Our fully equipped, child-based, learning centres are often buzzing with parents, grandparents and caregivers, babies, toddlers and preschool children. Different learning experiences are carefully planned with specific child-learning goals in mind.
Interactive Circle Time
See a science experiment or learn the numbers on a calendar - you never know what’ll be part of the daily circle time. Ontario Early Years staff lead a circle each morning. Adults and children gather together to learn songs, fingerplays and hear stories. Sequencing, colours, math skills, early literacy and counting are all part of the learning that takes place during circle.
Children are welcome to create at our arts and crafts area which is always open! We foster creativity by providing many open-ended activities and loose parts to allow the children to be imaginative!
Please bring your own snack when visiting our centres. Coffee or tea are available and you can access the kitchen in our Lindsay centre if you need to re-heat or refrigerate your own food.
Parent Education Programs
Learn more about being a parent with child-care available while you learn. See our Parent Education section for more details.
Being a great parent takes time, and lots of practice! You can learn a lot from being around other parents. Dropping in to our free early learning centres is one way we help you and your children develop together.
You can also take one of our Parent Education programs or workshops. We offer a variety of fun programs, such as: Strollercise, Infant Massage, Fit Kids, Family Math, Ooey Gooey Fun, and Parent-Child Mother Goose to name a few!
All of our Parent Education programs are free!
Borrow Books or Toys
We have 100s of titles of books on parenting– from pregnancy, fathering, nutrition and discipline.
Membership is free with the completion of a registration form, and you can borrow any of our latest parenting books, children’s books, or toys for up to 30 days. We can help you navigate through every stage of being a parent!
We also have an extensive Toy Lending Library. We are constantly getting new educational, play based learning toys for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten children. Building blocks, linking shapes, dozens of puzzles including giant floor-sized ones, lots of cars & trucks and imagination toys. Come and check out our selection! Again, no charge to borrow from our Ontario Early Years toy lending library.
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Our Early Literacy Specialist, Bev Jackson, works in the community to promote and support the development of early literacy and numeracy skills in children from birth to age six. To find out more, please call 705-286-4625, 705-324-7900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Participate in community events, seminars, conferences and workshops. Provide early literacy support and information to the community. Partner and connect with organizations to build community awareness, and provide literacy events.