to accommodate each child’s specific needs.

One of the most important qualities for your child to have is a sense of self-worth. When children are confident in themselves and their abilities, they tend to succeed in school, their future professions, and life. It’s important that your child’s education provides experiences to help develop such attitudes.


As an alternative to Montessori schools in Pickering, Colwell Nursery School & Kindergarten utilizes a method of education that uses some Montessori materials and has a child-centred approach.

Learning through play

When children use playtime as an unconscious learning tool, they love the process. They are also in a safe environment where they are free to imagine and form their own ideas. And when children love to learn, they seek out knowledge and gain self-confidence. They learn how to learn.

Benefit all children

Each child is gifted, but he or she might be gifted in different ways. Compassionate, structured, and fun learning techniques bridge those differences. Whether your child has some developmental delays or emotional, social, or physical disabilities, educators can make him or her learn, feel comfortable and grow.

How Can a Private Kindergarten Benefit Your Child?

The bottom line is that a low student-to-teacher ratio means personalized attention, and at a time when developmental gaps between children of the same age will never be greater in your child’s academic career, personalized attention is crucial. Read more.

What’s Happening at Colwell!

We invite and welcome all moms and dads with their kids from age 18 months to 12 years, or those considering childcare in the Ajax-Pickering region. To learn more about our annual schedules and childcare programs and month-to-month activities, please contact us.  

Personalized Care

Our early education programs given by experienced, nurturing educators ensure the best care and learning experience for every child.

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