Frequently Asked Questions

What does Children First Offer?

We provide individualized services to families with children from birth to 6 years of age who are at risk for or who are experiencing developmental or mental health challenges.

What are some examples of individual services?

Children are individuals. They develop at their own pace and in their own way. Some of the services offered may include:

  • Speech and Language Services
  • Occupational Therapy Services
  • Counselling
  • Seminars and Groups on a variety of parenting topics
  • Consultation and Coaching
  • Child Care Centre Consultation
  • Assessments
What would a development or mental health challenge look like?

As the parent/caregiver of your child, we know that you are the greatest observer of your child’s development.

At Children First we believe in the F-word’s: Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends, and Future. If you have any worries about:

    • Function: What your child can and cannot do,
    • Family: How your child gets along in your home,
    • Fitness: Your child’s health and ability to be active,
    • Friends: Whether your child plays and gets along with other children,
    • Fun: What your child/family enjoys doing, interests, hobbies;
    • Future: Your hopes and dreams for your child’s future.

Give us a call and ask your questions today.

Do you charge for your services?

There is no fee to receive services from Children First. We are a not-for-profit agency and a registered charity.

Who can make a referral?

A caregiver/legal guardian can make a referral directly to our agency by calling 519-250-1850.

We also receive referrals from schools, child care centres, doctors, specialists and community partners. However, if a referral is made by anyone other than the parent or legal guardian, Children First will contact the parent or legal guardian to confirm acceptance of our services.

Where will services be provided?

We believe children learn best in their natural settings.  This may include your home, in a child care centre, or an Ontario EarlyON Centre.

Can you provide services in a child care centre?

We will work with you, your child and the child care centre staff as a team.