Things To Know


Sandy Hill Child Care is a play based centre that offers a small, more cozy environment for your child to learn.  We offer a variety of activities including art, sensory, loose parts play, role play and gross motor development. Our intention is to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

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Our block room is equipped with a large assortment of resources.  Our inventory includes: blocks, swings, trampolines, hockey equipment, basketball net, climbers, cars, trucks, stilts, scooters and much more. Both toddler and preschool groups have access to this room, especially during inclement weather.

Afin de bien préparé nos amis qui irons à l’école française, les présolaires participent dans un groupe d’activités en français.  Des histoires, des chansons, de la danse seulement en français.

The Preschool program has joined forces with Rideau Place Retirement Residence and have recently started monthly visits with the seniors.

Both Toddler and Preschool programs are using the services offered by the Ottawa Public Library Rideau Branch and having story time on a monthly basis either at the library or at the centre.

We have an onsite floater to help us in the program and help keep the germs at bay. We also have an onsite laundry facility, and a janitor that cleans the centre at the end of each day.

We'd like to get to know your child


It is important for us to have a chance to get to know your child.For that reason we have implemented a 3 day integration system. This way your child has a chance to adjust to their new setting as well.  There are exceptions of course, sometimes your child may need an extra day or two to adjust or may settle in on the first or second day.

We strive to provide as much activity as we can in the program.  We do our best to go for a daily walk in the mornings.  We also bring our programming outside as much as possible during the warmer months.  In the winter months, we make the effort to go out daily. Our snow removal company makes us a mountain to use during this time.

We ask that your child arrives no later that 9:30 am, as our program begins at that time.  If your child has a doctors appointment in the morning, an exception is made, but please be at the centre no later than 11:30 am.

We offer stroller/sled parking on the front porch.

Sandy Hill Child Care has long standing ties with the community, which is why you may see us walking through the produce section of Loblaws, observing the fountain at Strathcona Park, running through the leaves at Ottawa University or walking to Rideau Library for storytime.

Sandy Hill Child Care acknowledges the  City of Ottawa and the Ministry of Education for their continued financial efforts to ensure that a high quality, affordable program is available to all the families in our community.

Sandy Hill Child Care is a play based centre. We offer the opportunity for learning through play-based experiences. A large part of our program consists of using loose parts. Loose parts allow the children to take everyday items and use their imaginations to create.  We capture and post these experiences through visual documentation.

Our hours are 7:30am-5:45pm.

Parents are required to register their children using the centralized waiting list, prior to placement.