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Located on the Sudbury campus and managed by Carrefour francophone, the Boréal des toddlers early childhood centre offers childcare services to members of the college community.
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Your little one learns through laughter!

Our early childhood centres are much more than a care centre: they are learning environments. Through play, your preschool children acquire skills that already prepare them to succeed in school… in French! Our staff implements a holistic approach to early childhood development. We consider early childhood education to be very important!

Our Teaching Approach

Nothing is more precious than childhood. Every child deserves personalised attention, and to have their personality respected. We therefore adapt our activities to the kids, rather than adapt the kids to the activities. Childhood’s enthusiasm and joie de vivre are energies that need to be channelled. But we let the children guide us: they’re very good at letting us know if we’ve managed to reach them where they are, to begin, and then brought to explore further afterwards.

Our early childhood professionals are therefore co-learners; their observations and documentation of the children’s explorations guide their educational initiatives.

In accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Policy Statement, the Carrefour francophone uses Ontario’s pedagogy for the early years,entitled How Does Learning Happen? This tool guides the Carrefour francophone’s early childhood educators in all areas, from program development to direct interactions with the children.

Our early childhood centres include all of the following:
  • infant groups (0 to 18 months);
  • toddler groups (18 to 30 months);
  • preschool groups (30 months to 4 years);
  • family group at certain centres (0 to 12 years)
  • full-time or part-time childcare;
  • subsidies available;
  • specialised workshops offered by professional artists and experienced facilitators;
  • 2 snacks, 1 hot lunch;
  • early childhood professionals;
  • professional development for staff;
  • stimulating activities adapted to your children;
  • outdoor games;
  • secure service;
  • from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for Sudbury East: Village des Tout-Petits and Trésor des Tout-Petits).

Nature and Forest Daycare Centre

The Nature and Forest Daycare Project aims to remove obstacles to the outdoors in early childhood centres to increase the frequency and number of outings in a natural environment. We work on health and safety, staff training, site layout, partnerships, family engagement and much more! The Carrefour francophone is the winner of the Early Learning and Child Care Innovation Program. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, this program aims to document the benefits of the outdoors on the well-being of children and early childhood centre staff. This action research project is conducted in collaboration with Collège Boréal. The findings will be published in 2025.

The Benefits of the Outdoors

For young children, playing in the great outdoors provides many benefits. It strengthens cohesion and mutual aid, develops self-esteem, promotes creativity and imagination. The forest contributes to the overall well-being of the child by offering an ideal ground for the development of motor skills. The connection with nature is fundamental to the well-being of every individual and to our society as a whole. Our first early childhood centre in the forest, Boréal des Tout-Petits, does its part by providing daily outings to the nearby forest at Collège Boréal. Over time and with the support of families and the college, a base camp was set up with a few huts and a hygiene station.

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