Our Foundations


All of our staff are certified Early Childhood Educators, have spotless background checks, and have up to date immunizations.

Ausome Ottawa certified

Conscious Discipline Training and Education

At the organizational level, we recently undertook Harvard University’s Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health certification


Ottawa’s Top Daycare of 2020, 2021 and 2022, Ottawa Awards by Faces Magazine.

Voted Ottawa's Best Daycare in 2022


We are delighted to share space in the same building with these partners:

123 petits pas – French language resources for babies and young children

Lachance Music – our partners for musical development in our students as well as available for private lessons on weekends, right in the comfort of Stepping Up Daycare

Sheare Physiotherapy

Girl Guides

Holly Rose Images – our go-to for all photography needs and, available for private sessions

Our Story

It all started one sunny and snow filled afternoon. Lindsay was on maternity leave and wondering where the next steps in her life should be taken. With two wonderful and unique children, care for them was on the forefront of her mind. Krista, on the other hand, whose children are all school age, was recognizing the huge need in the community for an education-based daycare facility in the neighbourhood.

We began talking. The fundamental needs and structure were immediately agreed upon and, by the end of that first discussion, the principle directives for the daycare were established – kindness, respect, confidence, knowledge and creativity in a child directed, fun and educational environment. We had agreed on the direction before we even recognized that we had just made the leap that would set us on a new path. We had made the first steps forward in a new partnership and, a new business.

The organic nature of the conversations confirmed that we would be great partners and complement each other’s strengths. Our passion for how little ones’ minds work and their love of life was completely aligned.

We continue on our path and look forward to working with our family, friends and neighbours who walk with us each step of the way!