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Family magazine is published by Nanaimo News Bulletin and Black Press.

PUBLISHER MAURICE DONN MANAGING EDITOR MELISSA FRYER SALES MANAGER SEAN MCCUE PRODUCTION DARRELL SUMMERFELT Editorial contributions were also made by members of the Early Years Partnership for Nanaimo and Ladysmith as well as organizations involved in child development and early learning.

CONTRIBUTORS Mitch Wright won numerous provincial and national journalism awards during 15-plus years as a full-time newspaper reporter and editor. He now does freelance writing, photography and media relations in his free time. He is an avid mountain biker, aspiring gardener and active volunteer with Cowichan Search and Rescue. He lives in Ladysmith with his partner and young daughter. Chris Boar is a professional photographer, based out of Nanaimo, covering all of Vancouver Island. Originally from the UK, Chris is now a dual-national British/ Canadian. Mainly focusing on weddings, Chris has photographed more than 400 weddings in the last decade. Visit www.chrisboar.com.

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Healthy options can be inexpensive Fresh food costs reduced by visiting farmers’ markets and utilizing community programs Feeding your family healthy meals doesn’t have to be expensive, you just need to get real – as in get real food and bypass the processed food products. Experts have long advocated sticking to the outsides of grocery stores – where all the fresh, whole foods are – for healthier options, but shoppers keen for healthy bargains can go even further and patronize the numerous farmers’ markets in and around Nanaimo for fresh, local foods at unbeatable prices. “I’m always shocked at how little I pay for quantity, quality vegetables at the markets,� says Marjorie

Stewart, board chairwoman for Nanaimo Foodshare. “And of course you can grow your own or become part of the gleaning network.� Stewart advises concentrating on nutrition, not cheapness, adding that cooking from scratch is another key. “Learn to cook and be the kind of cook who can open the fridge and pull out what’s there and make a meal of it.� There are plenty of resources available to help people eat healthy and affordably, such as programs offered by Foodshare (www.nanaimofoodshare.ca) and Nanaimo Community Kitchens (www.nanaimocommunitykitchens. org), organizations that conveniently have their homes together at 271 Pine St. Foodshare helps people develop skills to increase food security and self-sufficiency through educational and empowering workshops, community networks and programs.

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resources available to help people eat healthy include Foodshare (www.nanaimofoodshare.ca); Nanaimo Community Kitchens (www. nanaimocommunitykitchens.org); and Nanaimo Community Gardens (www. nanaimocommunitygardens.ca).

Those programs include the Good Food Box, a monthly $10 box to help families stretch their food dollar with healthy, predominantly local, fresh produce. Growing one’s own food puts even more focus on fresh and local, and both Foodshare and Nanaimo Community Gardens (www.nanaimocommunitygardens.ca), also at the Pine Street location, can help folks who lack a green thumb dig in. At Nanaimo Community Kitchens, the primary goal is for participants to build skills, knowledge and selfesteem while preparing low-cost,

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healthy meals. But its programs go beyond the basic cooking groups, with sessions specifically targeted to cooking from Foodshare’s Good Food Box; a 10-week course for pregnant women, first-time parents or young families that are economically challenged; and a six-week cooking and skill-building program for families to learn healthy cooking on a budget. Stewart also suggests learning how to preserve food, whether it’s building a small root cellar (it just needs to be cool and dry) for root vegetables, or learning how to safely can and freeze foods. For more tips, ideas and suggestions for healthy eating, please visit the websites through the provided links.

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Local cookbook provides recipes for healthy, affordable meals For an excellent recipe resource, the You Can Cook Handbook is the place to look. A Nanaimo Community Kitchens initiative, it helps people with healthy, affordable meals and goes far beyond a basic cookbook. It uses plain language in its simple, nutritious recipes, tips and kitchen information. It offers shopping information, how to read nutrition labels, tips on keeping food safe, and so much more. The handbook can be downloaded www.nanaimocommunitykitchens.org/ index.php/cooking-handbook as a full resource, or by section, from the Community Kitchen website for free, although a donation to the organization is encouraged.


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Set up success at dinner table Toddlers often take charge when it comes to new food

Getting toddlers to eat – and eat healthy – shouldn’t be a battle. The key is setting up for success early on to avoid a fight. Food is often the first area of their lives where toddlers try to take charge, by shunning certain foods, or refusing to eat at meal times. In fact, parents can arm themselves with the knowledge that most toddlers could be considered ‘picky’ eaters as they start exercising their independence. While it’s beneficial to give toddlers a bit of freedom, don’t give them too much – parents are still in charge and children need to know that, says Eileen Bennewith, registered dietician

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and community nutritionist with Island Health. Avoiding power struggles at the table starts with offering healthy food options and letting the child choose what to eat or whether to eat. “A parent’s job is only to offer the food. Once it’s there, the job is done,” Bennewith says, adding that the various games parents play – mixing foods in or hiding vegetables in something else the child likes – are counter-productive. “A child has to try something at least 10 or even 20 times before they decide if they like it. The child has to really experience the food,” Although it’s hard for many parents, it is important to remember that it’s OK for children to miss a snack or meal, and having an establishing meal- and snack-time routine facilitates that, because they’ll know the next opportunity isn’t a long wait, and they’ll come to the table hungry. “Parents need to relax and not give up and give the easy, unhealthy foods,” Bennewith says. “If the adult is in charge, the child will also then relax and enjoy their meal.”

Helping kids learn to recognize their hunger cues is crucial, Bennewith says. That means only offering small snacks, and not allowing kids to graze at will. Going one or two hours with nothing but water is perfectly healthy, and a child will come to the table hungry and ready to eat. Other advice includes: avoid food as a bribe or comfort; refrain from too much milk, juice or snacks between meals; pack picnics to eat together; make the same meal for everyone; and get kids involved in meal

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Choosing the right child care for your family can be a daunting task, particularly for first time parents. There are so many factors to consider and information required in order to make an informed decision. Here are some simple steps parents can take which will help them to gather information, learn about various child care options and make a decision based on their individual family’s needs. 1. Gathering the Information.

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Some things to consider might include the hours needed for child care, location, service and environment, as well as how you plan to pay for it. A child-care subsidy is availble. For information and the application process, please visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/application.hmt There are two categories of child care: licenced and unlicenced/licence not required. A care provider who looks after two children or fewer that are not related to her or him by blood or marriage does not need a licence. A care provider not in need of a licence can also register to meet the standards for inclusion in the Child Care Resource and Referral standards set by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. This includes a self-evaluation, interview with a child care consultant, criminal record check, health reference, three personal references, first aid certificate, health and safety home assessment, training or commitment to attend a minimum of 20 hours of training related to child care. Licensed child care is regulated by Community Care licensing branch of the Vancouver Island Health Authority and must meet specific regulations, including family child care; in-home multi-age; group multi-age; infant and toddler programs; group care; pre-school and out-ofschool care. For more information, please contact community care licensing at 250-739-5800. 2. Phone interview.

Some questions to ask include whether space is available, location, fees, accepted payment and subsidy policy, number and ages of children in their care, as well as references from parents. Good Beginnings and Responsible Adult are two recognized courses for training child-care providers. They should also have a valid first aid certificate if registered or licenced. Also make sure the care provider is insured.


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3. Observation visit.

Many care providers schedule an interview with parents before arranging a time for the observation visit. Expect to meet with the child care provider for approximately one hour. It is very important to spend time at the facility; you may need to visit more than once to ensure you have found a good fit for your family. Some things to look for at the visit include tidyness; age-appropriate toys and materials in good shape. Parents should also ask about the daily schedule for indoor/outdoor time, quiet and active time, snacks, rest and free play. Keep an eye on how the care provider interacts with the children. Ask for a parent package with contracts and policies and, if licenced, ask to see inspection reports. Follow your instincts: Can you see your child in the space? Are parents welcome to drop by the facility at any time of day? Take notes and spend some time observing the children at play. If you cannot chat with the care provider during the visit, set up another time to discuss any questions that you might have.

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4. Make a decision.

Now that you have done some research you are ready to choose a child care centre for your family. Review the information you have gathered. Make sure you have read and talked to the care provider about their policies and parent/care provider contract. Trust your own feelings. You know your child best and if it feels right for you it will probably be a good fit for your child. Contact the facility you have chosen and let them know you would like to join their program. Confirm start date and fees and complete registration forms. Ask the care provider what your child will need on the first day of child care. 5. Prepare your child.

Talk to your child positively about where they are going and introduce your child to the care provider. Discuss with the care provider what you think will be the best plan for you and your child. Talk to the care provider about the first week of care. Do they offer a gradual entry into the program?

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Take your child for a visit before the first day of child care. Show them where they will eat, sleep, play and go to the bathroom. PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral offers services to help support parents in finding quality child care for their family. For more information, please call 250-756-2022 or toll free 1-888-480-2273; visit www. pacific-care.bc.ca or drop by the office at 3156 Barons Rd. in Nanaimo. Child Care Consultants are available to answer questions and provide information. We can provide assistance and have forms available for the subsidy applications. We also offer free fax and photocopying for the subsidy information. u Information on choosing child care providers was provided by PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral.

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Parents’ actions influence children’s habits

By Brooke MyCroft Ever notice how a parent who goes for a daily jog, typically has a child who decides to participate in running? Or how a caregiver who regularly eats healthy, nutritious meals often has a child in their care who also prefers to snack on cucumbers and nuts, instead of fluorescentorange cheese puffs? What we do and what we say matters, especially in the early years when our young ones are sponges, soaking up every exposure in their environment. Our little ones are aware of exactly how we feel about food, body image, physical activity, and ourselves – often before they can communicate clearly or ask questions. Keeping in mind that parents are our children’s first teachers, it is increasingly important to connect with parents about the critical age newborn to five learning window in their children’s lives. Researchers have seen that children as young as three are aware of weight, body size and dieting. Knowing a bit more

about how children learn and the impact of our daily interactions on their thinking and actions, we have an opportunity to communicate positive messages about healthy behaviours. A great place for parents and caregivers to find support, have fun and make connections is at a local family resource program. Ladysmith Family and Friends Resource Program, better know as LaFF, offers a supportive, enriching and safe place for families and caregivers with children newborn to age six. LaFF runs a number of programs, like the popular morning drop-in program, where families can experience numerous play and learning stations. For a suggested minimum donation of $2 per family, explore a reading centre, craft area, Brio train station, snack table, indoor car and toy riding area. You can find answers to questions about other community services for children and families, connect with other families, gain tips on parenting issues from trained staff and participate in cooking opportunities.

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LaFF also offers a free, registered Family FUNdamentals program for families with children age two-four several times a year. Parents and children enjoy the small group size and weekly activities and messages that foster a competent relationship with food and activity, promote the healthy growth and development of children and prevent disordered eating. Many families come to FUNdamentals not knowing what to expect and then at each session, through stories, songs, healthy snacks, games and positive role modeling, parents experience fun, connection, and gain new skills. When it’s time to end after the six weeks, families are not anxious to say goodbye. For more information and calendar of events, please visit www.familyandfriends.ca and www.facebook.com/ LadysmithFamilyandFriends or call 250-210-0870. u Mycroft is the Family Fundamentals program coordinator for Ladysmith Family and Friends.

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Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Primary School 250.754.5521 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Born Healthy Prenatal/Postnatal Individual Program 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 250.245.3079

*Items marked with an asterisk (*) require pre-registration. Please telephone first to confirm times and locations of all drop-in events or to register for those requiring pre-registration.

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Primary School 250.754.5521 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Parent Child Mother Goose * (crawling - 30 months) 9:45 am - 10:45 am Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 250.245.3079 LaFFternoon (LaFF) (0-6 year olds) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Parent-Child Mother Goose * (birth – crawling) 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 250.245.3079 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment* (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.755.3342

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth – 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Primary School 250.754.5521 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Adventures in Early Literacy * (3 – 5 years) Call for times Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 250.245.3079 Born Healthy Prenatal/Postnatal Individual Program 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 250.245.3079 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment* (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.755.3342 LaFF’s Family Frolic Drop-in Gym Time (walking – 6 years) Suggested donation $2/family 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Oct - May Frank Jameson Community Centre 250.245.6424

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth – 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Primary School 250.754.5521 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Born Healthy Prenatal/Postnatal Group Program 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 250.245.3079

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth – 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Primary School 250.754.5521 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Healthy Beginnings (prenatal to 12 months) (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 10:00 am – 11:30 am Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.755.3388 Public Health Nurse On Site For Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.755.3388

* Parent Child Mother Goose® Program. This group experience for parents and their babies and young children focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. * LRCA Volunteer Counselling Program. Please call 250-245-3079 for more information or to schedule an appointment. * LRCA Family & Youth Support Services. Please call 250-245-3079 for more information or to book an appointment. * Please also check with Ladysmith Parks & Recreation & Culture for additional recreational programs for parents and preschoolers. 250-245-6424 * Please also check with Ladysmith Regional Library for additional programs for parents and preschoolers. (250) 245-2322

Ladysmith Dads’ Group (Drop-in breakfast for dads & their children) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre Assoc. 250.245.3079


Island Treasure Box Family Literacy Program* (birth – 6 years) (Tillicum Lelum Health Centre) As per the participating families request. At the participating families home. 250.753.6578 Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Building Better Babies (home visits and drop-in) 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250.390.4001 Woodbank StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Creating Healthy Families (birth – 6 years) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Bellies to Babies and Beyond * (pregnant women & parents of infants) 12:30 pm – 3:00pm Princess Royal Family Centre (child-minding available) 250.753.7470 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.754.5521 Breastfeeding Centre Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3388

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Island Treasure Box Family Literacy Program* (birth – 6 years) (Tillicum Lelum Health Centre) As per the participating families request. At the participating families home. 250.753.6578 Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 11:00 am Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Infant to School Age Immunizations Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot (birth-6years) drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Chase River Boys and Girls Club 250.753.2464 PacificCARE Drop - In Playgroup (birth - 5 years) 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Woodgrove Centre (near food court) 250.756.2022 Woodbank StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Baby Rhyme Time Drop - In (birth - 17 months) 10:30 am - 11:00 am Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Parent-Child Mother Goose * (birth – 4 years) 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250.247.8730 Building Better Babies (drop-in pre-natal class) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Cooking Out of the Box (one Tuesday per month) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Nanaimo Women’s Centre 250.753.0633 Building Better Babies (home visits & drop-in pre-natal class) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.754.5521 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250.739.5845 Preschool Storytime * (3 - 5 years) 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Wellington Library 250.758.5544 Healthy Beginnings (prenatal - 6 months) (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3388 Young Moms Group * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Parent-Child Mother Goose * (6-24 mths) Nov. 5 - Dec. 17, Jan 7-21 3:15 pm – 4:15pm Little Ferns Early Learning Centre 250.753.1783 (Amy) Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group* (Little Ferns Early Learning Centre) 3:15 pm – 4:45pm John Barsby Secondary School Room 300 250.753.1783 (Amy) Aboriginal Family Night (all ages) 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 – 8:00pm 96 Cavan St. 250.754.3215 Family Storytime * (all ages welcome) 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Wellington Library 250.758.5544 Dads Make a Difference 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre 250.716.1551

Island Treasure Box Family Literacy Program* (birth – 6 years) (Tillicum Lelum Health Centre) As per the participating families request. At the participating families home. 250.753.6578 Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Woodbank StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250.390.4001 Aboriginal Early Literacy Drop-In (birth - 5 years) Every Wednesday morning 9:30 – 12:00 20 Fifth St. 250.754.3215 La Leche League Meeting (breastfeeding support) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Second Wednesday of the month) Call for location. 250.754.5853 (Bridget) PacificCARE Drop - In Playgroup (birth - 5 years) 10:00 am - 11:00 am Country Club Centre (near the Coles bookstore) 250.756.2022 Toddler Storytime Drop-In (18 - 35 months) 10:30 am - 11:00 am Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Moms, Dads and Babes Drop-In (pre-natal & postpartum) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Baby Rhyme Time Drop - In (birth - 17 months) 11:15 am - 11:45 am Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Prenatal Lunch Bunch (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250.739.5845 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.740.3516 Moms, Dads and Babes Drop-In (home visits & drop-in) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Breastfeeding Centre Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3388 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Cultural Recreation (birth – 24 years) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Neutral Zone info-Tillicum Lelum Education Centre 250.753.8291

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Island Treasure Box Family Literacy Program* (birth – 6 years) (Tillicum Lelum He alth Centre) As per the participating families request. At the participating families home. 250.753.6578 Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth – 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:00 am - 11:30 am Princess Royal Family Centre 250.739.5845 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot (birth-6years) drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Chase River Boys and Girls Club 250.753.2464 Woodbank StrongStart (birth – 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Rug Huggers (parent and tot drop-in, birth - 4 years old) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250.247.8730 Toddler Storytime* (18 - 36 months) 10:15 am – 10:45 am Wellington Library 250.758.5544 Preschool Storytime Drop-In (3 - 5 years) 10:30 am - 11:15 am Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Building Better Babies (drop-in birth - 6 months) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Baby Storytime* (birth - 18 months) 11:15 am - 11:45am Wellington Library 250.758.5544 Cooking Out of the Box (one Thursday per month) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Nanaimo Food Share Centre 250.753.7470 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.754.5521 Building Better Babies (home visits & drop-in birth - 6 months) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm 3:30 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Connections: Young Parents Support Group (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250.739.5845 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 3:30m – 7:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342

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Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Aboriginal Outdoor Play Drop-in (birth - 5 years) Every Friday morning 8:45 am - 10:00 am 20 Fifth St. 250.754.3215 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Building Better Babies (home visits and drop-in) 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Breastfeeding Centre Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Nanaimo Health Unit 250.755.3388 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250.390.4001 Woodbank StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Gabriola Island Monthly Infant to School Age Immunization Clinics by Appointment* (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 10:00 am – 11:30 am (last Friday of the month) Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250.755.3342 Walking With Elders * (birth – 6 years) 10:30 am – 12:30pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.740.3516 Kindergarten to Grade 12 Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Cultural Recreation (birth – 24 years) 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm Neutral Zone info-Tillicum Lelum Education Centre 250.753.8291

Father Circle of Friends 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (every other Saturday) Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Family Storytime Drop-In 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (last Saturday of the month) Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Cultural Recreation (birth – 24 years) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Neutral Zone info-Tillicum Lelum Education Centre 250.753.8291

* Items marked with an asterisk (*) require preregistration. Please telephone first to confirm times and locations of all drop-in programs or to register for those requiring pre-registration. * Parent Child Mother Goose® Program. This group experience for parents and their babies and young children focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. * Prenatal Classes. Free classes are offered at the Nanaimo Health Centre (VIHA) throughout the year. Please call 250-7553308 for information and to register. * Infant Massage Classes (Gabriola). These free classes are offered by a Certified Infant Massage Instructor at the Gabriola Island HOPE Centre for parents and babies up to crawling age. Please call 250247-8730 for information and to register. * Please also check with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Culture for additional recreational programs for parents and preschoolers. 250-756-5200

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Island Treasure Box Family Literacy Program* (birth – 6 years) (Tillicum Lelum Health Centre) As per the participating families request. At the participating families home. 250.753.6578 Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Building Better Babies (home visits and drop-in) 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250.390.4001 Woodbank StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Creating Healthy Families (birth – 6 years) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Bellies to Babies and Beyond * (pregnant women & parents of infants) 12:30 pm – 3:00pm Princess Royal Family Centre (child-minding available) 250.753.7470 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.754.5521 Breastfeeding Centre Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3388

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Island Treasure Box Family Literacy Program* (birth – 6 years) (Tillicum Lelum Health Centre) As per the participating families request. At the participating families home. 250.753.6578 Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 11:00 am Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Infant to School Age Immunizations Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot (birth-6years) drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Chase River Boys and Girls Club 250.753.2464 PacificCARE Drop - In Playgroup (birth - 5 years) 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Woodgrove Centre (near food court) 250.756.2022 Woodbank StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Baby Rhyme Time Drop - In (birth - 17 months) 10:30 am - 11:00 am Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Parent-Child Mother Goose * (birth – 4 years) 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250.247.8730 Building Better Babies (drop-in pre-natal class) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Cooking Out of the Box (one Tuesday per month) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Nanaimo Women’s Centre 250.753.0633 Building Better Babies (home visits & drop-in pre-natal class) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.754.5521 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250.739.5845 Preschool Storytime * (3 - 5 years) 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Wellington Library 250.758.5544 Healthy Beginnings (prenatal - 6 months) (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3388 Young Moms Group * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Parent-Child Mother Goose * (6-24 mths) Nov. 5 - Dec. 17, Jan 7-21 3:15 pm – 4:15pm Little Ferns Early Learning Centre 250.753.1783 (Amy) Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group* (Little Ferns Early Learning Centre) 3:15 pm – 4:45pm John Barsby Secondary School Room 300 250.753.1783 (Amy) Aboriginal Family Night (all ages) 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 – 8:00pm 96 Cavan St. 250.754.3215 Family Storytime * (all ages welcome) 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Wellington Library 250.758.5544 Dads Make a Difference 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre 250.716.1551

Island Treasure Box Family Literacy Program* (birth – 6 years) (Tillicum Lelum Health Centre) As per the participating families request. At the participating families home. 250.753.6578 Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Woodbank StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250.390.4001 Aboriginal Early Literacy Drop-In (birth - 5 years) Every Wednesday morning 9:30 – 12:00 20 Fifth St. 250.754.3215 La Leche League Meeting (breastfeeding support) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Second Wednesday of the month) Call for location. 250.754.5853 (Bridget) PacificCARE Drop - In Playgroup (birth - 5 years) 10:00 am - 11:00 am Country Club Centre (near the Coles bookstore) 250.756.2022 Toddler Storytime Drop-In (18 - 35 months) 10:30 am - 11:00 am Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Moms, Dads and Babes Drop-In (pre-natal & postpartum) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Baby Rhyme Time Drop - In (birth - 17 months) 11:15 am - 11:45 am Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Prenatal Lunch Bunch (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250.739.5845 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.740.3516 Moms, Dads and Babes Drop-In (home visits & drop-in) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Breastfeeding Centre Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3388 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Cultural Recreation (birth – 24 years) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Neutral Zone info-Tillicum Lelum Education Centre 250.753.8291

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Island Treasure Box Family Literacy Program* (birth – 6 years) (Tillicum Lelum He alth Centre) As per the participating families request. At the participating families home. 250.753.6578 Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth – 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:00 am - 11:30 am Princess Royal Family Centre 250.739.5845 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot (birth-6years) drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Chase River Boys and Girls Club 250.753.2464 Woodbank StrongStart (birth – 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Rug Huggers (parent and tot drop-in, birth - 4 years old) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250.247.8730 Toddler Storytime* (18 - 36 months) 10:15 am – 10:45 am Wellington Library 250.758.5544 Preschool Storytime Drop-In (3 - 5 years) 10:30 am - 11:15 am Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Building Better Babies (drop-in birth - 6 months) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Baby Storytime* (birth - 18 months) 11:15 am - 11:45am Wellington Library 250.758.5544 Cooking Out of the Box (one Thursday per month) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Nanaimo Food Share Centre 250.753.7470 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.754.5521 Building Better Babies (home visits & drop-in birth - 6 months) 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm 3:30 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Connections: Young Parents Support Group (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Princess Royal Family Centre 250.739.5845 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 3:30m – 7:00 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342

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Fairview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45am - 11:45 am Fairview Community School 250.754.5521 McGirr StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am McGirr Elementary School 250.754.5521 Rutherford StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Rutherford Elementary School 250.754.5521 Aboriginal Outdoor Play Drop-in (birth - 5 years) Every Friday morning 8:45 am - 10:00 am 20 Fifth St. 250.754.3215 Georgia Ave. StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Georgia Avenue Community School 250.754.5521 Bayview StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Elementary School 250.754.5521 Building Better Babies (home visits and drop-in) 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Breastfeeding Centre Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Nanaimo Health Unit 250.755.3388 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic Drop-In (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 am - 11:30 am Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250.390.4001 Woodbank StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Woodbank Primary School 250.754.5521 Gabriola Island Monthly Infant to School Age Immunization Clinics by Appointment* (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 10:00 am – 11:30 am (last Friday of the month) Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250.755.3342 Walking With Elders * (birth – 6 years) 10:30 am – 12:30pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Quarterway StrongStart (birth - 5 years) 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Quarterway Elementary School 250.740.3516 Kindergarten to Grade 12 Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Cultural Recreation (birth – 24 years) 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm Neutral Zone info-Tillicum Lelum Education Centre 250.753.8291

Father Circle of Friends 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250.753.6578 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment * (Vancouver Island Health Authority) 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (every other Saturday) Nanaimo Health Centre 250.755.3342 Family Storytime Drop-In 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (last Saturday of the month) Harbourfront Library 250.753.1154 Cultural Recreation (birth – 24 years) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Neutral Zone info-Tillicum Lelum Education Centre 250.753.8291

* Items marked with an asterisk (*) require preregistration. Please telephone first to confirm times and locations of all drop-in programs or to register for those requiring pre-registration. * Parent Child Mother Goose® Program. This group experience for parents and their babies and young children focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. * Prenatal Classes. Free classes are offered at the Nanaimo Health Centre (VIHA) throughout the year. Please call 250-7553308 for information and to register. * Infant Massage Classes (Gabriola). These free classes are offered by a Certified Infant Massage Instructor at the Gabriola Island HOPE Centre for parents and babies up to crawling age. Please call 250247-8730 for information and to register. * Please also check with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Culture for additional recreational programs for parents and preschoolers. 250-756-5200

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Greater Nanaimo/Ladysmith Early Years Resources & Services Breast Feeding Gabriola Island HOPE Centre ���������������� 250-247-8730 www�gabriolahopecentre�com Healthlink BC (24hr Nurse Line) ����������������������������������������811 www�healthlinkbc�ca Ladysmith Community Health Centre - Switchboard ��������� 250-739-5777 www�viha�ca La Leche League Breastfeeding Support ��������������������������250-754-5853 www�lllc�ca Public Health Nursing ��������������������������������������������������������������������������www�viha�ca Nanaimo Health Centre������������������������������������������������� 250-755-3342 www�viha�ca Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line ������������������������ 250-755-3388 www�viha�ca Princess Royal Family Centre ����������������������������������������� 250-739-5845 www�viha�ca Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre �������������250-740-2337 www�snuneymuxw�ca Stz’uminus First Nation Health Centre �������������������250-245-8551 www�cfnation�com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre ����������������������������� 250-753-6578 www�tillicumhaus�ca Child Care Child Care Subsidy Program ������������������������������1-888-338-6622 www�mcf�gov�bc�ca Community Care Facility Licensing Program ���250-739-5800 www�viha�ca/mho/licensing Ministry of Children and Family Development ��������250-741-5444 www�gov�bc�ca/mcf Ministry of Education ���������1-800-663-7867 www�bced�gov�bc�ca/ged/gedwhere�htm PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral ����� 250-756-2022 www�pacific-care�bc�ca Supported Child Development �������������������������250-753-0251 www�nanaimocdc�com Community Early Years Initiatives/Partnerships Children First Initiative ����������������������������������� 250-816-1699 www�bcchildrenfirst�ca Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership ����������������� 250-816-1699 www�sd68�bc�ca Ladysmith Early Years Partnership ��������������������������� 250-245-6427 www�sd68�bc�ca Success By Six® Initiative ������������������������������ 250-591-8731 www�successby6bc�ca Vancouver Island Early Years Network �����������������������������������������������250-741-5247 Early Learning and Development Adventures in Early Literacy - Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ����������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island - Family Resource Programs ������������������������������������ 250-754-3215 www�bgccvi�com Early Years Program, School District #68 / StrongStart Centres������������������������������������������������ 250-754-5521 www�sd68�bc�ca - Bayview Strong Start ��������������������������������������������� 250-754-5521 www�sd68�bc�ca - Fairview Strong Start��������������������������������������������� 250-754-5521 www�sd68�bc�ca - Georgia Avenue Strong Start���������������������������������� 250-754-5521 www�sd68�bc�ca - Ladysmith Primary Strong Start ����������������������������� 250-754-5521 www�sd68�bc�ca - McGirr Strong Start����������������������������������������������� 250-754-5521 www�sd68�bc�ca - Quarterway Strong Start ���������������������������������������� 250-754-5521 www�sd68�bc�ca - Rutherford Strong Start ����������������������������������������� 250-754-5521 www�sd68�bc�ca - Woodbank Strong Start ����������������������������������������� 250-754-5521 www�sd68�bc�ca Island Family Information ����������������������������� 250-756-2022 www�islandfamilyinfo�ca Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca - Adventures in Early Literacy ������������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca - Dads Group������������������������������������������������������������ 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca LaFF Ladysmith Family Resource Program ���� 250-210-0870 www�familyandfriends�ca Literacy Central Vancouver Island ���������������� 250-754-8988 www�literacycentralvi�org Nanaimo Child Development Centre �����������������250-753-0251 www�nanaimocdc�com Parent - Child Mother Goose Program������������������ www�nald�ca/mothergooseprogram - Gabriola �������������������������������������������� 250-247-8730 www�gabriolahopecentre�com - Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ����������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca - Nanaimo ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������250-756-2022 Snuneymuxw First Nation Administration ������������250-740-2300 www�snuneymuxw�ca Speech and Language Pathology/ Nanaimo Health Centre������������������������������������������������� 250-739-6827 www�viha�ca Stz’uminus First Nation ����������������������������������������250-245-7155 www�cfnation�com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre ����������������������������� 250-753-6578 www�tillicumhaus�ca Vancouver Island Regional Libraries: ��������������������������������������������������www�virl�bc�ca

- Gabriola Island Library ��������������������������������������������� 250-247-7878 www�virl�bc�ca - Ladysmith Library ���������������������������������������������������� 250-245-2322 www�virl�bc�ca - Nanaimo Harbourfront Library ����������������������������������� 250-753-1154 www�virl�bc�ca - Nanaimo Wellington Library �������������������������������������� 250-758-5544 www�virl�bc�ca - Nanaimo North Library ��������������������������������������������� 250-758-4697 www�virl�bc�ca Food and Nutrition Healthlink BC - Dietitian Services���������������������������������������811 www�healthlinkbc�ca Ladysmith Community Gardens Society �������������������������� 250-245-5772 www�ladysmithcommunitygardensociety�weebly�com Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Community Food Bank ���������������������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Good Food Box ��������������������������������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Born Healthy Prenatal Nutrition Program��������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca LaFF Ladysmith Family and Friends Food Programs ����������������������������������������������������������������� 250-210-0870 www�familyandfriends�ca Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank ��250-754-8347 www�nanaimoloavesandfishes�org Meals on Wheels ������������������������������������������������250- 753-1300 www�mealcall�org Nanaimo Community Gardens Society ���250-816-4769 www�nanaimocommunitygardens�ca Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society 250-753-7470 www�nanaimocommunitykitchens�org Nanaimo Food Share Society��������������������250-753-9393 www�nanaimofoodshare�ca Salvation Army Meal Program/Community Services��250-754-2621 www�salvationarmy�ca Tillicum Lelum Health Centre ����������������������������� 250-753-6578 www�tillicumhaus�ca VIHA Community Nutrition Program – Nanaimo Health Centre � 250-739-5845 www�viha�ca 7-10 Club Society – The Family Soup Kitchen �� 250-714-0917 www�nanaimo710club�com Health BC Poison Control ���������������������������������������������������� 1-800-567-8911 www�dpic�org Child and Youth Mental Health ����������������������������250-741-5444 www�gov�bc�ca/mcf Aboriginal ����������������������������������������������������������250-741-3600 www�gov�bc�ca/mcf General �������������������������������������������������������������250-741-5444 www�gov�bc�ca/mcf Healthlink BC (24hr Nurse Line) ����������������������������������������811 www�healthlinkbc�ca Nanoose First Nation Head Start Program ����������������� 250-390-0003 www�bcfnhs�org Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre �������������250-740-2337 www�snuneymuxw�ca Stz’uminus First Nation Health Centre �������������������250-245-8551 www�cfnation�com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre ����������������������������� 250-753-6578 www�tillicumhaus�ca Vancouver Island Health Authority ���������������������������������������������������������www�viha�ca Ladysmith Community Health Centre ����������������������������� 250-739-5777 www�viha�ca Nanaimo Health Centre������������������������������������������������� 250-755-3342 www�viha�ca Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line ������������������������ 250-755-3388 www�viha�ca Nanaimo Regional General Hospital ������������������������������� 250-754-2141 www�viha�ca Princess Royal Family Centre ����������������������������������������� 250-739-5845 www�viha�ca Public Health Nursing Appointments ������������������������������ 250-755-3342 www�viha�ca Family Services Adoptive Families Association of BC ������������������� 1-800-ADOPT-07 www�bcadopt�com Autism Society of BC ���������������������������������������������250-714-0801 www�autismbc�ca BC Centre for Safe School & Communities �������������������� 1-888-224-7233 www�ufv�ca Big Brothers and Big Sisters ������������������������������������� 250-756-2447 www�bigscvi�ca Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island - Family Resource Programs ������������������������������������ 250-754-3215 www�bgccvi�com Family Place ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������www�bgccvi�com Chase River ����������������������������������������������������������� 250-753-2464 www�bgccvi�com Lantzville ��������������������������������������������������������������� 250-390-4001 www�bgccvi�com Parent-Child Mother Goose Program������������������������������������������������www�bgccvi�com Chase River ����������������������������������������������������������� 250-753-2464 www�bgccvi�com Lantzville ��������������������������������������������������������������� 250-390-4001 www�bgccvi�com Crisis Society for Central Vancouver Island ����������������� 1-888-494-3888 www�cvics�ca


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Greater Nanaimo/Ladysmith Early Years Resources & Services Family & Youth Support Services – Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ���������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Foster Parent Support Services Society��������������������� 250-390-9686 www�fpsss�com Gabriola Island HOPE Centre ���������������� 250-247-8730 www�gabriolahopecentre�com Haven Society and Transition House ���������������250-756-2452 www�havensociety�com Help Line for Children ����������������������������������������� 250-310-1234 www�mcf�gov�bc�ca Immigrant Welcome Centre ��������������������������������������� 250-753-6911 www�cvims�org Kids Help Phone ���������������������������������������� 1-800-668-6868 www�kidshelpphone�ca Kw’umut Lelum Child & Family Services �������������������250-591-0933 www�kwumut�org Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Adventures in Early Literacy��������������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Born Healthy Prenatal Nutrition Program��������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Dads Group ������������������������������������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Family & Youth Support Services ������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Parent-Child Mother Goose Program��������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Volunteer Counselling Program ���������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca LaFF Ladysmith Family Resource Program ��� 250-210-0870 www�familyandfriends�ca Little Ferns ���������������������������������������������������������� 250-753-1783 www�littleferns�ca Parent-Child Mother Goose Program����������������������� 250-753-1783 www�littleferns�ca Young Parent Program������������������������������������������� 250-753-1783 www�littleferns�ca Ministry of Children and Family Development ��������250-741-5444 www�gov�bc�ca/mcf Nanaimo Child Development Centre �����������������250-753-0251 www�nanaimocdc�com Nanaimo Community Hospice Society ������� 250-758-8857 www�nanaimohospice�com Nanaimo Family Justice Access Centre��������250-741-5447 www�ag�gov�bc�ca/justice-access-centre/nanaimo Nanaimo Family Life Association�������������������������������� 250-754-3331 www�nflabc�org Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle ����������� 1�877�345�9777 www�parentsupportbc�ca/grandparents�html Nanaimo Family Resource Programs � 250-753-2177 http://clbc�cioc�ca/record/CLB8004 Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre ������������������� 250-716-1551 www�nanaimomen�com Nanaimo Women’s Centre ������������������������� 250-753-0633 www�nanaimowomen�com Nanaimo Youth Services ������������������������������������������250-754-1989 www�nysa�bc�ca NARSF Programs Ltd� (Nanaimo and Area Resource Services for Families) ������������������������������������������������ 250-754-2773 www�narsf�org PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral � 250-756-2022 www�pacific-care�bc�ca Parent Support Services of BC ������������������� 1-877-345-9777 www�parentsuportbc�ca People for a Healthy Community (Gabriola) �������� 250-247-7311 www�phc-gabriola�org Rainbows Children’s Grief and Loss Support Group ��� 250-751-7888 www�rainbowsnanaimo�blogspot�com - Nanaimo �������������������������������� 250-751-7888 www�rainbowsnanaimo�blogspot�com - Ladysmith ������������������������������ 250-245-8921 www�rainbowsnanaimo�blogspot�com Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre �������������250-740-2337 www�snuneymuxw�ca SOAR Mentoring Program for women – Intertribal Health Authority�������������������������250-753-3990 www�intertribalhealth�ca Stz’uminus First Nation Health Centre �������������������250-245-8551 www�cfnation�com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre ����������������������������� 250-753-6578 www�tillicumhaus�ca Triple P Positive Parenting Program ����������������������������������������������� www�triplepvip�ca Vancouver Island Crisis Line����������������������������������� 1-888-494-3888 www�vicrisis�ca Vancouver Island Heath Authority����������������������������������������������������������www�viha�ca Brooks Landing – Crisis Counselling Clinic ��������������������� 250-739-5710 www�viha�ca Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (VI SCAN) program �������������������������������������������� 250-755-7945 www�viha�ca Welcome Wagon ������������������������������������������� 250-756-9794 www�welcomewagon�ca Pregnancy (Pre to Post) Birthright Information Help Line �������������������������� 1-800-550-4900 www�birthright�org Cross Roads Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Nanaimo (faith based) ��������������������������250-716-1633 www�pregnancynanaimo�com - (24 hour Helpline / Appointment line) ����������������250-714-2191 or 1-866-714-2191 Gabriola Island HOPE Centre ���������������� 250-247-8730 www�gabriolahopecentre�com Healthlink BC (24 hour Nurse Line) ������������������������������������811 www�healthlinkbc�ca

Ladysmith Community Health Centre ����������������������������� 250-739-5777 www�viha�ca Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Adventures in Early Literacy��������������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Born Healthy Prenatal Nutrition Program��������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Dads Group ������������������������������������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Parent-Child Mother Goose���������������������������������������� 250-245-3079 www�lrca�bc�ca Maternal Health Program –Inter Tribal Health Services �� 250-753-3990 or 1�877�777�4842 www�intertribalhealth�ca Midwives ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ www�bcmidwives�com Nanoose First Nation Head Start Program ����������������250-390-0003 www�bcfnhs�org Options for Sexual Health �����������������250-753-9511 www�optionsforsexualhealth�org Public Health Nursing ��������������������������������������������������������������������������www�viha�ca Nanaimo Health Centre������������������������������������������������� 250-755-3342 www�viha�ca Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line ������������������������ 250-755-3388 www�viha�ca Princess Royal Family Centre ����������������������������������������� 250-739-5845 www�viha�ca Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre �������������250-740-2337 www�snuneymuxw�ca Stz’uminus First Nation Health Centre �������������������250-245-8551 www�cfnation�com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre ����������������������������� 250-753-6578 www�tillicumhaus�ca Recreation Beban Park Recreation Centre �������������������������������� 250-756-5200 www�nanaimo�ca Bowen Park Complex ��������������������������������������������� 250-756-5200 www�nanaimo�ca Ladysmith Parks, Recreation & Culture������������������� 250-245-6424 www�ladysmith�ca Nanaimo Aquatic Centre ���������������������������������������� 250-756-5200 www�nanaimo�ca Nanaimo Ice Centre ����������������������������������������������� 250-756-5200 www�nanaimo�ca Oliver Woods Community Centre ����������������������������� 250-756-5200 www�nanaimo�ca Services Available for “Fee for Service” (Some services may be covered by the Ministry of Children & Family Development funding) Dianne Martin & Associates – Stepfamily Support �������������� 250-591-8184 www�DianneMartinAndAssociates�com Go Between Consulting ����������������������250-714-8754 www�gobetweenconsulting�com Nanaimo Family Life Association�������������������������������� 250-754-3331 www�nflabc�org Additional Resources for Families (Many organizations and agencies publish newsletters and a calendar of events� Please visit the websites for more information�) BC Association of Family Resource Programs ����������������604-738-0068 www�frpbc�ca Crisis Society Resource Book ���������������������������������������250-753-2495 www�cvics�ca Surviving in Nanaimo �����������������������������������������������������������������������250-754-4251 The Community Dental Clinic (CODE) ������������������� 250-591-0771 www�codeclinic�org


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Staying active easy to do in winter Library, parks and rec offer programs for children throughout rainy season

Being cooped up inside during rainy weather doesn’t have to be a gloomy experience for kids. There are plenty of games and activities that are safe, fun and educational. Wintry weather shouldn’t automatically be a time for TV, movies or video games. They have their place, but there are better ways to keep kids interested, active and stretching their imaginations. Whether it’s a board game, playdough or an arts and crafts session, there are countless ways to have fun indoors. As long as the weather hasn’t knocked out the power, there are lots of online resources to help parents plan ahead and choose activities with which they’re comfortable and their kids will participate in. It can be helpful to print out a list and keep it in a file folder. Of course, if parents are prepared for a little mud being tracked in, there

Familyfacts VANCOUVER ISLAND Regional Library hosts regular activies, storytimes and crafts. Visit www.virl.bc.ca. NANAImO pARkS, Recreation and Environment offers hundreds of activities for children. Visit www. nanaimo.ca.

are fun ways to make use of the wet weather too, such as making a rain catcher to measure just how much it’s pouring. When they’re played out and ready for some quiet time, have books ready – perhaps a couple favourites or a new book saved for just such an occasion – they can settle down with. Hot chocolate never hurts either. Libraries can also be a fun and edu-

Jean

Crowder

Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Cowichan www.jeancrowder.ca jean@jeancrowder.ca Tollfree: 1-866-609-9998

Proud to support opportunities for early childhood development! MINI FRANCO FUN: 0 À 5 ANS / FOR AGES 0 TO 5 Pour parents et enfants. Venez échanger, rire et jouer en français. Lorsque l’année scolaire commence tous les mardis de 10 h à 11h For parents and their children to introduce them to French in a fun-filled and playful environment. Once the school year begins, every Tuesday, 10 to 11 am École Océane, 1951 Estevan Rd.

L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo francophonenanaimo.org 250.729.2776

cational outing during wet weather, and various branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (www.virl. bc.ca) host regular activities, storytimes and crafts. The library also has specialized kits – literacy, kindergarten and early learning games – that can be signed out and taken home. The library’s website is another good resource for games or arts and crafts. For regular activities outside the house, but still safe from the weather, both Nanaimo and Ladysmith have excellent parks and recreation departments. The departments have superb facilities and offer swimming or skating lessons, organized sports and activities, and holiday daycamps. Check your community’s seasonal Activity Guide for a detailed listing of what’s available – both Nanaimo and Ladysmith (www.ladysmith.ca) have their guides available online.

Support Our Children Helping All Children Succeed for Life.

Leonard Krog M.L.A.

(Nanaimo)

Official Opposition 4-77 Victoria Cres. Nanaimo, BC V9R 5B9 Phone: 250-714-0630 Fax: 250-714-0859 leonard.krog.mla@leg.bc.ca www.leonardkrog-mla.ca

Central Island Healthy Weights -- Shapedown BC Central Island Healthy Weights—Shapedown

A FREE program for kids (aged 6-17) and their families

A FREE program for kids (aged 6-17) and their families

SHAPEDOWN BC based is a family based group SHAPEDOWN BC is a family group program that helps children, and program that helpsteens children, teens and their their families achieve a healthier lifestyle. lifestyle. families achieve a healthier HOW? Through aged-based group programs individualized support, HOW?andThrough aged-based group programs Shapedown BC’s team of and individualized support, Shapedown BC’s dietitian, fitness instructor, social worker, team of dietitian, and physician helps families�itness to make instructor, social worker, and physician helps families to make positive changes in eating habits, activity level, parenting skills and self-esteem. positive changes in eating habits, activity HOW DO I JOIN? Contact Central Island level, parenting skills and self-esteem. Healthy Weights for more information Contact Central Island Healthy Weights for more information

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City helps make programs more accessible to parents Finances shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing community resources, and the City of Nanaimo’s Leisure Economic Access Policy (LEAP) aims to help ensure everyone can participate in its programs. A LEAP card entitles an individual and qualified family members to a 50-per cent course fee discount (to a maximum of $40) for four courses per year. All participants are also issued a Swim/Skate/Gym Pass for 50 free admissions throughout the year. The LEAP card is available to City of Nanaimo residents and those living in Electoral A (Cranberry, Cedar, South Wellington), B (Gabriola Island), and C (Extension, East Wellington, Lantzville, Snuneymuxw) who meet certain criteria, essentially proof of income or income assistance. LEAP applications are available at Beban Park, Bowen Park, Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Oliver Woods Community Centre or Nanaimo Ice Centre, and must be returned along with identification for each applicant (picture ID with current address and current Child Tax Benefit Statement). For more information on eligibility, check the city’s Activity Guide at www.nanaimo.ca.


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Special-needs support a phone call away

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early iNterveNtioN key to success with children later in life.

Getting support for a child who might have special needs isn’t scary or difficult, it can be as easy as making a phone call. While a visit to the family doctor or pediatrician is certainly a good idea if parents think there might be something amiss with their child, it’s not a requirement to set up an assessment through the Nanaimo Child Development Centre (www. nanaimocdc.com), which provides a variety of support and therapeutic services for central Island children and families. A referral to the CDC can come from anyone – doctor, health nurse, grandparent or parent – so long as the parents are in agreement. And referrals can be made by phone (250-753-0251), download an online form and fax it in (250-753-5614), or an in-person visit to the centre at 1135 Nelson St. Once the intake worker receives the referral, parents are contacted to set up a meeting or phone call to learn more about the child and the concerns or challenges. This generally occurs within two or three weeks of the referral. “It doesn’t have to be scary or complicated,” says Michelle Kocourek, CDC resource development worker. “It can be as simple as a phone call. Our belief is that it’s better to be told that everything is fine

our belief is that it’s better to be told that everything is fine than miss that opportunity for early intervention.

than miss that opportunity for early intervention.” The importance of early intervention can’t be emphasized enough, Kocourek says, noting that regardless of the concerns, the longer it goes unassessed and untreated, the

worse the impact becomes and the harder it is to overcome. Financially, for every $1 spent on early intervention, $7 to $8 is saved down the road, she adds. When a CDC worker meets with parents, either at home or at the centre, they discuss the concerns and questions, go over what program and services are available, and develop a plan together. If the issue is beyond the CDC’s scope, parents are connected with other organizations and resources in the community. Those connections are also a big part of CDC’s role. Of the 3,000 phone calls to the centre each month, some are just general inquiries or looking for information and connections to a different resource or agency.

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Support group focused on parents Parents of children with autism have an outlet for support Knowing you’re not alone is important in so many aspects of life. It’s especially important as a parent of a child with special needs such as autism. In Nanaimo, there is a place where people lean on each other through sharing experiences and information about their journey as parents of autistic children. The Nanaimo Community Support Group meets 7-9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, except July and August, at Oliver Woods Community Centre (6000 Oliver Rd.). The group has a consistent turnout of 10-15 parents – some with kids prediagnosis, some newly diagnosed and some diagnosed 15 years ago.

“It’s a really good scope of experience that comes to the table,” says co-facilitator Alexandria Stuart, whose son was diagnosed about 15 years ago. Each monthly gathering focuses on a timely topic – school transitions, holiday survival, summer planning – but the floor is open to specific needs parents might want to discuss. “It’s very fluid. Everyone is willing to give and take ... because we’ve all been there,” Stuart says. While Nanaimo is a relatively rich community in terms of autism support, with a number of organizations and four separate alternative learning centres, Stuart says the group offers a different kind of resource – primarily emotional support and information-sharing among parents. “Like any support group, it feels good to sit in a room with a goup of people who you know get it,” Stuart says, adding that it is an important aspect of parental self-care. “Autism

Familyfacts NaNaimo commuNity Support Group for parents of children with autism meets third Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m., at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

can be fairly isolating, it’s not an easy path as a parent, but knowing there are other people who are on the path helps a lot.” There is an open door policy for the group, which is occasionally joined by autism interventionists, teachers or other professionals who might be dealing with or looking for additional insight into the spectrum disorder. For more information about the parental support group, please go to www.nanaimoautism.org, e-mail midisland.asbc@gmail.com or search Autism Society of B.C. – Vancouver Island Branch on Facebook.


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Nutrition, exercise vital to expectant moms Dieticians recommend increasing intake of iron, vitamin D and calcium to nourish growing baby Nothing is more important for an expectant mother than how she takes care of her body, including what she eats. “It is absolutely essential mothers eat well,” says Eileen Bennewith, a registered dietician with Island Health who is also consulted by the province as a subject matter expert on prenatal nutrition. Maintaining a balanced diet and avoiding the obvious no-nos like cigarettes and alcohol is a good start, but there’s more to prenatal nutrition than hitting the four main food groups. One of the most important aspects is for Mom to get sufficient iron, Bennewith says – the mother has to get enough iron to increase her blood volume by four pounds, which ensures the growing baby’s liver has enough iron stored up to last the first six months from birth. That’s why all pregnant women are recommended to take folic acid supplements or prenatal supplements which include folic acid, which boosts iron levels. Foods that are good sourses of folic acid include leafy green vegetables such as spinach. Calcium is another important one, and can be found in citrus fruits, almonds, and those leafy greens again. With our at-times dreary West Coast weather and strong sunscreen habits when it does brighten up, vitamin D can be a concern, as it’s essential for the health of both Mom and baby. Bennewith says all expectant moms are recommended to have fish at least twice a week, but even then need to take vitamin D supplements. Bennewith says fish low in mercury are recommended, including: char, herring, mackerel, sardines, salmon and trout. Fish potentially high in mercury – tuna and ahi tuna – should be avoided. Aside from what goes into mom’s body, how she looks after her physical fitness is also a vital part of pregnancy.

Low-impact exercise such as walks and swimming are recommended, but should be kept to moderate intensities – no marathons or Ironman triathlons. “It’s important to maintain good muscle strength,” Bennewith says. “It takes a lot of work to deliver a baby, with a lot of stress and stretch on muscles and tendons.” It’s recommended expectant parents register for prenatal classes offered by public health units, through which they will receive a copy of the book Baby’s Best Chance, the provincial resource available free to all parents. It is also available online at www.health.gov. bc.ca/library/publications/ year/2013/bbc.pdf.


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Prepare older children for baby’s arrival

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kNowiNg wHat to expect helps reduce instances of sibling rivalry.

When baby makes three, parents put all their focus is on getting themselves and their house ready for the newborn. But when older children are also awaiting their new sibling’s arrival, parents face additional challenges, such as jealousy. “Every parent with an older child expecting a new baby must get the book Siblings Without Rivalry. I use it all the time,” says Amy Collum, an early childhood educator and executive director of Little Ferns Early Learning Centre, a non-profit organization located at John Barsby Secondary School. Collum says the book is a priceless resource for parents, noting that the subtitle really says it all: How to help your children live together so you can live too. The actual steps taken will vary depending on the age of the children,

but talking about the new baby that’s coming is universally important. Books about a new baby can be extremely helpful, especially for young toddlers, who won’t grasp what having a new brother or sister means. Collum recommends using the library for all its books and videos, rather than buying. She also suggests setting up the new baby’s room or space, and then letting the older child use it, playing with a doll, to help get them ready for what’s coming. Ensuring the older sibling has something special that is theirs alone – such as attending StrongStart programs – and which continues once the baby arrives can also help overcome jealousy. Collum says having a plan and practising what is going to happen when the baby needs to be fed, and parents can’t be as responsive to their other child, is vital. Even coming up with fun pictures or illustrations on a poster can be helpful. Recognize that new babies naturally draw people’s attention, and prepare

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amy collum, executive director of Little Ferns Early Learning Centre, recommends the book Siblings Without Rivalry, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, to help parents prepare for new additions to their families.

for it. When close friends or family are coming to meet baby, ask them to also have time for the older child. Parents should also plan to have time alone with their older children, which reassures them that Mom and Dad love them. Having them cuddle in with you while the baby is being fed also reinforces the family bond. Other things to prepare for and recognize include: carefully timing major changes in a child’s routine; preparing children for when Mom and Dad are at the hospital; and expecting some regression, especially in toilettraining. For more information, please visit www.healthlinkbc.ca.

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Planning helps keep fun in going back to school A few easy steps can ease the stress of going back to school. The key is making it a fun experience, by preparing for it in a fun way, says Amy Collum, an early childhood educator and executive director of Little Ferns Early Learning Centre, a non-profit organization located at John Barsby Secondary School in Nanaimo. Instead of just heading out for back-to-school shopping, insert a fun and educational aspect by involving the child – have a budget and have the child help make choices for what they want, but also stay within the budget. If it’s a new school, helping the child get familiar and comfortable with the environment can make the first day a lot easier. “A couple weeks before school starts, go hang out there for an afternoon, even just to play on the playground,” says Collum. A new outfit or new shoes for the first day is also a good idea, Collum says, adding that “it doesn’t have to be expensive or even brand new, there are lots of affordable options. But it kind of highlights that this is a big deal.” It’s also a good idea for parents to ensure they meet their child’s teacher

If there is any possibility of the child acting up, knowing that the parents and teacher are talking might just help prevent that.

right away, rather than waiting until parentteacher night. And Collum says making sure the child sees you talking to the teacher can have multiple benefits. “If they’re a little nervous about the teacher, they see you talking and it helps them realize the teacher is OK,” she says. “And if there is any possibility of the child acting up, knowing that the parents and teacher are talking might just help prevent that.” The parent-teacher relationship should also be ongoing, with check-ins on the child’s well-being at two weeks and one month. Collum says setting up good lines of communication between parents and

children also starts early with daily check-ins at home. A helpful practice is having the child share one great thing that happened at school, and the parents responding in-kind about their day. Arranging get-togethers with classmates can help establish positive friendships with peers, and also allows parents to get to know each other. Re-establish routines for bedtimes, mealtimes and even household chores a week or two before school resumes, and make sure important dates are on the calendar. Kids should also have a set location for backpacks, lunches and other school stuff.


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think of letter “B” when buying toys

By MeLANIe koWAL Often parents and caregivers are pressured to purchase the newest and trendiest of toys to ensure their baby’s development. The toy section in most stores can be overwhelming for parents and caregivers with aisles of “must have” items. While new and trendy toys may offer a period of enjoyment and learning for a young child, there are alternatives that may be easier on your wallet and offer greater long term developmental benefits. When looking for toys try to keep a few things in mind. Look for toys that: Are durable and can stand the test of time; Can be used for a variety of play purposes; Can be used by children of different ages and developmental levels; Foster imaginative and creative play. Many toys and play items that accomplish the above just happen to start with the letter B – babies, balls,

buckets, blocks, bubbles, books, bears, buses, bowls and boxes Let’s look at Blocks as an example: They start out as an object that a young infant may look at, reach for and hold, then chew. Next a baby may play with them by banging them together or against other objects. A toddler may then put them in/out of a bowl and on/off of a box. Next a toddler may stack the blocks and knock them down. An older toddler may then use them in pretend play as a make-believe car, airplane, animal or food. Next a young child may use the blocks to build castles, bridges or a spaceship. There are not a lot of

wonderful toy options on the market today, our list may get you started on the journey of play with your children. Remember that toys are the tools that children use to play. Play is the work of children and is how they experience and learn about their world. The Nanaimo Child Development Centre welcomes referrals from parents/caregivers as well as community professionals. For information, please visit www.nanaimocdc.com u Melanie Kowal, RN, is infant development consultant for Nanaimo Child Development Centre.

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