Early Years and Child Care Services

EarlyON Child and Family Centres Locations

City of Hamilton is currently in the GREY – LOCKDOWN within the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. As a result, all indoor and outdoor EarlyON Child and Family Centres are currently closed. Virtual programs continue to operate.


As part of the current Provincial shutdown measures, remote learning has been extended for school-aged elementary school students from January 11 to February 10, 2021 in Southern Ontario. As a result, the Ministry of Education and the City of Hamilton is providing targeted emergency child care for the children of designated essential workers during this period.

During this period, emergency child care services will be available for designated essential workers as defined by the Provincial eligibility requirements, who are not able to accommodate their school-aged child’s learning or care at home.

Free emergency child care is only available to school age children. Emergency child care is being provided by the three licensed home child care agencies in Hamilton. For more information on accessing this care, please contact one of these agencies:

  • An individual who is,
    • a regulated health professional, or
    • an unregulated health care provider working in health care delivery, either directly or indirectly.
  • A police officer as defined in the Police Services Act.
  • A special constable appointed pursuant to section 53 of the Police Services Act.
  • A member of a police force other than a police officer as defined in the Police Services Act.
  • A First Nations Constable appointed pursuant to section 54 of the Police Services Act or a member of a police service in which policing is delivered by First Nations Constables.
  • A provincial offences officer as defined in the Provincial Offences Act.
  • An individual employed as a firefighter as defined in the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997.
  • An individual who is,
    • engaged in providing fire protection services as defined in the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997,
    • employed in a fire department as defined in the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997, or
    • employed in the Office of the Fire Marshal and whose duties include being a fire investigator or supervising or managing fire investigators.
  • A paramedic as defined in the Ambulance Act.
  • A coroner as defined in the Coroners Act.
  • A worker in a correctional institution as defined in the Ministry of Correctional Services Act or an independent contractor who supplies services to correctional institutions, including, but not limited to, employees of Trilcor.
  • Probation and parole officers as described in the Ministry of Correctional Services Act, including institutional liaison officers, court liaison officers, individuals employed as assistant area managers and area managers of staff at probation and parole offices and the administrative and support staff at these offices.
  • An individual employed in the Institutional Services Division of the Ministry of the Solicitor General, including a person employed in a correctional institution as defined in section 1 of the Ministry of Correctional Services Act.
  • An individual employed in the Operational Support Division of the Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre in the Ministry of the Solicitor General who,
    • provides facilities or maintenance services, or
    • is a Senior Staff Development Officer or Manager of Customized Training.
  • An employee of Compass Group Canada Ltd. who works at or provides services in relation to the Cook Chill Food Production Centre.
  • An individual employed in the Ministry of the Solicitor General who performs one or more of the following functions for the Institutional Services Division or Community Services Division:
    • Performing electronic monitoring services.
    • Performing CPIC searches.
    • Preparing community supervision orders.
  • An individual employed in the Ministry of the Solicitor General at the Centre for Forensic Sciences who is involved in supporting and conducting forensic testing and analysis.
  • An individual employed in the Ministry of the Solicitor General at the Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit.
  • An individual employed in the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre or at the Ministry of the Solicitor General’s Emergency Operations Centre.
  • An animal welfare inspector appointed pursuant to the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019 or an individual employed by the Ministry of the Solicitor General in the Animal Welfare Services Branch who is directly involved in supporting animal welfare inspectors.
  • An individual employed in the operation of,
    • a place of secure custody designated under section 24.1 of the Young Offenders Act (Canada), whether in accordance with section 88 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (Canada) or otherwise, or
    • a place of secure temporary detention as defined in subsection 2 (1) of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017
  • Persons employed in the Direct Operated Facilities Branch of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.
  • An individual who performs work that is essential to the delivery of core services in a municipality or First Nation community, as determined by the municipality or First Nation.
  • An individual who performs work of a critical nature in their service area or community, as determined by the Minister of Education or his delegate in consultation with the relevant service system manager or First Nation as those terms are defined under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
  • An individual who works in a child care centre or who otherwise provides child care in accordance with the requirements in this Order.
  • A member of the Canadian Armed Forces or an employee of the Department of National Defence.
  • All persons employed in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry who are engaged in,
    • prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response or recovery actions, as applicable, with respect to,
      • A. fires as defined in the Forest Fires Prevention Act,
      • B. floods,
      • C. dam failures, or
      • D. emergencies relating to oil and gas exploration or production, hydrocarbon underground storage, and salt solution mining, or
    • the provision of support services to Conservation Officers through the operation of the Ministry’s Provincial Communications Unit.
  • A person who holds a licence issued under section 13 of the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 to act as a security guard.
  • Staff as defined in the Retirement Homes Act, 2010.
  • Licensees as defined in the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 who are individuals and who work or provide services at a retirement home.
  • Staff as defined in the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007.
  • Individuals who work for manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals and medical devices. 
  • An individual employed by the Ministry of the Attorney General or a municipality in Ontario who is required to work on site to support the administration of the Ontario 4 Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice or the Court of Appeal for Ontario, including,
    • court services representatives, court and client representatives, court clerks, court registrars, court reporters, enforcement officers and any other administrative officers and employees that are considered necessary for the administration of the courts,
    • business professionals and Crown prosecutors of the Criminal Law Division, and
    • employees of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program
  • An individual who provides essential justice-related frontline services to Indigenous persons involved in the justice system and who is employed by an Indigenous community or Indigenous organization through a program funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General, including,
    • the Indigenous Courtwork Program,
    • the Indigenous Bail Verification and Supervision Program, or
    • the Indigenous Bail Beds Program.
  • An individual who is engaged in the delivery of frontline victim services funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General under the Ontario Victim Services program.
  • Persons, other than foster parents, who deliver or directly support the delivery of residential care, treatment and supervision to children and young persons residing in residential settings licensed under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017.
  • An individual employed by a children’s aid society designated under section 34 of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 to provide services necessary for the performance of a children’s aid society’s functions, as set out in section 35 (1) of that Act.
  • An individual employed by a service agency as defined in section 1 of the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008, to provide services and supports, within the meaning of section 4 of that Act, to adults with developmental disabilities.
  • An individual who is engaged in the delivery of services funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services under the Violence Against Women Support Services or the Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports programs. 
  • A staff member of a transfer payment recipient funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services who is engaged or employed to deliver interpreting or intervenor services for persons who are deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or deafblind.
  • A staff member of a school as defined in the Education Act who provides in-person instruction at a school to pupils with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning.
  • An individual who is an inspector appointed under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 or a field-person or officer appointed under the Milk Act.
  • An individual employed in the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development in Radiation Protection Services.
  • An individual who is employed by any of the following entities to carry out work that is deemed by the entity to be critical to the ongoing generation, transmission, distribution and storage of electricity sufficient to meet the demands of the province of Ontario:
    • The Independent Electricity System Operator.
    • A generator, transmitter or distributor within the meaning of the Electricity Act, 1998.
  • An individual who performs work that is essential to the operation of,
    • a municipal drinking water system as defined in section 2 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002,
    • a non-municipal year-round residential system as defined in section 1 of Ontario Regulation 170/03 (Drinking Water Systems) made under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, or
    • a wastewater treatment facility or a wastewater collection facility as those terms are defined in section 1 of Ontario Regulation 129/04 (Licensing of Sewage Works Operators) made under the Ontario Water Resources Act and to which that Regulation applies.
  • An employee of a hotel or motel that is acting as an isolation centre, health care centre, vaccine clinic or that is housing essential workers.
  • An individual working in a homeless shelter or providing services to homeless persons.
  • An individual who works for a business that processes, manufactures or distributes food or beverages.
  • Members, officers and special constables appointed under the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act who are working in Ontario.
  • Officers as defined in the Customs Act (Canada) who are working in Ontario.
  • Employees of the Canada Post Corporation who are working in Ontario.
  • Employees of HSR

Licensed child care for children aged 0-3.8 years will continue during this period.


Children and parents at an early years center

EarlyON Child and Family Centre Services

EarlyON Child and Family Centres are currently closed for in-person services but continue to offer virtual programming.

Logo for the EarlyON Child and Family Centres

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.

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.

EarlyON Virtual Calendar

Visit the calendar to view the schedule and register for online programs

As of December 21, 2020, all indoor and outdoor EarlyON Child and Family Centres are closed until further notice. Virtual services will continue. Contact your local EarlyON to register for virtual programs, if you have questions about your child’s development or to speak with a Registered Early Childhood Educator.

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


Bagshaw -  Woodland at Green Venture
22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton


Beasley EarlyON Child and Family Centre
145 Wilson Street, Hamilton


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


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


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


Elmar Park
140 Brigade Dr., Hamilton
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext.818


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


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


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


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


Stoney Creek EarlyON Child and Family Centre - St. David School
33 Cromwell Crescent, Hamilton
Phone: 905-979-0195


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


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


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


Waterdown - Memorial Park
200 Hamilton St., N., Waterdown
Phone: 905-574-9344 ext. 820


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

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 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

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 January to April 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.