Middlesex EarlyON

Middlesex EarlyON Child and Family Centres are where children, parents and caregivers connect, learn and grow – together! They offer free drop-in programs for caregivers and children from birth to six-years-old, are are open to all families.

Although many of our centres are currently closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Middlesex EarlyON staff are still working hard to keep families engaged and having fun! 

Follow us at facebook.com/EarlyONMiddlesex/ to keep up to date on Virtual Programs, activities, contests and more.

Additional programming information can be found on the Middlesex EarlyON website.

ABOUT OUR IN-PERSON PROGRAMS

During this phase of reopening, the Ministry requires that in-person programs be by registration only. No drop-ins will be allowed. Registration for programs open at 9 a.m. Saturday one full week preceding the program and will close Thursday at 4 p.m. Numbers Register Now!per session are limited to 4 to 5 families (depending on program room space) with up to 4 children and 2 caregivers per family. We kindly ask that you register only members of your immediate family. If you have more than 5 members in your family, we ask for you to contact us to discuss. These measures will help to ensure your family can maintain appropriate distance from other designated family spaces. Register online via Eventbrite.

Important Note: Child care providers (licensed or unlicensed) cannot attend EarlyON programs at this time as advised by the Child Care Reopening: Operational Guidance during Covid-19 (mixing of groups, page 7-8).

The Ministry has set out expectations that during this phase of reopening EarlyON programs and services must be offered in a way that maintains physical distancing. As such, EarlyON Centres must implement a physical distancing policy of at least two metres (6 feet) among all individuals at all times. The Ministry has also set out expectations that programs must be offered in a way that limit the sharing of materials and restricts the use of certain toys and materials. We ask that you work with your child/children on staying within your designated family space using materials only from your bin and respect physical distancing guidelines.

For upcoming events, view our calendar below.

Indoor Play & Learn 

Play & Learn programs are intended for children under the age of 6 years. The planned activities are best suited for children 2 years and older. Each Play & Learn program will offer a play-based learning opportunity that can be enjoyed at designated family spaces that respect physical distancing. Your family will be supplied with your own kit of clean & sanitized materials to support your enjoyment in the program. Activities planned will encourage positive parent and child interaction. We as well will have an EarlyON facilitator in the program room to help facilitate and inspire play and learning!

Open Spaces Outdoor Adventures

Join Miss Donna & the EarlyON Team as they venture into Open Spaces and explore local Middlesex County trails! We'll visit a different community each week; the meeting point is available at registration.

Indoor Little Babies Time

Our Baby Time programs are intended for infants under the age of 12-months. Each indoor program will offer an indoor play opportunity for infants and their caregivers at designated family spaces that are respective of physical distancing. We ask that families bring their own toys & materials and a blanket. No materials will be provided. We will have on location an EarlyON facilitator to help facilitate and inspire play and learning!

Stroller Walks

Get some fresh air and exercise while meeting other parents.  Babies and siblings are welcome in stroller or wagon.  Dress for the weather; meeting point is available at registration. We meet weekly in Ilderton, and will visit other communities on Fridays.

ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Zoom Calls

Interact with EalryON Staff and other families in a virtual environment!  Find a full listing of Zoom calls on our calendar below. These events require advanced registration; please email earlyon@middlesex.ca  Email us now!

Bedtime Stories Last Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Join one of the EarlyON facilitators for songs and stories before bed.

Special Events Dates/times vary monthly A one-time special event for children and caregivers; an opportunity for families to connect virtually via zoom.

Songs & Stories Fridays @ 9:30 a.m. Join Miss Donna or Miss Jenny & your EarlyON friends virtually! Miss Donna or Miss Jenny will lead the group in a variety of activities such as show and tell or eye spy and encouraging the group to sing along to some favourite songs.

Virtual Experiences Thursdays 10:30 a.m. Each virtual experience will feature a unique experience with one of the EarlyON facilitators!

Little Babes Baby Time Conservations with Janice Mondays at 1:00 p.m. These zoom calls are intended for caregivers with babies and are led by EarlyON facilitator Janice Dolliver. Each session Janice leads the group in singing and moving with baby as well as a conversation around an infant topic. Some recent examples include sunscreen and bug spray and ‘feeding your baby’.

Pre-Recorded Videos

Available to be enjoyed anytime (and multiple times!). New videos added regularly. Follow us on Facebook or find them on our Middlesex EarlyON YouTube Channel.

Circle Time An important part of every EarlyON Play & Learn is Circle Time. Families are encouraged to join one of our EarlyON facilitators for storytelling, a sing-along and circle time activities.

Little Babes Circle Time with Baby An important part of every EarlyON baby Time is Circle Time. Families are encouraged to join one of our EarlyON facilitators for storytelling, a sing-along and circle time activities.

Virtual Experiences Families are encouraged to join one of our EarlyON facilitators for an interactive learning experience. Some examples of these experiences include making homemade paint or playdough, creative art, science experiments and nature explorations.

PROGRAM CALENDAR (a star indicates advance registration is required)

Monday
November 23
Tuesday
November 24
Wednesday
November 25
Thursday
November 26
Friday
November 27
Saturday
November 28
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Outdoor Adventures*
in Lucan at 10:00 am
Baby Time Conversations*
on Zoom at 1:00 pm
Baby Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Indoor Play and Learn*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
9:15 am OR 10:45 am
Indoor Baby Time*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
at 1:30 pm
Bedtime Storytime*
on Zoom at 6:30 pm
Virtual Experience*
on Zoom at 10:30am
Stroller Walk*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 1:30 pm
Songs & Stories*
on Zoom at 9:30 am
Stroller Walk*
in Thorndale at 10:00 am
Virtual Experience
on Facebook at 9:00 am
Monday
November 30
Tuesday
December 1
Wednesday
December 2
Thursday
December 3
Friday
December 4
Saturday
December 5
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Outdoor Adventures*
in Dorchester at 10:00 am
Baby Time Conversations*
on Zoom at 1:00 pm
Baby Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Indoor Play and Learn*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
9:15 am OR 10:45 am
Indoor Baby Time*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 1:30 pm
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Indoor Play and Learn*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
9:15 am OR 10:45 am
Indoor Baby Time*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
at 1:30 pm
Virtual Experience*
on Zoom at 10:30am
Stroller Walk*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 1:30 pm
Indoor Play and Learn*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 6:00 pm
Songs & Stories*
on Zoom at 9:30 am
Stroller Walk*
in Lucan at 10:00 am
Virtual Experience
on Facebook at 9:00 am
Monday
December 7
Tuesday
December 8
Wednesday
December 9
Thursday
December 10
Friday
December 11
Saturday
December 12
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Outdoor Adventures*
in Thorndale at 10:00 am
Baby Time Conversations*
on Zoom at 1:00 pm
Baby Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Indoor Play and Learn*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
9:15 am OR 10:45 am
Indoor Baby Time*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 1:30 pm
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Indoor Play and Learn*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
9:15 am OR 10:45 am
Indoor Baby Time*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
at 1:30 pm
Virtual Experience*
on Zoom at 10:30am
Stroller Walk*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 1:30 pm
Indoor Play and Learn*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 6:00 pm
Songs & Stories*
on Zoom at 9:30 am
Stroller Walk*
in Strathroy at 10:00 am
Virtual Experience
on Facebook at 9:00 am
Monday
December 14
Tuesday
December 15
Wednesday
December 16
Thursday
December 17
Friday
December 18
Saturday
December 19
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Outdoor Adventures*
in Komoka at 10:00 am
Baby Time Conversations*
on Zoom at 1:00 pm
Baby Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Indoor Play and Learn*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
9:15 am OR 10:45 am
Indoor Baby Time*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 1:30 pm
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Indoor Play and Learn*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
9:15 am OR 10:45 am
Indoor Baby Time*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
at 1:30 pm
Holiday Bedtime Stories*
on Zoom at 6:30 pm
Holiday Dance Party*
on Zoom at 10:30am
Stroller Walk*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 1:30 pm
Indoor Play and Learn*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 6:00 pm
Songs & Stories*
on Zoom at 9:30 am
Stroller Walk*
in Dorchester at 10:00 am
Virtual Experience
on Facebook at 9:00 am
Monday
December 21
Tuesday
December 22
Wednesday
December 23
Thursday
December 24
Friday
December 25
Saturday
December 26
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Outdoor Adventures*
in Ilderton at 10:00 am
Baby Time Conversations*
on Zoom at 1:00 pm
Baby Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Indoor Play and Learn*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
9:15 am OR 10:45 am
Indoor Baby Time*
Ilderton Library & EarlyON Centre
at 1:30 pm
Circle Time
on Facebook at 8:00 am
Indoor Play and Learn*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
9:15 am OR 10:45 am
Indoor Baby Time*
West Middlesex Memorial Centre
at 1:30 pm
Happy Holidays!  

*register for in person programming using Eventbrite and for Zoom calls by emailing earlyon@middlesex.ca 

Our EarlyON Team are trained professionals in early childhood development and are registered as Early Childhood Educators (ECE) with the College of Early Childhood Education. The team is available to answer your inquiries about child development, parenting, play-based learning, and other topics that support you in your role as a parent/caregiver!
Call us at 519-666-3227 or email
earlyon@middlesex.ca