Children's Services

We understand that each child is unique, we strive to help each child grow by building on their strengths and abilities, supporting their development at their own pace

Children's Services

Children's Centre & Summer Camp

Children's Centre

– St. Matthew’s Children’s Centre has been a trusted local child care centre for 45 years.

– Our centre provides 52 child care spaces for children from birth to school entry age.

– The licensed child care centre meets the standards set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act and is staffed by experienced Registered Early Childhood Educators.

– The Centre fosters positive child development through active learning in a welcoming, stable, and inclusive environment.

Summer Camp

– St. Matthew’s House partners with Canterbury Hills to allow children from families with financial challenges to enjoy day camp or a week away at an overnight camp.

* Day camp is available for children and youth ages 5 – 15.

* Overnight camp is available to children and youth ages 7 – 15.

– The summer camp program includes subsidies to cover camp fees in whole or in part. Subsidies are supported through St. Matthew’s House generous donors.


Children's Centre Programs

Monday - Friday (7 am - 6 pm)


Birth to 18 months

1. Building Positive Relationships

2. Develop Fine motor Skills

3. Develop Sensory Skills

4. Develop Verbal Skills

5. Cognitive Development


18 months to 2 1/2 yrs

1. Develop Gross Motor Skills

2. Building Sensory Skills through Sensory Play

3. Rich Language Development


2 1/2 yrs to School Entry

1. Develop Self-Confidence

2. Building Intellectual Skills

3. Building Language Skills

4. Building Cognitive Skills

5. Emotional development

6. Physical Development

Enrollment Process

Prior to the enrollment, a play visit is scheduled for the family and the staff to become acquainted and to determine if the environment is suitable for the child.


A nutritious breakfast, a hot lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided. Special dietary needs are discussed with the child care staff when the family is interviewed.


Allergies are noted and posted in the kitchen and in each classroom.


Our Commitment To Excellence For Children

Partnership ...

The childcare program fosters partnership among parents, guardians, teachers, and children to promote growth and positive social interaction for all.

Guided By ...

Guided by the principles of “How does Learning Happen” and the ELECT document (Early Learning for Every Child Today) our program cultivates the caring relationship with families and children.

Staff ...

Staff are knowledgeable and can build on the children skills and experiences through play-based activities and during daily routines.

Opportunities ...

The program provides a wide range of opportunities to engage children and expand on their interests through, interaction, exploration, provocation and inquires.

Participation ...

We celebrate the participation of all families regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status.

We Believe ...

We believe that parents have the best knowledge of their children’s understanding of the world. Therefore, we work together to help their child reach their full potential.

For more information regarding our childcare service ...

Please Call 905-523-5546 Ext. 222

Working Hours

Hours of operation:

Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Contact Info

Address: 414 Barton St. E. Hamilton, ON - L8L 2Y3

Phone: 905-523-5546 Ext.230

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