We are pleased to welcome you to Nanabijou Childcare Centre
Inspired by two Lakehead University students and the continuous support of Lakehead University administration, Nanabijou Child Care Centre opened in January 1988. Over time we have expanded from a small classroom to a large organization, however our service continues to prioritize the students, staff and faculty of Lakehead University as well as the larger community of Thunder Bay. It is our mission to provide inclusive, affordable, licensed quality child care. We are a non-profit organization and currently provide care for 135 children ranging from infancy to school age.
We value the individuality of each child and family, and adapt to meet your needs. In a warm and caring atmosphere, we assist your child’s physical, emotional, social and creative development. Our curriculum is based in play and augmented with field trips, daily activities, special visitors and outdoor experiences. Our emphasis is upon the process rather than the outcome. We encourage each child to take risks and try new ideas to build confidence and ability at their own speed. As a collaborative team, we ensure that every child is safe, has nutritious food throughout the day, and plays in a healthy and sustainable environment that encourages exploration and inquiry. Daily, we provide all children opportunities to learn, discover, grow within our dynamic indoor and outdoor play spaces.
Our Registered Early Childhood Educators practice daily observation, professional reflection, life-long learning and are driven to provide quality child care. As Early Childhood Educators, the teaching staff have researched child development and continue on-going professional development as a commitment to Ministry of Education’s standards and annual evaluation.
Relationships and communication between and among children, families, educators and the environment are based on respect and acceptance. We hope you will become involved in all aspects of child’s experience at Nanabijou Child Care Centre. You are welcome to visit, plan activities and discuss you child’s needs and progress with our staff. Nanabijou is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors and all parents are encouraged to participate either at the Board or Committee level. Your input is essential to our continued development and growth. Mutual support is a necessity from which we all benefit. We strive to provide a joy-filled, imaginative and creative experience for you and hope Nanabijou Child Care Centre will quickly become an extension of your family and home.
"Located on beautiful Lakehead University campus"


Everyday we take phone calls from interested parents wanting to attend Nanabijou Child Care Centre. Unfortunately at this time ALL our daytime programs are full until January 2022.

We will phone families according to their place on the Thunder Bay Child Care Registry.

To be part of our "wait list", apply to the Registry at www.thunderbaychildcare.ca