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What Makes Us Different?

We believe in nurturing and guiding children to creatively explore the world around them, in partnership with their parents, through encouragement, caring, inspiration, and education.

Instructor handing out yoga mat to kids

Brightling kids experience diverse programming including yoga from certified instructors. 

Our Programs

  • Weekly theatre or yoga class 
  • Therapy dog Carter regularly visiting classrooms 
  • Nature garden with a tree house, climbing logs, and a climbing wall 
  • Home reading program 
  • Innovative parent communication through Seesaw 
  • Regular newsletters for our families 
  • Brightling community social media presence – follow us on Facebook and Instagram

Our Approach

Every child has potential that  needs to be nurtured. The key is in understanding how to engage the child: their learning follows their curiosity, at their own pace, and in their own style.

Children painting outside in Our Nature Playground

The Brightling staff encourages kids to think and work creatively. 

Two girls climbing a climbing wall.

Climbing wall in Our Nature Playground.

Our Facility 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
Caregiver reads to baby in Brightling infant room

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

Our staff

You won’t find a more expert childcare team.

Our History

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.

Contact Us

1461 Chevrier Blvd. Winnipeg, MB, R3T 1Y7
(204) 487-7879


Monday - Friday: 7 am - 5:45 pm 
Saturday/Sunday: Closed

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.

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