Are you looking for a community playgroup for you and your toddler?
The Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) returned to Morrisburg on November 7th at the St. James Anglican Church on High Street and every Monday, except for holidays, parents and caregivers are invited to bring their little ones for some social time.
OEYC offers a “comfortable, safe learning environment where parents/caregivers with children 0 – 6 years can come to play and interact with each other. You will find a variety of creative and learning activities during free play, circle time and story time.”
According to OEYC Family Resource Co-ordinatior, Fiona Carr, the sessions are free and the facilities are many.
The church facilities come complete with an elevator. This comes in handy for those who can’t tackle the stairs with two toddlers, a stroller, and a sleeping baby.
In addition, there is a change room as well as a washroom. There is a room for nursing or for quiet play. The main activity room comes complete with a large play space, snack table, and a playdough and crafts table.
The toys are washed frequently in the adjoining kitchen.
Generally, the first couple of hours are for free play and fun. Then, at 11:30, it is time for clean-up and then circle time.
Circle time is filled with songs, stories, instruments, and guided fun.
Carr revealed, “we’re happy here and it’s such a nice space. The parents seem to really like it.”
Go to www.giag.ca for more information. The South Dundas Playgroup has two sites: St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg (613-360-9934) and Iroquois Public School in Iroquois (613-652-1100).