Programs and Services

Preschool Outreach Program

The goal of the Preschool Outreach Program is to assist the child care provider in ensuring a child is fully able to participate in preschool activities. Services provided in this program are based on a child care provider's identification of issues and needs in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, communication or hearing. Services are provided in licensed child care facilities throughout Durham Region.


Assessment of child's needs and provision of appropriate recommended services by:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Audiologists

Various types of equipment are available for loan to facilitate a child's participation in preschool. This equipment must be recommended by the child's therapist.

Information is provided to parents about preschools in their communities and child care subsidies, if appropriate.

Workshops are available for child care providers and community agency members on specific topics such as gross and fine motor skills, communication and audiology.

Ongoing support for the child care provider is provided as required.

Eligibility and Referrals

The Preschool Outreach Program has been designed for children with physical, developmental, and/or communication difficulties from infancy to 6 years of age who attend a licensed child care program in Durham Region.

Services from a Physiotherapist and / or an Occupational Therapist may be provided for children who are physically challenged, 6 to 12 years old and who are clients of Grandview.

Referrals can be made by phone by child care providers, other service providers, and parents and/or legal guardians. Parental consent is required.

For additional information contact:

905-728-1673 x 2227 or x 2228

toll-free 1-800-304-6180 x 2227 or x 2228

Info for parents seeking quality child care

We encourage you to watch Quality Child Care in Focus: What Parents Should Look Fora video produced by Finding Quality Child Care: A guide for parents in Canada.

The video “shows and tells” the elements of good quality centre-based child care that parents should look for, beginning with the basics: regulation, health and safety, as well as the physical environment, programming, staffing, relationship with parents, and public management and public funding.

For more resources to assist you in finding quality child care in your community, visit the day care section of our FAQ webpage.