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New French daycare set to open its doors in Orillia

La Connexion Francophone, located within Samuel-de-Champlain school, will open its doors next week
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Supplied photo of Nicole Williams, of La Connexion Francophone

Starting Sept. 3, 2019, Orillia’s new French daycare, La Connexion Francophone, will open its door to children aged from 12 months to 12 years old, in a facility located within Samuel-de-Champlain school at 275 Park St. in Orillia.

The new daycare will be the first in the region to offer family age grouping whereby siblings can be grouped together in the same room regardless of age. The daycare has been offering a before-and-after-school program for school-age children for the last six years and will continue this service also. The centre is licensed for 15 children 12 months to 12 years in one room and 22 school-age children in the second room. 

La Connexion Francophone exceeds all current ministry requirements and offers beautiful indoor and outdoor learning environments inspired by nature, shared play and the arts.

Older students attending Samuel-de-Champlain and the before-and-after-school program will get to read to the younger children, and help them with crafts and other educational activities.

Started as a new business venture by Nicole Williams, the daycare will offer quality educational programs within a Francophone setting and building a partnership with the school. The staff will include, amongst others, Williams, owner and operator, a registered early childhood educator (RECE), and three other qualified people.

Williams is an RECE with over 30 years' experience operating a daycare. She has also worked as an educational assistant for eight years, helping children with learning disabilities, behaviour and students with autism. She has a very clear approach that this unique centre will be based on a family 'atmosphere' offering exceptional service.

La Connexion Francophone works in collaboration with Conseil Scolaire Catholique Mon Avenir but the fruits of the labour of this new daycare has been Williams. The daycare is hoping to receive fee assistance through the County of Simcoe in the fall for qualifying families.

This newly built and licensed daycare is currently accepting applications for September for families wishing to expose their children to a second language. Parents wishing to enrol their children do not need to speak French.