Dandelion Daycare Co-op is about our children; their basic needs and rights are our main concern.

The Co-op is made up of families who work cooperatively to build a childcare space that is nurturing, creative, playful, and based on principles of social justice.

Our aim is to encourage self-confidence while meeting the unique needs of each child within the context of the whole group. We are play based and are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy which uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments to support every child’s needs.

The children's freedom to develop in their own unique way and the democratic participation of parents along with staff in the running of the Co-op are central to our philosophy.

While we are not technically a co-operative, our space features strong parental involvement where every family plays a part in our day-to-day operations.

In addition, we are not a licensed daycare but operate our space as such, according to the definition in the Ontario Day Nurseries Act, informal child care.


The Dandelion Co-op was the best care my children could have had outside our home. It was like a home away from home for our kids, in fact, for our whole family. The extensive creative and outdoor play was so perfect for their age and stage. Four years later, our daughters still share a close relationship with their Co-op friends, which we hope will carry on for years to come.
— Hilary & Jonni