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|Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone was able to have some family time and a little relaxation.|
Our child care staff is back to work and our Circle of Care programs, Mother Goose, workshops, committee meetings, and Foundations of Child Care training have all started up.
We were shocked and saddened to see the destruction of Novaco Child Care Centre due to fire on December 28th. The priority, of course, is that no one was injured and the extensive damage was limited to the centre itself. This is one of the longest serving child care centres on the North Shore and a landmark in the Norgate neighbourhood. North Shore Neighbourhood House has operated this centre in recent years and, fortunately, was able to relocate the families in care within their other centres, keeping the consistency of the staff members with the children. Such a terrible disruption for families was at least minimized by the capacity of the organization and dedicated staff team. The response from the community has been very supportive and, once again, reminds me of my good fortune and pride at working in such a professional and compassionate community.
The Child Care Resource and Referral program and other parent and child services in the agency anticipate an exciting year with new ideas for training, additions to our resource and equipment libraries, a focus on play and participation in a variety of North Shore events.
I wish each of you and your families the best of health and happiness in 2014 and look forward to another year of working together for children and families on the North Shore.
To register for any of the CCRR workshops below, please fill out this form.
For the March-June 2014 Activity Calendar, please click here.
To download a copy of the March-June 2014 CCRR workshop schedule, please click here.
March - June 2014 Workshop Schedule:
TITLE: Why Do the Toys We Choose Matter? Exploring Gender and Imagination
DATE AND TIME: March 20, 2014 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Barb Mathieson
BIO: ECE Instructor at Capilano University.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This workshop will explore two questions: What are the messages toy marketing companies are sending to our children and what are toy manufacturers doing to children's imagination?
TITLE: The Rights of the Child in Your Classroom
DATE AND TIME: March 27, 2014 - 6:30 to 8:30
PRESENTER: Jamie Neil
BIO: The Society for Children and Youth of BC (SCY) is a unique provincial organization dedicated to the well-being of children and youth through the realization of rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Since 1974, the Society has focused on providing a strong voice representing children and youth as well as supporting adult duty-bearers to improve the well-being of children and youth. Using the UNCRC as a foundation, SCY has a track record of creating and delivering programs that have motivated change in research, legislation, policy, and practice in Canada.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The Society of Children and Youth are presenting this workshop for early childhood educators how to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into our daily programs. The Convention was established in 1989 and says that every child has the right to a childhood, the right to be educated, the right to be healthy, the right to treated fairly, and the right to be heard.
TITLE: How to Talk to Parents About Their Child's Behaviour
DATE AND TIME: April 24, 2014 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Malgosia Tomanik
BIO: Malgosia Tomanik, M.Ed., is a Family Consultant who specializes in supporting children from preschool to high school age. Malgosia is experienced in addressing concerns associated with the daily challenges of caring for a child who requires support, including helping to make sense of difficult behaviour and supporting the big people for each child in finding a way through. Malgosia also works as a Key Worker with the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre. She provides support to caregivers raising children and youth who are living with FASD, from birth to 19 years of age.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This presentation is intended to emphasize the current information on recommended practices for working with families. It includes a brief review of the parents' and ECE's role, review of recommended and promising Family Centered Practice, and applies the content to the role of ECE as not only an Educator but also a family support. It also provides strategies on "how to " talk to parents in a friendly but informative, professional way that will enhance parent- teacher interaction and prompt parents participation in their child's early education and development.
TITLE: Once upon a Toadstool - The Fairy Garden Project
DATE AND TIME: May 15, 2014 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Julia Black
BIO: For the past 19 years, Julia has developed early childhood programs and facilities for children 3 months to 5 years of age within the Sea to Sky Corridor in British Columbia. She has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher mentor, capital projects coordinator in the construction of facilities, and Executive Director operating multiple sites and programs. Julia is a member of faculty in the Early Childhood Care and Education Department at Capilano University and coordinates a Children First and Success by 6 community mobilization project for the Sea to Sky corridor. Julia is also certified trainer for the HighScope Educational Research Foundation and works with the HighScope Teacher Education Centre for Western Canada providing mentoring and teacher training in all areas of the HighScope educational Approach.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Fairies have influenced tradition, spirituality, art, literature, and everyday life around the world. And for many young children, fairies have inhabited stories, their imaginations and even fluttered away, ever so quietly, with a few treasures left under pillows. But what do children think about when they think of fairies, what do we think about, what might we learn, and how might we create magical spaces to invite them into our lives? In collaboration with the Children's Centre and Capilano Facilities, early childhood educators and ECCE faculty set out to investigate and implement plans for a fairy garden on the university campus. This workshop will invite participants into the land of fairies and the endless possibilities, questions, and stories that emerged for children and educators over the course of this project. Through a combination of lecture and documentation, participants will learn a little fairy lore, catch a glimpse of the work fairies do to nurture nature, and discover, alongside the children, the magic of fairies. Participants will also have the opportunity to create their own gardens (with materials provided), to document and share with each other their creative work, and to return to the place where it all began, the fairy garden on campus through imagery and children's narratives."
TITLE: Supportive Strategies for Guiding Children's Behaviour
DATE AND TIME: May 29, 2014 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Gyda Chud
BIO: Gyda Chud was the Dean at Vancouver Community College prior to her retirement. She is an Early Childhood Educator and an Advocate.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Join us to review, refresh, and renew positive approaches for guiding behaviour and promoting pro-social skills with young children. This dimension of early childhood is ever challenging, yet remains a key factor in providing quality programs as we interact with children and their families.
TITLE: Yoga with Children in Your Classroom
DATE AND TIME: June 19, 2014 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
PRESENTER: Renata Mihalickova
BIO: Renata is currently a yoga teacher at the Robert Lee YMCA and is a certified yoga teacher.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Fostering cooperation and compassion-as a great gift to give our children through yoga. Our children live in a hurry up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games and competitive sports. We usually don't think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. I have found that yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they may process and navigate life's challenges a little easier. Yoga at an early age encourages self- esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that's noncompetitive.
|Articles and Resources|
| Novaco Child Care Centre FireOn December 28 the North Shore Neighbourhood House Novaco Child Care Centre was destroyed in a fire. Thankfully, no one was hurt and in the aftermath of this shocking event the generosity, compassion, and resilience of the child care community on the North Shore was again demonstrated.
Click here to read North Shore Neighbourhood House Executive Director Lisa Hubbard's reflections on the fire, the response from the community, and the recovery efforts being made.
|Activity Ideas for February and March|
Christine Mann, North Shore Community Resources Child Care Support and Outreach Consultant, has provided another list of activities for parents and children to do together during the winter months.
Please click here to read her suggestions.
|Fun with DadThe Fun with Dad drop-in program for male caregivers and their children continues to run at the West Vancouver Community Centre. Fun with Dad takes place each Saturday from 9:00-11:30am and includes networking opportunities and play activities.For more information, please click here.
|FCC Networking Meetings|
Thanks to all the child care providers who attended the January network meeting!
Christine has submitted this report following up on the brainstorming session which took place.
|Welcome to our Newest Family Child Care Providers!|
Froebel Gabe Learning Centre - new RLNR
Mickey Play House Family Child Care - RLNR became LFCC
Noah's Ark Child Care - new RLNR
|Child Care Referrals for Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013|
Total requests - for 92 children
Calls originated from:
District of North Vancouver - 50 %
City of North Vancouver - 31 %
District of West Vancouver - 4 %
Other areas - 15 %
Training and Professional Development
Do Bugs Need Drugs?
Under the guidance of the North Shore Parent and Child Resource Programs, a group of BCIT nursing students will again be offering the "Do Bugs Need Drugs" program in 2014.
For more information about this program and how to register, please click here.
|Responsible Adult Qualifications|
Glenda Burrows, the Senior Child Care Licensing Officer with Vancouver Coastal Health, has submitted this article clarifying the requirements for Responsible Adult certification.
Westcoast Child Care Resources
Westcoast Child Care Resources is offering a number of exciting workshops this winter. Please click here
for more information.
First Aid Training on the North Shore
The following organizations provide First Aid training:
Canadian Red Cross Delivery, Partner Courses offered on the North Shore, For upcoming Emergency Child Care and CRP/AED trainings, please click here.
Canadian Red Cross Delivery
Emergency Childcare First Aid, Standard First Aid, and Emergency First Aid courses are available through northvanrec at the William Griffin and Parkgate locations.
Click here for course listings or call 604-983-6534.
Where to Take Workshops
Please click here
for a list of organizations you can contact if you are looking for additional professional development hours.
Publications for Sale
These titles are available for purchase at North Shore Community Resources:
- Family Child Care Business Manual
- Child Care Licensing Regulation
- Community Care and Assisted Living Act
Please contact us at 604-985-7138 for more details.
About the Organization
| North Shore Community Resources Society
A non-profit society with a variety of information and support services, including:
- Information North Shore
- Legal information and advocacy
- North Shore Caregiver Support Program
- Senior's One Stop Information
- North Shore Better at Home Program
- North Shore Child Care Resource Program
- Volunteer North Shore
- Housing North Shore
- Host for WECAN, Middle Childhood Matters, and North Shore Inter-Agency Network.
201-935 Marine Drive (Capilano Mall),
North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S3
Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:30pm
The CCRR is open until 8:00pm only on the dates when there is a workshop running. Our upcoming workshop dates for January - March 2014 are:
New Year's Day (January 1)
Canada Day (July 1)
Remembrance Day (November 11)
Christmas Day (December 25)
Boxing Day (December 26)
The CCRR Program Provides the Following Services
- Workshops and training courses
- Library of books, music, video and resources
- Equipment and toy lending
- Laminating and photocopying
- Job postings
- Computer access
- Referrals to child care facilities
As well as support and consultation for parents, child care providers and the community. For other information and resources please check our website.
North Shore Community Resources CCRR staff
For a list of the CCRR staff members and their contact information, please click here.
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