Office of Faculty Relations

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.

On Campus Childcare

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.

University Childcare

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.

Contact Information:
1141 Western Road (next to Althouse College)
London, Ontario
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

UCC Flexible Childcare

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 accept children from outside the University community but priority is given to children of parents who are Western students, faculty, or staff.

Contact Information:
University Community Centre (UCC), Rm. 40
519-661-2111 extension 82672
Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

University Laboratory Preschool

The University Laboratory Preschool is administered by the Department of Psychology as a state-of-the-art preschool and as a research and demonstration facility. The lab school is open to families in the general London community from September through June of every year. Up to 100 children from 1 through 5 years attend one of four programs. All children are welcome to attend, including those with special needs.

Contact Information:
Located with the Department of Psychology in Westminster Hall


Off Campus Childcare

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
Wee Watch

Full and part-time child care centre

Administrative Resources
Ministry of Children and Youth Services Listings for licensed childcare centres, in addition to several resources pertaining to raising a child in Ontario
Ministry of Children and Youth Services - Ontario Early Years Centers

Listings for province-wide centres directed towards children of ages 6 and under

Parenting Resources
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 -
Great Parenting

Information service covering the many challenges of raising a family

Prenatal Care
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:

  1. Public (non-denominational)
  2. Separate (Roman Catholic)



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. The province of Ontario is currently implementing full day kindergarten and it will be implemented in all publicly funded schools by September 2014.  For more information on full day kindergarten, please see the Ministry of Education website.