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Top Daycares and Preschools in Calgary

Published Mar 5, 2020

Check out our awesome list of daycare and preschool options here in Calgary. We know how important of a decision it is to place your child in the care facility that is best for them. We hope the following options help you explore your choices.

Top Daycares and Preschools in Calgary

Are you looking for your child's first daycare or preschool?  There are a quite a few options available, depending on what features you are looking for.  Here are some of our favourites, each with their own specialized programs:

Magical Little Thinkers Preschool (MLT)

Magical Little Thinkers Preschool is a private home-based preschool where we do what children do best PLAY and through play, my little thinkers LEARN. Children at MLT achieve based on hands-on activities, outdoor adventures, loved and nurtured by a RECE and school teacher. Children are exposed to a Spanish environment and lots of learning experiences in an individualized manner.

A low teacher to student ratio of 1:7 allows children to have more one on one attention.

Repsol Sport Centre Preschool for Active Living

Can't picture your child sitting at a desk all day? Repsol Sport's Centre Preschool for Active Living gets kids out from behind their desks and learning through hands-on activities in their gym, pool, park, and classroom. Your child will develop social, intellectual, physical, and emotional skills.

Repsol has three preschool programs based on age. The 3 Year Old Program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 11:30am. The 4 Year Old Program runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am to 11:30am. And the 4/5 Year Old Program runs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:00pm. 

Repsol Sport Centre members get a discount. 

Sunvalley Kids Montessori Acadia Campus

Sunvalley Kids Montessori Acadia Campus is located in the Queensland Community of Calgary and the Preschool Room is a major part of the Program. The Preschool Program accommodates 16 children in total, aged 3 to ­5 years­ old with two professional educators on the premises.

The program is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm. The day usually starts with all of the children arriving and playing together (mixed-­age group time), while also learning some basic French.

Then comes the hearty breakfast! Parents do not have to bring any food, as meals are a part of the program.

Five Stars Montessori Preschool

Five Stars Montessori Preschool is a 1:6 ratio private home-based Preschool located in Coventry Hills, Calgary NE for children aged 2.9 yrs to 6yrs.  Registration is ongoing. 

Amazing results seen in child's learning, self-esteem and confidence. 

Special features including a unique outdoor learning program - children's vegetable and flower garden and cherry tree maze; and the Fun with Composers Music program and Insta-Learn Early Literacy Program.

2000 Days Pre-Kindergarten

2000 Days Pre-Kindergarten is a hybrid child care school. 
Students are accepted from ages 1-5 and they attend full days. 

Their philosophy is to build the strongest foundation of academics, arts, imagination and socialization that we can in the first 2000 days of life.

Pathway Montessori Preschool

Pathway Montessori has been operating since 2005 and also has 2 locations in Langley B.C.  The school's main goal is to create an environment for children in which they are encouraged to explore, create, learn, socialize and celebrate their unique talents. 

Pathway Montessori's mission statement is to inspire a love of learning.   With a fully-equipped Montessori environment and directed by caring, experienced, Montessori teachers, they provide the habits, skills and confidence to inspire a pathway to a love of learning.

The Montessori philosophy prepares a child to learn using all five senses with scientifically-developed materials.  Pathway Montessori is licensed for 3-6 year-olds and has a Kindergarten program that is funded by Alberta Education. 

Kids U

Kids U Calgary is an accredited Full-Day Preschool and ChildCare facility with two locations, with more set to open soon.

Unlike many preschools and child care facilities in, Kids U serves as an early learning institute with a focus on child development through its unique brain-based programs.
Kids U has a center specifically for infants that uses state-of-the-art technology to create the most stimulating and developmental environment for children 0-19 months old.

The preschool and kindergarten center employs an equal ratio of Reggio and Montessori teaching methods to ensure children aged 3-5 years get a well-rounded curriculum that is personalized to their individual needs.

BrightPath Kids

BrightPath is an innovative provider of early education. They continuously examine new ways to bring the highest quality of care and development to our children while providing convenience, service and value to our families.

With partnerships in curriculum, nutrition, technology and recreational fitness programming, BrightPath is committed to providing families with the very best care, programs and child development Canada has to offer.

The Think Sun Preschool

The Think Sun Preschool is celebrating 25 joyous years preparing three, four and five year old children for kindergarten. Their creative fine arts program is designed to ignite three and four year old minds through our unique cross curriculum activities.

Each session our students experience art, music, intro-French and play in a facility that was designed for our preschool program.The children keenly participate in our bi-annual concerts including making props and painting the backdrop for the June graduation concert.

Ready, Set, Go! Preschool and Family Program

Ready, Set, Go! Preschool and Family Program is a play-based preschool program for 3 - 5 year olds, offered by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary.

The program also offers parenting support to families with parenting strategies, community resources, and weekly parenting groups offered at both locations.

Ready, Set, Go! Preschool and Family Program takes advantage of an optimum time in a child's development to encourage and support learning, early literacy, socialization, creativity, physical growth, problem solving skills, and emotional literacy.

Learning by Playing Preschool Inc.

Children learn so efficiently through playing. Their imagination and creativity know no barriers. The opportunities to grow intellectually and emotionally while playing are endless. Children’s physical and social development can be greatly accelerated and  improved through active playing.

Learning by Playing Preschool has been created to facilitate  children’s growth in the above areas. They chose the name Learning by Playing  carefully to reflect their mission to offer children best possible ways to identify, maintain and support their own ways to be happy during their childhood. They believe that every child is unique and that time spent at preschool will greatly benefit the little ones in their future.

Highland Park Preschool

Highland Park Preschool is a non-profit, non-denominational, and parent-operated playschool. The preschool offers morning and afternoon classes for 3 year olds and 4 year olds. At Highland Park Preschool, the facilitation and enhancement of a child’s growth is achieved in a learn through play program.

The school provides a stimulating environment where children are offered a variety of “choices” that develop physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and creative skills in a caring and loving atmosphere.

Hand in Hand Montessori Ltd.

Hand in Hand Montessori is in it's 8th year of operations in Calgary.  They are located inside Stampede City Gymnastics Centre at # 122, 2323 32nd Avenue NE.

They have an enriched and prepared Montessori curriculum in a supportive environment. Classes are offered 2, 3 or 5 times a week, for students between the ages of 3 and 6.

Mornings or afternoon sessions of 3 hours each are available, and include gymnastics instruction. They incorporate second languages, yoga, sign language and more.

If there is a great childcare or preschool provider that we missed, please add it in the comments below and we can add it into the blog!

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Comments (4)

December 16, 2014, 8:15 p.m. Flag



September 18, 2015, 9:15 p.m. Flag

Rosedale Playschool isn't on this list, but it should be. Such amazing teachers in a bright and fun space. It's a learn through play program and takes most of their learning queues from the children themselves. Whether it is nature, dinosaurs, or space, the teachers are always willing to set-up the room to engage what the kids are interested in.


September 1, 2016, 1:22 p.m. Flag

I can't believe Westbourne Preschool is not part of this list. They have an amazing program! They have the perfect combination of learning through play and structure and their teachers are amazing!


July 14, 2019, 10:28 p.m. Flag

Some daycares are definitely more clever about finding promotion for their business and somehow make sure they are in articles to promote themselves.to be on top lists . Some centres hire staff over seas to boost their google search to be on page one . Some centres have family and “friends “ leave reviews. Some of these well known and advertised centres have never had their own children enrolled part time or full time in their own business. The non profit centres and those centres that have well paid teacher are what you really need to look for . Reconsider where you send your child especially if the owners own kids are not visible daily in the business and mostly used in advertising. Which is clever for the business owners but not necessarily for your child Parents always be keen on your child’s needs more than what business wants to “sell you “. Any business is trained and fully aware of what you want to hear and know how to sell you on what you want to hear. Proof is in the results .The best teacher child ratio is 1:4 . The best centre has staff that doesn’t leave and are paid well or are non profit with volunteers and people that enjoy being there. Get to know each teacher that will influence your child’s daily emotional ,social ,cognitive and motor parts of the brain by offering an environment that is predictable,stable , consistent and nurturing . These teachers need to be approachable and easy to access because they work with your child daily . You should be able to drop in at any time to observe your child’s happiness . Top lists ,fancy blogs, , advertising,fancy paint on walls or fancy rooms with gyms or toys does not mean your child’s most important development al needs are met nor does it mean the teachers are happy to be there or to work with your baby. Drop in often and ask questions and ask your neighbors and freinds about the best care around .Get to know the teachers not just the front staff or owners . Don’t short change your child’s brain development and what your child deserves . Expect and demand that your finances and government subsidies support the care givers and not just making the owners profit well. Fancy advertising and over bloated advertisements should always be overlooked and more focus should be made on well paid happy educators.


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