New Registration System - KEyON
What is EarlyON?
EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free, high-quality programs for families and children from prenatal to 6 years old. You can learn and play with your child, meet people and get advice from early childhood professionals.
FAQs for families - updated May 3, 2022
Do I have to show proof of vaccination to attend an EarlyON Centre?
No. Proof of vaccination requirements have been lifted for all EarlyON centres.
Do I need to pre-register in order to attend an EarlyON Centre?
EarlyON centres in Hamilton have transitioned into a hybrid model of drop-in and pre-registered programming options. You are encouraged to view the calendar of the EarlyON location you are planning to visit before arriving onsite to determine the type of programming available that day. All EarlyON calendars are posted at www.keyon.ca.
Capacity limits are in place at all centres for both drop-in and pre-registered programs. Please contact your local EarlyON centre if you need more information.
Do I need to wear a mask at an EarlyON Centre? Does my child?
Masks are no longer required for staff, children or adults at EarlyON centres. Individuals are encouraged to exercise personal choice and assess their own level of comfort as it relates to mask wearing for themselves and their families. All EarlyON centres will continue to create mask friendly environments and support everyone’s choices.
What health and safety measures are in place?
In accordance with local public health direction, appropriate hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, cleaning and disinfecting continues.
- Parents/caregivers should self-screen themselves and their children at home before attending an indoor or outdoor EarlyON program. Please follow the most up-to-date Ministry of Health school and child care screening tool online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/.
- Individuals who fail the screening should not attend the EarlyON program and are advised to follow the guidance provided by the screening tool.
- Although physical distancing is no longer a requirement, group sizes will continue to be limited in order to promote high quality, safe and enjoyable experiences for everyone.
- EarlyON Centres have discretion to determine the capacity limit for each location as needed.
Resources for Families during COVID-19
Guidelines that provide recommended number of hours for:
|Over 100 fun and simple games and activities designed to get children active (ages 0-6 years)|
|A series of short videos called “Physical Literacy at Home” that help support parents and guardians and kids to develop physical literacy at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.|
|General tips about screen time.||Screen Time Factsheet (PDF, 190 KB)
Screen Time Postcard (PDF, 855 KB)
French (PDF, 817 KB) | Arabic (PDF, 920 KB) | Chinese (PDF, 933 KB)
|Simple and easy activities to keep kids busy that do not involve a screen.||50 Screen-Free Ideas for Kids (PDF, 870 KB)
French (PDF, 813 KB) | Arabic (PDF, 928 KB) | Chinese (PDF, 940 KB)
|A simple paper-based tracker you can use to track your family’s screen time and physical activity||Screen Time and Physical Activity Tracker (PDF, 982 KB)|
|The importance of outdoor play||Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development | French|
|How to keep children safe while playing outdoors in the winter||Winter Safety Advice for parents and kids | French|
Online nutrition questionnaire for parents and caregivers of children aged:
|Nutri-eSTEP Nutrition screen | French|
|Booklet that contains information about healthy eating during pregnancy.||Healthy Eating for Healthy Baby|
|Booklet that contains information about how to introduce solid food||Feeding Your Baby|
|Factsheet with tips for building healthy eating habits with children||HPH Feeding Young Children (PDF, 124 KB)|
|Canada’s Food Guide||Canada’s Food Guide | French|
Information about Hamilton area:
|Food Access Guide|
Dietitians of Canada website with information about:
|Unlockfood.ca page on Children’s Nutrition | French|
|How parents and caregivers can support their child and youth’s mental health during COVID-19 including links to local mental health supports and services.||City of Hamilton - Child and Youth Mental Health During COVID-19|
|Mental health services and supports during COVID-19 for all ages.||Taking Care of Your Mental Health|
Growth & development and parenting
|Hamilton Public Health Services – Children’s Growth and Development|
|Hamilton Public Health Services – Children’s Behaviours|
|Information about Public Health Breastfeeding services, and when to ask for breastfeeding help.||Hamilton Public Health Services – Breastfeeding Services|
Notice of Collection
The personal information of participants in EarlyON Child & Family Centre programs is collected by the City of Hamilton under the authority of Section 71 of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, S.O. 2014, c. 11, Sched. 1, for the planning and administration of services at EarlyON Child & Family Centres in Hamilton, and for evaluating and reporting purposes, including mandatory reporting to the Ministry of Education on the use of EarlyON Child and Family Centres. If you choose to participate in EarlyON Child & Family Centre programs outside of the City of Hamilton, your personal information will be accessible by other municipalities and EarlyON Child and Family Centres in other jurisdictions. Questions about the collection of personal information by the City of Hamilton can be directed to: Kristy Tadeson, Manager, Community Strategies, Healthy and Safe Communities, City of Hamilton, 905-546-2424 ext.1092 or [email protected].
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (owners and operators of KEyOn) have their own terms and conditions regarding the collection of personal information and the use of their website. If you have any questions regarding your account with KEyON, please contact: [email protected].
Hamilton Public Health
Health Connections Phone Line
- Call 905-546-3550
- Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
- We help expecting families and families that have children 0 to 6 years of age.
- You can learn and ask questions about:
- child safety
- growth and development
- healthy eating
- positive parenting
- perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
- preparing for a healthy pregnancy
Free Online Prenatal Classes
- Visit www.hamilton.ca/prenatal and select Online Prenatal Program
- Call 905-546-2424 ext 3591
- Email [email protected]
- You can learn more about:
- newborn care
Welcome Baby Prenatal Nutrition Groups
(Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program - CPNP)
- Visit Prenatal Nutrition Programs in Hamilton
- Accepting new participants who are pregnant and looking for extra support
- Currently offering phone support & mailing resources while in-person groups are closed.
Hamilton Public Library
- Story times, read alouds, and fun activities can be found at Hamilton Public Library Story Times.
- Access free Tumblebooks:
McMaster Children’s Hospital – Child and Youth Mental Health Program Free Parenting & Child Development Courses
- Programs available for children, youth and caregivers.
- Educational courses and skills training workshops to the community on a variety of topics, including:
- child development
- child & youth mental health concerns
- Visit www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/mcmaster-childrens-hospital/patients-visitors/family-resources
Early Words, Hamilton Preschool Speech and Language Program
- Do you have concerns about your child’s speech and language?
- Call 905-381-2828 ext. 224 or complete the online referral.
- Visit ascy.ca/families/preschool-speech-language/
Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
- Are you worried about developmental challenges including speech and language?
- Call 905-521-7950
- Review additional information and the online referral forms
- Visit www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/about-us/our-organization/our-locations/ron-joyce-childrens-health-centre
The EarlyON Child and Family Centre locations outlined below are all located within the City of Hamilton and are offering in-person EarlyON programming.
Note: All virtual programming options are listed at www.keyon.ca under City of Hamilton on the calendar “Virtual Programming”.
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