"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
The Mount's Child Study Centre is licensed by the Province of Nova Scotia, Department of Community Services, to provide child care for a maximum of 40 children ages two to five inclusive.
Staffed by professionals with specialization in early childhood education, the Child Study Centre serves as the model training facility for students in the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Child and Youth Study) degree program and is used for observation and research related to early childhood and child development.
Located behind the Seton Annex on the Mount's spacious wooded campus, the Child Study Centre offers developmentally appropriate facilities for full-day care and part-day programs as follows:
- Day care, five days per week;
- Three morning per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday);
- Two mornings per week (Tuesday and Thursday);
- Three afternoons per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday); or
- Two afternoons per week (Tuesday and Thursday)
During the core of the morning and afternoon programs, part-day and full-day children are grouped together. Throughout the day, the children's time is balanced between indoor and outdoor play activities.
The environment is designed to encourage children to participate in a variety of individual, small group and large group activities, including music, art, gym, cooking, dramatic play, blocks, puzzles, puppets, stories, water, sand play, excursions on and off campus. The Child Study Centre has a children's library and a resource library for parents.
A snack is served to all children mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and a hot noon meal is provided to those in full-day child care.
The Child Study Centre is open Monday through Friday, September through July with the exception of statutory holidays and the university closure period.