Thursday, November 8, 2018


For the last two months, Amanda Suurd has been a valuable part of the Educator Team here. Next Thursday November 15th will be Amanda's last day at The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre. 
 
Although we are going to miss her, we know she will be back in often as a parent bringing her children.
 
Please feel free to stop in next Thursday and wish Amanda all the best!
 
 

Monday, November 5, 2018


In the spring of 2018, parents and caregivers visiting The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre were asked to complete an Early Years Parent Satisfaction Survey.  The results from the survey allowed us to learn what families enjoyed about the Child and Family Centre and where there was room for us to grow and set goals. 


We wanted to share what goals we will be focusing on for 2019.

·       Building relationships; We will continue to work towards establishing positive, responsive relationships with children and their families as we understand that learning cannot happen in the absence of quality relationships. 

·       Communication; We recognize that change can be challenging and we will continue to work towards sharing information and key messages to families on an ongoing basis in a variety of ways.  We will also continue to welcome feedback and ideas from all families.

·       Documentation; We will continue efforts to make learning visible for parents through a variety of documentation strategies.  Our hope is to support a better understanding of “How Does Learning Happen” and the way it is utilized within The EarlyON Child and Family Centre.



Thank you for working with The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre Educator Team to create quality programs.

If you have any questions at all, please let us know.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Please be advised that Wednesday's Parent Info Session focused on Supporting Parents in an Ongoing Understanding and Exploration of Loose Parts has been postponed. It will be rescheduled soon.


Stay tuned and let us know what days and times would work for you to attend by emailing us at omsfc@nexicom.net.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

A reminder that The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre will be closed on Sunday October 7th and Music and Movement will not be taking place on Monday October 8th due to the long weekend.
Enjoy your weekend and see you next week!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Exciting News To Share!
 
We will be open from 3:00-6:00pm each Wednesday beginning on Wednesday October 17th.
 
That means families will be able to enjoy some type of program offered by 
The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre from Sunday to Thursday each week.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Please be advised that Wednesday's Parent Info Session focused Supporting Parents in an Ongoing Understanding and Exploration of Loose Parts has been postponed. It will be rescheduled soon.


Stay tuned and let us know what days and times would work for you by emailing us at omsfc@nexicom.net.


Supporting Parents in an Ongoing Understanding and Exploration of Loose Parts 
As part of our ongoing commitment to offering families high quality early learning opportunities, The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre has begun introducing ‘loose parts’ into our learning environment. Loose parts are items and materials that children can use to enhance their play and exploration. They provide a high level of creativity and choice and the possibilities are endless for how they can be used. Research shows that children like to play with loose parts because they can use their imagination and have greater control in their play. 
We invite parents and caregivers to attend this Parent Info Session to learn more about the use of loose parts and ask any questions they may have.
Facilitated by Angela Hoar, RECE, Compass ELC
Wednesday October 10th
6:00-8:00pm
The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre
1 Dufferin Street, Millbrook
Registration Required.
Please call 705-932-7088 or email omsfc@nexicom.net for more information or to register.
Limited child minding available, please indicate a need for this when registering.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

What are you doing on Friday September 23rd?  

Join The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre and The Cavan Monaghan Library for a fun day full of outdoor activities.

Come dressed to play outside!


The Board of Directors for The Old Millbrook School Family Centre Inc. is seeking new members!!

Board of Director meetings are held one evening a month.  Joining a Board is a wonderful way to uniquely engage in your community.

We are in need of a new member to take on the role of Fundraising Coordinator.

If you think you might be interested or would like more information, please contact Nancy Hurley at omsfc@nexicom.net and she will connect you with the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Thank you.
You may have already met the the newest member of the Educator Team at 
The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre but just in case, please join me in welcoming Amanda Suurd.
Amanda is an RECE who is also local to our community and is settling into her role at The EarlyON Child and Family Centre nicely.
Feel free to introduce yourself next time you visit.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Please note

Please note that this coming Sunday September 23rd, we will have modified hours from 11:00am-1:30pm to accommodate the preparations for our Opening Event.
Please let us know if you have any questions and we hope to see you at The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Centre Child and Family Centre on Sunday!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Educator Team at The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre.
Brenda Demarche is an RECE who is local to the community and brings with her an enthusiastic approach to her new role.
Feel free to introduce yourself next time you visit.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Say hello to Tara McLean! 
Tara is an RECE who you will also see now when you visit the Old Millbrook School EarlyOn Child and Family Centre. Tara is local to Millbrook and some of you may recognize her. Tara will also be running our Rhyme Time Program at Centennial Place each Monday for the summer months.
She brings amazing energy and some great ideas to the Centre and will be spending the summer working at the EarlyON Child and Family Centre before returning to school in the fall to receive her Bachelor of Education.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Join us at Centennial Place on Thursday July 5th!

We hope you will be able to make it out to Centennial Place on July 5th from 11:00am-2:00pm.  They are holding a fundraising BBQ and all proceeds will go to the Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre.

Friday, May 11, 2018

A word from Nancy, OMSFC's Centre Administrator!


The OMSFC Board is pleased to welcome our new Centre Administrator, Nancy Hurley.  Some of you may have already met Nancy at Stay n' Play, and we're looking forward to all of the enthusiasm Nancy is bringing to this new role!  Here's a bit about Nancy, in her own words:


Nancy Hurley, OMSFC's Centre Administrator


Let me introduce myself, my name is Nancy Hurley and I am very excited to be starting a new adventure here at the Old Millbrook School EarlyON Centre.  Over the next months, I am sure I will be meeting so many of you as you visit the Centre with your children, grandchildren, etc.  Before you stop in, maybe you're wondering about who I am? 

I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario where I worked for over seventeen years in the Early Learning and Care Community up until this past December.  I moved up this way six years ago and I love the area.  My family and I live within an hour of Millbrook with our two dogs and the dogs that we foster through a local Animal Rescue Organization.  I am passionate about the Early Years and I truly believe in the value in our youngest citizens. 

Millbrook is a wonderful community and I am looking forward to getting to know the people who make it so special.  It is an exciting time at the Centre!   In the coming months, the EarlyOn Centre will be growing veggies in the Community Garden, expanding program hours to offer families a place to stop in on Sundays, and Picnics in the Park from time to time. 
Come by any time and you will be met with a smile.  I can't wait to see you!

Warmly.
Nancy Hurley
Centre Administrator

Thank you Moyra!

We loved this article in the Millbrook Times about the amazing Moyra, the backbone of the Family Centre for the past 15 years!






Please follow the link below to read the whole article on the Millbrook Times website:

http://themillbrooktimes.ca/thanking-moyra-seabright-for-shaping-the-lives-of-our-youngest-residents/ 













Moyra has been a pillar in the lives of our Township's smallest residents, and their caregivers, for 15 years.  From offering wisdom, insight, advice, or just a shoulder to cry on and a hug, Moyra has made a positive difference in hundreds of local lives.  Thank you Moyra!!



What's New at the Family Centre? Lots!!

The Old Millbrook School Family Centre (OMSFC) has been buzzing with excitement for the last several months, since learning that we have secured funding under the new EarlyON programming. This funding, that is redirected to us through the City of Peterborough, has put our Family Centre in a position of offering more services for our community.
While the OMSFC Board of Directors is still sorting through all of the changes and establishing what our future will look like exactly, our community should know that there will be a significant increase in the number of free services we provide in our village, and the frequency of these programs.
For the last 17 years OMSFC has offered a drop in, Stay n Play program from our centre, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-1:00 pm. Those programs will remain moving forward and in the very near future, OMSFC will announce the addition of programming every Sunday.  This program is envisioned to be similar in structure to our current programming, and will hopefully make our services more accessible to local families.
Under the obligation of our new funding OMSFC is required to offer programming five days per week. The Board of Directors is enthusiastically working towards meeting that requirement, armed with the knowledge that we can serve our youngest community members in ways never imagined.
The physical space that OMSFC occupies at 1 Dufferin St. will be undergoing some updating and improving as well. During these changes and improvements, the centre will be open and operating our regular programming. If you wish to stay current on the changes to our space and programming, please feel free to join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/millbrookfamilycentre/. 
By Kate DeKlerck

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Employment Opportunities

The Old Millbrook School Family Centre, incorporated in 2001, is a non-profit agency dedicated to the care, nurturing, and well-being of children.
The Centre takes a community-directed approach to providing accessible programs, services, and resources that are aimed at meeting the needs of children and families living in our community.
OMSFC is accepting applications from qualified individuals for the following positions:


- Centre Administrator (1 position, 35 hours/week)
- Program Staff (2 positions, 21-28 hours/week)
  1. Deadline for applications is March 31st.  No late applications will be accepted.
  2. Please specify which role you are applying for (Centre Administrator or Program Staff).
  3. Please review the job specifications (links below) for more information about the roles.  
  4. Applications should include a covering letter outlining your qualifications and should be no more than 3 pages in length.
  5. We thank all who apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  
  6. No phone calls please.
  7. Applications must be sent to famcentre@gmail.com by end of day, Saturday March 31st, 2018.

Link to Centre Administrator Job Description

Link to Program Staff Job Description




Please note, these positions are dependent on funding approval.  

OMSFC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accomodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  





Thursday, January 25, 2018

Monday Jan 29 Music and Movement back at Centennial Place!

We are pleased to report that Centennial Place is able to host Music and Movement on Monday January 29th at 10am. See you then! Please keep sick children at home to protect Centennial Place residents. Thank you!'