Programs for Children FAQs
If you have any questions about your registration, please feel free to call the office at 613-749-5211 and speak with Sandra x22 or Doreen x23 we are happy to help!
A reminder e-mail will be sent to you a week to a few days before each event.
EXPECTATIONS OF CAREGIVERS:
- If you can no longer attend a workshop or event, please let us know by email or by phone. We often have a waiting list, and we sometimes wait to begin until everyone arrives.
- Please remember that our office and the community locations we run our programs through are nut and scent free spaces, therefore we ask that you refrain from bringing in any nut products/snacks and avoid wearing any scented body care products and perfume. Your fellow caregivers and children appreciate your cooperation for everyone’s safety and comfort.
- Please place cell phones on vibrate or silent.
- The children are modeling after you – when they see you sitting and listening to the presenters and facilitators, they will do it too.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to register, or can I just show up at a children’s program?
Due to limited space at all our locations everyone must register prior to the event.
How do I register?
It’s easy! Simply create an account and then visit our calendar of events to register for the program(s) of your choice. Click here to create your account.
Who do I register?
You register every person who will be attending. This includes all adults and all children who will be attending the program.
How many children can I register?
All caregivers are expected to follow current Ontario legislation. Please see Ministry Guidelines for more information.
When can I register for the children’s programs?
Every two months we release new programs on our Calendar of Events. Children’s programs have a registration start time that is announced via our e-newsletter. This is to ensure that every home child care provider and parent has had the chance to browse the Calendar and decide which programs they would like to register for.
Is there a fee for the programs?
Yes, all programs have a Member (adult membership) and Non-Member fee. Fees are listed on the Calendar of Events and can be seen when you register.
Is there a charge for the adult?
Occasionally. If there is it will be listed on the Calendar of Events.
Can I cancel my registration?
You are able to cancel your registration up to one week in advance of the program. To change your registration 7 days or less from the program date please email or call the office.
What if the program I want is full?
When the tickets for a program have sold out there will be a waiting list form for you to fill out. Enter your email in the waiting list box and we will contact you via email or phone if spaces become available.
Do I need to be a member to participate in children’s programs?
Anyone can participate in children’s programs; however, everyone must register. To register, you simply create an account on our website, select the Member or Non-Member option and then pay the corresponding fee. To become a member, click here.
Are programs offered in languages other than English?
In some instances, facilitators may run the program in French and English. In that case, it will be noted in the description of the program. Programs that are offered in French will be written in French and will be posted on the French website.
Can I leave the children at the event to run an errand?
No, children are always the responsibility of the caregiver. Facilitators of children’s programs are there to facilitate the program only.
Can I suggest a program and/or location?
Certainly! We try our best to find different, fun and affordable venues for caregivers and their children. If you know of something that other caregivers and children would enjoy, pass it on to us. As for locations, we would love to give the opportunity to all caregivers across the city to participate in events. If you know of a location that a lot of caregivers can get to, send us the information and we will look into booking programs at that location as well.
What happens when I get to the program?
You will be required to sign in when you arrive at the location of the program. Once per year, we require every participant’s first name and last initial. For subsequent visits/attendances you only need to add the names of new participants.
How do I know if the program is suitable for my children?
There is always a brief description of the program which will help you decide if the program is suitable for you and your specific age group.
What happens if it rains during an outdoor program?
If it is pouring rain, the program will be cancelled. We try to offer a rain date or a refund.
What about winter weather?
If the school buses are cancelled due to bad weather, the program is also cancelled. If possible, you will receive a refund, or an alternate date will be arranged. There may be some events for which this is not possible (i.e. if the entertainer/facilitator expects payment regardless of the weather conditions).