Our Place,
                    Family Resource and Early Years Centre

Our Place
Family Resource and Early Years Centre

A place for parents, caregivers and children
from pre-birth - 6 years to learn, grow and have fun!

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Family
                Resource and Early Years Centre
 

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                            Place, resource centre for Parents and
                            childrenWELCOME TO OUR PLACE

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre is a place that offers early learning programs to encourage the optimal development of children and families.

We are also a place for parents and caregivers of children up to age 6 to get information and support. Our Place runs the Ontario Early Years programs for Kitchener.

Please use the links at the side to find more information about where to find us, costs and benefits, volunteer information, and some background about how we got to where we are today. The links will also take you to information about the children's and adults' programs.

PROGRAM CALENDARS

 

BREAKING NEWS

The Centre will be closed Friday August 22 to Tuesday September 2 and will re-open Tuesday September 3 with programs resuming at 9:00am.

**Registration for September programs will begin on Tuesday September 2nd from 1:30-3:00pm IN PERSON OR BY PHONE. The centre will only be open for registration (the centre is not open for programs) from 1:30-3:00pm. Registration will continue in the usual fashion on Wednesday September 3rd.

Programs to register for: Baby Connections, Fit Kids, Infant Massage, Learning Begins*, Newcomer Parent Support and Parenting in a New Society. Remember; programs requiring payment must be made at the time of registration--Learning Begins requires a $10 fee.

Ballots for Social Club and Creative Cooking can be downloaded here and e-mailed to ourplace@ourplacekw.ca. The draw will take place Thursday September 4th at 10:00 a.m.

Interested in becoming an Our Place member? Click here for more information!

Our Place has a webpage on the Centre for Community Knowledge website. This website supports social profit organizations share the impact their work has on the community. To read 'Anita's Story' and learn more about this website, click the link below:

Anita's Story

PROGRAM UPDATES

Join us for two great programs this summer!

Little Explorers--
Rain or Shine! Come out and discover your 'inner explorer'! This parent/child interactive program will take place in the Outdoor Learning Area where new discoveries will be made. Scavenger Hunts, parachute and water play as well as scientific exploration will be part of this program, each week offers a different theme. Ask at the Front Desk for more information. You don't want to miss the fun!  (This program is geared to ages 2-6 however siblings birth to 2 are welcome.) Register each week to attend this program. Drop In space if available. Tuesday's 10:00-11:00 a.m.July 8 to August 19.

Outdoor Fun--Through interactive activities This program will help children birth to 6 years build life skills such as; communication, problem solving and socializing by using a child's natural curiosity of how the world works. Held in the Outdoor Learning Area, Early Years staff will engage families by using the outdoor environment as the learning stage. This program will run rain or shine--so please come prepared! *Siblings ages 7-11 are welcome to join the program* Wednesday 5:45-7:00p.m.July 2 to August 20.

      **Important Information**


Summer hours begin Wednesday July 2 and end Thursday August 21. Summer hours are:

Day
Time
Monday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Looking for a Home Childcare provider? Click here for a listing of providers in Waterloo Region.

Looking for Childcare in the Region? 'OneList' puts an end to running from place to place to find suitable care for your child. No more calling multiple programs. No more filling out multiple application forms. With 'OneList', you may choose to register at as many early learning and child care (ELCC) programs as you like. The program will contact you when a space is available. It's just that easy! Click here for details.


CENTRE UPDATES

Due to an increase in programming at St Louis Adult Learning Centre, the parking lot has been busier than ever. We ask for patience from our families as we work out a suitable arrangement with the Catholic School Board regarding the parking issue. In the meantime, we are asking families to be aware of where they are parked as tickets will be issued to those parked in designated areas; fire routes, handicap and temporary spaces. Parking is available on Blueridge Dr.

We have a newsletter! Our Place's Parent Council has created a newsletter for all families to keep up to date with the current events happening at the centre. The newsletter also provides information on what our Parent Council is up to and how they support Our Place. Follow the 'newsletter' link above to read the current edition....If you wish to be on our newsletter mailing list, please e-mail ourplace@ourplacekw.ca


CENTRE HOUSEKEEPING

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre offers free or low cost programming. If you are in need of financial assistance, please call 519-571-1626 ext. 25 before registering for programs.

If you or your children are ill, we ask you do not attend programs. If you are registered in a program, we ask you call the centre and let us know you will not be attending that day.
                                                     Our Place's Health and Wellness Policy

Programming can be held in the Outdoor Learning Area at any point during the School Readiness programs. We ask that you dress your child for the weather outside.

Please remember to bring dry shoes to wear indoors. For safety reasons, we can not allow wet boots or shoes into the gym or classrooms.

Refund requests processed before the first week of program will be subject to a $5 administration fee.Refunds will not be issued after the program has started.

For any unexpected closures and cancellations , please call us at 519-571-1626 *(star) 29 . A message will be recorded that lists any of the cancellations.

Our Place is a 'nut free' and 'scent free' centre. We strive to keep our participants who have sensitivities to all nuts and scents safe from these products.

Peer passes are available for a fee of $5 for Creative Cooking. Passes are available only if space is available in the peer program that morning. Participants will have already signed in as drop in and must have their children in the school readiness program before obtaining a peer pass. Peer passes are to be given out by the facilitator only. Participants then take the pass back to the front reception to change their program in the database and to pay the appropriate fee. Currently, Peer programs include: Creative Cooking and are subject to change.

In our efforts to ensure the safety of everyone in our centre:
- We ask that if you have a ride that is coming to the centre to pick you up to please let the front desk reception know. If we know that you are expecting someone to check in and ask for you, we will ask them to sign in and they can come to find you. If we do NOT know of any pick up arrangements, we will ask the person to wait in the front hall while we come and find you. -We ask that EVERYONE signs in as they arrive in the centre as this helps keep Our Place a safer place for everyone.
- We do lock the front doors daily from 3:30-4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Thursdays. The office will remain open during this time but anyone arriving at the centre must ring the bell to gain entry. We thank everyone in advance for their cooperation.

                                                     Our Place's Privacy Policy


Please arrive on time.
 Please remember to arrive on time.

If you are registered for a program, please call if you cannot attend or are going to be late.

*Please note...we cannot let families into our centre until 8:30 a.m. each morning*
 

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