Childcare Centers in Halifax

Published Dec 17, 2013 | Updated Apr 14, 2019

Choosing childcare for you little one is challenging and often a stressful task. The anxiety of leaving your child with childcare providers, especially for the first time can often be overwhelming. We’ve found some of the best childcare centers in Halifax for your children and listed some information about each to help make choosing a little simpler.

Check out our list of all the top child care centres and preschools here in Halifax!

Allegro Child Care Centre

Allegro Child Care Centre was established in 1997, with a vision of offering a comprehensive early childhood education incorporating music in all aspects of learning. Their program prepares children to harness their intellectual and creative abilities, thus giving them a stimulating environment in which to grow.

Laugh & Play Child Care Centre Ltd

Laugh & Play Child Care Center provides a nurturing environment for infants that encourage and support small group social interactions in music and french. As infants grow, they need a variety of learning experiences that are both busy and highly stimulating; and that offers change, challenge and enjoyment. The preschool rooms/programs are set up to provide many opportunities for problem solving and independence.

Armbrae Academy Preschool

The Armbrae Academy Preschool is a Monday to Friday half day program (until 12:30pm) for 3 & 4 year olds with an after-school care program from 12:30-5:30.

The objective of the program is to provide an environment that is stimulating and nurturing for preschool children. Their goal is to see each child as an individual and to develop a program that meets the needs of every child in the program.

Atlantic Montessori School Ltd.

Atlantic Montessori School offers high quality, child-centred education for children ages 18 months to six years of age. Their focus is on meeting the individual needs of each child, while providing a warm, nurturing environment in which to grow and learn.

Point Pleasant Child Care Centre

Point Pleasant Child Care Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization administered by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board includes parents, staff, interested community members and a member appointed by the University. Various programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

The Children’s Garden

The Children’s Garden is a fun facility for children 18 months – 5 years of age. All of the classrooms have big, bright, spacious rooms with ample space for the children to play and explore. Activities in french, music and fitness.

Future Stars Learning Centre

Future Stars’ Learning Centre (FSLC) is a licensed centre where your children can play, study, and enjoy many activities while they are learning important social skills. FSLC focuses on providing high-quality, affordable early childhood education and care to children from 18 months to 12 years old living in the Halifax Regional Municipality. FSLC provides a safe, healthy, and friendly learning environment for children of families who are working to provide a brighter future for their children.

Needham Preschool and Daycare

Needham Preschool and Daycare offers a high quality early learning program that promotes healthy development, creating a safe and inclusive environment for children.  We provide learning opportunities for social, emotional, physical and intellectual development and believe that children learn through play. 

Christopher Allen's Preschool 

Christopher Allan's Pre School located at 6463 Almon St. was established in 2006, with a vision of offering comprehensive early childhood education with a strong emphasis on the joy found in exploring nature. The centre is licensed by the Department of Community Services to provide child care for 14 children daily between 3 to 5 years of age.

Also, here are some helpful tips on how to handle separation and child anxiety from our blog contributor Ashley Evans (mother of 1 and soon to be 2):

Slow down. Unless it is an emergency, you have time to breathe and calmly talk to your child about what they are experiencing. I notice that the more emotional and frustrated I feel, the more agitated my son becomes, so breathing become key. Slowly talking and gentle movements help to diffuse the situation.

Talk it through. I lower my tone and try to calmly address the specific situation. For example, if my son is feeling lonely or needy for extra attention he will throw his toys. While he needs to learn to vocally express himself while not throwing his toys, it is my responsibility to be in tune with how he is feeling and to help him feel better. I kneel down to his level and ask him why he is frustrated and why he has thrown his toys. I usually follow this question with more questions — how are you feeling? Are you feeling lonely? Why are you feeling lonely? Would you like time to play with mama? He usually responds yes, or tells me why he is upset and we look for a solution.

Show care. A hand on his back or shoulder, a kiss on his head, eye contact — these are all things that demonstrate love and care for what he is experiencing. They help us both connect and discuss the situation calmly.

Find solutions together. Rather than tell my son how I want him to do something or how I want a behavior changed, I try to include him in the decision and boundary setting process. I give him options on how the behavior and feeling can be changed. When we find a solution that works for both of us, we both feel as though our needs are met. Sometimes these solutions and boundaries need to be repeated several times.

Focus on the feeling rather than behavior. I’ve learned that the more attention I give to understanding how he is feeling and what events led to that emotion, the quicker my son is to bounce back because his emotions feel validated. When he feels understood and knows I’m there to help him, he calms down. I noticed that the more I focused on what I didn’t like (biting, hitting, etc.,) and the more attention I gave those things, the worse they became.

Be consistent. Consistency can be difficult. Maybe you’re feeling tired, frustrated, or sad yourself, or maybe you’re just in a hurry. But I’ve seen changes in my son’s emotion-fuelled behaviors based on my consistency. When he knows that his feelings will be understood and talked about lovingly, the behaviors begin to diminish and disappear altogether.

Show love. That’s it: show love. These two words help curb any child-parent separation anxiety my son is experiencing. Stopping, picking him up for another hug, validating his feelings and assuring him that things will be okay and he will feel better through dual decision making show him love and care. It’s what we all need, isn’t it?

After a reassuring hug and kiss, I left my son at daycare and he was fine. He even smiled and waved to me out the window, setting me up for a great day and reducing my parent-child separation anxiety as well!

For other Childcare Centers in Halifax check out this directory listing on ChatterBlock.

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