Umbrella child care programs are located within Viola Desmond Elementary School
Offering families affordable, inclusive, and nurturing environments where children explore, learn, and grow, realizing their full potential.
Full Day Care for Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Before & After School Care
Nutritious Food & Snacks Provided
Drop off as early as 7am, Pick-up as late as 6 pm
PA Day and School Break Programs
City Subsidy Accepted
Our programs at Umbrella Viola Desmond provide a variety of experiences for children based on their interests, inquiries, and developing skills.
Educators use the Ministry of Education document “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years” as a guide in supporting developmentally appropriate practice. Programs are centred around four foundations for optimal learning and healthy development: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression.
I couldn't be any happier with our experience! The kids absolutely love the staff and friends they have made. The meals are exceptional and healthy. I would highly recommend Umbrella to anyone!!
We use Storypark to involve you in your child’s learning journey.
The Storypark app allows educators to communicate with individual families, send messages to groups and share information about children’s daily routines. Most importantly, they can share stories highlighting the incredible play-based learning experiences that children engage in throughout the day.
A sticky mural
We created a sticky mural outdoors using laminating sheets, cotton balls, leaves, grass, feathers, and pom-poms. The toddlers quickly learned that they could drag the cotton balls along the sticky paper to create a trail. They loved throwing the feathers up in the air. They also enjoyed searching around the playground for materials to put on our mural.
How can I enroll my child?
The first step is to visit our online portal and enter your care request. The portal will show you the locations that are closest to your address for the program/age you need for your child.
Subsidy accepted here :)
Families can apply for Child Care Fee Subsidy through the City of Hamilton, which helps with the cost of licensed child care. Families may continue to be responsible for a daily fee, but the amount is based on the individual circumstances of the family.
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