Who We Are
The Toy Bus Program is a mobile Ontario Early Years Centre and Community Action Program for Children serving
several rural communities from Cobden to Whitney. It is a place for children aged 0 – 6 years and their parents and caregivers to take part in programs and activities together. Toy Bus staff are graduates of the early childhood educator program and strive to provide a rich early learning environment that stimulates learning in every experience!
Come out and meet other parents and caregivers while your children explore and experience activities, and interact and play with other children.
What We Do
You and your child can visit the Toy Bus Ontario Early Years Centre for a range of free services including:
- Information and Referral: Early years specialists available on-site, by phone or e-mail to answer your questions or refer you to appropriate resources and services. Wondering who to ask or where to go about about a concern regarding your child’s development — ask a Toy Bus Team facilitator!
- Play and Learn Drop-in groups: Our main program, Toy Bus Play and Learn Drop-ins provide an assortment of learning centers that are set up to encourage children to explore, create, and stimulate the senses. Opportunities to share, take turns, listen and express feelings are built in everywhere. After play time, parents and children are encouraged to help tidy up followed by songs, rhymes and finger plays. Stories are read to children while they enjoy their snack; a relaxing end to a busy playgroup!
- Resource Library: Parenting books and videos, resource books and children’s books available to borrow.
- Toy Library : A great variety of toys for children 0 to 6 years of age available for loan free of charge.
- Workshops/Child Development Programs: The Toy Bus program also provides a wide variety of programs for parents and children to promote healthy child development and lifelong nurturing relationships. Some of these programs are:
- School’s Cool & ELF Preschool are programs designed for children entering Kindergarten. These programs strengthen children’s abilities to build their self-help, social, reasoning and language skills.
- Music & Movement is a six week program that introduces children ages 2 to 4 and their parents/caregivers to a love of music and movement. The program consists of 5 sections including: playing with instruments, rhythm, games that move you, songs and rhymes and wind down.
- Infant Massage teaches parents effective techniques to reduce gas and colic, to help their babies sleep better and to support their babies health and development.
- Sum Fun Family Math is for families who want their children to have fun and experience success in Math! In this program, the children learn games, songs and read new books that enhance their experience with early numeracy and math.
- Make the Connection allows parents to make a connection with their children through love, language and learning. It encourages parents to promote healthy brain development and secure relationships. Parents learn songs and rhymes and participate in discussions designed to enhance parent-child communication in a fun and accessible way.
- 1, 2, 3, Go! is designed to help parents raise a physically, socially and emotionally healthy child. The six sessions are planned to encourage the development and health of the “whole” child. Activities and equipment are chosen to provide a safe, enjoyable and challenging environment for children to learn and practice new skills.
- Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting
- Nobody’s Perfect
- Stir it Up with Kids in the Kitchen – nutrition program aimed at reducing childhood obesity and encouraging heart health from childhood
- No Ordinary Walk in the Park – stroller fitness program
Our Play and Learn groups take place from September to the end of June.
|Barry’s Bay||Monday & Thursday||St John Bosco School,
99 Peter St, Barry’s Bay
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
|Cobden Agricultural Hall
43 Astrolabe Road, Cobden
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Cobden Pentecostal Church 17 Astrolabe Road, Cobden
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
|Eganville||Wednesday||Grace Lutheran Church
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
(last week of the month)
|Eganville Seniors Centre
|Beachburg||Wednesday||St. Andrews church
1744 Beachburg Rd, Beachburg 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
|Killaloe||Tuesday||North Street Community Centre 12 North St. Killaloe 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.|
|Palmer Rapids||Wednesday||Weslyan Church
192 Burntbridge Road
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
|South Algonquin||Monday & Thursday
||Call for time & location:
Toy Bus Outdoor Play
Links to Supports and Services
- CRC: Prenatal Nutrition Program
- Ontario Early Years Centres Renfrew Nipissing Pembroke
- Renfrew County District Health Unit
- Renfrew County Preschool Speech and Language Program Sprouting Speech
- Phoenix Centre Children’s Mental Health
- Infant & Child Development Program
- County of Renfrew Child Care Services
- My Daddy Matters
- Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County
- Game On Youth Activity Program
- 211 Renfrew County