EarlyON Programs & Services in Durham Region

EarlyON Programs & Services in Durham Region


Hi there, welcome to the EarlyON Centre in Whitby. It looks like it’s your first time here. I’d be pleased to show you around and tell you a bit about our services. These Centres are funded by the Ministry of Education. and we have a lot of programs to offer you and your child. There are many opportunities for your child to practice ways of learning through play and inquiry-based programs. At the same time, you have the chance to connect with other families and caregivers in your community. And best of all, it’s all free! We have drop-in programs that are specifically designed for children ranging from newborn to age 6. We also have many different programs that you and your child can register for; such as musical programs, infant massage… Today it’s a Play to Learn program. and we have Heidi the Behaviour Consultant from Durham Behaviour Management Services is with us. Hi Heidi. Do you mind telling us a little bit about the services you provide? Of course. Hi, it’s nice to meet you. Myself and my team members attend the different EarlyON Centres across the municipalities to offer our services and support parents. During regular Play to Learn drop-in programs, parents and staff of the centres can connect with us to ask questions about your child behaviour. If you are having any behaviour concerns with your child, I’d be happy discuss those concerns with you. Some common questions we get from parents are surrounding compliance temper tantrums, sleeping, toilet training, sharing and taking turns, and school readiness. Depending on your concern, I can provide you with different resources to help you as well as refer you to other community supports. If you don’t have anything you would like to chat about today, but something comes up in the future, our visits at the various centres are always advertised on the EarlyON calendar at durham.ca. It was a pleasure to meet you today. Thanks, Heidi. I hope you will be able to take advantage of this great resource. We also have Sandy here with us today. Sandy is a Public Health Nurse with the Durham Region Health Department. Sandy, can you tell us a little bit more about the monthly support you offer at the EarlyON centres? I’d be happy to. Similar to Behvaiour Management, the health department has a great partnership with EarlyON centres. Public health nurses attend programs at different centres throughout Durham Region once a month. We talk with families, answer questions and share tips and strategies, information and resources to help families support their child’s health. The topics that we may talk about might be healthy growth and development, healthy eating, positive parenting, screen time, healthy sleep, routines and physical activity. We work with the EarlyON staff to make sure that the programming we offer at the different centres supports the needs of each community. Today I will be joining the Focus on Toddler program to talk with parents about ways that they can support their healthy growth and development of their child. Just like behaviour management our visits are often included in the monthly calendar which you can find on durham.ca Thanks Sandy. My pleasure. I hope to see you again. I hope that helps to give you an idea of some of the many programs and services that are offered here at this EarlyON Child and Family Centre as well as what is offered at the main sites and outreach locations across the Region. Please feel free to continue to look around and remember that you can get more information, and access the EarlyON Program Calendar through Durham Region’s website at durham.ca/EarlyON.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *