About Childventures

Preparing children for lifelong academic success
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Our history


When expecting his first child, company founder Dr. Walter Heidary could not find a childcare that optimized the significant cognitive development that happens from 0-5 years. Taking matters into his own hands, he opened Pathways Academy in Ancaster with a focus on long term educational success.


Following a significant growth in Ancaster, a second Pathways location was established serving Burlington families. To this day, Burlington remains the largest of all CV centres.

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After 8 successful years, Pathways was rebranded to Childventures Early Learning Academy. In that same year, two new locations opened serving York Region families in Vaughan and Richmond Hill.

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Childventures achieved remarkable success with the opening of five new locations over the years. These locations included Oakville in 2017, Milton in 2018, Mississauga and Aurora in 2020, and North York coming in 2024. Presently, the Childventures team consists of over 400 passionate educators who provide quality care to over 1,300 children.

A culture rooted in clear values

Our corporate values are represented in the behaviours and principles that guide our decisions and actions. They play a key role in our mission to instill a love of learning in our children and team members while delivering a premium quality experience. Our team is truly dedicated to bringing these values to life every day for our children, our families, and each other.
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Respect others

We will create an inclusive environment where people feel they belong by being respectful and embracing each others differences.
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Love learning

We will promote lifelong learning and continuous growth in our children and team.
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Take care

We will take care of each other ensuring the physical safety and emotional well-being of our children, families and team is at the forefront of everything we do.
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Work together

We will aspire to work as one CV team, drawing from all our unique talents, helping each other succeed while delivering meaningful connections with children, team and families.
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Strive higher

We will strive for excellence every day, using our creativity and initiative to achieve quality, diverse experiences for our children and families.

Every aspect of your child’s development matters


Addressing the needs of a growing child

At Childventures, we provide a proven, evidence-based childcare curriculum you won’t find at any other childcare centre. We believe in nurturing children’s innate love of learning and offer a balanced foundation for early education through three proven curriculum models: Montessori, HighScope, and Core Knowledge. These models support academic growth, creativity, collaboration, and emotional well-being.

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A nutritious menu to fuel active minds

The Childventures nutrition program is based on the philosophy that good nutrition is the fuel that powers active minds. Overseen by a head chef and a pediatric dietitian, our diverse menus introduce children to new flavours, textures, and world cuisines. Our menus are nutritionally dense, seasonally appropriate, nut-free, locally sourced and made from scratch whenever possible.

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Dedicated & professional educators

CV truly is a community of lifelong learners, passionate about instilling that love of learning in the next generation of leaders. We believe in ongoing communication and an open-door approach which leads to an environment based on trust and respect. People are our greatest assets. Without them we wouldn’t have such passionate advocates for your children. Our team is comprised of professionally qualified educators.

Health & Safety

Your child’s health is our priority

At Childventures, we give equal importance to your child’s health, safety, and education. We consistently follow and surpass all guidelines established by Public Health and the Ministry of Education. As we fall under the childcare category, our mandated health protocols are even more stringent than those of school boards. We take pride in our capacity to create stimulating learning environments while surpassing government health and safety regulations.

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CV quality funded by CWELCC

In March 2022, the Provincial and Federal governments agreed to fund licensed childcare under the Canada-Wide Early Learning and Childcare program (CWELCC). This allows childcare operators to discount their current fees by 52.75%.

Our existing 8 centres are enrolled in CWELCC. Please note our North York campus will operate outside of this government program.

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Parent approved

I have had such a wonderful experience from the Infant room now to Toddler Room. The Educators are so friendly and nice. When I watch them on the secure cameras they are so professional with the kids. My son is now so independent, he can feed himself with finger foods and tries to eat with a spoon with little assistance.
I highly recommend Childventures Early Learning Academy to any family looking for care for their child(ren). Families are at ease knowing their children are in a safe & nurturing environment with high quality educators, a nutritious menu, camera access and a great curriculum in the classrooms.
Childventures has surpassed all expectations my family had for our son's daycare. This is our first experience with daycare and we are blown away by the care and commitment of the staff. Our 13-month old gets so excited when we arrive each morning! I HIGHLY recommend.