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Theatre ✲ Art ✲ Sports

Play and learn Programs for children to explore and discover

Bookworms

Creating early literacy skills

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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

CONTRIBUTOR 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.

Family magazine Activities issue: Benefits of play Sports support Theatre skills Art workshops

4 6 8 10 16 Creating bookworms Songs, rhymes, games and talking all help develop early literacy skills.

18 Play and Learn

Editorial contributions were also made by Black Press staff, members of the Early Years Partnership for Nanaimo and Ladysmith, as well as organizations involved in child development and early learning. For information on contributing or advertising in Family magazine, please contact the Nanaimo News Bulletin at 250-753-3707 or e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin. com.

Parks and rec program helps children explore and discover world around them.

20 When to wean Social and cultural norms influence babies’ transition from breastfeeding.

21 Step-parenting Communication key for new step-parents to develop relationship with children.

22 Diaper dilemma Cloth diapers are making a comeback, thanks to new technology.

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Play allows children to try new things

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ids just wanna have fun. Through play, children of all ages also learn, explore and experience new things. Everything they do, see and touch is another Early exposure to sports burst of stimulation for their rapidly developing brains. and activities emphasizes “Play allows youth of all ages to fun, playful ways to learn try new things, test boundaries and use their imaginations,” the iconic a few fundamental skills. Canadian physical health organization Participaction advises on its itive, but kids need to master the website. “In addition to the physical basic skills and fundamentals first health benefits, active play offers before exposure to the more comcognitive, emotional and social plex rules and organization of strucdevelopment benefits. It has been tured games. shown to improve and foster motor For a four- or five-year-old, even function, creativity, decision-makthe simplest rules might not make ing, problem-solving and social sense, which explains the mobs of skills, the ability to control emomini-humans chasing a soccer ball tions and preschoolers’ speech.” or hockey puck, or a child trotting For kids under six, parents might down the third-base line after dribfeel an urge to give their children a bling a ball off a tee. 3.5” x 4.5” Family magIdeally, early exposure to sports ‘head start’ on becoming competConnected

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and activities emphasizes fun, playful ways to learn a few fundamental skills. For infants and toddlers, there are numerous options available through municipal parks, recreation and culture programs. There are also countless private businesses and non-profit clubs dedicated to various sports and activities, many of which partner with the local parks and rec departments to list their programs in the municipal activity guides. Beyond the physical benefits of such group activities, they are also great opportunities to get out of the house and socialize, both for children and parents. Activities available range from hockey and soccer to ballet and gymnastics, all focused on offering fun, silly and energetic introductions to the games or activities.

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• Supportthand Training to child care providers. • Drop-in programs for both Child Care providers and parents. • Access to Resources, Toys, Equipment and Theme Packs. • Access and assistance with Child Care Subsidy forms for parents. • Access to low-cost business liability Insurance for child care providers. • Referrals to parents who are looking for child care. Funded by the Government of BC • On-site computer access for child care searches.

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Growing a sedentary generation The 2012 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card from Participaction indicates that only seven per cent of Canadian children and youth meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for at least 60 minutes of daily moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity. Most Canadian children and youth are at least getting some physical activity – 44 per cent get 60 minutes of physical activity three days a week. Boys also continue to be more active than girls in every age group – 28 per cent of 10- to 16-year-old boys reported getting at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity a day, compared to only 17 per cent of girls. For more information, please visit www.participaction.com.

For activities like swimming, parents are encouraged to take advantage of parent-and-tot programs that get infants in the water as early as four-months-old, with parents right there to help their babies get comfortable in the water. Parents don’t have to limit themselves to the ‘traditional’ sports and acitvities for kids – there are a number of Mom and baby (one to eight months) or parents and toddler (one to three years) yoga classes offered at studios throughout the region and through parks and rec. Such classes offer moms a chance to return to a yoga practice after delivery, while babies also benefit from the poses and the social contact stimulating social and emotional development. Getting active doesn’t even have to involve specific sports, with early years nature programs growing in popularity and availability. While ‘nature kindergartens’ are available in select communities, Nanaimo parks and rec has programs for kids as young as three at several outdoor locations, encouraging them to learn about the environment and the creatures that live in it.

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Programs help with sports cost Charities aim to ensure all kids can participate in sporting activities

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he benefits of having children participate in sports, arts and other group activities is well documented. So too are the challenges many families face in accessing those programs due to cost. A 2014 poll conducted for the national organization KidSport found the two major barriers to participation are enrollment fees (61 per cent) and equipment costs (52 per cent). KidSport is just one of many organizations at the local, provincial and national levels working to help families overcome such barriers.

In Nanaimo, the city’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. For more information on eligibility, check the city’s Activity Guide, which offers specific gross income

The two major barriers to participation are enrollment fees (61 per cent) and equipment costs (52 per cent). guidelines depending on family size. At the national level, KidSport (www.kidsportcanada.ca) helps remove financial barriers that prevent kids from playing sport by providing assistance for registration fees to children aged 18 and under. Through a confidential application process, grants are given so they can play a season of sport.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS: CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES: 16 MONTHS INFANT / TODDLER: 16 MONTHS EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSISTANT: 3 MONTHS BENEFITS OF TRAINING WITH SPROTT SHAW: • Ministry of Children & Family Development approved • Based on BC’s Early Learning Framework • Responsive & emergent curriculum • Qualified employees can obtain their ECE Assistant Certificate by taking only one course

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Across the country, KidSport comprises a network of 11 provincial/territorial KidSport chapters and 178 community KidSport chapters. Since its creation in 1993, more than 450,000 kids across the country were assisted through KidSport grants and sport introduction programming. In 2013 alone, KidSport distributed $6 million in grants to its community chapters, enabling more than 57,000 kids to participate in sport. JumpStart (http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca) is another national charity with a commitment to local communities, established with major support from the Canadian Tire Corporation, which pays for all the general administrative expenses, meaning every cent of customer donations go directly to help kids in need. Community partners, like Motivate Canada, Boys and Girls Clubs, Canadian Paralympic Committee and numerous others work with local Jumpstart Chapters to identify the kids whose families are in need. Assistance is available for for kids aged 4 to 18, whose families can receive funding to help with registration fees, equipment and/or transportation. Families can also get a federal tax break to help enroll children in programs that keep them active. Canadians can claim to a maximum of $1,000 per child for fees paid in 2014 relating to the cost of registration or membership for a child under the age of 16. There are a number of eligibility conditions on programs that qualify. More information is available at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ fitness.

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Theatre builds self-esteem, confidence Children as young as four can get involved in acting with age-appropriate activities Kids stimulate imaginations with Take a Bow acting for beginners program at Headliners Studio.

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heatre doesn’t have to be a performance kids just enjoy from the audience – they benefit from fully participating in the cultural experience. Programs like those offered by Nanaimo’s Headliners Production and Rehearsal Studio and Kismet Theatre Academy, which get kids as young as 4.5 involved, aim to teach young children not just appreciation and understanding of the arts, but also build self-esteem and confidence.


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Headliners’ Take a Bow acting for beginners class for kids ages 4.5-6.5 is a six-week program involving dress-up, games, singing and acting, with a big emphasis on fun. Although the class is structured, it’s not rigid and allows children the freedom to follow their impulses, says Manda Chelmak, Headliners owner and artistic director. “It’s about being a free-thinking, fast thinker. There’s no wrong choices in here, and that’s also kind of liberating for the kids,” she says, adding that the environment is conducive for both introverted and extroverted children to build self-confidence, since it’s a safe place for boisterous kids to be loud and silly without consequences, while quieter kids are often drawn into participating by their more active peers. “Confidence can translate into many different life skills,” Chelmak says, of the far-reaching benefits that often endure into teenage

It’s important for them to know they can be silly or whatever it is they’re feeling. years and adulthood. Bonnie Catterson, owner of Kismet Theatre Academy, also offers programs for young children, in which they dream up characters, write scripts, rehearse and then perform. “It’s about finding ways to express themselves, and I really see what a positive effect it has on kids, especially their confidence levels,” says Catterson. “So much else in our society is encouraging inhibitions, and we want to avoid that. It’s important for them to know they can be silly or whatever

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it is they’re feeling.” While parents don’t participate in the classes, younger students do benefit from the presence and mentorship of older students helping out and volunteering with the younger classes. “It’s huge for the little ones, watching the older kids participate and performing,” says Catterson. “That leadership aspect is a big part the classes, too.” Aside from theatre classes, municipal parks and rec programs also offer a number of early childhood dance classes with various instructors and local dance studios (which also offer a number of preschool and toddler classes in-studio), covering a range of styles including: introductory dance, ballet, jazz and hip-hop, and highland dancing. While often more structured, dance classes are another fun way to expose young kids to a cultural experience, while also giving them the physical activity they need.

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Children build skills through art

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rt is often an exercise in imagination and impulse, neither of which is typically lacking in children of any age. Opportunities for young children to channel their active imaginations are also not lacking around the Nanaimo region. Beyond offering the exploration of artistic techniques, participating in art classes from a young age brings benefits such as increased coordination and colour recognition as a result of the opportunity for creative play, says Robyn Foster, who facilitates some of the programs offered through the city as well as through her own business, Creative Escape Art Programs. “The creative process is just as important as the finished product,” says Foster. “Toddlers love the artistic freedom from activities that may be too messy to do at home, and the projects themselves aren’t limited

to finger painting.” Children explore clay sculpting, painting, printmaking, messy painting and more while also learning from watching their parents, who take part alongside their child, says Foster, adding that the kids are given a general project concept and then encouraged to use their imaginations. “Activities such as this provide children with new social experiences as they interact with other children, while enjoying the security of having their caregiver close by,” says Foster, an award-winning artist who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria. “Parents benefit from these programs through learning new techniques themselves to inspire and share with their child.”

Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre offers a holistic approach to programming and services which nurtures the various potentials of families and young children.

What if....?

• What if we designed our high school with a student first mentality, rather than fitting it into a schedule or time structure, or based on teacher or Admin? • What if we respond to current best-practice in education and rethink how we educate? • What if we were to be a leader in Nanaimo in creating studentfirst learning opportunities? School. Learning. Redesigned.

We have spent the past several months asking significant questions that have challenged us to examine our high school. That process has led us to a redesigned high school program for September 2015 which aligns to best-practice research and to the draft BC Ed Plan (view-able online) which is scheduled for implementation in 2017. Come have a look at what we are excited about and we believe you will become as excited as we are.

Currently accepting applications for September 2015 in all grades. (k-12) For more information contact: DAWNA FERRIS 250-754-4512 ext. 3 dawna.ferris@ncsnanaimo.com

At the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s downtown Art Lab, 90-minute workshops offered on select Saturdays, children ages 5-11 can participate in unique themed classes and activities. Chosen themes expose budding artists to various creative styles and colours, with activities kept playful and fun to feed those young imaginations. Other studios around the region, such as 4Cats Studio in Lantzville, also offer a variety of classes, workshops, art camps and art parties. A number of workshops are offered through Nanaimo’s Parks, Recreation and Environment department, providing fun, educational artistic experiences for a variety of young ages from two years and up. Check the Activity Guide online thorugh www.nanaimo.ca for a full listing of courses hosted at a variety of locations.

For more information about our programs please contact:

250-753-6578

BC SPCA Summer Camps Summer camps filled with animal-themed games, guest speakers, activities, crafts, and some hands-on time with animals.

Cowichan & Nanaimo Ages: 7-11

For more information & to register: spca.bc.ca/camp


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Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth - 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 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 250.245.3079

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth – 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 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 250.245.3079 Born Healthy Prenatal/Postnatal Individual Program 10:00 am - 1:30 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment* Island Health 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 250.245.3912 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 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 250.245.3079 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment* Island Health 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.739.5777

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth – 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 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) Island Health 10:00 am – 11:30 am Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.739.5777 Public Health Nurse On Site For Drop-In Island Health 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.739.5777

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

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth – 5 years) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 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 250.245.3079

* 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 & events for parents and preschoolers. 250-245-6424 * Please also check with Ladysmith Regional Library for additional programs for parents and preschoolers. (250) 245-2322


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Creating Healthy Families (birth-6 years) 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578

Building Better Babies (drop-in prenatal class) 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578

Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250-390-4001

Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group Little Ferns Early Learning Centre 3:30 p.m. Begins March 10 (10 weeks) John Barsby Community School Rm. 300 250-753-1783

Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388

Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Chase River Boys and Girls Club 250-753-2464

Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (by appointment) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342

Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388

Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-754-5521

PacificCARE Drop-in Playgroup (birth-5 years) 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Woodgrove Centre (near food court) 250-756-2022 No drop-in June 30-Sept. 8

McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-754-5521 Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-754-5521 Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Georgia Avenue Community School 250-754-5521

Parent-Child Mother Goose (birth-4 years) 10:30 a.m. to noon Gabriola Island HOPE Centre Call to register 250-247-8730 Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-754-5521 McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-754-5521

Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Bayview Elementary School 250-754-5521

Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-754-5521

Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-754-5521

Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Georgia Avenue Community School 250-754-5521

Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-5521

Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Bayview Elementary School 250-754-5521

Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (by appointment) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 Moms, Dads and Babes Drop-in (prenatal and postpartum) 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Babytime 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. April 1 to May 27 Wellington Library 250-758-5544 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250-390-4001 Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388 PacificCARE Drop-in Playgroup (birth-5 years) 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Country Club Centre (near Coles bookstore) 250-756-2022 No drop-in June 24-Sept. 9 Family Storytime drop-in (birth-5 years) 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Gabriola Island Library 250-247-7878 Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-754-5521 McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-754-5521 Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-754-5521 Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Georgia Avenue Community School 250-754-5521 Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Bayview Elementary School 250-754-5521

Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-754-5521

Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-754-5521

Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-5521

Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-5521


Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (by appointment) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 Building Better Babies Drop in (birth to 6 months) 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Toddler Time 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. April 2 to May 28 Wellington Library 250-758-5544 Preschool Storytime 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. April 2 to May 28 Wellington Library 250-758-5544 Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388

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Walking with Elders (birth to 6 years) 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250-390-4001 Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388 Family FUNdamentals 10:30 a.m. to noon Gabriola Island HOPE Centre Call to register 250-247-8730

McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-754-5521

Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-754-5521

Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-754-5521

Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-754-5521 Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Georgia Avenue Community School 250-754-5521 Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Bayview Elementary School 250-754-5521 Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-754-5521 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-5521 Connections: Young Parent Support Group (Island Health) 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Princess Royal Family Centre 250-739-5845

Perinatal and Breastfeeding Support By appointment Nanaimo Health Centre 250-758-3388 Father Circle of Friends 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578

Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-754-5521

Rug Huggers Parent-Tot drop-in (birth-4 years) 10 a.m. to noon Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250-247-8730

McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-754-5521

Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (by appointment) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342

Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Georgia Avenue Community School 250-754-5521 Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Bayview Elementary School 250-754-5521 Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-754-5521 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-5521

* Parent Child Mother Goose速 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. * 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 250-247-8730 for information and to register. * Please also check with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Culture for additional recreational programs for parents and preschoolers. 250756-5200

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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 Island Heath ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������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

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ooks are great, but they aren’t the be-all and endall for early literacy. Songs, rhymes, games and simply talking to your baby all play an important role. Such activities build crucial pre-literacy skills, but they also strengthen the child-parent bond and can help calm children when they’re upset or anxious, says Tanya Reid, program facilitator for Ladysmith Resources Centre’s Parent-Child & Mother Goose program as well as the Adventures in Early Literacy Program. “Mother Goose is about parents finding new ways to bond with their children,” Reid says. Mother Goose is an eight-week program for parents, grandparents and their babies or toddlers. Sessions are split, one for infants (newborn to crawling) and one for

Early literacy looks like all sorts of things. Chewing on books and flipping pages – it’s all early literacy. toddlers (walking to 30 months), and are built around the notion that a playful, fun and imaginative environment with rhymes, songs and stories is an important part of a child’s life and contributes a strong base for pre-literacy skills. “Early literacy looks like all sorts of things,” says Reid. “Chewing on books and flipping pages – it’s all early literacy.”

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Those songs and rhymes can also come in handy when kids want to do anything but still, such as in a shopping cart at the grocery store or in a carseat, Reid says, suggesting that having special songs and books for those specific times can often be just what’s needed. “It’s a powerful tool, and it’s not a toy or something that had to be packed or that we have to worry about chemical contaminants,” she says. “We’re distracting them and shifting their focus, but we are also teaching them about language, their bodies, their enviroment, counting, numbers and letters.” Early exposure to language is also capitalizing on an infant’s incredibly rapid early brain development, when it is producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between those cells.

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While the programs reinforce those skills, they also discourage use of technology, which more and more studies are showing to have serious negative effects on developing brains and behaviours. The eight-week Adventures in Early Literacy program follows a similar philosophy, showing parents and caregivers new ways to interact with their kids, with each session including various pre-literacy activities – math, classification, sorting, letters, numbers, fine-motor skills – that correspond to a specific book. Most communities offer similar free programs emphasizing pre-literacy skills and parent-child bonds through municipal Parks, Rec and Culture departments, as well as the Vancouver Island Regional Library. The library also offers regular drop-in Storytime sessions at locations around the Island and for a variety of ages. Libraries are also rich with additional resources, such as special literacy kits for babies, toddlers and

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Program sees children engage with world W By Tammy Toor hen four-year-old Maisy Burns wakes up each morning, one of the first questions she often asks is, “Is it school today?” If the answer is “yes” then a big smile comes across her face as she hurriedly decides what to wear and what she wants to take in her backpack to show her friends. Maisy has been attending Parks, Recreation and Environment’s “Play and Learn” programs for almost two years now. She started attending Animal Crackers at Beban Park with instructor, Julie Miller, when she turned three and immediately loved it. Maisy is the third child in the family that has participated in these Beban Park programs following in the footsteps of her older brother,

We often forget how important play is to our children’s healthy brain development.

Cohen, and older sister, Maddisyn. Since she is starting kindergarten in September, she is now attending “KinderPrep” as a way to practice her skills for attending school in a fun and supported environment. The City of Nanaimo’s “Play and Learn” monthly programs help children to engage, explore and discover the world around them. Led by experienced and dedicated staff, children learn how enjoyable

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learning can be through interactive play, songs, stories, crafts and exercise that aids them in developing a wide range of skills, including emotional, social and cognitive abilities, problem-solving, interpersonal play, language proficiency and fundamental movement skills through play-based recreation activities. Tracy Stuart, recreation coordinator for the Play and Learn programs says, “We often forget how important play is to our children’s healthy brain development, but time and time again, studies have shown that play helps children with speech and language abilities, social interaction and boosts cognitive development. “With all of these benefits, it makes sense to emphasize play in our programs.” Julie Miller, ECE, has been teaching at Beban Park since 1992.

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She loves watching children come to the classroom on their first day hardly able to leave their mother or father’s side to the time that they run through the door ahead of their parents so excited to participate in the day’s activities with their friends. Angela Vipond, ECE, the instructor for the programs at Bowen Park and Kin Hut since 2001 says, “I have one of the best jobs in the world. I get to help create a positive learning environment that creates unforgettable memories for these children. I can’t think of anything better than spending time with these kids and really getting to know them. Each child is so unique and special.” Play and Learn programs, for children three to five years old, are registered by the month and occur at Beban Park, Bowen Park, Kin Hut Activity Centre and Oliver Woods Community Centre. Most run two times a week for two hours each day. Spots can be reserved for the whole year (September to June).

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Maisy Burns, 4, left, Rhilynne Bates, 3, and Sofia Christie, 4, work out a puzzle during morning playtime at their preschool class in Beban Park social centre.

For more information on these programs or other programs for the preschool aged child, please visit www.nanaimo.ca or call 250.756.5200. Take a moment this

year and encourage your child to “Play”! u Tammy Toor is a communications specialist with the City of Nanaimo.

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Weaning dependent on child Social and cultural norms influence when babies transition from breast or bottle to solid food

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ost infants start getting introduced to solid foods around six months, as their digestive systems become sufficiently developed to process it, so the weaning process is already underway. When to fully wean an infant or toddler off breast milk or bottles really depends on the child and the parents. There is no universal ‘right time’ for weaning – it’s typically dependent on each family and child’s specific needs, situation and comfort level. But those circumstances are (or can be) greatly influenced by social and cultural expectations, which often bias toward earlier weaning. That may not be what’s best for baby or mom, says Bridget Deighton, a group leader with La Leche League Canada’s Nanaimo group, who adds there is plenty of scientific evidence for later weaning – between 2.5-3 years old is closer to the biological norm. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive nursing for the first six months and then nursing for up to two years and beyond for the optimal health of the child, while research by anthropologist Katherine Dettwyler demonstrated that nursing up to age seven is what children are biologically designed to expect. “It’s interesting to note that antibodies in breast milk actually increase after the baby is 12 months old, providing added protection for toddlers who have more opportunities to pick up germs,” Deighton says. Founded in 1956 in Illinois when few women were nursing, La Leche League now has more than 3,000 groups meeting around the world. The charitable, volunteer organi-

Ideally, the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need. zation aims to provide information and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed their babies. Discussions often revolve around the numerous benefits of extended nursing to both mother and baby. While breastfeeding is known to be a key aspect in strengthening the emotional mother-child bond, some other benefits for mom include: reduces risk of breast, ovarian, uterine and endometrial cancers; protection against osteoporosis; reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis; and easier post-partum weight loss. La Leche League’s philosophy is that “ideally, the breastfeeding relationship will continue until the baby outgrows the need.” The group avoids suggesting or recommending a certain age for weaning, but if a mother needs help with weaning,

group leaders are there to support mothers through the transition so they can avoid abrupt endings that can cause more medical/emotional issues for mothers and babies. “More often than not, mothers feel pressured to wean much earlier because of cultural and societal expectations,” Deighton says. “When they discover the biological norm is much higher and that their child can continue to benefit emotionally and physically from the breastfeeding relationship, we usually can find ways to mitigate the lack of support.” “We will meet them wherever they are in their breastfeeding journey and try to help,” she says. “It’s not that there’s just one way or a right way or a wrong way; there are all different ways and it’s different for every parent and child.” La Leche League meetings are held once a month, and leaders will also offer information or answer questions through phone calls, e-mails or its Facebook page. More information about the organization or contact details are available at www.LLLC.ca. Other valuable, evidence-based information is available through the local Public Health Unit www.viha.ca/ locations/health_units.htm.


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Communication key to step-parenting

By Dianne Martin Five-year-old Susan was getting very angry at her new stepdad, Ryan. He kept telling her to pick up her toys. Susan ignored him and went on colouring. Ryan asked her again to pick up her toys. Finally, an outraged Susan screamed at Ryan, “You’re not the boss of me! You can’t tell me what to do!” Kids and step-parents often have a different view of their relationship with each other. The children get upset and confused when their step-parent begins to enforce the family rules. In contrast, the step-parent becomes frustrated when their stepchild becomes defiant and refuses to co-operate. The first step in effective stepparenting begins with talking with your partner about your roles and responsibilities regarding their children. When a step-parent enters the fam-

ily, it is important that the child’s parent remains the only one who disciplines the child. The child’s mom or dad is responsible for explaining the house rules and expectations to their child. The step-parent remains in the background and does not assume a parenting role. Ideally the step-parent acts as a friendly interested adult. Step-parents should never set up their own rules without first talking it over with their partner. As the child begins to form a trusting relationship with them, the step-parent gradually moves into a more direct parenting role. Common stepfamily situations crop up. Here are some ideas for how to respond. Your stepchild might say: “You can’t tell me what to do – you are not my dad!”

It is important that step-parents do not over react or get angry. Using a calm, respectful and firm voice, respond with: “You are right, I’m not your dad but I’m the one in charge right now. I need to keep you safe and make sure you follow your mom’s rules.” Follow up by reminding the child what Mom expected. Do not nag the child – if he or she continues to refuse to co-operate simply remind them of the consequences. The best parenting strategy for step-parents is to remain calm, firm and respectful with your stepchild. Let the child become comfortable with you. Remember it takes time to build a trusting relationship with youngsters so don’t jump in too quickly. u Dianne Martin is a step-mom, birth mom and certified stepfamily counsellor.

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Cloth diapers are making a comeback

More parents chosing fabric over disposables and saving money in the process

While disposables remain the dominant player in the diaper market, more parents are choosing cloth, reusable options. Cloth diapers are no longer simply pieces of folded material wrapped onto baby and held with safety pins – that is of a bygone era. Today’s reusable diapers come in a number of style options, and the industry has advanced leaps and bounds over the past decade, says Cristi Lundman, owner of Huckleberry Baby Shop in Nanaimo. “There’s been a real difference in the last 10 to 15 years, the last 10 years definitely,” says Lundman, who previously worked as a registered nurse in labour and delivery as well as public health. “There’s been so many options coming on the market.” A fall 2014 study by Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarket-

When I was first cloth diapering 14 years ago, it was hard to find anyone else who was. That’s just not the case anymore. research.com/baby-diapers-market) indicates disposables hold a 66-per cent market share, but Lundman says the cloth diaper market is growing, with more money being spent on them and manufacturers investing more in their products. “It’s becoming a lot more mainstream,” says Lundman, mother of four daughters. “When I was first cloth diapering 14 years ago, it was

hard to find anyone else who was. That’s just not the case anymore.” Primary motivations for choosing cloth are that parents want lower chemical exposure (disposables rely on chemical content for absorbency) and concerns about the amount of waste produced. Environment Canada says Canadians discard four million diapers every day, while www.babycentre. ca suggests the average infant goes through 8,000 diaper changes before toilet training. Cost is also a factor in the choice, Lundman says, suggesting families can save roughly $1,000 by choosing cloth. And if they re-use the diapers for a second or third child, savings multiply. Many parents also enjoy that cloth diapers offer dozens of options for colours and patterns.


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And although cloth diapers aren’t completely free of environmental impact, as the regular washing requires using more detergent, water and electricity, the impact is far less than the alternatives, Lundman says. While the prospect of washing dozens of messy diapers day in and day out is too daunting for some, the idea that it’s an onerous task is actually a misunderstanding. There’s no arguing disposables are less work for parents, though they may have to pay to have extra full garbage cans carried away, but neither is washing cloth diapers a major exercise, which many parents find out with two-week ‘trial kits.’ “It’s not rocket science to wash your own diapers, it’s not a ton of extra work,” Lundman says. Diaper services are also available for parents who prefer to have diapers washed by someone else, although that typically negates any cost savings. For conscious consumers, there are a number of well-established Canadian manufacturers in the market, such as Bummis out of Montreal and AMP out of Winnipeg, both of which work closely with their retails and emphasize North American materials and manufacturing in their products. For more information, please visit www.babycenter.ca/a25006071/cloth-versus-disposable-the-diaper-facts.

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Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools offer a widerange of programs for the early years providing support for families and young learners.

StrongStart Centres

Ready, Set, Learn

Daily drop-in play centres for parents with children under 5 at eight locations across the district.

Fun activities for 3 and 4 year olds to introduce them to their neighbourhood school.

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Healthy Start to Learning

Every school hosts a special event for soon-to-be Information to ensure your child is ready to learn. Kindergarteners to meet staff and tour their school. Beban Park, Saturday, April 11: 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For more information, please call your school or visit WWW.SD68.BC.CA - Programs - Early Years

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