Emergent Learning Program (2)

Discovery Station Early Learning Program

We are currently accepting registrations for our September 2020 - June 2021 and September 2021-June 2022 Discovery Station programs. In the instance that changes need to be made to the program as a result of the pandemic, parents will be notified as soon as possible. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

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Where children come to learn through play

What is emergent learning? Emergent learning is a philosophy of educating and planning curriculum that focuses on being responsive to children's interests and creating meaningful learning experiences. Our approach is child-initiated, reflective and active to the children's needs.

Why does OPCC utilize this approach? Emergent Learning is a superior model of education. It supports the Ontario Ministry of Education's Provincial philosophy and aligns with Halton Public and Catholic School Board's curriculum.

How does Learning Happen? When children are engaged in learning based on their interests, they have a natural motivation to learn. In the early years, children are engaged predominately through play and so it is utilized as a means to develop the foundations they will need to prepare for kindergarten.

What will they learn? Through emergent learning, children will be involved in variety of learning opportunities to enhance their discovery and problem-solving abilities which builds a strong foundation in all areas; social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language

This program includes:

  • Toddler and Preschool activities that will enhance your child’s natural curiosity and love of knowledge
  • Concepts that include the environment, the earth, animals, community helpers and other interesting topics
  • Qualified staff that will stimulate the creative, intellectual, social and physical development of your child
  • Special needs/integrated resource consultation provided by the Region of Halton

Registration for September 2021-June 2022 is currently underway! We currently still have availability in our September 2020-June 2021 registration.

For full information on how to register please refer to the appropriate General Information Booklet below. 

Registration for September 2021 is now live!

Completed online registration forms submitted will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

2021/2022 General Information Booklet       

Registration for September 2020 is still available!

Completed online registration forms submitted will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. 

Toddler Programs

(18 months to 2½ years)
3 Days: Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00am -11:30am NSR-Main  

2 Days:

Tues/Thurs 9:00am -11:30am NSR-Main  *this program is only available September 2021*



Preschool Programs

(2½ to 5 years)
2 Days: Tuesday and Thursday 9:15am-12:15pm NSR- Main - Preschool Room  
3 Days: Mon/Wed/Fri 9:15am-12:15pm

NSR- Main - Preschool Room

5 Days: Monday – Friday 9:30am-12:30pm NSR-Main - Early Learning Room  

Our Discovery Station program is licensed under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. Each location is inspected annually by the Ministry of Education. The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 contains requirements specific to staff qualifications and ratios, program content and equipment.

Click here to review Ministry of Education licensing inspection reports