Voted Orillia’s Best Daycare
Serving the Community for over 30 years.
Canada Wide Early Learning Child Care (CWELCC) approved childcare organization
Educators provide positive learning experiences during mealtimes, encouraging children to develop healthy eating habits.
Orillia Central Preschool believes that children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential.
Orillia Central Preschool!
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Orillia Central Preschool, Orchard Park
24 Calverley Street, Orillia, ON L3V 3T4
This location is licensed for 139 children per day. 10 Infants, 23 Toddlers and 24 Preschoolers can now attend this childcare centre and seamlessly transition directly to Orchard Park Elementary School if they are in this catchment area.
Orillia Central Preschool, South
255 Oxford Street, Orillia, ON L3V 1H6
OCP South is licensed for 105 children per day. 10 Infants, 15 Toddlers and 24 Preschoolers can now attend this childcare centre and seamlessly transition directly to St Bernard’s Catholic Elementary School if they are in this catchment area.
Orillia Central Preschool, North
547 Laclie Street, Orillia, ON L3V 4R2
Our North location is licensed for 56 children per day. This stand alone site is home to 3 Infants, 15 Toddlers and 38 Preschoolers daily.
All our Centres operate Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 6:00pm. Our Orchard Park and South location run before and after school programs, PA day care, and school break care for children from 4 years of age to 12 years old.
Our Pre-School. Our Family. Our Community
Orillia Central Preschool is a not for profit, charitable organization that has been working with the families and children of Orillia since 1994. We began our journey in the historical Orillia Central School building in downtown Orillia and now operate in three locations throughout the city.
Orillia Central Preschool understands the profoundly important role that family plays in the developmental, emotional, and cognitive growth of a child. We believe that our families are the most valuable resource in our organization.
Along with our families, we believe that our community and our children’s relationship with the community is very important. OCP works together with local elementary and secondary schools to showcase our children’s theories and ideas. We enjoy our relationships with local homes for the aged, visiting and sharing stories and experiences.
We believe our children have an incredible impact on our community and participate in different initiatives. Our children have been featured in the Ontario Forestry magazine for their contribution to planting trees in Orillia.
“…But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood,”
Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers.
Children require many opportunities to hear spoken language to understand sounds and words.
Listening and interpreting songs, stories and rhymes is the beginning of early literacy.
About 90% of a child’s critical brain development occurs before the age of 5 years. The early years are the ideal time to introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to our children through fun activities like building with blocks, sculpting with play dough and experimenting with water and sand.
Allowing children to manipulate different mediums like paint, markers, colours and clay provide them with ways to explore their feelings and emotions.
These activities include dance and drama and build on children’s social and emotional well being.
The ability to pause, think and respond. Providing our children with ample opportunities to develop ideas and opinions through fun activities like “I Spy”, “Find the Hidden Object”, guessing games and puzzles.
Do children have to wear masks?
Children in our childcare centres from ages 4 weeks to 4 years of age are not required to wear masks. Children attending our school age programs are required to mask while attending any of our Centres.
What time do I bring my child in for the day?
OCP opens at 6:30am for families that have an early start to their day. Generally, we ask that all children be at our Centre by 9:00am. This allows the children to participate in our full program, with ample time to explore the daily activities prepared by our professional educators.
Do you have any special Covid-19 protocols in place?
- OCP strictly adheres to all Public Health and Ministry of Education mandates. As these guidelines change, so do our protocols. All staff are required to wear personal protective equipment while on site. This includes medical grade face masks and safety goggles or face shields.
- OCP has implemented a vaccine mandate policy and our staff participate in a voluntary Rapid Antigen Testing program 2 times per week.
- We have enhanced cleaning protocols in effect, ensuring all high touch surfaces are sanitized multiple times throughout the day.
- Full details of Covid protocols can be requested through your Program Supervisor
Can families come in the schools?
- OCP has implemented a drop off and pick up system where families are to call the Centre upon arrival and a staff member will review their Covid Screening and bring their child into the school. At pick up time, the family is to call the Centre upon arrival and a staff member will collect their child and deliver them to the parent at the front door.
- Any in school visits from families must be scheduled in advance with the Program Supervisor. A separate screening will be done and personal protective wear must be worn.
- Full details of Covid protocols can be requested through your Program Supervisor.
When do I receive my Invoice and how do I pay?
- OCP invoices families for one month in advance of care. Families will be emailed an invoice within the first week of the month and payment is due by the 20th of the same month.
- Payment can be made by e-transfer to email@example.com
- Alternate payment arrangements must be discussed with your Program Supervisor.
Do you accept subsidy?
Yes, OCP has a contract with the County of Simcoe for subsidized families.
What happens if my child gets sick while at childcare?
If your child develops a fever, vomits or has 2 bouts of diarrhea we will contact you or someone on your registration form to come and pick your child up as soon as possible. Your child is not allowed to return to care until they are symptom free for 24 hours. During an outbreak, the exclusion period is 48 hours, unless we are advised differently from Public Health.
What is the ratio of children to educators?
- Infant: 3 children to 1 adult
- Toddler: 5 children to 1 adult
- Preschool: 8 children to 1 adult
- Junior Kindergarten/Snr Kindergarten: 13 children to 1 educator
- School age over 6 yrs of age: 15 children to 1 educator
Can I request a specific OCP location for my child to attend?
Absolutely. We do place our children on one waiting list to ensure that families have more opportunities to access care from 3 Centres, but there is no obligation to take any space.
Do I get any vacation days during the year?
All families receive the equivalent of 2 weeks vacation based on their schedules. If a child comes 3 days per week, they are entitled to 6 days vacation; if a child attends 5 days per week, they are entitled to 10 vacation days.
Is there a waiting list and how long is it?
Waiting list times vary from year to year. As a general rule, you should seek childcare 12 to 18 months in advance of needing care.
If I say no to a childcare space, do I stay on the wait list?
Yes, you can stay on the wait list but you will be moved to the end of the list.
If my child is scheduled to attend childcare but is sick, do I still have to pay?
Yes, you are required to pay for sick days.
Do I pay for Statutory Holidays?
If your child normally attends on the day of the week that the statutory holiday falls, then yes you will be charged.
How much time do the children spend outside?
Our children go outside everyday, weather permitting. Outdoors is the best place for our children to be. Unless the weather falls below -25 C or it is thunderstorming outside, we explore our natural surroundings. Please ensure you dress your children accordingly.
What Our Families are Saying
“Sending your children to daycare is never an easy decision and is fraught with emotion. However, from the day I first met the staff at OCP when my oldest son was an infant, I knew that they would create a safe, fun, educational and loving space where my kids would thrive. I’ve since sent all 3 of my children to OCP, and all 3 have very fond memories of their time here!”
“From day one, Jenn and Sabrina at OCP North put my mind at ease and made my transition back to work a smooth process. The care, support, kindness, and patience they showed my son made me feel confident that my son’s needs were being met and that he was in a loving and nurturing environment. OCP North felt like a home away from home and became a place my son looked forward to going to. The staff truly became like a second family to us. I cannot thank them enough for the exceptional care they provided.”
“Orillia central preschool has been an incredible experience for our twin toddlers. Our first day we were welcomed with open arms by the toddler room educators who we have immediately connected with. We are extremely happy with the curriculum offered by Orillia Central Preschool. Our daughters come home with new vocabulary daily, songs the have learned, and continue to enhance their fine motor skills.The administrator Jennifer has been an amazing resource as I navigated returning to work and the unknowns of the pandemic. Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable and dedicates her career to the overall safety and well-being of the children.
Orillia Central Preschool holds a huge place in our hearts! The staff go over and above for each child and it truly shows. ” Jessica
“The bond between my children and Orillia Central Preschool started in 2014 when my son was 9 months old. Fast forward, he is now 7 and I have added a 4 year old daughter to the family.
OCP has been an integral part of mine and my children’s lives for many years now and I can’t find the words to describe the bond. OCP staff have cared for, guided, and continue to support my children as they grow. The program has created an environment of genuine care and respect for every child as a unique individual.
It’s hard to leave your kids in the care of someone else’s hands, but…….. The hands of the staff at OCP are many things; they are safe, comforting, imaginative, educational, fun, clean, protective and welcoming. OCP has helped me raise my kids, introducing them to the fundamentals of social skills, imaginative and interactive play, and have always kept my kids fueled for the day providing them with healthy and nutritious food and snacks. My kids and I love the staff at OCP, they have definitely become our second family”
“Our daughter, now 3 years old, has been at OCP since she was 1 year old. From the very first day in the infant room, to now in the preschool room we have been extremely happy with her care.
As first-time parents, we were nervous to send our daughter to daycare, but from the first time we toured the facility, we felt like this was the perfect place for her.
The teachers go above and beyond to always make our daughter’s day fun, exciting, and safe. She comes home every day telling us all about her adventures and is always excited to go back to daycare the next morning. When she has harder days, which all children do, the program supervisors have spent extra time with her to make her feel safe and ready to head to class. Lynn, the program supervisor at the South location has been so kind to our daughter. It gives so much peace of mind to a parent dropping off their child when you know they will be in such wonderful hands.
I would highly recommend OCP to anyone I know!
Thank you OCP staff for doing what you do!”