Early Years and Child Care Services

EarlyON Child and Family Centres Locations

Emergency child care for designated essential service workers

As Ontario schools remain closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Education and the City of Hamilton is providing targeted free emergency child care for the school aged children of designated essential service workers. Effective April 19, 2021, emergency child care services is 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.

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:

Licensed child care programs, including licensed centre based, home childcare care and child care located in schools, for children aged 0 to 3.8 years will continue during this period.

  • Health care workers, including but not limited to doctors, nurses, health care providers and those who work in long-term care and retirement homes, as well as individuals who manufacture or distribute medical/pharmaceutical supplies
  • Individuals performing work in relation to the administration, distribution or manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Child care workers, including those staffing the emergency child care programs
  • Grocery store and pharmacy workers
  • Public safety (police, fire, paramedics, provincial inspection/enforcement), justice/court and correctional system workers
  • Frontline staff in Children's Aid Societies and residential services
  • Individuals working in developmental services, violence against women services, victims' services, anti-human trafficking and those engaged in interpreting or intervenor services for persons who are deaf or deaf-blind
  • Individuals working in a homeless shelter or providing services to homeless persons
  • Food safety inspectors and individuals working in the processing, manufacturing or distribution of food and beverages
  • OPS staff employed in Radiation Protection Services
  • OPS staff performing critical tasks related to environmental monitoring, reporting and laboratory services
  • Certain federal employees, including RCMP, Canada Border Services, Canadian Armed Forces and Canada Post
  • Power workers
  • Non-municipal water and wastewater workers
  • Workers involved in the collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste.
  • Education staff who are required to attend schools to provide in-person instruction and support to students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning
  • Employees of a hotel or motel that is acting as an isolation centre, health care centre, vaccine clinic or housing essential workers.
  • Truck drivers and transit workers
  • Construction workers
  • Any individual whose child was registered in an emergency child care program delivered by a Consolidated Municipal Service Manager or District Social Service Administration Board during the time period beginning on April 6, 2021 and ending on April 16, 2021.

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.

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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.