About Middlesex EarlyON

EarlyON Closures due to Covid-19

Our indoor programs remain closed. Stay tune for more information on our reopening plan.  Effective September 14, 2020 we are offering some outdoor programs.  For more information, read on! 

Open Spaces Outdoor Programs

We are pleased to share some exciting news!  We are offering 4-weeks of outdoor programs starting the week of September 14 in four Middlesex locations: Glencoe (Mondays), Thorndale (Tuesdays), Strathroy (Wednesdays) and Ilderton (Thursdays)!

There will be two sessions per day for families to register for: 9:15-10:15 a.m. or 10:45-11:45 a.m. Each one-hour program will offer a selection of autumn-inspired activities. Activities will encourage positive parent and child interaction. We as well will have on location two EarlyON facilitators to help facilitate and inspire play and learning!

We want to acknowledge that our EarlyON programs will be running differently than what you have come to expect. While things will look different, we do aim to offer the same warm and welcoming environment that you have been accustomed to.  Please read carefully. If you have questions or concerns, please email or call Nadine Devin, Project Manager, Middlesex EarlyON. Telephone: 519.245.8237 ext. 4023 |  Email: ndevin@middlesex.ca   

Important information for families considering registering:

The Ministry has set out expectations that during this phase of reopening EarlyON programs and services must be offered in a way that maintains physical distancing. As such, EarlyON Centres must implement a physical distancing policy of at least two metres (6 feet) amongst all individuals, at all times. The Ministry has also set out expectations that programs must be offered in a way that limit the sharing of materials and restricts the use of certain toys and materials.  

The following measures have been set-up to support us in meeting these expectations:

  • Families will be supplied with their own kit of clean & sanitized materials to support enjoyment in the program.  
  • Families will enjoy the program in a designated family space that is respective of physical distancing.
  • Caregivers will be asked to encourage their child/children to stay within their designated family space using materials only from their bin and respect physical distancing guidelines.   
  • The program will be one-hour in length. This shorter time frame will allow for us to offer a quality program that considers health and safety requirements.
  • Numbers per session are limited to 5 families with up to 4 children and 2 caregivers per family. This will help ensure families can maintain the minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) from other designated family spaces. 

Registration Information

This program is by registration only. No drop-ins will be permitted. Families who have not signed up to attend a program ahead of time cannot enter or participate in programs on a drop-in basis.

  • Registration for Week 1 programs will open Monday September 7th at 9a.m. and close Thursday September 10th at 4p.m.  Here is the link to the registration site: www.eventbrite.ca/o/middlesex-earlyon-8644185679
  • Each week we will open up registration for the following week’s sessions (open Monday’s at 9a.m. and close Thursday’s at 4p.m.).
  • Registration is first-come-first-serve.  
  • Families are asked to register for only those in their immediate family.  Registration is limited to 4 children and 2 caregivers per family.  If your family unit is larger than this, we ask that you email us to discuss options. 
  • With such limited numbers, we kindly ask for families to register for only one program to allow for other families to enjoy the opportunity.
  • Should we reach registration capacity, we will maintain a waiting list and will initiate contact if we receive cancellations.
  • If you have signed up and find yourself unable to attend, please notify us so we can open up the opportunity for other families to enjoy.
  • We reserve the right to deny entry to a family who ‘no shows’ more than once to a program.

Other important points:

  • All registrants will need to complete a health screen the day of program for each member of the family unit attending the program. We reserve the right to deny entry to any individual who has any of the symptoms outlined in the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms or who has come in close contact with a person with symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Child care providers (licensed or unlicensed) are unable to attend EarlyON programs at this time as advised by the Child Care Reopening: Operational Guidance during Covid-19 (mixing of groups, page 7-8). A childcare provider or nanny’s caring for a single family unit are welcome.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we move forward with our reopening plan.

We look forward to seeing you! 

 

Baby Time Programs in the Park 

Our Baby Time outdoor programs are intended for infants up to 18-months of age and their caregivers.

There will be three sessions available each running from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • September 23, Ilderton
  • September 29, Lucan
  • October 7, Strathroy

Families will be provided a designated family space that is respective of physical distancing. We ask that you bring your own toys & materials and a blanket. No materials will be provided. With that said, we will provide you with a set of foam interlocking squares to help create a soft space. These will be cleaned & sanitized before use.

We as well will have on location two EarlyON facilitators to help facilitate and inspire play and learning!

Siblings are welcome. But please note, we will not be supplying materials/toys and all family members will be asked to stay withing their designated space. Please bring your own toys/materials for play.

Registration Information 

This program is by registration only. No drop-ins will be permitted. Families who have not signed up to attend a program ahead of time cannot enter or participate in programs on a drop-in basis.

  • Registration opens September 11th at 9a.m. and will close September 18th at 4p.m.  Here is the link to the registration site: www.eventbrite.ca/o/middlesex-earlyon-8644185679
  • Each week we will open up registration for the following week’s sessions (open Monday’s at 9a.m. and close Thursday’s at 4p.m.).
  • Registration is first-come-first-serve.  
  • Families are asked to register for only those in their immediate family.  Registration is limited to 4 children and 2 caregivers per family.  If your family unit is larger than this, we ask that you email us to discuss options. 
  • With such limited numbers, we kindly ask for families to register for only one program to allow for other families to enjoy the opportunity.
  • Should we reach registration capacity, we will maintain a waiting list and will initiate contact if we receive cancellations.
  • If you have signed up and find yourself unable to attend, please notify us so we can open up the opportunity for other families to enjoy.
  • We reserve the right to deny entry to a family who ‘no shows’ more than once to a program.

Other important points:

  • All registrants will need to complete a health screen the day of program for each member of the family unit attending the program. We reserve the right to deny entry to any individual who has any of the symptoms outlined in the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms or who has come in close contact with a person with symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Child care providers (licensed or unlicensed) are unable to attend EarlyON programs at this time as advised by the Child Care Reopening: Operational Guidance during Covid-19 (mixing of groups, page 7-8). A childcare provider or nanny’s caring for a single family unit are welcome.

 

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

 

For more information on EarlyON, visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/plan_report.html.  

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