About Us

Who We Are
We are a Christian, non-profit, community-based child care centre that offers programs for children ages 15- 48 months. Lakeside Child Care Centre is devoted to the overall well being of children by teaching Biblical principles and modeling the love of Jesus Christ. We are committed to providing high quality care to all children, with the guidance of qualified and passionate educators. We aim to provide an environment where children can be engaged and inspired through play experiences, and grow in their sense of curiosity and learning. Because our practices are based in Christian values, our children can develop a positive self image, self-confidence and know that they are loved and valued. Our teachers are professionally trained in Early Childhood Education and we utilize a balanced and effective curriculum that is government approved.

Our Philosophy
At Lakeside Child Care Centre, we believe that all children, no matter their belief system, cultural or personal background, are a loved, valued and beautiful gift from God. We believe in the development of the “whole child,” which includes not just a child’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical needs, but also their spiritual needs.

Our Staff

Blaire Caldwell, ECE, EA (Centre Supervisor)


I graduated from Conestoga College in 2007 with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Upon graduation I quickly entered the workforce joining the team at Workside Early Childhood Education Centre here in Guelph. In 2012 I graduated from Sheridan College with a diploma enabling me to work as an Educational Assistant. From there I worked one year as an EA at Guelph Community Christian School. I soon discovered my heart was with the little ones and returned to Workside to fulfill my desire to work with toddlers once again. I am very excited to be a part of the Lakeside Child Care Centre team, where my love of early education and my love of Jesus can come together and positively impact the lives of the families I serve on a daily basis.

Marla Dobson, ECE, BaED 


I grew up in Tulsa, OK and received my Bachelor of Elementary Education from Minot State University in Minot, ND. I spent three years teaching in the inner city of Kansas City until I met my husband online in the fall of 2001 and moved to Canada. I spent eight years as an Early Childhood Assistant and Registered Early Childhood Educator at Jack and Hill Day Nursery in Guelph. Now, I am so excited to be a part of the Lakeside Child Care Centre, working with the preschool children.

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possible be.” – Rita Pierseon

Priyanka Bauman, Cook


I got married at the beginning of the summer and moved to Guelph. My husband and I started attending Lakeside Downtown and we love the church and its culture. Being on staff allows me to integrate two of my favourite activities: cooking and working with children. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, friends and family, catching up on my favourite TV shows, exercising and cooking!

Hours and Location
Monday to Friday:  7 am to 6:00 pm | Closed statutory holidays.

7654 Conservation Road
Guelph ON N1H 6J1
*We are located just off Victoria Road, north of Woodlawn.