2860 Ahearn Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K2B 6Z9

Ph: (613) 829-1125
Fax: (613) 691-0116
Early Years and Childcare Coordinator: Kelly Lehto
E-mail: headstartchildcare@pqchc.com

Mission and Philosophy

Pinecrest-Queensway Headstart Childcare Centre is an enriched child-centered program guided by emergent curriculum principles. Our programming is planned to foster creativity, curiosity, independence, interaction, communication and respect for others. We believe in supporting partnerships with parents and collaborative agencies. We are an inclusive center, respecting diversity, supporting the whole family to reach their full potential.

Target Population

For children ages 18 months to 5 years.


9 qualified, registered early childhood educators and 2 early childhood educator assistants with current first aid and CPR training.


Pinecrest-Queensway Headstart Childcare Centre is located on the first floor of Dr. F.J. McDonald School (door entrance is the last side door of the parking lot). An enriched program which has four large classrooms and a outdoor climber and spacious play area.


Limited transportation within our catchment area.

Days and Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, full-day programs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Statutory Holidays, 2 weeks during the Christmas season, 2 weeks in the summer

Maximum Number of Children

30 toddlers and 40 preschoolers

Child to Staff Ratio

1:8 preschool and 1:5 toddlers

Services for Children

  • Early identification for children with developmental needs.
  • Child-oriented playroom with developmental age-appropriate toys and activities.
  • Outdoor climber and spacious play area.
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack with culturally diverse menus.
  • Limited transportation provided within the catchment area.
  • Adventurous field trips across the city.

Services for Parents

  • Resources and support provided by Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre in areas such as: family and individual counseling, First Words, workshops on parenting, nutrition etc.
  • Parent Chat days held once a month. An opportunity for parents to talk with teachers regarding their child’s progress and participate in workshops offered that day.

Agency Information

Pinecrest-Queensway Headstart Childcare Centre is managed and operated by:

Pinecrest-Queensway Health Centre
1365 Richmond Road
Ottawa, ON
K2B 6R7
Ph: (613) 820-4922
Fax: (613) 288-3407