Children learn so much from their parents. At Get Set Learn we see parents teaching children every day.

Learning begins at birth. As a parent you are your child’s first and most important teacher.

Here are some tips you can try at home to help your child learn.

  • Talk to your baby or child, even if they can’t answer back yet.
  • Listen to your baby or child, even if they aren’t using words yet. Respond by smiling, nodding, and asking questions.
  • Read with your child every day, or look at a book together.
  • Play with your child. Children learn by playing. Do things together that you enjoy: building with blocks, racing cars, puzzles, board games, crafts, or colouring.
  • If you are not a confident reader, that’s OK! Look at a book together and talk about what might be happening in the story. Point to the pictures.
  • Keep children’s books in your home where your child can look at them.
  • You can borrow books from the library for free. Second-hand stores have children’s books too.
  • If your child likes to keep moving, you can read to them in their highchair or in the tub. If your child is a baby or toddler, try sturdy board books.
  • Do things together like sorting socks, setting the table, and playing with different sized cups in the tub or sink. Your child learns numbers and shapes from ordinary activities you do at home.
  • Be a role model for your child. Take time to read books with him or her. Take time to have fun together as a family.

Also see the menu to the left for more information.


If you feel a concern with your child’s development you are right to have it checked. You spend the most time with your child and your instincts are important.

Take your child to your family doctor.

Tell the doctor

  • what you are concerned about
  • when you first noticed the issue
  • any other things your child is doing that concern you

Also see the menu to the left for more information.


Speech

Call Kids-Ability for concerns about speech and language.
www.kidsability.ca

When you call Kids Ability ask for the intake department.

Remember to say:

  • what you are concerned about
  • when you first noticed the issue
  • any other things your child is doing that concern you

You can also visit an Early Years Centre and ask to make an appointment with a speech specialist.


Behaviour

Call Carizon Family and Community Services in Waterloo Region offers the Zero2Six service for concerns about children’s behaviour.
www.carizon.ca/childrens-mental-health/zero2six/

When you call for help, remember to say

  • what you are concerned about
  • when you first noticed the issue
  • any other things your child is doing that concern you

Here is some information about getting help for a child in school:
www.kidsability.ca/SchoolLinkstoOtherResources


Family doctor

Look at this website for help to find a family doctor:
www.ontario.ca/page/find-family-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner


Counseling

In Kitchener, call Carizon for counseling for children and families.
www.carizon.ca/

In Guelph, call the Guelph Community Health Centre for counseling for children and families.
www.guelphchc.ca

Or, ask your doctor for a counseling service near you.


Early Years Centres

To find an Early Years Centre in your area please see the list below:

Cambridge Family Early Years Centre
149 Ainslie Street North
Cambridge, ON N1R 3P4
519-740-8353
www.cfeyc.ca

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre
St. Francis School
154 Gatewood Drive (Driveway is off of Blueridge Avenue)
Entrance B
Kitchener, ON N2M 4E4
519-571-1626
www.ourplacekw.ca

YMCA Early Years Centre Main Site
161 Roger Street
Waterloo, ON N2J 1B1
519-741-8585
www.ykids.ca

YMCA Early Years Centre Satellite Site
719 Erbsville Road
Waterloo, ON N2J 3Z4
519-885-0552
www.ykids.ca

Langs Farm Village Association
2958 Greenfield Road   Ayr, ON, N0B 1E0   
519-632-1229
www.langs.org/early-years

Wilmot Resource Community Centre
1-175 Waterloo Street
New Hamburg, ON N3A 1S3
519-662-2731
www.wilmotfamilyresourcecentre.ca

Woolwich Community Services
5 Memorial Avenue
Elmira, ON N3B2P8
519-669-5139
www.woolwichcommunityservices.com

Ontario Early Years Ctr
176 Wyndham St. N. Guelph (519) 821-6638
and
Stone Road Mall
435 Stone Rd. W. 2nd Floor, Guelph, ON
www.guelphchc.ca/developmental-health/program-guide

Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington
360 Belsyde Ave East, Fergus
(519) 843-7000 / 1-866-840-3249
Mount Forest – 519-509-2726 / 1-877-919-2726
www.communityresourcecentre.org


Register for school

Call the school board nearest to your home.

When you call, you will need to say:

  • your name
  • your child’s name and age
  • your address

For Kitchener/Waterloo and Cambridge:

Waterloo District School Board
http://www.wrdsb.ca/

Waterloo Catholic School Board
https://www.wcdsb.ca/

For Guelph and Wellington County:

Upper Grand District School Board
http://www.ugdsb.on.ca/

Wellington Catholic District School Board
http://www.wellingtoncdsb.ca/Pages/default.aspx