While you are working, looking for work, studying or retraining, you may need someone to take care of your young children under the age of 12. Generally, children under the age of 12 can not be left alone at home or care for younger children, according to Canadian law.
If you are enrolled in Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs you may be eligible for free on-site child care while you take language training classes.
In Wellington and Guelph there is licensed centre-based child care and licensed home-based child care . Understanding the child-care system in Ontario will help you decide the type of care that suits your needs. Check out these lists of day care providers in Guelph.
Please read our page about Public Schools to learn more about the education system in Ontario.
Ontario Early Years Center
For families with children up to the age of six, the Ontario Early Years Center is a great place to play and learn. The Center offers free programs for different ages and at locations across Guelph and Wellington County. This is a great place to meet other families, learn about other activities and programs and get advice from Early Year’s professionals.
There are many things for families to do in Guelph Wellington!
- The Libraries have free family activities in addition to their regular activities. In Guelph, you can visit the Civic Museum and McCrae House, and in Wellington County you can check out the Wellington County Museum and Archives.
- In the Summer the splash pads and wading pools are great places to cool off and meet other families.
- The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is a great place to spend an afternoon.
- There are many Farmer’s Markets to buy local fruits and vegetables, crafts and delicious treats.
- Visit Guelph Lake to swim, camp, canoe, hike, have a picnic…