Children’s Services

Emergency School-Aged Child Care
April 15, 2021

Recently, the Province announced the decision to move elementary and secondary students across the province to remote learning following the April spring break, and to provide emergency child care to school-aged children of eligible health care and other frontline workers during the remote learning period (Link to Ontario’s News Release)

We’ve been receiving inquiries about the details of our district-wide plan for emergency child care for school aged children.

Beginning Monday, April 19th, 2021, Emergency Child Care will be available for school-aged children between the ages of 4 to 12 years who are currently enrolled in a publicly funded school. Limited spaces are available at this time.

Programs will be offered at the following sites:

  • YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka – Parry Sound Public School
    *Contact Valene 705-746-0511 ext. 2
  • Fairview (PSDSSAB) – St. Gregory Catholic School (Powassan)
    *Contact Jane 705-724-5462
  • YMCA of Northeastern Ontario – St. Theresa Catholic School (Callander)
    *Contact Kayla 705-752-3277
  • Home Child Care Program (PSDSSAB) – District Wide
    *Contact Cindy 746-9522 ext. 4361

To qualify for Emergency School-Aged child care, parents must meet certain eligibility criteria. Find out more by contacting the subsidy office at (705) 746-7777 ext. 5277.

Please note, all district-wide Licensed Child Care programs, including Home Child Care, will remain open, and have been unaffected by these changes.

Before/after school programs will remain closed until further notice.

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Our Philosophy

The Philosophy of our Early Learning and Child Care Centres is to provide a safe, secure, healthy and enriching environment for the children in our care.

Through the guidance of Registered Early Childhood Educators embracing “How Does Learning Happen?” (Ontario Pedagogy) and the Four Foundations; Well Being, Expression, Engagement and Belonging, we incorporate Emergent Curriculum so that children are given opportunities that stimulate curiosity, initiative and independence.

Active learning through play enhances children physically, intellectually, creatively, emotionally and socially.

Each child is treated with respect and accepted as an individual through positive adult-child interactions.

The learning environment provides children with opportunities to make choices and decisions through inquiry and develop conflict resolution skills that assist in lifelong learning.

Meaningful interactions with other children expands social and communication skills and support the development and understanding of empathy.

A consistent, predictable and flexible day enables the children to make choices and express their intentions, carry them out and reflect on what they have done.  Children have the opportunity to play independently or work together in small and large groups.

“The growth of children’s initiative and positive social disposition in an active early childhood education setting can positively effect preschoolers’ subsequent development and adult performance.”

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