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General information

Philou Daycare

While it is true that every child who is different and in need of special care has the right to be included, we believe that “inclusion begins with being healthy and at the best of their potential” – Dr. Marie Laberge, Physiatrist, CHU Ste-Justine.

The Approach

Our educational Daycare offers a friendly environment and an approach adapted to the needs of each child. Our team is composed of passionate, sensitive and devoted specialists who are committed to creating a space where the children will be able to optimize their development.

The Philou Daycare, with its specialized, interdisciplinary and individualized approach, promotes the overall development of a child, while respecting their interests, needs, abilities and pace. Of course, the Daycare is aligned with the basic principles of the Quebec daycare program Accueillir la petite enfance, to which ultra-specialized services have been added.

The Daycare is:

  • A 1:1 ratio with the professionals on the team
  • An individualized schedule that respects each child’s specific needs
  • Qualified and specialized pivotal educators who ensure a constant, regular and relevant contact with parents
  • A weekly follow-up in physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • Global performance assessment and regular learning monitoring
  • An individualized intervention plan for each child that includes the 4 spheres of development of the educational framework (language, motor, cognitive, socio-affective) and that is worked on in an interdisciplinary way by all members of the team on a daily basis
  • Personalized activities with our specialists (music teacher, Special Yoga™ teacher)
  • Stimulation rooms and equipment adapted to children’s needs (multisensory room, motor development room, sensory garden, adapted toys and positioning, etc.)
  • Socialization and peer learning with children at various levels of development
  • Parental support and guidance

Learn more (video in French only):

Admission and fees

Eligibility criteria

Any child aged 18 months to 5 years with a global developmental delay, including significant motor delay. The child may also have medical conditions and complex care that can be delegated (epilepsy, tube feeding, etc.).

Eligibility is subject to a visit and assessment by Centre Philou.

Admission procedure

1. Apply for admission to Centre Philou:
• Make an appointment with Sophie Ouellette, Director of Family Experience, to visit Centre Philou with your child;
• Once the visit is over, an admission file must be completed on site.

2. Register to the Place 0-5: register your child on the Philou Daycare waiting list

3. Official registration at the Daycare
• subject to availability
• Meet with Nellie Raby, Director of Philou Daycare, to sign a contract and integration plan.


A $65 daily fee applies (including professional services).

A tax credit for child care expenses is applicable, depending on the family’s financial situation.

Professional physiotherapy and occupational therapy services may be reimbursed by private insurance (1 session per week, valued at $100).


Nellie Raby is the Director of the Philou Daycare and School. Her days are punctuated by the management of Centre Philou’s development programs and the management of the educational teams.

Parents can contact her for all matters concerning the educational program and internal management of the Philou Daycare.

Phone: (514) 739-4861 Ext. 231
Email: [email protected]

Zohal Bisoodi is the Philou Daycare and School Coordinator.

Karine St-Pierre is the physiotherapist for Centre Philou programs, working interdisciplinarily with the rest of the team. She assesses the youngsters’ motor skills in order to propose an appropriate treatment plan as well as to establish short-, medium- and long-term objectives, and follows up with each individual student on a weekly basis. The team refers to her for information on students’ motor development. Karine shares and teaches the exercise programs to the team, ensuring interdisciplinary work within the team and continuity of services between the public and private sectors.

The educational team

The educational team accompanies your child throughout his or her daycare experience They respond to the needs of each child in the group in a personalized way by developing intervention plans based on the Philou interdisciplinary approach. By working in small groups, each child receives early and intensive stimulation. The expertise of our team members enables us to engage all spheres of development on a daily basis, supporting your children’s growth in a harmonious and caring way.

The educational team ensures a constant link between the family, the physiotherapist and the occupational therapist, so that information is passed on equally. Each family has a permanent and direct link with its pivotal educator, to whom they can refer for any changes in their child’s routine, or to discuss their child’s progress and specialized intervention plan.

In pictures


Stimulation rooms

The children can take advantage of Centre Philou’s many stimulation rooms. These include a black room and a Snoezelen room.

The black room is a place where everything is black. Black lights illuminate what is fluorescent. This allows us to stimulate one sense at a time, without distractions. It’s an ideal place to encourage young people to focus their gaze on the gesture, object or task at hand, thus fostering attention and concentration. It features a light table, light objects, switch-activated games and much more.

The Snoezelen room is a place of relaxation and exploration, where emotional well-being and pleasure are fostered. The Snoezelen approach encourages the awakening of polyimpaired people by offering a range of sensory, auditory and olfactory activities. Features include a bubble column, an interactive projector, fiber optics and a temperature-adjustable water mattress.


In action

Family guidance

Our support extends to the whole family, from the polyimpaired child to the parents, siblings and grandparents. All the members of a family surrounding a polyimpaired child have a different vision of their reality and of the child. They also have different, but equally important, needs. We want to accompany families in their lives, sharing with them the good days, the victories, the uncertainties, the incomprehension, as well as the anger, so as to help them improve their daily lives.

A psychoeducator is always available to listen to all family members, guide them and answer their questions. This service is entirely free of charge for families of children who use the Centre’s services.

Sophie Ouellette is the Director of Family Experience for all families using Centre Philou services.

Trained as a psychoeducator, she offers support in various areas related to the challenges of polyimpairment:

  • Finding the right resources to deal with daily or specific challenges;
  • Planning for emergency Respite;
  • Leveraging Philou’s experience to find solutions to different issues families may encounter with their children;
  • Facilitating contacts between families;
  • Organizing special activities such as parent-child yoga;
  • Welcoming new families;
  • Establishing relationships with partners of Centre Philou.

Email: [email protected]


Au nom des familles et de leurs enfants, au nom de de toute l’équipe qui travaille avec amour et ardeur au Centre Philou, nous vous remercions du fond du coeur de croire en nous, de nous donner le courage et l’énergie de continuer à grandir.


On behalf of the families and their children, on behalf of all the team members who work with love and ardor at Centre Philou, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing in us, for giving us the courage and energy to continue to grow.