PLASP is pleased to offer licensed, high quality early learning and child care to children ages 6 weeks to five years of age. Founded in 1975, PLASP is one of the Greater Toronto Area's largest charitable child care providers. Operating on a not-for-profit basis, we boast a 94% parent satisfaction rate. PLASP provides programs with trained staff and competitive rates on each day care is offered.
We currently operate:
26 Early Learning and Child Care Centres offering full day care in Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Toronto (Etobicoke)
Programming for children from 6 weeks to five years of age
Infant and Toddler specific programs for children 6 weeks to 30 months
Part-time spaces, where available
Hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
In this section, you will find the following information about our Early Learning and Child Care Centres (ELCCC) in Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto.
Hours of Operation
Full day care is offered Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Part-time care is available in select locations where space permits. Standard part-time care is either three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) or two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Where possible, alternate days and schedules may be accommodated based on the current staffing and enrolment in the desired location.
PLASP recruits Registered Early Childhood Educators for our Early Learning and Child Care Centres. All centre staff meet employment requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act. All centre staff hold a valid Standard First Aid Certificate with level C CPR (for infants and children), and a clear vulnerable sector criminal reference check. Staff also participate in additional training courses through PLASP.
In addition, relief staff are hired and provided by PLASP and have received training specific to the PLASP programs and policies. Relief staff, who also have their ECEs, cover regular staff who are absent from their programs due to illness, family obligations etc. This works very much like a substitute teacher at school.
The curriculum for PLASP centres is based on the HighScope® approach, where children develop important skills including language, pre-math and pre-reading skills. The development of this approach is based on long-term research that shows children learn best from active-learning experiences that they plan and carry out under the guidance of adult supervision. This gives children the best start prior to starting school. Through this active-learning process, children learn that they are capable, and that they are able to make decisions and solve problems about activities that are meaningful to them.
The daily routine is designed to allow time for the children to explore and learn independently and for the adults to plan more structured teaching time.
PLASP embraces the document “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years” as set out by the Ministry of Education for children up to eight years old. The four foundations within this document, Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression are embraced in the PLASP programs.
For more information, read our program statement, or view our rates. Not all programs are available at all locations. Please use the "search for care" function to see what programs are available at each location.
Infant programs (Ratio: 1 staff to 3 infants)
Our Infant programs are for children aged six weeks to 18 months. They feature a variety of motor, creative, music, sensory and language experiences, which help children learn through play and exploration. Infants spend time exploring both independently, with staff, and through group activities. Infants spend two hours each day engaged in outdoor activities, weather permitting. Diapers, diapering creams and baby wipes are provided by PLASP. We also provide cribs and bedding for naps. During nap times, our staff make routine visual checks of the children, and follow our Sleep Policy for safe sleep. Children are provided with a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack each day. PLASP provides baby food (if required) and whole milk, but you may also supply the centre with formula or breast milk in labelled bottles for your infant. Each infant follows their own feeding schedule. Communication with our parents is very important for the care of infants, and parents are required to provide information on the daily infant chart about their child’s night, and any additional instructions for the day. Your child’s naps, meals, diaper changes, interests, activities and other observations are also documented every day on the chart.
Find out more about PLASP Infant Programs.
Toddler programs (Ratio: 1 staff to 5 toddlers)
Our toddler programs are for children aged 18 to 30 months. Recognizing the growing mobility of toddlers, our toddler programs focus on supporting children in exploring and understanding more of the world around them. Activities are planned to provide children with experiences in physical activity, music, movement, art, sensory experiences, science, nature and language. There are opportunities for dress up, role play and climbing. Toddlers choose the activities that interest them, and spend time playing independently and in groups. Toddlers spend two hours each day engaged in outdoor activities, weather permitting. Diapers, diapering creams and baby wipes are provided by PLASP. We also provide cots and bedding for afternoon naps, as well as a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Your child’s naps, meals, diaper changes, interests, activities and other observations are documented every day on a toddler daily chart.
Preschool programs (Ratio: 1 staff to 8 children)
Our preschool programs are for children aged two-and-a-half (2.5) to five years. Our preschool programs provide opportunities for children to plan and carry out activities, and then to reflect on what they have done. These activities offer preschool children time to explore art, science, nature and computer activities. Large group time focuses on music and movement, while small group times are dedicated to developing language, literacy, numeracy and science. We provide cots and bedding for afternoon naps. Children are provided with a nutritious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack each day.
PLASP accepts subsidies from the Region of Peel and the City of Toronto. Learn more about PLASP subsidies.
Need more information?
For more information about our Early Learning and Child Care Programs, download our PLASP Parent Handbook. You can also reach our Parent Services department at 647-484-4372 (long distance: 1-888-739-4102). Our head office, located at 60 Courtneypark Drive West, Mississauga, accepts phone calls Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.