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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                            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


Thank you to Parent Council volunteers, staff and everyone who came out to support the Mom to Mom Sale! The event was a great success, thank you to all who played a role in that success.


Wednesday May 4th is Maternal Mental Health Day across the world. In Ontario Bill 176, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day Act, is heading into it's third reading. It is the hope that the first Wednesday in May each year be declared "Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day". For more information about this world-side initiative, please visit the  Maternal Mental Health Day website.


April is Autism Awareness month! Join Our Place in celebrating Awareness, Acceptance,
Appreciation, Action and Inclusion. Check out the April calendar to see our extended hours for the Drop In Sensory Play program in the orange room during the month of April. This program will be offered daily.

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Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre is excited to announce we have received 2 year funding from Lyle S. Hallman Foundation for an exciting, new initiative that supports and enhances early learning capacity and successful transition to school for children.  Working together with OEYC Waterloo Region, we will build organizational and family support sector capacity for further reflection, exploration, deeper understanding and implementation of pedagogy specifically the Ministry of Education framework document "How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years". Strengthening implementation of the Early Learning framework will enhance quality and consistency in early learning settings through providing a common approach to more cohesive and integrated service delivery for families.

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre is excited to announce that we have received 1 year funding from Autism Speaks Canada to continue our work in furthering the development of enhanced supports for families impacted by Autism through Autism specific programs, integrated programs, and building early years staff/volunteers' capacity in the delivery of programs and services across Waterloo Region OEYC's.

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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

REGISTRATION for May programs will begin on Monday April 18th.

***Registration for Programs that REQUIRE PAYMENT will begin at 10:30 a.m. on April 18th in person only.

**Registration for programs that DON’T REQUIRE PAYMENT will begin at 1:30 p.m. on April 18th by phone OR in person.

*If the phone line is busy, please leave us a voice message with the program you are interested in registering for. Reception will return calls confirming registration.*

Register for:

**Fit for Life, Infant Massage, Newcomer Parent Support, Social Club at YMCA Early Years Centre, Meet with an RECE and Meet with an Early Literacy Specialist

***Programs that require payment: Make the Connection

***Payment for programs must be made at time of registration, if you require financial assistance please call 519-571-1626 ext. 25 before registration starts***

Looking to register for Creative Cooking, Parenting in a New Society or Social Club? Download a registration form here:

Creative Cooking            Parenting in a New Society            Social Club


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Did you notice this symbol on our front door?? This means that we are an autism friendly environment!  What's the significance of this symbol?

  • The legs of the "A" represent both ends of the spectrum that join forces to break barriers and push beyond boundaries that have limited people's perceptions of autism.
  •   The strength of its apex prevents the box from ever closing again.
  • The "A" appears to step triumphantly over the line, pushing laterally as well as vertically to expand the spectrum and provide a "bridge" for those who want to explore and learn more about autism.


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.


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 Monday's,  Tuesdays 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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