Children’s Programs

Children’s Services provides programs and services to help military families face the challenges and adjustments that can come with the unique military lifestyle. These programs and services support child development and are designed to promote positive child/parent interactions, enhance parenting skills, and encourage family time. Participation in our activities also provides the opportunity for families to develop relationships with other military families.

Program Registration Information

Unless otherwise listed, programs and events at the Halifax site are located in the Piers Military Community Centre, Building 106, Windsor Park. Programs at the Shearwater site are located at Hampton Gray Memorial Building, in Shearwater.

Registration: Please pre-register and pre-pay for MFRC programs.

Registration is not complete until participants have paid for the program/event. Spaces are only reserved for paid participants. You can register and pay for any program at whichever site is more convenient for you – Halifax or Shearwater. We also accept credit and debit cards for payment over $5 per transaction.

To register for programs please call 427-7788 (Halifax Site) Or 720-1885 (Shearwater Site)

Our programs

Casual Care

Halifax and Shearwater Site

The Casual care program provides affordable quality child care for parents to participate in activities provided by the H&R MFRC, to attend meeting/appointments or to have a break, especially during a work related separation.

For the complete Casual Care schedule at both Halifax and Shearwater please visit the events calendar page.

SHEARWATER SITE HOURS

Monday: 8:30am – 1pm

Tuesday: 8:30am – 1pm

Wednesday: 8:30am – 1pm

Thursday: 1 – 4pm

Friday: 1 – 4pm

Shearwater Casual Care registration can be done through the casual care classroom at 902-720-1038. For special arrangements please contact the Casual Care Coordinator at: 902-720-1040.

*Please note: Thursday and Friday Mornings will be open for emergency and special appointments only.

HALIFAX SITE HOURS

Monday: 9am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm

Tuesday: 9am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm

Wednesday: 9am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm

Thursday: 9am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm

Friday: 1 – 4pm

Halifax Casual Care registration can be done through the casual care classroom at 902-722-4663. For special arrangements please contact the Casual Child Care Coordinator at 902-427-7796.

Please note: Friday Mornings will be open for emergency and special appointments only.

New Baby

Halifax and Shearwater Site

For pregnant mothers, and parents and babies 12 months and under.

This program provides an opportunity for “new” parents and babies to get together and share information, offer support to each other, and share resources in a safe, warm, caring environment.

This program will be available in September 2017 at the following times:

Shearwater: Tuesdays from 9:30 - 11:30am

Halifax: Wednesdays from 9:30 - 11:30am

Cost: $1

No registration required

Parent & Tot

Shearwater Site

Ages: Best suited for children ages 12 months to 5 years, but all ages under 5 are welcome.

This program is a parent-child interaction program where parents and children come together and participate in free play, an art experience, physical activity, and circle time. Parent & Tot is a program where children and parents can meet new friends and parents can share the joys and challenges of parenting. This program is not designed for child care providers (babysitters) bringing multiple children.

This program will be available in September 2017 at the following times:

English: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30am

French: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30am

Cost: $1

No registration required

Halifax Gymboree

Halifax Site

Ages: 12 months to 5 years.

This program is a great opportunity for you and your children to come out, get active, and play together with other children and their families. Some activities provided include climbing mats, scooters, large balls, tunnels, hula hoops, ride-on toys, parachutes, bean bags, and more. Snack will be provided.

Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30am

Cost: $1

No registration required

Gymboree (infant – 5 years)

Shearwater Site - Alternating Saturdays

Our Gymboree program is a great opportunity for you and your children to come out and play together with other children and their families. Some activities offered during this time include tunnel crawl, hula-hoop, circle time with action songs, hopscotch, tricycles, and more. A snack will also be provided. A special area is dedicated to infants with mats and interactive toys to enjoy with their parents.

This program will be available in September 2017.

Cost: $1/child

Deadline to Register: Wednesday prior to the program

Monthly family activities

Various Locations

These activities offer families the opportunity to come out and socialize while trying a new activity, and give families the chance to connect and create new friendships and support systems for when the unexpected deployments or postings happen.

Saturday or Sunday once a month

Cost: Varies depending on the activity

Deadline to Registration: check online calendar