Programs We Offer

An Established and Verified Approach 

Marathon Children and Family Centre is devoted to providing comprehensive and exceptional child care. We strive to create learning environments based on the interests of the children. Educators make daily observations in order to ensure that our playrooms are engrossing and enlightening. We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to learning in where we believe that children learn best through play. By observing the children and creating activities based on the interests of the children, educators are able to create engaging educational spaces and activities which stimulate learning and development.

Our programs are structured to include a variety of hands-on activities as such activities are very beneficial to increasing development during the critical years of child growth. We partner with Fair Start using the Disc Preschool Screen (DPS), Speech/Language and Social Checklists. These processes and packages help educators keep note of each child’s development and make plans to ensure each child is continually learning and challenged while growing and having fun.  

A portfolio is kept for each child detailing the thoughts, characteristics and development of the child. Parents are able to access their child’s portfolios methodically. In addition, daily panels are made within every program offered by Marathon Children and Family Centre.

Days and Hours of Operation

Marathon Children and Family Centre operates annually from the months of September to June. Each program offered provides full-time care, part-time care, before- and after-school care as well as professional activity day services. Surveys which evaluate numbers and need determine whether the centre remains open during Christmas break, March break and the summer months of July and August.

Full-time care hours

Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Part-time care hours: 

  • Two to five days a week with partial hours
  • Mornings 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  
  • Mornings including lunch (anytime from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) 
  • Before-school 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • After-school 2:40 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Professional Activity Days 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (provided for children between the ages of 4-13)

Our Programs 


Marathon Children and Family Centre provides quality care for infants between the ages of 0 – 18 months. Our Infant Program strives to bring infants, parents and educators together through a progressive method which is referred to as ‘inserimento’ – an Italian term that translates to ‘new beginning’ and ‘transition’.  

Infant Program Details


Marathon Children and Family Centre’s Toddler Program offers an exceptional care program for children between the ages of 18 – 30 months. We structure our Toddler Program around the Reggio Emilia Principles. We trust that children learn best in comforting and familiar environments while playing. 

Toddler Program Details


Early Childhood Educators nurture and educate children between the ages of 2.5 – 3.5 years within our Preschool Program. Marathon Children and Family Centre’s Preschool Program is built surrounding the Reggio Emilia Principles in where educational, hands-on activities are formulated based on interests of the children. 

Preschool Program Details

School Age

The School Age program provided by Marathon Children and Family Centre offers exceptional care for children between the ages of 4 – 13 years. Our ideas and activities are devised through observing the children and developing program plans based upon the interests of the children, as per the Reggio Emilia Approach. This creates a trusting, easy-going and calming educational environment with plenty of age-appropriate activity choices.

School Age Program Details


Drop-in program free to parents, caregivers and their children 0 to 6 years old inspired by Reggio Emilia principles. In the EarlyON program, parents, caregivers and their children can learn, grow and bond with one another. We provide a positive learning environment to encourage children to reach their fullest potential through play. 

EarlyON Program Details