Child Care & Schooling
Information regarding schools, special needs programs, after-school programs, and children's programming are also listed on the Parent Guide website published by the Ontario Early Years Centres.
Childcare programs are licensed and monitored by the Ministry of Education under the Day Nurseries Act. The regulations of the Act are designed to ensure standards for the children's health, safety, development, and learning, in settings where more than five children of different parents are cared for, are met.
To accommodate the growing childcare needs of Western faculty members, Western offers access to an onsite childcare centre operated by the YMCA of Western Ontario. The University Childcare Centre offers full and part-time care for children 3 months to 5 years old. The University Childcare Centre is currently accepting children, so please arrange a tour.
All children must be enrolled via the OneList.
Once you have enrolled through the OneList, please contact OFRR with the name and age of your child(ren) to ensure that University Childcare Centre is aware of UWOFA members on the waitlist.
1141 Western Road (next to Althouse College)
Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Operated by the YMCA of Western Ontario, Flexcare is located on the Western campus in the University Community Centre (UCC) in Room 40. They accept children 3 months to Preschool and priority is given to children of parents who are Western Undergraduate students. Children of parents who are Western graduate students, post-docs, faculty and staff may also be accepted for care at the centre.
University Community Centre (UCC), Rm. 40
519-661-2111 extension 82672
Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
|Childcare Centres in the City of London|
This document published by Investing in Children outlines all Licensed childcare centres located in London for infant, toddler, preschool and before/after school care. Information on fee subsidies, eligibility and what to look for in a centre is also included in the document.
|London Childcare Centers|
|Family Info||listings for childcare centres in your area
|London Children's Connection||Non-profit organization providing childcare and early learning programs
|London Caregivers Referral Network||Listings for local caregivers and other child care services
Full and part-time child care centre
|Ministry of Children and Youth Services||Listings for licensed London and area family centres, and portal for services and resources in London and Middlesex
|Child Reach||Resource centre for parents with young children; offers workshops, consultation services, drop-in playtime, learning materials and much more
|Information London -
Children and Families
|Wide array of services directed towards families including early childhood education centres, parent and child programs, family welfare, and much more
|Middlesex-London Health Unit -
Information service covering the many challenges of raising a family
|Thames Valley Midwives||Prenatal care for expecting mothers
|Talbot Creek Midwives||Prenatal care for expecting mothers
|Womancare Midwives||Prenatal care for expecting mothers
|The Health Line -
Children with Complex Needs
Overview of resources for children with special needs
|Nanny Flower||Listings for babysitters in London
Listings for babysitters and nannies in London
The curriculum throughout the Ontario public school system is set by The Ministry of Education. Ontario has two publicly funded school systems at the primary and secondary school level:
- Public (non-denominational)
- Separate (Roman Catholic)
- English is the primary language used within the school systems
- French Immersion programs are offered in the public and separate school systems. For children of francophone parents, there is a separate French Language school board
In most Ontario schools, the school year begins in September and ends in June. The grade a child enters is based on where the child's birthday falls within the January to December calendar year.
The school that your child/ren attends will depend on the school zone determined by your home address.
Elementary school programs (primary) begin at the Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten level for children who are 4 years of age.
Please reference the Canadian Association of Independent Schools website for information on Ontario private schools.