Early Years/Child Care Services

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Early Years/Child Care Services

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Ontario offers a wide variety of early years’ programs and services. It aims to develop a system in which all children and families have access to high-quality, inclusive and affordable early years and child care programs and services that are child-and family-centred and contribute to children’s learning, development and well-being.

Early Childhood Programs

Convinced that learning begins with play and inquiry, all French-language school boards in Ontario offer the Kindergarten program (2016) for children starting at age 4. This program recognizes that, today and in the future, children need to be critically literate in order to synthesize information, make informed decisions, communicate effectively, and thrive in an ever-changing global community. 

In addition, some school boards offer programs for 3-year-old children. Many also offer child care services starting at 18 months. 

A Wide Range of Services

Ontario offers a wide variety of early years’ programs and services designed to fit the needs of parents and  contribute to young children's learning, development and well-being:

  • child care services;
  • child and family programs;
  • Kindergarten program, 2016;
  • before and after school programs.

French-language schools offer the above programs, including but not limited to the following:

  • learning centres;
  • play groups;
  • French-language programs within schools, for three-year-old children;
  • programs to improve oral communication in French;
  • elementary school or kindergarten preparation programs.

Useful links: 

  • Ontario Ministry of Education, Parents’ section: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/fre/parents/
  • Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (AFÉSEO). This website also has a  French-language child care services directory:  www.afeseo.ca.

To find a licenced child care service in French-language schools, and its affiliated school, consult the search engine below:  Find an Institution.


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