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Special Activities & Playgroups


Learn & Play Group: Specialized bilingual group for children & their families

Families in Ottawa with children who are referred to and/or are receiving service from the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC), or who may have a language, and/or motor, and/or social delay in their development are invited to attend this group, which is a partnership between OCTC and the Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs).

Consultation with OCTC staff, resources and information on developmental activities will be available.

Come and meet other parents and children (birth to six years) — enjoy playtime, circle, crafts and the use of the toy and resource library in a child-friendly environment!

Please call the OCTC staff that will be at the site you plan on visiting for more information or to ensure there have been no changes or cancellations.

No registration necessary*

*Please note: When school buses are cancelled due to poor weather the Play & Learn Group will also be cancelled.

All groups will be offered in English and French and facilitated by staff of OCTC and Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC).

MONDAYS — Ottawa-Vanier MONDAYS — Barrhaven

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Ontario Early Years Centre Vanier
270 Marier ave. Parking on the side of the building.

Contact: Leigh-Anne Petersen (OCTC)
(613) 831-5102
or OEYC Ottawa Vanier at (613) 744-2892, ext. 1432

* Please bring a fruit and/or vegetable for snack*.

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Ontario Early Years Centre Nepean-Carleton
1099 Longfields Dr.

(Please ring the buzzer of the door facing Strandherd Rd. for admission)
Contact: Denyse Deslauriers (OCTC)
(613) 831-5112
or OEYC Nepean-Carleton at (613) 825-5990

***Snack is provided (arrowroot cookie & juice)***.

WEDNESDAYS — Kanata THURSDAYS — Ottawa Centre

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Katimavik Preschool Resource Centre
180 Katimavik Rd

Contact: Denyse Deslauriers (OCTC)
(613) 831-5112

*Please bring a nut-free snack for your child.

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Ontario Early Years Centre Ottawa Centre
475 Evered Avenue, 2nd floor

Contact:Kim Bossi (OCTC)
(613) 688-2126, ext. 4422
or OEYC Ottawa Centre at (613) 728-1839, ext. 290

*Please bring a nut-free snack for your child.

Respite Services

Throughout the year OCTC offers various out-of-home respite services for residents of the City of Ottawa to give additional support to families caring for a child or youth with significant health challenges.

To see which services best match your needs, please visit our Respite Services page or call Intake Services at 613.737.0871, ext. 4425, or email