Launch Pad From Home: Fun in the Fall

Join in the Fall fun with Jane and the Launch Pad from Home! 

There are so many activities and ideas for you to do at home even if you cannot join in the Launch Pad from Home group.

For more information:
Jane Flinders, RECEC
519 755 9482 TEXT/cell
jflinders@me.com email

Or info@kidscanfly.ca

Click on Newsletter Front Page to view in PDF.

For more information on the Launch Pad from Home click here

 

Launch Pad From Home: Winter Newsletter

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Join in the winter fun with Jane and the Launch Pad from Home! 

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There are so many activities and ideas for you to do at home even if you cannot join in the Launch Pad from Home group.

For more information:
Jane Flinders, RECEC
519 755 9482 TEXT/cell
jflinders@me.com email

Or info@kidscanfly.ca

Click on Newsletter Front Page to view in PDF.

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Raising Children while co-parenting workshop

co-parenting workshopThe YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford has set up a Co-Parenting workshop with Gary Direnfeld, a reputable social worker and host of the TV show Newly Wed, Nearly Dead.  The workshop will focus on the challenges of raising a child between more than one household.  It is being held on Tuesday April 9, 2013 from 7-8:30pm at the YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services office located at 38 Darling Street – Suite 201.  This workshop is open to all members of the community, free of charge.  Families register with Christina Wood 905-317-4907 or christina_wood@ymca.ca and let her know how many people will be attending including any children as we will offer free child care services to those families for the duration of the workshop.  Spaces are limited. 

Who’s Watching the Kids?

Hailey Schellenberger
ECE Student, Intensive Program, Mohawk College

Finding quality childcare is one of the greatest concerns families have in today’s society. CBC’s Marketplace aired an investigative TV show called “Who’s Watching the Kids?” on February 22, 2013 that explored the issue of childcare in Canada. As a current student studying early childhood education (ECE), I was shocked at some of the findings in this report and the need in Canada for more licensed day care spaces.  This investigation can also help to make parents more aware of questions to ask their child-care centre or providers.   Follow the link below for  the full report.

li-daycareMarketplace, (February 22, 2013). Who’s Watching the Kids. Retrieved: March 19, 2013.

http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2013/02/whos-watching-the-kids.html

Tip Sheet

(from http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2013/02/tip-sheet-8.html )

  • Are you licensed?  If yes, make sure to see the license, and that it is up-to-date.
  • Do you have CPR/ First Aid Training? Ask to see the certificates, and make sure that they are up-to-date.
  • Can I have references from both current and past parents?  Make sure to check them.
  • Are you insured? Accidents do happen; be sure that the provider has liability coverage in case of accidents.
  • Can you provide criminal background checks for yourself and anyone else who will be in contact with the children? Make sure you see the records for yourself.
  • Who else lives in the home and may have access to the child(ren)? Ask for criminal background checks for all people over 18 who live in the home.
  • How many children are cared for at the location, at any time? Each province has different laws regarding the number of children allowed; check your province’s legislation
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  • What is your educational training and experience with children? 
  • What are the ages of the children being cared for? Younger children and infants require more supervision.
  • Make sure the sleeping arrangements are safe, clean, and well-maintained, with ready exits in case of fire.
  • Make sure that children are transported in appropriate car seats or booster seats at all times.
  • Ask to see the play areas, and make sure areas and toys are safe, clean, and well-maintained.
  • Make sure the daycare has procedures in case of illness, fire and accidents.
  • Make sure the daycare has and follows a strict protocol of distributing medication.
  • Make sure there are policies to manage food allergies.
  • Make sure that cleaning materials, household chemicals, and plastic bags are stored out-of-reach of the children.
  • Is there a safe, fenced-in yard? Are there baby gates on the stairs, and covers on the electrical outlets? 
  • Do you have a swimming pool? If yes, what precautions do you take to ensure the safety of children in care?
  • Can you tell me how playdates are managed and organized, and how you inform parents and get their permission? Make sure the playdates are legal and safe – combining children from different unlicensed daycares into one private location exceeding the allowable limit is illegal in some provinces, including Ontario. 
  • Is there evidence of cigarette smoke in the home?
  • If you are unavailable, will you tell me in advance when my child is being cared for by another person? Make sure that person also provides you with a police record check and references.

 

Homework Help Tips for Parents

 

Homework time can easily become stressful for many parents and children.  Kidshealth.org has created a Top 10 Homework Tips article that offers simple ideas to keep homework time effective.

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.

Of course, helping with homework shouldn’t mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!

Here are some tips to guide the way:

  1. Know the teachersand what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  4. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
  5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)

Click here for the rest of the article:

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/homework.html

 

A Message from Our Executive Director ~ Sharon Brooks

January is a wonderful way to start the year off with new resolutions and new habits.  Someone told me that their New Year’s resolution was to spend more time with their family.  They set goals to have dinner together at least three times a week and plan one family time event, a game night, a walk at App’s Mill or a skate at Harmony Square.  About Children’s Health has a great top five family New Year’s resolutions… it is not too late to start!  Top Five Family New Year’s Resolutions

 January is starting off to be very busy for Kids Can Fly. Here are some events and happenings in the upcoming months. 

Parachute Program -Transitioning to Parenthood

Transitioning to Parenthood will resume meeting every Wed afternoons from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. at St Andrews Church 95 Darling St on January 9th, 2013.  This free program has child care and a free taxi if needed.    Join other moms for some baby time and a break to discuss the challenges of life with a new baby.   For more info call Jane 519 755 9482.     

On January 16th, 2013:  Special Guest Speaker Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), will present  on post partum depression to moms, partners or service providers at the Parachute Program on Wednesday, January 16th between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.  For more information call Sharon 519 448 1713 or info@kidscanfly.ca  

The Young Author’s Project

The Young Author’s Project, a project of Kids Can Fly, the County of Brant Public Library and the Brantford Expositor has been short listed for the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Tourism Awards and the winner will be announced at the Ontario Library Super-Conference Gala in Toronto January 31, 2013.  

The Launch Pad

The Launch Pad, early child development and parenting centre runs Tuesday to Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon with Jane Flinders RECEC.  Located at Graham Bell Victoria School – 56 Grand St Brantford, this program is open to all, free and has a taxi service if needed.  Come for songs, stories, creative art, dress up and many fun activities with other children and parents.  Geared for children 0 – 5 years.  Call Jane at  519 755 9482 for more information. PLEASE NOTE: The Launch Pad at Graham Bell-Victoria School will be closed on Friday, January 11 as a result of the Day of Protest being conducted by elementary teachers   

Storybook Breakfast

Kids Can Fly in partnership with Scotiabank present the 6th annual Storybook Breakfast on February 9th with two seatings at 9:00 am or 11:00 am.

 

Come and meet all your favourite Storybook Characters and get their autographs. Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast and get your photo taken with your favourite character.Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, January 19th at Scotiabank’s Lynden Road location ONLY starting at 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. If any tickets are left, they will be sold at the Lynden Road location during banking hours.

Sincerely,
 

Sharon Brooks
Executive Director, Kids Can Fly