P.L.A.Y.

Community Child Development Centre

Welcome to P.L.A.Y.

P.L.A.Y. is a parent-run, non-profit daycare centre located in the Kensington area of Calgary.

At P.L.A.Y. we believe we need to give children plenty of opportunity to play in order to grow brains beautifully. You can read more about the science of learning through play here .

Play builds fine muscle and large muscle skills. It develops communication, creative and cultural awareness. When children play they grow socially, emotionally and cognitively. At P.L.A.Y. we see children as competent, capable citizens who deserve the opportunity to interact with the world around them with wonder, curiosity and imagination. The heart of our program is based on genuine and respectful relationships with the children, their families and our colleagues. As a not-for-profit daycare, families are the key to our program’s success and our board of directors is made up entirely of parents.

We would love to connect with you and your family to share more about P.L.A.Y. If you are looking for high quality child care in the Kensington area, we hope we are exactly what you’re looking for.


P.L.A.Y. is a licensed daycare able to accommodate 54 children ranging in ages from birth to 6 years.

Hours of operation are from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Monday to Friday (Infant Room closes at 5:30).
Annual closure dates and more detail about our daily operations can be found in Operations

We are located in the lower level of the Hillhurst United Church, in the heart of Kensington:

1227 Kensington Close NW

Calgary, AB
T2N 3J6

403.283.3232

P.L.A.Y Philosophy

Our Early Childhood Educators plan and facilitate meaningful learning experiences based on sound knowledge of children’s development and on daily observation of the child’s interests, needs and abilities. We implement programming that is relevant and meaningful to the children. Our philosophy is to provide a predictable yet still flexible daily routine to instill a sense of security which allows for individual preferences and independent choice. Each day will incorporate a balance of:

  • fine and gross motor play;

  • quiet and active times;

  • large group, small group and individual activities; and

  • child-initiated and adult-initiated activities.

Our programs include dance, music, yoga and gym classes. We are fortunate to have access to the Church gym so even on cold weather days the children have an opportunity to have active playtime.

During COVID, the Centre has adapted our programming to continue to support tactile play and movement in a safe manner. For example, all children have their own sensory box ensuring they still able to safely enjoy this mode of learning through play.

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What Parents Say About P.L.A.Y

"My family loves P.L.A.Y.! My older son started at 3 and my younger has been there since he was 1. Both kids run in the door each morning and come home with great stories to tell. The teachers are wonderful, they have great activities, and quality food. The parent engagement and community atmosphere really makes P.L.A.Y. stand out. I love the family events and knowing my kids' friends and the other parents. ."  ~ B.


"Our two children attended P.L.A.Y. for years. The staff is very caring and engaged with them. I was always impressed with the programming at all levels but especially how the preschool curriculum units were integrated across all the activities. As a parent-run non-profit daycare, there is a great community feeling among the families. Our family made some great friends and we really enjoyed our time at P.L.A.Y." ~ D.


"We have two children (2 1/2 and 4 1/2) that have been enrolled in the P.L.A.Y. program for about 2 years. Our experiences with the staff and program have been very positive. The P.L.A.Y. team does a fantastic job exposing the children to new and interesting learning opportunities and a variety of arts/crafts activities. Nutrition has been an important consideration for us; the transparency around meal planning is excellent. Meal plans are frequently shared by P.L.A.Y. and the caterer, and the opportunity to purchase/sample the meals is also extended to families. The staff are very caring and we know our boys are in good hands. Overall, P.L.A.Y. offers a great program and great value." ~A.