How to identify a licensed child care facility - Under the Child Care and Early years Act: The green decal seen in our lobby must be posted to ensure that parents can easily identify the facility that will best support their child in order to get "the best possible start in life." This decal is a provincial branding of licensed child care.

The Quality First decal - "Quality First is a quality early learning initiative providing all licensed childcare programs in Halton region with the opportunity to participate in a developmental model for quality improvement. Quality First Believes in;
- Developing the professionalism of individuals involved in the care and education of young children
- Improving the level of quality indicators in children’s programs
- Collaborating with local colleges to promote the professionalism readiness of early childhood educators."

MacFadyen Preschool Academy is dedicated to providing the best quality care for your family!

Program Statement

The MacFadyen Preschool Academy is a regulated child care centre licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014; which sets minimal ministry standard and government inspections.

We offer child care for children 0 months to 5 years of age.

Our RECE employees have the qualifications to plan and deliver a high quality play based emergent program for children 0 to 5 years of age. This ensures that your children will be well prepared for their future education in the public sector. The curriculum is planned by our RECE’s through observation, experiences and knowledge of child development; as we view the children as being competent, capable, curious and rich in potential; guiding their own path to success. Subsequently ensuring that the program is enjoyable, engaging and entices your children to explore, play and inquire. Supporting this – our environment is inviting, organized and filled with materials children will want to become engaged with.  What this means is that we provide a program that is child-initiated and supported by the adults with whom they interact with on a daily basis. We pull learning materials from our environment that children can freely explore.

Our developmentally appropriate curriculum provides positive learning experiences which covers the entire spectrum of development necessary for substantial growth. In an environment that nurtures each child’s learning and development.

 We consider ourselves an emergent curriculum* – the children will be exploring through play at their own individual pace. Your children will become motivated to acquire strong developmental skills; while at the same time forming a solid foundation for learning and future academic success.  We promote social inclusion in a proactive manner. All individuals will be treated with respect and dignity ensuring a discrimination, violent and harassment free environment. We will direct families to societal resources in the community if we cannot meet your family’s needs.

Our positive, stimulating and supportive environment leads a path to enrichment; encouraging the children to interact and communicate in a positive way. Our educators are responsive and attuned to children’s individual cues, state arousal, and responses to various stressors; supporting their ability to self-regulate.

All individual needs are considered, with a holistic approach; this ensures that we are promoting the health, safety, nutrition and well-being of the children in a proactive manner.

All voices are considered as we support positive and responsive interactions among the children, parents, child care providers and staff; which we cultivate by creating authentic relationships and connections. We present many opportunities for children, parents, child care providers and staff to share their expertise, come together for social and community events as well as educational support and training. We involve local community partners such as, The Halton Resource Connection (THRC), Community Living Burlington, Children’s Developmental Services / Social & Community Services and our own private supports, All Kids Can Fly (Pediatric Occupational Therapy) & Starfish SLP (Speech & Language Pathologists) and others. We allow those partners and all who interact with the children, to support the children, their families and staff in a proactive manner, either on site with individuals, or providing parent and staff training (continuous professional learning) to enhance each child’s potential.

Our HiMama communication System, monthly parent updates and community events allow us to engage families on a daily basis with ongoing communication regarding our program and specifically your children’s development. Through this you will see that we have incorporated indoor and outdoor play, as well as active play, rest and quiet time, into our day. There has been consideration given to the individual needs of each child receiving our care. This also gives us the capability to review the strategies we have set out in the statements above and how they have impacted your children and the families who have entrusted us with the care of their children.

 *What is an emergent curriculum?

An emergent curriculum is a play based program where children learn from hands on exploration of their environment. The children are allowed to spontaneously follow their own path for development. Children are taking responsibility for their own learning, fostered by the RECE / adults in the program.

The curriculum evolves from the interests of the children. The teachers will observe the children’s behaviour – likes and dislikes then set the environment to support their interests. The teachers will coordinate the environment, giving children access to materials which develops those interests. By presenting the tools for play in an inviting manner the children will be self-directed to learn. Skills are built one concept upon another at a pace that is developmentally appropriate for each individual child.  The flexibility of this program ensures that children are respected for their choices and have a voice with respect to their development. Confidence is the result of participation in this curriculum. The exploration is not held by any time line – as long as the children have an interest, the activity will continue. The teacher may demonstrate or model activities then invite the children to participate hands on.
Our program is supported with ongoing staff training as a Quality First participant. “Quality First is a quality early learning initiative providing all licensed childcare programs in Halton Region with the opportunity to participate in a developmental model for quality improvement. Quality First believes in;

Developing the professionalism of individuals involved in the care and education of young children
Improving the level of quality indicators in children’s programs
Collaborating with local colleges to promote the professionalism readiness of early childhood educators.”

We are also supported with the document; “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years is a professional learning resource for those working in child care and child and family programs. It supports pedagogy and program development in early years settings that is shaped by views about children, the role of educators and families, and the relationships among them. It builds on foundational knowledge about children and is grounded in new research and leading-edge practice from around the world.”

MacFadyen Preschool Academy ensures that all new staff, students and volunteers review the program statement & sign a document that states they have reviewed it, prior to interacting with children and at any time when the program statement is modified. We also ensure that these approaches set out in our program statement are implemented in the operation of our program.

* Included in our weekly program are Saturday 1/2 day programs 8am – 11:30am & 12:30pm – 4:00pm. Snack is available during both sessions; we are closed for lunch and do not offer lunch for this program. Snack will consist of healthy and nutritious foods following the Canadian food guide. This program is available for both Toddler and Preschool age children. The children will be involved in our emergent program as stated above in this document, where hands on exploration of the environment is the focus. Included in this are creative arts and interactive activities such as baking; indoor and outdoor gross motor and occasional walks. Fees for this program: $225.00 per month + $150 registration fee, details are set out in the fees form for the program. All Fees are non refundable. Early and late fees ($20 per half hour or any part thereof) will apply for any time outside of scheduled program hours. This program will be supported by our qualified RECE staff and assistance.

*PLEASE VISIT EVENTS PAGE FOR INFORMATION REGARDING OUR SATURDAY PROGRAM – MPA adheres to all policies & procedures stated within this document in order to stay within licensing regulations. Once you have registered and signed all forms pertaining to your child’s participation you are agreeing to all terms of the program.

MacFadyen Preschool Academy

665/683 Plains Road East    units 1,2 & 3          905-635-7476

Burlington, Ontario       Accepting Children Infant to 5 years of age



 Drop in Care

MacFadyen Preschool Academy has opened ‘drop in days’ to ALL families in need of an occasional day of care.
Drop in Care is $70 per day as ratios permit.
(To be paid at the time of drop off - on the day of care booked for attendance)

We also offer prepaid drop in care packages with full registration ($150.00) –15 days of care to be used with at least 24 hours notice, when ratios permit. Days cannot be used consecutively.

These days do not expire unless revoked due to unforeseen circumstances such as withdrawal from program.
Fees for this care - $1050.00 for 15 days care.
Fees are nonrefundable for any reason.

A smaller drop in package of 5 days @ $350 is also available for registered families who may need the occasional extra day. Same conditions apply.

 Please contact us to book a tour and to obtain registration information.   /   905-635-7476


Payments for services

Payments must be done at the preschool following payment guidelines in our parent handbook and on our rates form. Please note - fees are non refundable and are considered a hold for your child's placement.