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What Makes Us Different?

We believe in a higher standard of childcare and early learning.

Brightling Childcare Academy, established in 2003 as Gramma Marie’s Children’s Centre, is run by two former elementary school teachers who recognize the value of child-centred early-years education on later success.

The Brightling Approach is rooted in nurturing each child’s potential – and that means meaningful relationships with them and their families. We don’t force a child to conform to a learning style that doesn’t naturally work for them.

Rather, we observe the child’s behaviour and listen to the many ways they express what makes them “tick,” and then meet them where they are with learning tailored to speak to them.

A child washes his hands at a child-accessible sink

Brightling’s facility is designed specifically for children’s proportions and safety

Our Mission

To nurture and guide children to creatively explore the world around them, in partnership with their parents, through encouragement, caring, inspiration, and education.

You won’t find a more expert childcare team.

Brightling is Winnipeg’s only daycare with five Circle of Security-trained caregivers

Brightling is Winnipeg’s only daycare with five Circle of Security-trained caregivers

Brightling only employs the right people, with the right values, expertise, creativity and empathy to bring out the best in our children.

We’ve created an environment that allows the imagination to run free and grow. Our caregivers inspire the bright young minds around them to learn through inventive and memorable experiences, day in and day out. Our low caregiver-to-child ratio ensures the attention children deserve.

Our Executive Director, Karolina Dressler, works with colleagues in local schools to ensure Brightling’s children remain well-prepared for the educational experiences that await them.

Kids’ yoga in Brightling’s in-house gym

Kids’ yoga in Brightling’s in-house gym

Our facility, quite simply, rocks.

Brightling children spend their days in and around a 10,000 square-foot centre designed to maximize learning, connections, and fun.


  • Bright, spacious nursery and classrooms, tailored for age-appropriate play and learning
  • Nature-inspired outdoor play space
  • Indoor gym and age-appropriate exercise equipment
  • Early Learning Centre to help pre-schoolers prepare for kindergarten
  • Secure facility with key-card access for parents and staff

What We Offer


Play-based learning

Emerging curriculum

The Reggio Emilia approach



Brightling Childcare Academy’s Infant Program provides a flexible, warm, and safe environment in which our youngest children (ages 1-2) can learn and grow. 


Preschoolers have endless curiosity and capacity to learn. That developing “mind of their own” that sometimes makes it tough to get out of the house on time is a signal of their readiness to begin making decisions – and at Brightling Childcare Academy, we indulge that emerging independence with a range of educational activities.

Easy Learning Centre

Brightling Childcare Academy bridges the gap between the early learning years and a child’s future schooling through our Early Learning Centre. Here, we conduct pre-K programming throughout the school year for our “aspiring big kids:” registered preschoolers who are 4 to 5 years old and will be entering Kindergarten the following fall.


Since Kindergarten programs only run for a few hours each day, Brightling Childcare Academy provides a continuum of care for Kindergarten students.

School Age

Children in grades one through six enjoy a dynamic program at Brightling Childcare Academy, specifically designed for their ages, experiences and interests. Our before-and-after school program offers a place where fun and learning go hand-in-hand.

Boredom is never an issue

In addition to our full slate of daily activities aimed at developing knowledge, curiosity, creativity and social skills at every age, Brightling Childcare Academy’s regular programming includes:

  • Children’s yoga classes
  • Pre-K early learning classes
  • Home reading program
  • “Special lunches” and healthy treats 
  • External guest presentations (magicians, police and firefighters, musicians, artists, science educators, health-care workers)
  • Enhanced summer program with a full schedule of optional field trips, water fun days, and indoor/outdoor summertime activities
  • Mixed classroom composition, to build social skills and empathy
  • Music in many forms, from group sing-alongs to in-Centre ukelele bands
  • Art projects, science experiments, and active experiences to help kids learn about our world under the guise of fun
Two children work on a 3-D puzzle together

Two children play with toys in Brightling’s snowy back yard

Boy smiles over his healthy snack

Brightling activities engage all the senses – and teach healthy eating habits

Two children shoot Nerf hoops in Brightling’s gym

Free play builds friendships, encourages activity, and burns off energy

Our Services

Brightling is Winnipeg’s only daycare with five Circle of Security-trained caregivers

Brightling parents receive regular digital photos and messages from staff

  • Full-time, part-time & flexible casual childcare for infants through age 12
  • Long-term sustainable childcare
  • Reliable, safe school transportation
  • Innovative parent communication
  • Regular and annual family events
  • Brightling community social media presence – follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Brightling Childcare Academy is located on Treaty 1 territory and the traditional homeland of the Metis Nation. We respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous ancestors of this land, and affirm our commitment to creating an equitable community on it.

© Brightling Childcare Academy 2022