Our mission is to provide every child with a positive and supportive environment where they are encouraged to develop their creative, cognitive, and social abilities. We offer Preschool, Junior Kindergarten, and Senior Kindergarten programs.
Joanne Freer graduated from Conestoga College with her Early Childhood Education Diploma in 1976. In 1978, she completed a two-year Certification with the Association for Early Childhood Education in Ontario. Read More
Karen Sanger first started working with children in early 1985, running a parent-and-tot program at her local recreation centre. She then opened Building Blocks Nursery School with Joanne Freer in September 1986. Read More
Lorraine Quibell joined the Building Blocks staff in 2001. Prior to joining Building Blocks, Lorraine worked for ErinoakKids on a part-time basis for 7½ years as an Outreach Assistant working with children with special needs and physical disabilities. Read More
Linda Nunes graduated from George Brown in June 1988, earning a diploma in Early Childhood and started working with children in a daycare setting that September. Linda lived in Kingston Ontario for many years and worked for a home agency for over 10 yrs and supplied for a local YMCA. Read More
Cathy Sookhoo grew up in the City of Toronto, she studied Early Childhood Education at Humber College and graduated in 2001. After acquiring a full-time position in the ECE field, she decided to further her studies at York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Read More
Jennifer Lam is thrilled to be joining the Building Blocks staff for the 2012-2013 school year. Jennifer will be working primarily with the morning Senior Kindergarten class and planning their daily art activities. Read More
To our favourite teachers:
Over the last year, I have thought a lot about what I would say to you all at the end of the year. It brings tears to my eyes! It is really hard to put on paper how happy we have been over the last eight years and how grateful we are for the time you all spent with our boys.
We brought our eldest son Nathaniel to Building Blocks in September 2001, not knowing anything about the school. We had no real expectations except for our son to be in a safe environment where he could learn and have some social interactions with his peers and a soft lap to nap on (Mrs. Sanger!). Little did we know what kind of experience we were going to have!
All three of our sons have enjoyed Building Blocks very much. The warm, caring atmosphere made them feel so comfortable; maybe a little too comfortable sometimes! Eric and I both think that our boys are better “children” because they attended Building Blocks. Nathaniel and Noah were both well-prepared for Grade 1 and academically they were both well above the norm. With Aidan there is no difference, as he enters Grade 1 he will have a set of learning tools that are well above the norm. We have all of you to thank for that!
On a personal note… thank you for taking such good care of our boys, especially Aidan. With all of his challenges, you were all a part of a “Healthy Start” for him even before he arrived into our world. We were so worried about him, but we all know he is a healthy, well-adjusted little boy, who is eager to learn and be a part of great things.
It will be strange not driving to the school three times a week next year, but you never know, you might just receive a visit from the Ocampo family sometime – so be prepared! Keep on doing the things you all do, your caring, tender attitudes are the perfect environment for these children to blossom and grow into wonderful people. I know my three boys are well on their way. Your advice has always been taken to heart and thank you for lending an ear whenever I needed it. Your school is a great place and we are all going to miss it. Nathaniel and Noah still talk about things that they did at Building Blocks.
We will have the everlasting memories, proud moments and special milestones that will always be in our hearts. Thank you Mrs. Sanger, Mrs. Freer, Mrs. Quibell, Mrs. VanderBurgt, Kamla, Mrs. McIntyre and Julie for sharing them with our family. We will miss you all.
The Ocampo Family – Eric, Carey, Nathaniel, Noah & Aidan