Early Years and Child Care Services

Red Hill Family Centre

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 January 25, 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 instructors in a playground

Why Red Hill

Serving the Hamilton area for over 40 years Red Hill Family Centre is a fully inclusive family based child care centre for children 18 months-5 years.  We recognize that every child is unique and our educators provide personalized, individual and group learning experiences based on the child’s interests, talents and abilities to maximize their preschool experience.

Our qualified team of Registered Early Childhood Educators, Resource Teachers, Home Management Workers and other community professionals encourage children and families to develop to their highest potential.  The licensed program provides a safe, supportive, fun and stimulating learning environment for all children.

Red Hill Family Centre is committed to developing strong relationships with families and understands that families are experts on their children and greatly contribute to their learning and development.

Our Program

The daily program at Red Hill is based on the Ministry of Education’s resource, “How Does Learning Happen?” which encourages play-based hands on learning. Children have access to a variety of play materials  and are encouraged to participate in active and solitary play both indoors and outdoors.

Our well-designed classrooms offer children the opportunities to explore their environment, make choices and assert their independence.  Children participate in group play, fantasy play, and independent activities. 

For more information see our Parent Handbook (PDF, 287 KB)

Red Hill Family Centre recognizes children are capable, curious and competent and our program values and builds on the strengths, talents and abilities of each individual through caring and responsive Early Childhood Educators, who focus on active learning, exploration, play and inquiry.  Our program promotes the health, safety, nutrition and well-being of each child. Children and educators are co-learners in a fun, stimulating and positive learning environment. 

Red Hill Family Centre strives to ensure learning is joyous through a play-based active learning approach and children are engaged in indoor and outdoor play, active play as well as quiet time and rest periods.  Red Hill Family Centre is a fully inclusive program where learning is based on the child’s interests, talents and individual abilities.  Every child is unique. Educators provide personalized, individual and group learning experiences. 

We are committed to developing a positive relationship with families, keeping them informed with open, honest and respectful communication and encouraging a strong partnership between home and childcare. Parents and families are the foundations to success for each child.  We provide support and guidance for the whole family and strive to connect the family with the community. Parents are our partners and we strive to build self-esteem and self-efficacy with our parents.

Children learn best when the program fosters the children’s exploration, play and inquiry in groups as well as making individual choices. Our Registered Early Childhood Educators have shown special interest in learning with joy and providing a loving, stable and enriching environment. Children thrive when they are given abundant opportunities to play in beautiful creative and supportive environments that are appealing to the senses.  Children learn through play. When children play, they express, explore, combine and extend what they have learned about the world around them. Through play, children represent and transform the world. Play allows educators to view each child’s inner world and understand a child’s thoughts and perceptions. In our toddler and preschool programs children will have access to a variety of play materials and will be encouraged to participate in active and solitary play both indoors and outdoors.

Each child’s learning is unique with strengths, talents and gifts we can all learn from.  Educators plan for and create positive learning environments and experiences in which each child’s learning and development will be supported. Every child learns in a different way. Some children are visual learners, others auditory, while others need to touch and feel each experience. Some children socialize easily and seek out companionship. Other children are more shy and reserved. Educators will observe each child’s unique temperament and learning style to best determine how to maximize their preschool experience.

Red Hill Family Centre will ensure educators, parents, students and volunteers review the program statement prior to their involvement in the program.  Educators, volunteers and students will review and reflect on the program statement annually and/or anytime it is modified.

Toddler Program - 5 children to 1 educator

Our toddler room provides an atmosphere in which children are exposed to opportunities to stimulate creativity, problem solving, independence and confidence. Much of the focus is on developing a sense of self and discovery of others; both of which are important foundations for preschool and beyond.

Children and educators enjoy singing songs, counting, moving, sharing stories and listening to books, among other activities. It is a time that supports individuality, introduces social guidelines, develops language, and cognitive and gross motor skills.

During free play, toddlers develop self-confidence as they learn to communicate their needs and master challenges in their classroom and their world. Toddlers flourish when they are free to explore and when they feel encouraged by the adults around them.

Preschool Program - 8 children to 1 educator

When a child is welcomed into a preschool classroom he or she is surrounded by a comforting, home-like environment full of natural and thought-provoking materials. The environment is meant to foster the child’s exploration, play and inquiry and provide child-initiated and adult supported experiences.  Children are able to select materials, companions, and to manage their play independently. As they discover areas of art, blocks, creative play, sciences, math, practical life and literacy, educators observe and document each child’s development.

Each classroom is multi-aged and consideration is given to family grouping so siblings can stay together. Children range in age from 30 months up to and including 4 years of age.

Outdoor Play

Our outdoor space provides a park like setting for children to freely play and explore. Outdoor play encourages children to develop essential skills such as risk-taking, exploring, as well as fine and gross motor development.  All children go outside every day, weather permitting, and sun safety is promoted.

Nutrition

Our onsite qualified cook prepares a nutritious breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and lunch daily for each child. Substitutions are carefully planned for children with allergies and/or special diets.

Our menu has been developed in consultation with a registered dietician and meets the recommendations set out in Canada’s Food Guide.

Children eating

Our Difference

  • We have 2 certified Resource Teachers on site to support children’s progress and development
  • We offer weekly parent groups for therapeutically referred families through the Home Management Program.  Topics are parent led. Examples of past sessions are parenting, budgeting, nutrition, and self-awareness.
  • Transportation may be available for qualifying families
  • Red Hill is a teaching facility and collaborates with McMaster University and Mohawk College

Children with instructor at sandbox

Fees

  • Our daily fee is *$64.00 per day per child.
  • We do accept families that qualify for Child Care Fee Subsidy.
  • If you would like to apply for subsidy visit How to apply for Child Care Subsidy

*Our centre currently qualifies under the Child Care Affordability Plan. During this initiative our child care fees have been reduced to $54.00/day.

Red Hill Family Centre is closed for the following statutory holidays and two additional professional development days each year. Fees are required for all statutory holidays but are not required for the two (2) professional development days or three (3) days following Boxing Day.

New Years Day
Family Day
Good Friday

Easter Monday
Victoria Day
Canada Day

Civic Holiday
Labour Day
Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Day
Boxing Day & the following 3 business days

How to Apply

To apply, please email [email protected]. Once we receive your information we will contact you. Please note that at times there may be a waiting list. Wait times will vary depending on space availability. Once space is available for your child you will be scheduled for an intake appointment and site tour.

Contact and Hours

Red Hill Family Centre
25 Mount Albion Road Hamilton, ON L8K 5S4
905-546-2424 Ext.3084
Email: [email protected]
Hours Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm