Welcome to Rural Family Connections

About RFC

Rural Family Connections Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of parents, caregivers and childcare experts who work together to develop, offer and support quality early learning programs and childcare in our community. We are always adding new resources that support families in our rural Ottawa area, and beyond!

Please see program pages for our COVID-19 guidelines.

Programs & Services

Home Childcare

Licensed Home Daycare with carefully selected providers in Metcalfe, Greely, Osgoode, Findlay Creek and Ottawa South.

Nursery School

At MCNS, our cooperative, community-focused  approach enhances a sense of belonging for the children and their families.

Resource Centre

RFC – EarlyON Child & Family Centre is a welcoming place to exchange ideas, meet friends and access community resources.

Playgroups & Events

Please join us for our FREE EarlyON Playgroups and attend our family-focused community events throughout the year.

Licensed Home Childcare

Rural Family Connections is a non-profit agency, providing licensed Home Childcare to families in Ottawa’s south and beyond since 1987. Licensed under the Ministry of Education, we proudly serve an expanding South Ottawa community including , South Gloucester (Findlay Creek, Blossom Park), Riverside South, Osgoode Ward (Greely, Metcalfe, Vernon, Kenmore, Osgoode), Rideau Ward (North Gower, Kars), South Keys, Hunt Club, the surrounding rural areas and the area stretching north to Heron Road between Riverside Drive and just east of Conroy Road.

Metcalfe Cooperative Nursery School

Part-time programming for children 18m+. At the Metcalfe Cooperative Nursery School, Children move freely between defined activity centers including Sand & Water Play, Play Dough Table, Crafts, Painting, Dress-Up, Manipulative Games and Large Motor Equipment. Daily programming also includes Morning Circle and Calendar, Snack Time, Story & Music Circle and Outdoor Play. Children in diapers are welcome in both our programs and teachers support toilet training efforts

RFC – Early ON Child and Family Centre

Are you a parent, childcare provider or planning for a baby? We offer a welcoming place to exchange ideas, meet new friends and access resources while providing a stimulating setting for babies and preschoolers. The RFC – Early ON Child and Family Centre in Metcalfe offers daily playgroups,  prenatal programming and consultations with a City of Ottawa public health nurse.

Free Playgroups

Join us for FREE year-round EarlyON playgroups that take place throughout South Ottawa. Our playgroups are open to everyone!

News & Events


COVID-19 Is changing the way we are able to do community fundraising events.

Thank you for all of your support with our Bottle Drive, Epicure, Purdy's Chocolate, Maple Syrup + Wine Orders.   As always we love being a part of the community and appreciate your support.

In the Fall of 2021 we are hoping to offer an on-line silent auction.

Due to Covid's provincial guidelines, our Touch-a-Truck event will need to wait another year until the last Saturday in May 2022.      Fingers crossed!