The Ontario Early Years at the Guelph Community Health Centre has been in existence since 2003. We provide child centred, responsive programs and services for all children aged birth to six and their families. All of the Early Years programs are guided by the pedagogical document, How Does Learning Happen?, introduced by the Ministry of Education in 2014 and based on best practices in early learning and care. The four foundations of high quality early learning and care outlined in HDLH are: Belonging, Well-being, Expression and Engagement which we make ongoing concerted efforts to improve on, in all of our programs.
We have eight off-site Neighbourhood Playtimes and two main locations (Downtown and Stone Rd Mall) each providing a multitude of free drop-in and registered programs for parents/caregivers and their young children. Programs (both registered and drop-in) focus on early learning and development, parent and child engagement and parent/caregiver education opportunities through free play, sensory explorations and physical literacy for the children and resources and support for parents and caregivers.