North Huron Children’s Centre located at:
239 William Street
Contact numbers:(519) 357-2424
Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- At the North Huron Children’s Centre we offer a wide range of Childcare Programs from children from birth to 6 years of age. We are currently licensed for 68 children by the Ministry of Children and Youth and operated by the Township of North Huron.
- We are pleased to offer a program that is staffed with professionals trained in Early Childhood.
- Our child/staff ratio is 1 teacher to every 3 infants and 1 teacher to every 5 toddlers and 1 teacher to every 8 pre-schoolers. Program assistants are over and above these ratios.
- It is our mission to design and implement an inclusive early years program. We are committed to providing a developmentally stimulating, educational environment in which safe, high quality child care is offered while remaining responsive and adaptive to the needs of the community.
- We support and assist families, providing opportunities for children to develop to their fullest potential.
We believe that every child deserves to have the opportunity to grow and develop in a safe, secure, nurturing environment where he or she is accepted as a unique, worthy human being.Child Care and Nursery School
Your Child will Learn…
- Full and half day programs are offered drop in and flexible hours are welcomed. Staff recognize the importance of a child’s development in the Early Years. Our Daily Programs consist of many activities which will encourage and enhance your child’s learning opportunities.
- During the day your child can participate in free play activities; crafts (both structured and creative); story times; music circles; learning circles and outdoor programs. Staff actively participate, offer guidance and supervise children at all times.
- A large playground is available for the children complete with swings, sandbox, climbing equipment and riding track for wagons and tricycles.
- A variety of nutritional meals and snacks are provided each day according to Canada’s Food Guide. This is posted for parents information in our front lobby. Every effort is made to accommodate children with food allergies or special diets. We would be happy to discuss your child’s individual needs.
- We are a “Peanut Free” Centre – Peanuts and peanut products are not used or allowed in the Centre. Snacks and other food are not to be brought in.
- A monthly calendar is provided for your family with a variety of activities for your child to participate in. Your child will look forward to upcoming events and bringing in special things from home.
- Socialization skills - These are skills that your child will use every day in interacting with other children and their teachers.
- To embrace learning – Through play, children will be given an enthusiasm for learning and the confidence to try new things.
- They will be given the skills needed for school success.
- Proper hygiene and handwashing which is so important in the prevention of passing on germs and illness.
- Sound and letter recognition with our “Jolly Phonics” program. Through music and a large colourful book children learn the 40+ sounds of the English language, not just the alphabet. This program helps the children to understand the mechanics of reading and writing in a structured, systematic and enjoyable way.
- An infant program has been implemented for children from birth up to 18 months
- Staff is sensitive to the individual schedule of each infant and encourages parents to share changes in their child's routine
- Weather permitting, children spend time outdoors each day going for walks or spending time in the Infant/Toddler yard
- A daily communication sheet is given to parents at the end of the day to let them know how their child's day was. It will include what they had for lunch and snack, their mood for the day, bathroom time and how long they napped
Best Start Program
- Our Toddler Program is geared for children ages 18 months to 2 ½ years old.
- A “Family & Friends” wall can be found in our Toddler room. Being able to see familiar faces of family members, friends or pets throughout the day can make the transition easier for children who have not spent a lot of time away from parents or caregivers.
- The “Toddler Daily News” is a way for parents to keep up with how their child is doing. A written report is available to parents at the end of the day to let them know how their child’s day was. It will include what they had for lunch and snack, their mood for the day, bathroom time and how long they napped. It also includes some of the things they were busy doing throughout the day.
- A variety of active play equipment is made available to encourage gross motor development.
- Toddlers can also enjoy their own playground with age appropriate toys and equipment.
Fee Schedule for Toddlers and Pre-School
- The Best Start Program accomodates children registered in JK/SK and has 20 available spaces
- This is a program that was initiated by the government and is exclusive to children that are of Junior and Senior Kindergarten age
- Many of the activities at Best Start are consistent with those at our local schools. The idea behind this is to make a smooth transition into the regular classroom.
- Best Start is located at Sacred Heart School in Wingham.
- Flexible schedules accommodated.
- Subsidy through Huron and Bruce County may be available to parents who qualify, under the guidelines set by the Ministry of Children and Youth under the Day Nurseries Act.
- Contact numbers for Huron County (519) 482-8505 or 1-888-371-5718
- Contact numbers for Bruce County (519) 881-3843 or 1-800-265-3005