Our Story

Lullaboo is a 100% Canadian owned and operated establishment, with the goal of providing top notch education and development to Canadian children. At Lullaboo we view children as competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, individuals who are rich in potential. We believe that all children have the right to quality care and education in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. Lullaboo’s environment facilitates learning opportunities while supporting social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children.

Our philosophy is based on child development principles, centering on the concept of interaction and exploration during play as a natural way of learning. As children interact with materials and their peers, they clarify and extend their understanding of the world. This also encourages children to become responsible, productive, problem solving individuals, capable of independence and self-regulation.

Our teacher-supported environment engages children learning experiences and fosters healthy self-esteem in each child, providing a sense of belonging, well-being, and the ability to express themselves. Lullaboo believes that children deserve to be surrounded by knowledgeable and qualified educators. Adults, like children, deserve to have the opportunities to further their knowledge and expand on their career aspirations. Lullaboo promotes and supports each staff’s professional development.

At Lullaboo we see families as experts who understand their children and must play an active role in their development. Ongoing communication and open dialogue is crucial for a child’s continuous learning. Lullaboo engages with families through an open door policy, daily reports and newsletters.

How We Got Started

Lullaboo Nursery and Childcare Center was founded in 2008 by Irini and Halim Mikhael. While looking for childcare for their first daughter, Irini, a Professional Engineer for a worldwide organization and her husband Halim, a Professional Accountant for a Blue Chip corporation, simply were not satisfied with the service and quality offered in child care.

Determined to change this, Lullaboo built and opened its first center in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and was quickly at capacity. Professional service to families was the primary objective. Appreciating the effort that families have to endure to make life and work balance was crucial to the relationship with each family that Lullaboo served.

In 2010, two new custom designed centres opened in Vaughan and Mississauga. In 2014, the original Richmond Hill centre was expanded. In 2015, Lullaboo’s first Brampton centre was established. From 2016 to 2019, we’ve opened the second centre in Brampton, one in Toronto Beaches area, one in Mississauga Heartland, then Cambridge and Bradford centres. Plans for more centres in Milton, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, Oakville, Kitchener, Guelph, Markham are well under way.

Family is also an important part for Lullaboo’s Directors. Four children (at one point all under the age of six!) are the inspiration that keeps Lullaboo grounded. Experiences with each of their own children is the inspiration that drives them.

Irini and Halim continue to ensure Lullaboo’s accountability and professional level of service. They are commitment to be hands-on and involved in each classroom’s operations. Each staff is seen personally by one of the Directors, ensuring that they would be comfortable leaving one of their own children in their care. Meals are tested and tried at home before being introduced at Lullaboo. Classrooms are designed and maintained with meticulous oversight.

If they haven’t already introduced themselves in the hallways, please feel free to stop either one of them to say hi. Please excuse them if their hands are full carrying their own kids at pick up or drop off times!