Our Philosophy

St. Thomas' Day Care provides a positive learning environment. Through both spontaneous and thoughtfully planned activities and play experiences, we encourage and enhance development of the following skills:

  • 1. Curiosity, initiative and independence;
  • 2. Self-Esteem and decision-making capabilities;
  • 3. Interaction with, and respect for others;
  • 4. Physical Activity developing gross motor skills;
  • 5. Communication skills; and
  • 6. Fine motor development

Licensing information can be found online at www.ontario.ca/page/education-ontario


Young children have been coming to learn through play at St. Thomas' Church since the Briars Nursery opened its doors in 1952. It offered a stimulating half-day program for children 2 1/2 to 5 years of age.

In September 1981, thanks to the vision and determination of Rev. Canon Michael Mckinely, Past Rector of the Church of St. Thomas' Childrens Day Care Centre of St. Catharines opened its doors to provide Care for Children from 3 months up to 5 years.

In the early days, the Centre was open from 6:30am to 11:30pm, 7 days per week. As the needs of the community were assessed, the Centre gradually reduced the number of days and hours care was offered. Our current Hours of Operation are 7:00am to 6:00pm.

St. Thomas’ Day Care joined the Canada Wide Early Learning and Child Care program (CWELCC) and fees to parents were significantly reduced.