With a growing population and more young kids in town, the need for more child care has been a concern in Tottenham.
Learning Cubs Child Care held a grand opening on Saturday, July 3, to officially open its doors at its new location at the Tottenham Mall.
Owner Ana Kaloudis said her plan to open a child care centre has been in the works for several years.
“It’s been three years since we incorporated, found the spot, then started our con-struction,” Ms. Kaloudis explained. “It took a year for construction. We were waiting for the library to wrap up. There are three reasons why we started – one is there is a huge need in the community. There were always moms on mom groups saying we need more spots, where should I go? Everything is full. Number two, is I have business and marketing background, so I wanted to do something for myself and that is also meaningful to the community. Number three is my family – I was commuting to Mississauga and that was three hours of my life in my car, so I wanted to be close to them so I could support them and also support my business.”
The child care centre is in the location formerly occupied by the Tottenham branch of the public library. A quick tour of the building reveals a fantas-tic job of creating an exciting new facility that is clean and bright with several classrooms designed for different ages.
“We have four rooms,” Ms. Kaloudis said. “We have a toddler room for (kids) a year and a-half to two years, a pre-school room for ages two and a-half to three and a-half, and we have a pre-school kindergar-ten which is for ages three and a-half to fi ve and a-half, and the front room which is the school age room for those six years-old to 12 years-old.”
The centre employs seven fully qualified Early Childhood Education teachers.
They welcome full-time and part-time kids and have morning and afternoon spots.The facility is a welcome new addition to child care in Tottenham and they have been receiving a good response from local families who would like their children to attend.
Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times