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
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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

Our Place will be closed Friday April 18th to Monday April 21st. The centre will re-open Tuesday April 22nd at 9:00am.

On Saturday April 26th Our Place will be hosting it's next fundraiser--Cupcake Decorating! Learn more about this event by clicking here.

New Location! Music and Movement will be offered at the Kitchener Market on a monthly basis starting April 25. For information about Music and Movement in the community, click the links below:

                            Old Navy                          Kitchener Market             

Are you a parent of a young baby 2-4 months old in October? If so you could be a 'Roots of Empathy' family! To learn more about the 'Roots of Empathy' program, click here.

Looking for Breastfeeding support? Look no further than the Downtown Community Centre. Link up with a Breastfeeding Buddy at the weekly cafe. Click here for more information.

The Resource and Toy Lending Library is offering a special promotion for the Toy Lending Library membership. Click here for information.

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

On Tuesday April 22nd from 9:30-11:15 a.m.. our next Speaker Series topic is 'DIY for Parents'. This workshop will explore a variety of sensory ideas you can make and do at home for children birth to 6 years old. Please bring a recycled plastic bottle for the make and take activity. Call 519-571-1626 to reserve your spot today!

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

                                                        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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