Empowering Childhood Experiences

An approach to foster relationships, knowledge and imagination.

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There is no fee to join waitlist and be part of the Discovery Preschool Family.

A tour can be booked in advance to ensure a safe and special appointment for your family to visit the classrooms and ask questions that you might have.

We look forward to meeting you! 


Discovery will contact you to offer you the space at the specified time that your family has requested. You are invited to review our Parent Handbook!

Our strategies are inspired by the incredible work of the children, teachers, and parents in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Our philosophy focuses on the children’s natural desire to research and as such, we guide and encourage critical thinking to design a curriculum based on the development and testing of theories, balancing the importance of the democratic and individual exchange of ideas. The Reggio Approach is not a static transmission of information. It is an attitude; a strategy for continuous and engaged learning through a constant state of research and inquiry. We believe that this democratic approach is what builds togetherness; creating strong theories about the world.

Discovery Journey

Discovery Preschool holds the concept of family as precious. We are a family of educators, a family of students, and a family of community stakeholders supporting over 6,000 families in Markham in the past 19 years. I have worked alongside my mother, Sandy Shields for over 30 years, and together we have a combined history of 73 years in the field of early childhood education. We would be honoured to meet your family and collaborate on your values and inspirations for your child’s education and care. Welcome to Discovery Preschool!
Did You Know?

Discovery Preschool celebrating its 19th year of operation,

Allison Barrow RECE and Sandra Shields RECE have a combined history of 73 years in Early Childhood Education

That our passion for plants stems from a mother plant that is over 25 years old from Allison’s nursery school. We are working on living wall projects this year

All of our supervisors have celebrated over 10 years with Discovery; most are going on 19 years

We have been researching Literacies as a Result of Living since 2015

Discovery is celebrating 10 perfect licences since 2018

The World Economic Forum expresses the urgent need for human skills of creativity, originality, critical thinking, attention to detail and complex problem-solving. Discovery Preschool has embodied these disciplines in every aspect of our work.

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Anne Hong and Kenneth Li

Both Danica and Hanna have really enjoyed their time there and both Ken and I have been incredibly impressed with your nurturing, caring and professional approach to childcare. Thank you so much for all you have done in making our children feel comfortable, cared for and safe. 

Maria Paonessa

Beckenridge has been a part of our lives for nearly 6 years, and we can never thank you enough for the care and love you’ve all given to both of our sons. We know he will truly miss everyone and everything about his “first School.”

Anne Cairns

Not a day goes by that we are not grateful for the help and support we received from Allison and her team at Discovery.

We know he was safe , well cared for and the team always went above and beyond in caring for our little man!
We will be forever grateful