Centennial Daycare Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
The goal of our centre is partnership with families in caring for their children, and in enhancing the children’s emotional, social, physical, intellectual and language development throughout the pre-school years. In our centre multi-age groupings, inclusion of children requiring extra support and the honouring of diversity contribute to the provision of a safe, supportive setting where individual needs and interests can be met by our qualified early childhood educators. Our program is flexible, and a wide variety of stimulating, open-ended activities and materials are provided. We believe that with support and guidance young children learn to make choices within reasonable limits of safety and consideration for others and things.
Our Story What We Do
Centennial Day Care was the brainchild of a woman named Wilna Thomas. She helped set up and teach in Camosun College's brand new Social Work program. Wilna along with Nora Lutton, then director of the Early Childhood Education program at Camosun College, together worked to form the Camosun College Group Day Care Society in 1977. They began operating that society's first daycare program, located at 612 David Street in Victoria and called it Centennial Day Care Centre. In 1990 the non-profit Centennial Day Care Society was formed and this society then took over the running of the Centennial Day Care Centre's programs.
Since first opening our doors on September 6, 1977, our programs have always strived to keep true to Wilna's vision of providing early education and care that supports families and enhances children's emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development through an inclusive and caring environment. For nearly 30 years, from 1977 to 2006, the programs at Centennial were guided in this effort by the passion and tireless work of the centre's manager, Sukhvir Sidhu, who even after retirement remains active on its board of directors.
Our Programs How We Do It
Our program includes daily hot lunch, music and sports, and we maintain a flexible schedule for families that changes with the needs of the group or individual.
What You Can Do
Centennial Day Care Centre is run by a non-profit society (Centennial Day Care Society) that has been providing quality, affordable early learning and care programs to families in Victoria for over 35 years. We operate a full-day program with 25 spaces for children aged 2½ -5 years.