OEYC Programs and Workshops
Open Drop-in Playgroup
OEYC provides a variety of free family drop-ins to Ontario residents where families can play and learn together in a child friendly space. These regular meetings are geared towards parents, caregivers and their children birth to 6 years. Activities and free-play include arts and crafts, dramatic play, sensory play, games, songs and stories. Bring a nut-free snack and a pair of indoor shoes or slippers. Drop-ins are facilitated by qualified Parent Resource Workers who are happy to answer questions and provide access to referral services. This is also an ideal opportunity for parents and caregivers to meet others for social and community support, as well as to access our Resource Library.
Our main location is 2 MacNeil Court, Kanata with several outreach locations such as Memorial Hall in Carp, Stovehaven Manor, Hazeldean Mall and Chapters Centrum.
Specialized drop-ins include: Baby & Me, Francophone, Military Families, Caregivers and Multicultural Newcomers.
Outreach Drop-in – Carp Location
Located in the basement of Carp Memorial Hall (434 Donald B.Munro Drive), this drop-in is for parents/caregivers with children from birth to 6 years. This program provides fun and varied activities including arts and crafts, games, songs, stories, and active circle times. This is a space where adults can meet others in their community while playing with their children in a stimulating environment.
Parking: There is NO parking attached to the building. Please park behind Chang-Thai-Kitchen restaurant, the rear lot of Faith Foodliner (convenience store) or on the street along Carp Road.
Baby & Me Groups
The Baby & Me groups are for parents/caregivers and their non-walking infants. They are a great opportunity to meet other parents, learn more about parenting, make friends, and see babies at different ages and stages. Join us on Mondays at Stonehaven Retirement Residence (70A Stonehaven Drive.) from 10 to 11:30 a.m., for Rhyme Time to learn songs, rhymes and finger plays (we sing from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.).
The Thursday Baby & Me Group meets at 2 MacNeil.Court from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Occasionally we have special visitors but our typical schedule is:
First Thursday of each month: Rhyme Time
Second Thursday: discussion topic varies
Third Thursday: Rhyme Time
Fourth Thursday: Watch a brief (approx. 5 minutes) video from HealthyBabyHealthyBrain.ca followed by discussion
The Resource Library is located at 2 MacNeil Court in the Early Years Centre and can be accessed during drop-in program hours. French and English books for parents and children may be borrowed for two weeks; CDs and DVDs for one week. As well as general parenting books, we have a selection of books for parents of children with special needs.
You and your child can have hours of fun when you borrow one of our Kitchen ABCs Kits or a Story Stretchers Kit; each kit contains ideas for crafts, songs and other activities.
Also available are music kits and wooden puzzles. A complete toy library is available at our Satellite location, Katimavik Preschool Resource Centre.
Special Needs Programming
In partnership with the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC), specialized groups are offered Tuesday mornings in the Early Years Centre – Carleton. Please contact the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre at 613-831-5098 for more information.
Join us at Storytime where the books come to life with songs, puppets and exciting twists. Be transported into a new adventure every week!
Chapters Kanata Centrum (400 Earl Grey Dr., Kanata): Every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. in the children’s section. Ideally suited for children 2-6 years (younger siblings welcome). Please note this activity will take place in French and English.
Hazeldean Mall (300 Eagleson Road., Kanata): Every Monday morning at 10 a.m. in the hallway across from Pharma Plus. Ideally suited for children 2-6 years (younger siblings welcome). Please note this activity is offered in English.
We offer many free workshops, registration is always required. Topics include making baby food and child development (social, emotional, physical). Workshops may be play based with you and your child or adult learning presentation style.
Katimavik Preschool Resource Centre
Satellite Site at 180 Katimavik Road in Kanata (613-591-6030)
Please note: The Centre is closed during the months of July and August
Monday 9 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Friday 9 to 11 a.m.
Caregiver Drop-in: Thursday 9 to 10:30 a.m.