Early learning centre owner Nabeel Tayob cannot wait to open the doors to his new childcare centre in Park Ridge this winter.

His voice hits another level of enthusiasm when he explains what it means to him and his family.

Oh, it’s incredible, you’re changing children’s lives,” said Mr. Tayob.

From zero to five years, it’s the most important development phase of a child’s life.”

If you come out and provide a facility, educators, resources and curriculum that enhances children and gives them the best opportunity in life, it gives you an amazing feeling, an amazing satisfaction.

Located at the intersection of Beaumont Rd East and Mount Archer Road, the Happy Hearts Childcare Centre and Kindergarten will be the fourth in Mr. Tayob’s Happy Hearts chain.

Mr. Tayob runs the chain with his brother and father. They care for the management side of the business.

We’re more the backend, so we’re not the front face, but we come into our centres very often to make sure everything’s running smoothly,” Mr. Tayob said.

He said they pride themselves on providing quality education.

Pure quality – quality of educators, quality of staff, making sure children have the best facilities, the best resources, and best people to guide them and teach them,” said Mr. Tayob.

He said the childcare centre will open this August in what is a difficult time for childcare operators.

While Park Ridge is a growing area with potential for sustainable levels of demand, the pandemic has slowed the sector and made it harder to operate.

COVID was a difficult time, but the government supported us pretty well,” he said. “People have come from having free day care now to paying, so that was a challenge, but the ramp up hasn’t been too bad.

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