Welcome to SKOP

A Special Kind of Play (SKOP) Nursery School is a licensed child care centre. It’s a place of excellence where learning happens and life changes. We provide quality programming of Day Care Ajax that enables every child to learn and grow to their full potential. SKOP is committed to building and maintaining strong relationships with parents and community partners to enhance the quality of life for the children we serve.  Read More


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Our Child Care Programs

Our Early Intervention Program is geared towards school aged children 4 years & up with special needs such as Self-help Skills, Functional Play Skills & Academic Learning. Several key Aspects of this Program Entails.

We offer many activities at SKOP which helps children to learn alphabets, colours & eating meals. Our focus is not only that the children do well in the day care, but when they go home they blend well with parents.

Our Tutoring Program is geared towards children with special needs from pre-school to grade 4. Children involved in the program have various diagnoses consisting of, but not limited to: ADHD, ASD 

Raising a child with special needs can be a demanding job. As a result, we offer short-term Respite Care during the week (6:00 to 10:00 PM) & on Saturdays (09:00 AM to 4:00 PM) to parents and caregivers.

Our Process


Learn More About SKOP

Since 2011, SKOP has been providing specialized care to over 100 children with special needs and their families living in the Durham Region. As a Client & Family Centered Child Care Facility, SKOP embraces the uniqueness of every child it serves, while fostering a warm, open and caring environment to assist children in developing beyond theirs’ and their parents’ expectations. Read More

As part of its expertise, SKOP, Day Care Ajax offers a Parenting Workshop to its parents, extended families and the community at large. These Workshops runs twice a year, in the Spring and Summer.

“The Heart of Parenting” Course, developed and facilitated by the President and Founder of SKOP, Donna Palmer, contains three parts: Read More

SKOP celebrates its children, families and staff by facilitating its annual Summer BBQ.

Everyone, including family members are invited to relax and have fun with food, music, games, and activities for all ages. This is also a great way to network and talk about challenges and successes over the year. Read More

SKOP’s Activities

Customer Validation

A Special Kind of Play creates a unique play environment which allows my child to focus, explore and learn through play. The dedicated and experienced staff design activities geared towards meeting the individual needs of the children. I highly recommend that any parent of child with special needs check it out!

Riley is a 9-year-old girl who came to SKOP when she was 6 months old when her mother Kim began attending SKOP’s Parent-Child Play Group. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy shortly after she was born due to having a stroke “in utero” and shortly after she was born. The doctors informed Riley’s parents…