Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and centrally located between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in the world-famous Thousand Islands, Kingston combines small-town accessibility with big-city convenience for an experience that will make you feel right at home. Founded in 1673, a one-time United Empire Loyalist stronghold and a key base of British operations during the War of 1812, Kingston served as the first capital of the United Canadas from 1841 to 1844. While museums, heritage artifacts and dozens of impeccably preserved limestone buildings serve as reminders of the city's illustrious past, Kingston really shines in the present day. Ranked the 3rd best place to live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine, Kingston has a beautiful and historic downtown core that's home to a vibrant, eclectic collection of shops, restaurants and live entertainment venues.
The Limestone District School Board provides public school services to elementary and secondary-school aged students. The Algonquin and Lakeshore District Catholic School Board provides a faith-based alternative, and private school options range from Montessori schools to Waldorf-inspired programs to specialized programs for special needs students and culture-specific programs.
Finding a doctor in a new city can be a challenge. Queen's Health, Counselling and Disability Services makes it easy for you to access the care you need with family physicians, nurses, counselling services and dedicated services for students with disabilities all in one convenient, on-campus location.
For life-threatening medical emergencies, go Kingston General Hospital's emergency department which is located on King Street very close to Queen's campus. For urgent medical emergencies, go to the Hotel Dieu Hospital which is located on Brock Street, about five blocks from the Queen's campus.
There are many Daycare Centres in Kingston where qualified child care workers organize activities and supervise many children in licensed and regulated programs. Daycare Centre costs are high; they will charge between $30 and $65 per day depending on the age of the child and the type of care required.
To get a better understanding of the type of child care that is appropriate and available for your child, visit the Ontario government’s Early Years Centre online http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/topics/earlychildhood/oeyc/..., or the Early Years Centre in Kingston at 1066 Hudson Drive, 613-384-1231. Early Years Centres are places where parents and caregivers can get answers to questions, information about programs and services that are available for young children, and an opportunity to talk to early year’s professionals, as well as other parents and caregivers in the community.
Queen’s also has its own website with lots of information about child- care: http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/employees/resources/child-care.html On the website, you will find information about financial support for parents who need to pay for childcare. Note that international student and scholars families (those without Permanent Resident status) are not eligible for all of the subsidies which Canadian parents can receive for childcare. However, international students are eligible for some benefits, including the Canada Child Benefit Tax. See the website for further details.
The Queen’s childcare website also provides an extensive list of child care providers in Kingston.
If a daycare centre is not the option for you, another one might be to speak with other families in your community about performing daycare services for each other. This would eliminate the time and travel required to take a child to daycare, and would probably not cost as much, especially if everyone in the group takes turns looking after the children. Sharing childcare responsibilities or participating in a playgroup may also be a good way to meet other parents and feel more settled in the community. Visit the Ontario Early Years Centre for more information about starting a playgroup and for other workshops for parents and children.