Early Years and Child Care Services

EarlyON Child and Family Centres Locations

EarlyON Outdoor programming

EarlyON Child and Family Centre Services

EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide opportunities both in person and virtually for children from birth to 6 years of age to participate in play and inquiry-based programs, and support parents and caregivers in their roles. These centres offer safe and welcoming environments open to all families across Hamilton, with qualified professionals and quality programs. Families and caregivers can find support, advice, make personal connections and access a network of resources at these programs.

For general questions about Hamilton’s EarlyONs, you can call 905-546-2489 or email [email protected], you can also contact each individual EarlyON directly by telephone numbers listed for each site.

Outdoor programming

Starting Monday July 5, some EarlyON Child and Family Centres are reopening for outdoor programming.

All outdoor EarlyON programs will be required to follow strict health and safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning of toys and equipment, limited group sizes, staff training and screening. Families will be required to pre-register in advance of attending an outdoor EarlyON program and will be required to complete screening questions onsite prior to entry. To learn more about which locations are opening and pre-register for an outdoor program, please view the list below and visit the EarlyON calendar of the location you are interested in attending.

Virtual programming

EarlyON Child and Family Centres are offering virtual and telephone services to support caregivers and young children. Virtual programming includes live events such as story, music and gathering times, as well as videos and activities that families can do at home with their children. If you have questions about your child’s development or wish to speak with a Registered Early Childhood Educator, please contact your local EarlyON Child and Family Centre.

View the recent EarlyON Virtual Programs and Services Survey results

Akwè:kon Wà:ke Outdoor Program
785 Britannia Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-4884 ext. 401

Opening date:
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Wednesday 9 to 11 am | 1 to 3pm
Friday 9 to 11 am
Monday 9 to 11 am Stroller Walk


Beasley EarlyON Child and Family Centre
145 Wilson Street, Hamilton
905-546-2424 x5251

Temporarily closed


Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre
876 Cannon St. E., Hamilton
905-549-2814 ext. 221

Opening date:
Monday, September 13, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday and Thursday 9:00 am to 11:00 am


Binbrook Memorial Hall
2600 Highway 56, Binbrook
Phone: 905-573-7905 ext 1

Opening date:
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Tuesday 10 am to 12 noon
Thursday 10 am to 12 noon


Churchill Park
167 Cline Street North, Hamilton
Phone: 905-979-0195

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 11:30 am


Dundas Driving Park
71 Cross Street, Dundas
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 11:30 am


Ellis EarlyON Child and Family Centre
45 Ellis Avenue, Hamilton
Phone: 905-549-2814 ext. 221

Opening date:
Wedneday, July 7, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday 9 to 11 am
Wedneday 9 to 11 am


Elmar Park
140 Brigade Dr. Hamilton
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Tuesday, September 7th, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday 12:30 to 2:30 pm


Gage Park EarlyON - Walk to Wellness
1000 Main St. East, Hamilton (Near Greenhouse)
Phone: 905-549-2814 ext. 221

Opening date:
Friday, July 9, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Friday 9 to 11 am


Gage Park ON y va (French)
1000 Main St. East, Hamilton (Near playground)
Phone: 905-549-3383

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday 10 am to 2 pm
Wedneday 10 am to 2 pm
Thursday 10 am to 2 pm


Gourley Park
142 Duncairn Crescent, Hamilton
Phone: 289-659-9400

Opening date:
Monday, July 12, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday  9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Tuesday  9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Wednesday  9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm


Hamilton Mountain Helen Detwiler EarlyON Child and Family Centre - Outdoor Kindergarten Playground
320 Brigade Dr., Hamilton
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Make a reservation

New Hours Effective:
Tuesday September 7, 2021

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 9:30 to 11:30 am
Tuesday 4 to 6 pm


Hamilton West EarlyON Child and Family Centre
155 Queen Street North, Hamilton
Phone: 905-521-0926

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday 10 to 11 am | 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Tuesday 9 to 10 am | 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Wednesday 10 to 11 am | 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Thursday 9 to 10 am | 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Friday 10 to 11 am


Joe Sams Park - Stroller Walk Program
752 Centre Rd., Waterdown
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Wednesday Aug. 4th, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Wednesday 2:30 to 3:30 pm


Stoney Creek EarlyON Child and Family Centre - St. David School
33 Cromwell Crescent, Hamilton
Phone: 905-573-7905 ext. 1

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday 10 am to 12 noon
Wedneday 10 am to 12 noon


Valley Park Arena – Outdoor Pavilion
970 Paramount Drive, Stoney Creek
Phone: 289-237-1297

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday  9 am to 12 noon


Waterdown EarlyON Child and Family Centre
315 Dundas Street East, Waterdown
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Monday, July 5, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Monday to Saturday 9 am to 12 noon
Monday to Thursday 1 pm to 3 pm


Waterdown Memorial - Stroller Walk Program
200 Hamilton St N Waterdown
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820

Opening date:
Tuesday Aug. 3rd, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Tuesday 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Thursday 2:30 to 3:30 pm


Winona Community Centre EarlyON
255 Winona Rd., Stoney Creek
Phone: 905-546-2424  ext.1244

Opening date:
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Wedneday 10 am to 12 noon
Friday 10 am to 12 noon


Woodland EarlyON at Green Venture
22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton
Phone: 365-336-8844

Opening date:
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Wednesday 9:30 to 11:30 am


Woodland Program Hillcrest School
40 Eastwood Street, Hamilton
Phone: 905-545-5995

Opening date:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Make a reservation

Hours of operation:
Tuesday  9 to 11 am
Thursday 9 to 11 am

Physical Activities

Description Activity

Guidelines that provide recommended number of hours for:

  • Sleep
  • Physical Activity
  • Sedentary time, including screen time

Early Years (0-4 years)
Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines
French

Children and Youth (5-17 years)
Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines 
French

Over 100 fun and simple games and activities designed to get children active (ages 0-6 years)

Have a Ball Together! | French

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.

Sport for Life | French

Screen Time

Description Activity
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)

Outdoor play

Description Activity
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

Healthy Eating

Description Activity

Online nutrition questionnaire for parents and caregivers of children aged:

  • 18 to 35 months old
  • 3 to 5 years old
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 banks
  • Community Kitchens
  • Food Cooperatives
  • Free meals, and more
Food Access Guide

Dietitians of Canada website with information about:

  • Picky eating
  • Healthy eating
  • Recipes, and more
Unlockfood.ca page on Children’s Nutrition | French

Mental Health

Description Activity
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

Description Activity

Information about:

  • Accessing Looksee Checklists
  • Growth and development
  • Literacy
  • Screen Time
  • Toilet Learning
  • Tummy Time
Hamilton Public Health Services – Children’s Growth and Development

Information about:

  • Children’s temperament
  • Helping your child behave well
  • Dealing with difficult behaviour
Hamilton Public Health Services – Children’s Behaviours

Breastfeeding

Description Activity
Information about Public Health Breastfeeding services, and when to ask for breastfeeding help. Hamilton Public Health Services – Breastfeeding Services
Breastfeeding resources

Best Start  | French

Breastfeeding Matters Book – Free PDF Download

Attaching Your Baby at the Breast (VIDEO)

Improving Latch by Improving Positioning (VIDEO)

Is Your Baby Getting Enough Milk (VIDEO)

Hamilton Public Health

www.hamilton.ca/public-health/classes/parenting-groups-in-hamilton

Healthy Growth and Development Program services that are open include:
Health Connections phone line (905-546-3550) is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. We help expecting families and families that have children 0-6 years of age. You can learn and ask questions about: breastfeeding, child safety, growth and development, healthy eating, positive parenting, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, preparing for a healthy pregnancy and other programs and services in Hamilton.

Public Health Services’ breastfeeding support can be accessed by calling the Health Connections phone line at 905-546-3550.

Free online Prenatal Classes to learn more about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and newborn care in an interactive way. To register, visit www.hamilton.ca/prenatal and select Online Prenatal Program, call 905-546-2424 Ext 3591 or email [email protected].

Welcome Baby prenatal nutrition groups (Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program - CPNP) are accepting new participants who are pregnant and looking for extra support. Currently we are offering phone support and mailing resources while in-person groups are closed. For more information and details on how to register visit Prenatal Nutrition Programs in Hamilton.

Visit Healthy Families Hamilton Facebook

Hamilton Recreation

Recreation at home activities

Hamilton Public Library

The Hamilton Public Library is here for you. 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 and Child Development Courses

www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/mcmaster-childrens-hospital/patients-visitors/family-resources

The Community Education Service (CES) of the Child and Youth Mental Health Program provides educational courses and skills training workshops to the community on a variety of topics, including parenting, child development and child & youth mental health concerns. Programs are available for children, youth and caregivers, and are currently held virtually via ZOOM.

Course Calendar May to August 2021

Early Words, Hamilton Preschool Speech and Language Program

ascy.ca/families/preschool-speech-language/

Do you have concerns about your child’s speech and language?
Call Early Words at 905-381-2828 ext. 224 or complete our on-line referral.

Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre

www.hamiltonhealthsciences.ca/about-us/our-organization/our-locations/ron-joyce-childrens-health-centre

Are you worried about developmental challenges including speech and language?
Call the Ron Joyce Children’s Centre at 905-521-7950 or review additional information and the online referral forms.

Outdoor EarlyON Locations