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Dearham Wood Daycare is a not-for profit, school-based childcare centre serving the Guildwood Community and surrounding areas. We provide subsidized full-time programs.

We work together to create a warm, caring and safe atmosphere, facilitating the growth and development of every child through encouragement, stimulation and diversified imaginative programming experiences. Our centre is governed by a democratic sharing process and family, staff, and community involvement is vital.

Our goal is to provide an enriched program in a safe and comfortable environment, giving each individual child the opportunity to grow emotionally, socially, intellectually, creatively, and physically.

All full time staff are experienced Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE) qualified to provide age-appropriate programming from nursery through age 12. Dearham Wood Daycare programming is designed to follow the ELECT format and is based on following the cues and interests of the children.


NAFEEZA ALI, RECE – Supervisor

Hello DWDC Community!  My name is Nafeeza and I am the Supervisor for Dearham Wood Daycare.  I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator with 14+ years of experience in the Early Learning and Childcare Sector working with children, families and other professionals.


My experience includes working front line with children 0-12 years old, providing early intervention and therapeutic childcare to children with special needs, Professor of Observation and Assessment and facilitator to a variety of parenting programs.


I have 4 years of childcare management experience: responsibilities included Administration, Program Development, Curriculum Planning and Implementation, Staff Supervision and Public Relations. 


My approach is influenced by Attachment, Relational and Developmental Theories.  I am present throughout all of the programs and strive to work collaboratively with staff and families of DWDC to ensure the highest quality of care is provided in an environment that supports nurturing and responsive relationships, natural exploration and learning through play.


CHRISTINA NAUTH, RECE – Assistant Supervisor and Kindergarten

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Hi I am Christina!

I graduated from Centennial College in 2016, and I have been working at Dearham Wood daycare ever since. I currently work as the Assistant Supervisor apart from working in the before and After Kindergarten program. 


I have been a leader with children 0-12 years old, working with inclusion specialists to create individual plans for children and ensure their needs are met. I believe that each child is not only developmentally unique but engages in learning experiences that happen at individually optimum times. I try to challenge and support each child’s unique patterns of interest, talents and abilities. In addition, an environment is provided which fosters each child’s self-esteem, independence and self-discipline 


I believe that children develop best as individuals in a social setting. I encourage children to demonstrate their feelings and needs through interaction and cooperation with peers and with adults. Children are taught to recognize that their actions have consequences. Furthermore, they are taught skills that help them to solve interpersonal conflicts with minimal adult intervention. We also encourage children to understand and have respect for themselves, their peers, their teachers, and their environment.

I think it is incredible to have the opportunity to work with such a diverse community. I can learn from the children as much as they are able to learn from me.  The best part is that we get to sing and dance almost all day!


Khulood, RECE- Preschool


Hello, my name is Miss Khulood and I am a registered Early Childhood Educator. I graduated with my ECE diploma from Centennial College in April 2015. I’ve worked in a Montessori for 4 years and have gained experience in all age groups.


Being the oldest of three siblings, I have always known I wanted to work with young children. During high school, I chose to do co-op and got to experience how it was like to work in a kindergarten classroom with a large group of children having autism. Moving forward I knew working with children was a strong passion of mine so without hesitation from High school to college I enrolled in the Early Childhood education program proudly.


Another experience I had before pursuing my career as an educator was working in a nursery. This helped me understand the importance of a relationship between the educator and families to enhance a child’s growth and development.


To me being an educator is understanding that every child is unique in their own way. The belief I like and value is one by Reggio Emilia that every child is strong-minded can do anything they set their mind to and is just filled with curiosity about the world they live in. As an educator I support, I encourage and I respect that.

Samantha, RECE School-age Lead




My name is Samantha, new to the Dearham Woods family, and so excited to be a part of this community. I graduated with a diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2021, and I am currently completing my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood studies. I have always enjoyed working with children, and my dream since childhood was to be a teacher. For the last year, I have worked as a supply ECE with the Ymca, working with infants through school age. I have also been a nanny for two years. I worked in the kinder room this summer and will now be the lead RECE in School-age. I am so excited about this opportunity and cannot wait to create great relationships with the children and their families. 

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RACHEL- Kindergarten

Hey, my name is Rachel and I’m apart of the Dearham Wood Daycare family. I’m  eager to work with your children as well as getting to know them individually. I am currently working towards my ECE diploma while gaining the experience each and everyday

I have had the pleasure of connecting with kids all over Toronto as well as working in summer camps, and doing some mentoring at Durham children’s aid.

I am looking forward to working with the staff, children, and parents that are involved with DWDC, I hope to make a great impression while learning something new everyday.


LAILA, RECE - School Age


Hi, my name is Laila Parveen. I am a member of the Dearham Wood Day Care Team. I have graduated in “Early Childhood Education Program" from the Centennial College, Toronto in April, 2011.


I am a member of the College of Early Childhood Educators with good standing. I have got my Food Handling certification in December, 2017 from Toronto Public Health. I have more than eight years working experience in an infant, toddler, preschool and school age group within a licensed child care environment as an RECE. I am properly immunized including current TB test & have clear police record clearance to work in the community settings.  I have valid certificate in CPR-C and Standard First Aid. I love to work with the children.

Faiza Siddiqui- School age Assistant 

Hi, my name is Faiza ( Mrs.Siddiqui ) and I’m very happy to become part of the Dearham wood daycare team as a permanent staff member. I have been working with the daycare for the past few years during summer, holidays and PA days as casual support staff.  

As most of you know I have been working at Poplar road for the last 10 years, the first few years with the kindergarten class and now with our special needs class, while doing before and after school child care as well.  I’m a teacher by profession and working in the school and the daycare is very exciting for me. I love working with kids and I’m very happy that I will be spending more time with the kids in the daycare, getting to know them and helping them in every way possible.  


Take care 



SANDRA, ECA - Preschool

Hello!  My name is Sandra and I joined the Dearham Wood Daycare team in September 2019.  I work primarily in the school age program. 


I have been working as an Early Childhood Assistant since 2011.  My experience includes working with children between 4 years and 12 years old in before and after care settings, supporting children with special needs, and lunchroom supervisor for Durham District School Board. 


I am excited to be a part of the Dearham Wood Daycare team and working collaboratively to support high quality childcare.

Hi, my name is Maiju Sokk. 


I have been teaching for 10 years and I love my job! I am a registered early childhood educator. I attended Humber College where I graduated with my early childhood educator and my developmental service worker diploma. After completing that I continued my education by going to Western University where I completed my degree in childhood social institution and George Brown where I completed my diploma in Intervenor for deafblind persons. I have experience working with all ages from birth to 60-year old's. I’ve gained experience from working in group home settings, school settings, and childcare centres. 


A little about me: I am originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario-I moved here at the age of 14 with my family. Bowling is my favourite sport, I love painting, I enjoy going on hikes and being in nature.



I am thrilled to be your child’s teacher! I can’t wait to work with everyone to fill the class with lots of learning, fun and new adventures! 


Maiju, RECE Preschool LEAD

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