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Childcare Services

There are several childcare services available to Laurier students, depending on geographical location.​​

The following childcare services are based in Waterloo and available to Laurier students.

Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre​

Laurier is pleased to participate in a childcare partnership with Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre. Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre is a non-profit, non-denominational child development centre that provides childcare services for children between 18 months to 5 years of age (with three spaces for children between 15 to 18 months).

As part of the partnership, Emmanuel provides priority access for full-time and part-time Laurier employees, and full-time students to a number of day care spaces each year.

Registration Instructions and Timelines​​

Those interested in applying for priority access for September enrolment at Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre will need to do the following:

  • Register using OneList, the Region of Waterloo’s central childcare waitlist. Using OneList, indicate interest in Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre.
  • Once registered on OneList, your information will be kept each year until you cancel your registration. There is no need to register on an annual basis.
  • Once registered on OneList, notify Emmanuel by email at, indicating:
    • That you have registered for OneList, and that you are a Laurier student.
    • Your name.
    • Your Laurier student ID number.
    • Your child's name.
    • Your child's date of birth.
    • Whether full-time or part-time childcare is needed.

​If you are already on Emmanuel's OneList and wish to remain on the list, please ensure you contact the centre to express your continued interest in enrolment by end of January each year.

Emmanuel will fill available priority daycare spots based on order of registration on OneList and program availability. Families eligible for a priority spot will be contacted by Emmanuel to confirm interest, and invited to attend one of two available in-person registration days.

The selected Laurier families for September enrolment will attend one of the two available registration days taking place at the childcare centre to register their child.

Any Laurier families that did not receive a priority daycare spot will be included in the subsequent community registration process, and will have the opportunity to access daycare spaces available to the broader community. Families that do not secure a spot through the community process will remain on OneList in subsequent years, but will need to contact Emmanuel each year to ensure access to Laurier priority spots.

Creative Minds Children Services, Inc.​

Laurier is pleased to announce the new childcare partnership with Creative Minds Children Services to provide priority access to childcare services for students on the Brantford campus. This new partnership was established with the assistance of the Brantford campus childcare committee. Creative Minds is a provincially licensed, non-denominational child development centre that provides childcare services for toddlers (14 months and up) and preschoolers including children with special needs.

Creative Minds will be providing priority access to childcare services to full-time Laurier students throughout the year.

The centre is located at 5 Wade Ave. (within a four-minute drive from campus), and is open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. During COVID-19, hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Creative Minds highlights:

  • Full-time and part-time spaces available.
  • Three toddler rooms, six preschool rooms and nine playgrounds available.
  • Meals prepared onsite: two snacks and a lunch.
  • Air-conditioned.
  • Subsidies available.
  • Parent volunteer committee.
  • Use of Hi Mama app to provide updates on your child(ren) throughout the day by sending pictures, menu, calendars and daily reports.

Registration Process

For those interested in applying for priority access at Creative Minds, you can simply register with OneList, an online registration system.

  • Register with OneList​, indicating your interest in Creative Minds Children Services. When creating your profile, self-identify your affiliation with Laurier by indicating Laurier as your school.
  • Once registered, you will be contacted by a staff member from the centre who will confirm your childcare needs and available space.
  • Enrolment is open throughout the year, with no annual registration deadline. Spaces will be offered as they become available based on the order of registration on OneList and program availability.​​

To learn more about Creative Minds, contact Vicki McNabb at 519.754.0811 or