family first: serving our youngest community members
The first six years of are the most important in a child’s life. In the early years, the brain makes connections that set the stage for lifelong learning, health and well-being.
You can help build your child’s healthy brain and body by:
– Loving and responsive interactions with your child tells them that they are important to you.
– Playing with you child builds relationships. Lots of time spent talking, listening and interacting with your child helps them develop skills they need for life.
– Other things like healthy eating, physical activity and connections to your community also have a positive impact on your child’s development.
EarlyON Child and Family Centers welcome all families with children from birth to six years of age. These free programs are across Ontario and are funded by the Ministry of Education. East Wellington Community Services offers programs for parents and caregivers in Erin and Rockwood. Families will be able to find support, advice, make personal connections and access a network of resources. We provide a play based philosophy that pulls out the creativity and imagination of a child. Our programs offer safe and welcoming environments with high quality programs that are facilitated by qualified professionals.
We look forward to meeting your family!
Our children’s programs:
As part of our children’s program, East Wellington Community Services offers the following for parents of newborn children and those up to the age of six years:
Children’s playgroups: Connecting children, parents, and caregivers
Our drop-in children’s program offers a fun and engaging environment for children to socialize and take part in fun, educational activities such as crafts, puzzles, toys, books and circle time with other children in their age group. They also provide parents and caregivers the opportunity to connect with one another and share their parenting experiences.
Experience the community: Children’s outings
The children’s outings we offer provide a fun and engaging way for your children to experience the sights and sounds of East Wellington and learn more about our community.
For a full list of outings, click here.
A program for infants from birth to eight months. Over five weeks, you will learn how to massage your baby with a combination of Swedish and Indian massage strokes. This includes discussion time so that parents can learn, share experiences and support each other while having fun. This program is held various times throughout the year.
A program for parents of babies birth to twelve months old. We offer opportunities to connect with other parents, share stories, listen to guest speakers, and learn songs and rhymes. This program is held weekly throughout the year.
Ready, Set, Go!
A school readiness program for children entering junior kindergarten in September. It is held one hour a week for eight weeks, starting mid April for children who will be attending any school in East Wellington.
Workshops for parent, caregivers and children
Throughout the year, various workshops are held such as first aid, nutrition, sleep training etc.
Information & Referral
EarlyON programs are places where parents and caregivers can get information about programs and services that are available for young children and their families, talk to early years professionals, and find out about local resources.
For current program schedules, cancellations or to register for a program, click here.
For a full schedule and description of events go to our meetup site. It’s free to join!
While parenting can be an exciting and joyous time, it can also be challenging. With children crying in the middle of the night, throwing temper tantrums, or simply having too much energy, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed – but it doesn’t have to.
Whether you are a parent or caregiver, East Wellington Community Services can provide you with the support and answers to all of your parenting questions, connect you with other parents who can share their experiences, and provide you with all of the information and resources you need to keep your children on the right track to a bright future.
Download our latest Children’s Program Newsletter here. <link – need to set-up>
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