The Ontario Early Years Centre
Offers families/care providers who care for children 0-6 years of age, a range of core services which can assist them in their parenting role as well as provide a safe environment where preschool children can be exposed to a variety of learning activities and practice new found skills. The activities provided for the children include creative experiences, circle time, snack time, activities that promote literacy, and a large playroom filled with age appropriate toys and play equipment.
For parents and care providers, the centre offers information and referral, a parenting resource library, a variety of workshops, newsletters, qualified staff and a friendly atmosphere that fosters networking among parents/care providers.
A toy lending library is located at the Victoria Village location. A variety of age appropriate toys, including a special toy selection for children with special needs is available for loan to families, care providers and child care centres.
The Ontario Early Years Outreach Play-groups are informal drop-in programs for families and care givers of preschool children ages 0 – 6. They are located throughout Barrie, Innisfil and the Bradford area primarily in churches and non-profit housing sites. The progam offers a variety of creative materials, toys, equipment and learning circles, which are specifically designed to prepare the child to read for school success. Parents are provided with information and education to support them in their care giving role.
The centres serve as a gateway for parents and caregivers to get answers to questions they may have as well as information on available programs for services for all children from birth to 6 years of age. All programs provided at or through Ontario Early Years Centre are free of charge and funded by The Ministry of Children and Youth Services to allow for universal access.
The main site of the Barrie/Simcoe/Bradford Ontario Early Years Centre is located in Victoria Village, 72 Ross Street, Barrie - 705-792-7878.
The Ontario Early Years, Innisfil Hub is located at Sunnybrae Public School, 218 Sunnybrae Ave., Stroud, 705-431-8486. *Note - please enter through west side entrance adjacent to the parking lot.
The Bradford Ontario Early Years Centre is located at 118 Barrie Street, Bradford - 905-775-3039 ext. 229.