Deer Park Extended Primary Education Program

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register?


Please sign up for our waitlist by clicking the button below.  You will be contacted by the director and we can arrange a tour.   


Who do i make cheques out to?

DPEP (Deer Park Extended Program)

Does my child need to be toilet trained?


My child has a special diet (i.e. peanut allergy) ... what menu do you offer?

DPEP is a PEANUT/ NUT FREE childcare centre. Parents and children are not allowed to bring in any food at all. Through our caterer we provide nutritious snacks peanut/nut and trans fat free lunches.  You can view our current menus here

We celebrate birthdays with books and singing. We make provisions for those children who are vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant or other, as well.

Sample Menu

How many Teachers and Children do you have?

DPEP is licensed for 24 children and we follow the ratio required 8 children to 1 teacher.

All three teachers are qualified Early Childhood Educators (ECE) and First Aid Courses are taken each year. 


What is a co-op?

A co-operative is built on parent involvement. It is a non-profit organization, owned and operated collectively by the members. Through your children, you reach a community of other parents and children. With the support and guidance of the staff, parents learn to work and care co-operatively to create the kinds of experiences you want or your children and yourselves.

What is a duty day?

Once a month a parent or caregiver comes to help out in class. Examples are assisting in monitoring the children in the playground, putting out snack, washing dishes, watching how the teachers encourage co-operative play, wipe the tables, seeing who is playing with your child, reading a story, playing a game…. these are all very appreciated.

Will we have meetings to discuss my child’s development?

We do not schedule formal meetings, however, the teachers will speak to you on an on-going basis. If there are concerns or suggestions, of course a teacher will speak to you immediately.

Does DPEP accept subsidy?

Yes, DPEP has a Subsidy Agreement with the Toronto Children's Services.  Please see the link below to learn more about the program.

Child Care Fee Subsidy

Do I still have to pay if my child is sick for an extended period?

Yes, DPEP has a set monthly fee.   Families are required to pay the monthly fee, regardless of illness or absences.


How often is the classroom cleaned?

The floors and toilets are cleaned daily by the caretaking staff of the school. All toys and cubbies are sanitized each week.

Do you check the backgrounds of parents on duty?

All adults (staff and family members) must complete and pass a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check with the Toronto Police Services. Please see the link below for additional information.  

The director will provide required forms 

Vulnerable Sector Screening

Can I take pictures of my child at DPEP?

Unfortunately we can not allow family to take photos of the children in the centre or on school property.  However, photos of your child are regularly taken by staff and will be shared with you.