First Impressions: Brooklin Day Nursery

A view of Brooklin Day Nursery from Church Street

Brooklin Day Nursery is a not-for-profit day care that was founded in 1984.

Brooklin Day Nursery is nestled in the historic part of Brooklin that feels closer to the area’s small town roots. The centre is surrounded by a large swath of green space, one of the largest I’m yet to see on my daycare tours. This, along with the plentiful amount of parking available in this quiet residential street is just one part of the reason the waitlist is so long at this location.

The building reminds me of the portable buildings I had at school when I was younger. Don’t let this turn you off. Once you’re inside, the tall ceilings and windows make the space feel more open and bright than you’d first think. This facility has one of the most spacious change spaces for toddlers and infants in all the centres I’ve toured so far. The generous ceiling height, natural light, plentiful storage space and room to move allow staff to help children with ease.

Tina is all the things you’d want in a Day Care Director – caring and genuinely interested in your child. Upon meeting with her I felt at home. I appreciated that she made an effort to disclose information prior to my tour. She made sure that I was aware of the waitlist and was open about rates. In my opinion, staff are the biggest reason that families choose their day care. If first impressions are anything to go by, the staff at Brooklin Day Nursery are a team that communicates early and often. Great qualities that every parent should be looking for in a child care provider.

  • Accepting children from 1 month and up.
  • The infant program is $250 per week or $50 per day.
  • The toddler program is $215 per week or $43 per day.
  • The program rate includes lunch and two snacks daily
  • Registration is $35.
  • Two weeks deposit is required once your child starts.
  • This centre follows the emergent curriculum.
  • Part time and full time care is available.
  • Centre hours are from 7am to 6pm.

Schedule your first day care tour

Two day care workers interact with small children

For many moms on mat leave, finding daycare can be a confronting time. It can be hard to imagine spending your day without your little one and the process of finding a daycare can bring up mixed feelings. Once you feel like you’ve been going in circles researching online for the kind of care that you’re after, it’s time to take the plunge and book your first tour. Visiting a daycare for a tour is the first step in learning about what suits you and your family. Here’s a list of what you can expect when touring daycare options in the Durham region:

  • Tours are usually scheduled first thing in the morning. Mornings work well because all of the kids will be rested, and the facilities are tidier in the morning than the afternoon. That said, many daycares understand that not everyone has the flexibility to meet in the morning and afternoon appointments can be arranged.
  • On average, tours last 40 minutes to an hour. Expect to spend longer if you have specific questions or if you are visiting at a certain time to watch a program on offer (e.g. music or baby sign language).
  • Centre supervisors usually host the tours if you are visiting a centre however, you will have the opportunity to talk to the childcare staff that would work directly with your child during your visit.
  • Tours are arranged for one family at a time. That is, you will not be part of a bigger group of moms touring the facility at the same time. You can bring along your partner, friend or family member if you want. For any groups larger than two adults, contact the daycare to let them know.
  • Most daycares will provide you with a hard copy of rates and/or policies. If not, request this information from the daycare over email.


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