The Ontario Early Years Centre
The Ontario Early Years Centres offers families/care providers with children 0-6 years of age, a range of core services which can assist them in their parenting/caregiving role as well as provide a safe environment where preschool children can experience a variety of learning activities and practice new found skills. The activities provided for the children include creative experiences, science and math activities, 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 Ontario Early Years Centre at 129 Ferris Lane. 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 years. They are located throughout Barrie, Innisfil and the Bradford area primarily in churches and non-profit housing sites.
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 prenatally 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 Education to allow for universal access.
The main site of the Barrie/Simcoe/Bradford Ontario Early Years Centre is located at, 129 Ferris Lane, Barrie - 705-792-7878.
The Ontario Early Years, Innisfil Best Start Child and Family Centre 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.