About Us

About Us

The Seneca ECE Lab School is a community childcare centre as well as a teaching school supporting the School of Early Childhood Education at Seneca College. We opened our doors in 1969, two years after the ECE Program began at Seneca College. In 1992, the Lab School moved to its permanent site in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, also known as Seneca College’s Newnham Campus. The program provides care for Toddler, and Preschool children. We are a site for teaching and learning often referred to as a model school for the ECE students at Newnham Campus, serving as a primary site for observation, research and field practicum.

We have been committed to professional learning, reflective practice and building a shared community, where all members are free to pursue interests and the holistic development of themselves in relation to others.

The Lab School explores current pedagogical approaches, theories and practices to support emerging curriculum, environmental design in the processes for learning and living well together. We co-create pedagogies that are situational and contextual to our setting and on the land in which we are guests. We respond and nurture our relationships and our interconnections with the land and more-than-human world.

We co-create an environment that honors children as capable and confident learners. We hold a strong view of the child as a protagonist in their own learning; learning with and together with others, land, materials and self. When the environment acts as the third teacher, the children become researchers and builders of theories. They initiate learning experiences through the exploration, investigation, and in relation with quality materials, themselves and others.

Pauline Tuck - RECE

I started my journey at Seneca College King Campus Lab Observatory Teaching School (KOLTS), during my field placement as an ECE student. During the summer and winter breaks from school, I worked as a student on the floor with my supervisor (at the time).  I felt that this is what I would like to pursue and be effective in an early learning setting. When I completed my school and graduated with Honors, I joined full time with KOLTS. I was able to have the opportunity to work close with King Seneca College faculty during my time at KOLTS, and for many years I was part of many fond experiences and memories. 

KOLTS Lab School is closed at this time and I am very honored to continue my journey and join with the team at Seneca Newnham Lab School. 

Over the years, I watched children learn, develop and saw them grow into remarkable people in school/high school/college and university. Some students that have moved forward from KOLTS returned again and shared their experiences with me. I have been blessed to have an opportunity in this career that I am passionate about. I feel each and every child is unique in their own way and I am inspired to learn alongside each child every day.

I was part of Forest School at Seneca King Lab School (KOLTS) and enjoyed being in an outside classroom environment. This was a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages to be able to be engaged in many explorations and work as a team together or discover by themselves. 

Children are part of many possibilities and wonder that can be achieved from learning, balancing, creativity and science outside.