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Great Beginnings for Student Parents

Great Beginnings Child Care is an independent non-profit child care agency, licensed by the Ministry of Education Early Years Division, working in collaboration with the University of Windsor to provide affordable, accessible and flexible child care options to the students, staff and faculty.  The day care reserves 75% of our enrolment for the University of Windsor, vastly assisting students and faculty with child care services. We spoke with Executive Director D’Anne Mullin about what exactly this unique service offers the greater campus community.


How do students benefit from your services?

We can cater to their study and work schedules given that we offer incredibly flexible child care hours through both of our child care programs.  We have a traditional child care program on campus in the form of a child care center open from 6:45 am to 6:00 pm.  Students can use child care within this time period as needed.  Our more flexible child care option is through our licensed home child care program where care is available around the clock Sunday through Saturday all year long.

We also adhere to Child Care and Early Years Act and the Province of Ontario’s curriculum “How Does Learning Happen?” giving the University students, staff and faculty the assurance that their children are participating in a quality child care program based on the learning interests of their children in an emergent style program.

We can also assist students, staff and faculty with child care fee assistance through the City of Windsor.  At time of enrolment we can walk them through that process.


What are the fees involved in enrolling a child?

Our fees are varied based on the type of child care needed and on the ages of the children.  All fee information is available on our website at www.greatbeginningsdaycare.ca


What’s your favourite part about this job?

As the Executive Director it is my pleasure to offer a great child care program and experience for the children entrusted to our care.  My favourite part of my job is my interactions with the families and coming along side of them to assist them in reaching their academic and workplace goals by caring for their little ones and assisting them in thriving as healthy family units.  And of course…I absolutely love the children; watching them learn and accomplish life skills is so wonderful to witness and be a part of.


How can somebody whom is interested inquire about your services?

All information is available on our new website, www.greatbeginningsdayare.ca.  Families are also more than welcome to call us at (519) 253-5235 or stop by our office for an impromptu visit.  Tours of our center, however, are by appointment so that we can ensure a management staff is available to proper orientation.

Anything else you’d like to add?

We have been in operation since 1973 and have a long established presence in West Windsor.  We also have a long standing relationship with the University of Windsor and thoroughly enjoy working with the students, staff and faculty.  We have watched many students go from attending as a child, to going to university and needing care for their little ones…the full circle.

We have also done a fabulous job of keeping up with the evolution of Early Childhood Education practices and curriculum over the years and are currently 100% on board with the Province of Ontario’s new “How Does Learning Happen?” pedagogy for early learning and care.  Families are welcome to go the Ministry of Education Early website, Early Years Portal, to see what is going on in child care in the province.  The link is on our website.  Also, our Program Statement is on our website where families can see how we line up with the Province’s vision for child care in Ontario.

For more information on Great Beginnings Day Care, visit there website at www.greatbeginningsdaycare.ca


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