Early Learning

St. Nicholas

About St. Nicholas

525 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, N2V 2N1

Opened in 2001, this school-based centre is located in the Laurelwood neighbourhood of north-west Waterloo and offers toddler, preschool, and before and after school care for children in JK to age 12. This centre is conveniently located in the St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School.

Centre Details:
Hours of Operation: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Ages Served: 18 months to 12 years

Tours and Availability:
Please call or email the Supervisor, Judy Sgarbossa, or Assistant Supervisor, Susan Eggleston, to arrange a tour or to inquire about availability.


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St. Nicholas Learning Stories

We love sharing all the learning that is taking place in our programs. Every program at our centre shares a new story each month, so be sure to check back often! You can also email and print each story to share with friends and family. 

The preschoolers have been interested in exploring the neighbourhood around our center. To help extend this curiosity, we have been taking regular walks. Children have a say in the direction we go and each walk has led us to a different path to explore. The outdoor environment is our third teacher by letting us observe and explore what we find along the way. Many of the children have been very interested in picking up sticks and collecting rocks. They are excited to bring back their treasures and share what they have found.

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St. Nicholas Projects

Projects evolve based on the children's interests, where our educators act as co-learners. Projects are documented in three phases; generating ideas by making a plan, implementing the plan and reflecting on the learning.

Jr. Camp Completed: Summer 2019 RECEs: Ashley and Susan Objectives: To explore the children’s interest in trains and ...


Jr. Camp Completed: Summer 2018 RECEs: Ashley V. RECE Objectives: To give children a new skill, as well as an ac...


Jr. Camp Completed: Summer 2016 RECEs: Ashley V. RECE, Lisa S. ECF, and Emily G. RECE Objectives: Children were ...

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