About Us

Active Start Childcare is a family owned business with local roots in the Calgary area. Founded in 1991 by Jane Anderson, Active Start's sister centre, Magic Mountain Daycare, has been voted as Airdrie's best daycare every year since 2011 and proudly serves the community with four centres. Active Start Childcare is committed to providing that same quality of care to Calgary families with accredited early education centres and balanced programming.

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Jane Anderson


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Robert Anderson, B.A., LL.B


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Laura & Joel Bancroft


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Justin Anderson, CFA, M.Sc.


nathan anderson

Nathan Anderson, Mayor


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Anita Martin, B.Sc.


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Rob Anderson, B.A., LL.B


Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that children are actively engaged in a healthy balance of enriching activities in a safe, stimulating environment where each child feels respected and valued. Our children are provided with a nutritious and delicious menu and a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities. Our qualified caregivers and instructors are sensitive and responsive to the unique needs and personalities of each child in their care. We are inclusive of all, and dedicated to meeting the child care needs of the families we serve by offering a balanced program that encourages positive social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional and self-concept growth and development.

Our Philosophy

At Active Start, we are committed to providing the dynamic, inter-active, child-centered activities and environment required to meet the social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional and self-concept developmental needs of young children. We provide an environment which is inviting, spacious and emotionally and physically safe with a large variety of learning opportunities. We celebrate and display the children's completed and ongoing work. We are committed to establishing a positive and communicative relationship with children and their families, and believe that this is essential in creating an atmosphere of respect and trust. We recognize that our purpose is to support the parents of the children in our care. We share with parents the opportunity and responsibility of caring for their children, and welcome their involvement and ideas. We provide each child with a variety of learning experiences, which expand their knowledge and increase their understanding of their community and their world. We encourage and support child-initiated activities which enable children to share feelings, emotions and ideas with others, and give each child a sense of self-worth. We provide a variety of multi-sensory and differentiated teacher-directed activities to provide the children with information and experiences which will enable all children to become successful and enthusiastic learners. We believe that emotional engagement is essential to motivating and personalizing learning. Therefore, we encourage humor, music, laughter and fun in the daily activities and projects that the children undertake. We provide opportunities for children to learn values; to respect friends and teachers, to work cooperatively, to learn to make good choices and to be kind, self-disciplined and responsible. We view daycare as a part of the family support system that enables parents to go to work, knowing that their children are safe and well cared for in every way.