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Montreal Families

Two new daycares open their doors

1.  Cote des Neiges

Heidi Elkabas has worked for 13 years in daycares and believes that some children simply need more one-on-one attention in order to thrive. So she has opened a new centre in Côte des Neiges called Go Kids Heidi’s Daycare for children age 2 to 5 that focuses on playing and learning in small groups.

She also welcomes children with special needs. “Special needs children usually have a shadow, and this is the type of environment that would suit them,” she says.

The daycare program focuses on helping children develop self-esteem and social skills through play, while encouraging a family-like atmosphere. The centre provides two meals and snacks daily. There is an outdoor playground, two computers, and an indoor play area. A music specialist visits once a week and there are a host of other specialized activities, like woodworking, painting and gardening.

There are still full-time spaces available at the daycare, which is located at 6167 MacDonald Ave.

For more information, call (514) 509-8370, (514) 966-6033 or visit www.go-kids-daycare.com

2.  Chomedey

Learning through play is a philosophy close to the hearts of a new private bilingual daycare centre opening in Chomedey in mid-November. Garderie La Belle Académie will offer small groups with a high level of individual attention from adult staff to children ages 18 months to 4 years. Enrolment is open for both part and full-time places.

The centre will have a weekly rotation of extracurricular activities, such as pre-Tae Kwon Do, music, dance, yoga lessons and more. The classrooms are organized for optimal exposure to a variety of activities. An educational program begins for children age 3, and pre-kindergarten learning for 4-year-olds. There will also be shadows and specialists for children with special needs.

They have also taken extra steps to make their centre ecologically friendly and toxin free, and each month children will work on different environmental projects. “The children are the future,” said co-founder Tania Cristofar. “We’re leaving the planet to them. We take this very seriously.”

Located in Laval at 2062 Curé Labelle Blvd., La Belle Académie is $40 per day, which includes two meals and snacks. A government refund is also available. For more information, call (450) 934-4665 or visit www.labelleacademie.com

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