The Ontario Early Years programs at Simcoe Community Services are built on four foundations: Belonging, Well-being, Engagement and Expression, which promote the healthy development of children and provide parents and caregivers with support to ensure their child and family have the resources needed to raise healthy, thriving, resilient children.
The OEYC offers families/care providers with children prenatal through 6 years, a range of core services which can assist them in their parenting or caregiving role as well as provide a safe environment where 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 experiences, circle time, snack time, activities that promote literacy and experiences that promote social and emotional development. The environment is well equipped with age appropriate materials and furnishings that contribute to the overall learning experience.
For parents and care providers, the OEYC offers developmental screening for children, information and referral to a variety of supports and services, a parenting resource library, a wide range of workshops, newsletters and a friendly atmosphere that fosters networking among parents and care providers.
A toy lending library is located at the Ontario Early Years Centre at 129 Ferris Lane, Barrie. 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 children ages 0 through 6 years. They are located throughout Barrie, Innisfil and the Bradford area primarily in libraries, community centres, churches and non-profit housing sites.
The Ontario Early Years Centres serve as a gateway for parents and caregivers to get answers to questions they may have as well as information on available programs and services for all children prenatally through 6 years of age. All programs provided at or through the Ontario Early Years Centre are free of charge and funded by The Ministry of Education to allow for universal access.
The Ontario Early Years program, Innisfil Best Start Child and Family Centre is located at Sunnybrae Public School, 218 Sunnybrae Ave., Stroud –
*Note: please enter through west side entrance adjacent to the parking lot.
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