Cook's School Day Care Inc.

Welcome To Victoria Park Child Care Centre!

In the fall of 1995, one of Cobourg's many unique and historical buildings near Victoria Park was purchased to become the home of Victoria Park Child Care Centre. This centre boasts four spacious and sunny activity rooms that are furnished to meet the needs of children 12 months to 13 years. It is located in one of Cobourg's quaint residential settings overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario.

In the spring of 2016, we will welcome families and friends to our new addition. The addition will feature:

  • A new main entrance.
  • An office at the ground floor entrance.
  • An elevator for accessibility to second floor, a new staircase to reach 2nd floor and to replace our open outdoor steel fire escape.
  • A second floor staff resource and rest area to further respect the importance of their well-being.

Each activity room is filled with a variety of activity centres geared to the interests of the children (books, drama, science, music, etc.). Our goal is to encourage the children to learn through play, explore, and be adventurous, curious and creative. The children's enjoyment of their play and learning experiences allows parents and guardians to feel peace of mind while working or exploring interests.

Victoria Park Child Care Centre is licensed by the Ministry of Education on an annual basis and adheres to the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (which replaces the Day Nurseries Act).

We take pride in knowing that the early childhood educators and support staff who help to ensure that we are providing a high quality early learning and child care program are knowledgeable, qualified and caring. Our employees are dedicated to this profession and continue to grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of the families we serve.

Our early childhood educators and support staff attend work-related workshops and courses; share their knowledge and experiences during monthly staff meetings; and guide secondary and post-secondary students while they fulfill placement responsibilities.

Victoria Park Child Care Centre's has the ability to arrange for our staff to pick-up and drop-off children at C.R. Gummow Public School and to escort children to and from the St. Michael's Separate School bus that stops at our driveway. Our program also welcomes children using school board transit from École Monseigneur-Jamot in Peterborough.

Our Location - Features & Hours


172 Queen Street, Cobourg

  • Two storey
  • Air-conditioned, bright activity rooms
  • Large, fenced outdoor activity areas
  • Just 2 blocks from beautiful Victoria Park on Lake Ontario
  • Close proximity to the heart of downtown Cobourg
  • Minutes from the 401 and the train station
  • Minutes from the library


Monday to Friday, 6:00am-7:00 pm

Early Learning and Child Care Programs

We offer a nurturing, loving environment for the children. We support the children's development of confidence, self-regulation, expression and curiosity through responsive and respectful interactions, learning centres, creativity, exploration, music and play.

We strive to provide a program that encourages the children to observe, question and discover. We guide and inspire the children to develop an awareness of their own and the feelings of others. The children learn that they are free to make safe and respectful choices. Flexible programming like ours prepares the children to utilize their intellectual and creative abilities in future learning tasks.

Program Goals

  • Encourage social skills (mutual respect, sharing & turn-taking, manners)
  • Promote self-help skills (sitting and using spoon and cup at the table: putting on and taking off shoes)
  • Encourage healthy habits (washing hands)
  • Positive self-awareness
  • Independence and self-regulation
  • Fine motor skills (tidying toys, puzzles, holding utensils, colouring with crayons)
  • Gross motor skills (climbing, kicking, throwing)
  • Recognizing colours/basic objects
  • Stimulating speech by repeating and modeling

Our Indoor Activity Areas

Our indoor activity areas are on the first and second floors of our centre.

A large partition wall separates our toddler and preschool activity areas on the first floor. The space is bright and cheery. The environment is busy and exciting. Washroom/toileting areas are readily available to allow the transition to toilet-training to be easier.

Toys and learning tools available are geared to the interests of the children.

Our Outdoor Activity Areas

Our outdoor activity areas are fenced for safety and security reasons.

The junior space is equipped with a fun Tykes treehouse with a massive sandbox surrounding it, a paving stone path for endless play on riding toys (trikes, cars, wagons, etc.) a climbing structure with slide that is secured to a rubber protective surface, and many outdoor toys and materials to manipulate and enjoy.

The senior space contains an incredible climbing structure, a sandbox, a basketball net, a paved path around the outside of the activity area for riding equipment, having an exciting soccer or ministick hockey game, and much more!

During inclement weather, activities may be brought indoors to encourage imagination.

Our outdoor play spaces are inspected daily, monthly and seasonally by our program staff and annually by a certified playground inspector.

Our Fabulous Snacks and Lunches

Cook's provides nutritious daily lunches and snacks prepared on-site at our centres and home child care settings. Food preparation staff persons working in our centre-based programs hold valid Food Handlers Certificates. The menus follow the Canada Food Guide standards and are reviewed and approved regularly by the local Health Unit's Dietician and during the Ministry's annual licensing inspection.

Children's food allergies, food limitations, and special diets are given consideration on an individual basis. If a child is unable to eat any of the menu items being prepared for the day, the family is responsible for providing a replacement. For consistency, we ask that the family provide an alternate menu item that is similar to the meal item being substituted (Example: if a child is vegetarian and cannot eat the beef barley soup, it is expected that the family will provide vegetable soup for the child).

Our centre-based programs' menus rotate on a 5-week basis. Our summer menu runs from June to October and the winter menu runs from October to June.

Each menu offers some favourites plus some interesting textures and tastes.

Click the links below to see our Summer (June to October) and Winter (October to June) menus in Adobe© PDF format

We are always open to suggestions for menu ideas!

Each home child care provider plans and posts his/her own weekly menu in the home.

Age Groupings

Room Ages Educator To Child Ratio Maximum # of Children in Group Proportion of employees that must be qualified employees
Toddler 12 to 30 months 1:5 15 (3 may be 12-18 months) 1/3
Preschool 1st Floor 30 months to 6 years 1:8 24 2/3
Preschool 2nd Floor 30 months to 6 years 1:8 10 2/3
or Kindergarten 44 months to 84 months 1:13 10 1/2
School-Age 68 months to 13 years 1:15 30 1/2

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