Early On

Middlesex EarlyON Child and Family Centres

An EarlyON Child and Family Centre is where children, parents and caregivers connect, learn and grow – together!

Middlesex EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free drop-in programs for caregivers and children from birth to six-years-old. Our centres are open to all families. They are welcoming places that offer a range of services:

  • join fun activities – reading, storytelling, sing-alongs, games and more
  • get advice from professionals trained in early childhood development 
  • find out about other family services in your community
  • connect with other families with young children

Drop-in Program Schedule

​Middlesex EarlyON Drop in Program Calendar 

This calendar highlights the times and locations of all Midldesex EarlyON drop-in programs including Play & Learn, Baby Time and Multiple Birth Family Play.  

 

Exciting changes!  

On October 1, 2019 Middlesex EarlyON Child and Family Centres will be managed and delivered by the Middlesex County Library.  Currently Perth Care for Kids oversees program delivery in Komoka, Thorndale, Ilderton, Lucan and Dorchester and North Lambton Child Care Centre oversees program delivery in Strathroy, Glencoe and Parkhill. This change to a library-based service delivery model is in response to feedback received from parents and caregivers about where they would like to access programs and services for their children. It is as well a natural transition for parents and caregivers as currently EarlyON programming is offered in 6 of 15 library locations across Middlesex County.

For more information on specific changes happening, you can view the communications below: 

September 2019 Parent/Guardian Letter

August 2019 Parent/Guardian Letter 

July 2019 Parents/Guardian Letter

April 2019 Parent/Guardian Letter

 

Locations  

Strathroy EarlyON, 2nd Floor, West Middlesex Memorial Centre/Arena, 334 Metcalfe St W, Strathroy, (commencing Oct 2, 2019) 

North Meadows Public School EarlyON, 82 Middlesex Drive, Strathroy 

Kenwick Mall EarlyON, 51 Front Street E., Strathroy 

Glencoe EarlyON, Glencoe Library, 123 McKellar, Glencoe 

Parkhill EarlyON, Parkhill Library, 229B Main St. Parkhill, ON

Ilderton EarlyON, 40 Heritage Drive, Ilderton

Lucan EarlyON, Lucan Library, 270 Main St. Lucan, ON

Komoka EarlyON, Komoka Library, 1 Tunks Lane, Komoka, ON

Thorndale EarlyON, Thorndale Library, 21790 Fairview Rd., Thorndale, ON

Dorchester EarlyON, Dorchester Library, 2123 Dorchester Rd., Dorchester, ON

 

Meet the EarlyON Team 

Allison Beauchamp, EarlyON Senior Facilitator

Allison is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with 25 years of experience in the early years’ field.  For the past 16 years she has been with the Ontario Early Years Centre (known now as Middlesex EarlyON).  She has past experience working all age groups in licensed child care as well as supervisory and executive director experience in licensed child care.  She also has her Developmental Service Worker Diploma and worked in that field when she first graduated college.  She has two children, a son 22 and a daughter 18.  She lives with her husband, children, two dogs, and a cat in West Elgin County. 

Janice Dolliver, EarlyON Facilitator

Janice is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with 34 years of experience in the early years’ field. For the past 15 years she has been with the Ontario Early Years Centre (known now as Middlesex EarlyON). She has past experience in operating a day care in London for 8 years, providing Home Child Care in Coldstream, and managing the former Middlesex Children’s Resource Centre (later became the Ontario Early Years Satellite in Strathroy). She has 3 daughters (ages 24, 27 & 29), and lives with her husband in Coldstream.  

Donna Fleming, EarlyON Facilitator

Donna is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who started with Ontario Early Years Centre in 2017 (known now as Middlesex EarlyON).  She has worked with children in various roles for most of her life- from summer camps, Sunday school, daycare and home child care, to teaching English in a kindergarten in Hong Kong.  She recently moved back to Canada from Michigan and is happily living in London with her three sons.

Jenny Burns, EarlyON Facilitator

Jenny is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with 15 years of experience in the early years’ field.  For the last 6 years she has been with the Ontario Early Years Centre (known now as Middlesex EarlyON). In the past, Jenny has worked in daycare centres, on cruise ships, and run summer programs.  She was born and raised in BC (first generation Canadian), moving to Ontario in 2013.  She is married to her husband Chris of 2 years and currently lives in London.  In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, playing board games, watching movies, and is involved with Toastmasters.

Let's Play Together Activity Centres

EarlyON ‘Let’s Play Together’ Activity Centres are featured in the following Library Branches:

  • Ailsa Craig
  • Dorchester
  • Glencoe
  • Komoka
  • Lucan
  • Mount Brydges
  • Parkhill
  • Strathroy
  • Thorndale

The ‘Let’s Play Together’ Activity Centres are interactive and self-directed stations. Each Activity Centre features a variety of different play materials focused around a particular theme. For more information, click here

 

Pop Up Play 

Pop up Play! is a mobile “loose parts” playground and a space for kids to rediscover creative and imaginative play!

These playgrounds use a variety of materials and loose parts such as tires, tape, rope, sticks, stones, cardboard and fabric that children are free to use to build, demolish, create and change as they desire.

Onsite play facilitators are there to inspire play and keep the playground safe, but not directly supervise the children. Parents or caregivers must be present – this is not a drop-off program. Everyone is welcome! 

 

Contact Information

For program-related inquires please email or call Middlesex EarlyON at: earlyon@middlesex.ca  or 519-666-3227. An EarlyON Faciliator will respond to your inquiry within 2 business days. 

For operational-related inquires, please call or email Nadine Devin, Middlesex EarlyON Early Years Project Manager at: 519-245-8237 ext. 4023 or ndevin@middlesex.ca.  

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