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Welcome to the Ontario Early Years Centre – Simcoe North

The Ontario Early Years Centre – Simcoe North is a registered, charitable, non-profit organization that provides services and programs to expectant parents, families with children from birth to age 6 and care providers.

In Simcoe North, our organization provides a place for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children from prenatal to the age of six to go to get information about their children’s development and about services to support that development, in both English and French.

A range of services is offered by our early childhood professionals in our lead centre in Midland, in our satellite centre in Orillia and in outreach locations. Our centres typically offer opportunities for children to engage in child-centred / play-based activities and for parents/caregivers to engage in parent/child activities or parent education programs. The centres also serve as venues for identifying children and families who will need special services.  We also offer many outreach programs in English or French in several communities throughout north Simcoe County.   Our organization is involved with several other local service agencies in active partnerships to meet the varied needs of our client families and their young children.

An 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 practise newfound 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.
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.

Ontario Early Years Centres are intended to prepare children for lifelong learning, health and well-being.

OUR VISION

It is our vision that we create an environment for all children, families and caregivers to grow and learn to their full potential in their communities.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Ontario Early Years Centre – Simcoe North provides community meeting places for all children, parents and caregivers to grow, learn and have fun – together!

OUR VALUES AND BELIEFS

RESPECT

We believe that respect for diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for honouring children’s rights, individual development and learning.

CHILD / PARENT / CARE PROVIDER / FAMILY  SUPPORT

We believe that as key service providers in our communities, we should address and support the unique needs and skills of every child, parent, care provider and family.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

We believe that during early childhood, a child learns through play, physical activity and social interaction with others.

PARTNERSHIPS

We believe that positive partnerships with families and other community agencies strengthen our ability to meet the needs of young children and their families.

PROGRAMS

We believe that all families in our communities should have safe and barrier free access to high quality early childhood  programs from birth to six years.

STAFF

We believe that we should value and respect our staff members and support them in their professional growth.