Child with Special Needs in Early Learning Settings

As part of the Special Needs Resourcing mandate, the County of Wellington’s Enhanced Support System provides supports to ensure children with special needs and complex medical conditions are able to fully participate in Child Care programmes and other early learning settings.

The Enhanced Support System is based on the foundation that child care and early learning educators take the lead in meeting the needs of children in their programme and partnering with parents to monitor their child’s development.

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Professional Learning Opportunities (EYPRC)

The County contracts community agencies to provide ongoing training, general consultation, professional development, referrals, and child specific supports to meet the needs of the child.
Young woman receives counsel from her social worker

Enhanced Support System Contacts

The County partners with community service agencies and a variety of Enhanced Support System partners to offer general consultation as educators consider the needs of the child care environment.
Mother assists daughter with special needs with her work on a laptop. Child is wearing headphones.

Resources for Parents and Families

Here4Kids and Here 24/7 are the access points for mental health and developmental services for children and youth in Wellington-Guelph. Both caregivers and children/youth themselves can call in to talk, receive referrals and to connect to other supports.

Enhanced Support System - Key Resources

Need more information?
Look through the guide below for key contacts and helpful information.

Navigating the Enhanced Supports System for Child Care