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Parent Respite Program

Parent Respite Program

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your family is take a little time off to look after yourself!

This free respite program provides temporary relief from care for parents with children aged birth to six years old. Children take part in a quality, play-based early learning program while parents take some time to:

  • go to job interviews, attend appointments (medical, legal, financial), etc.

  • clean the house, take care of repairs and maintenance, run important errands

  • have a break from from parenting to improve overall family functioning and stability

Call 780-471-3737 for information or to register.

Program Highlights:​​

Childcare communities by age:

  • Exploration Community: for children aged birth to 2.5 years old

  • Discovery Community: for children aged 2.5 to 6 years old

  • both communities are staffed by qualified early childhood educators

  • all children are served healthy meals and snacks

Flexible scheduling:​

  • available hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Tuesday to Friday

  • booked as needed: families can schedule an hour or two, a morning, the full day

Access to full Norwood services and supports​:

  • parent and family supports: mental health therapist on-site, 'Ages and Stages' questionnaires, in-home visits, and more.

  • referrals to other services throughout Edmonton

Peek inside the Parent Respite Program communities:

Photo Gallery

What parents say:

Paren Testimonials

"My daughter wasn't listening to put away her toys or to get ready herself and now she does. Because she is in respite and sees other kids listening, my daughter says "my teacher teach me". Respite staff taught my daughter to take deep breathes when she is mad and now we all try this and it works. Respite provided my daughter with the attention she deserves which gives me peace of mind. This allowed me to have bonding time with the newborn baby and get my essential errands done such as grocery shopping. I was also able to pack up my entire house for moving and knew my daughter was safe and had everything she needed."

"We attended respite program. I found this program very useful. Staff were patient and kind."

"It gave me relief knowing I can leave my child at respite when I have appointments because I have no family here."

"It gave me relief knowing I can leave my child at respite when I have appointments because I have no family here."

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