Our Programs

Mahmowenchike Family Development Centre provides programs for children from infancy to age 12.

Hours of Operation

Our centres are both open five days a week: Monday to Friday. Our hours of operation are from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.


Mahmowenchike observes the following holidays and will be closed on these days annually:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Family Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Civic Holiday
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

In addition to Christmas Day and Boxing Day, we may be closed an additional amount of time. We will ensure our families have plenty of notice on our holiday closures.

Professional Development

Mahmowenchike will be closed on designated Professional Development days as determined throughout the year. Parents and guardians will be given ample notice in advance of these closures to ensure they have time to make alternate care arrangements.


Our centres follow an emergent curriculum. Emergent curriculum is a way of planning curriculum that’s based on the childrens’ interests and passions at a certain point in time. Children thrive and learn best when their interests are captured.

Planning emergent curriculum requires observation, documentation, creative brainstorming, flexibility, and patience on the part of the educator. Rather than starting with a lesson plan which is repeated every year regardless of age, developmental level, or interests of the children, emergent curriculum starts with the childrens’ interests. In short, it is a child-directed and teacher-facilitated approach to planning the curriculum.

First Nations culture and traditions are also woven into the fabric of the emergent curriculum supporting the interests and developmental goals of the children in care within the philosophy of the centre.