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CHILDCARE CENTRE CAMPAIGN All donations go towards the building development of the new Childcare Centre in the South end of Nanaimo. PURPOSE: To address the daycare shortage in the South end of Nanaimo where many low income families, elementary schools as well as Vancouver Island University students reside. To provide a Preschool/Prekindergarten Program for Aboriginal children to increase school readiness upon entering Kindergarten. To work collaboratively to implement the curriculum developed with our community partners for “Qeq College� (baby college) in the 4 inner city schools into the Childcare Centre. To work in partnership with VIU to provide research opportunities in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and practicum placements for several health and human service disciplines. To provide opportunities for families to positively interact with their children in a supervised learning environment. To provide quality childcare for those families wanting to access Post-Secondary education or career opportunities. To provide childcare to those accessing other support services in a culturally integrated service delivery model. To provide children and families access to elders and cultural knowledge.

The new Childcare Centre will provide access to a 25 seat licensed Daycare.

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

PUBLISHER MAURICE DONN EDITOR MELISSA FRYER SALES MANAGER SEAN McCUE PRODUCTION DARRELL SUMMERFELT Editorial contributions were made by Black Press staff, including Karl Yu, Nicholas Pescod, Chris Bush and Tamara Cunningham, 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.

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Start with art

It’s not too early to get children creating with the numerous art programs available to kids and families, from painting and drawing, to theatre and music.

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School meal programs offer healthy, convenient options for students.

Parents encouraged to participate in more physical activity with kids.

Library programs 8 Literacy starts early with events and activities.

Parent support

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Improved access to mental health services builds connections.

Mom time

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Soul Mamas share ideas on early learning, uplift moms.

Play places 21 Dozens of playgrounds can be found across the Harbour City.

Development support 22

Nanaimo Child Development Centre receives 3,000 calls a month from parents asking for help.

The difference between boys and girls? Nothing when you share the same campfire.

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School meal programs offer healthy, convenient options for students BY KARL YU

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Monica Dumont, Forest Park Elementary education assistant and breakfast coordinator, left, and Jacquie Poulin, principal and Nanaimo school district healthy school initiatives overseer, offer healthy food options for students in the breakfast program.

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LEARNING

With kids back to school, the Nanaimo school district has healthy food options available. Jacquie Poulin, Forest Park Elementary principal, oversees healthy school initiatives in the district and says there are more breakfast programs in schools than there are lunch. “Quite a few of our schools are receiving grants from the Breakfast Clubs of Canada and so we offer breakfast programs through that,” said Poulin. “Others have grants from various different things.

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their children (Ages 0-12). In addition, parents have access to: Child care subsidy forms; child care referrals; training opportunities; resources We also provide supports to child care providers and those wishing to look after 1 or 2 children in their homes.

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There’s other grant programs out there to try and offer healthy, nutritious breakfasts for our students before they start their day.” Poulin said at her school, emergency lunches are provided to families who are in difficult financial situations or occasionally to children who forget. It is paid for by grants other than Breakfast Club money. Nanaimo FoodShare provides lunch donations to schools as well. Healthy food options are a priority and all programs adhere to requirements of Canada’s Food Guide, which offers advice on healthy eating. Poulin said fruits and vegetables are always part of breakfasts and lunches. In most schools, a staff member oversees meal planning, working to ensure compliance to the food guide. Meals vary from school to school. “It could be whole-wheat pancakes, there could be cold cereal, it could be oatmeal, it could be scrambled eggs and toast,” said

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We really emphasize not just the nutrition part, but the social, emotional part.

Poulin. “There’s always yogurt and fruit out for them as well. We really emphasize not just the nutrition part, but the social, emotional part.” Table manners and ensuring students clean up after themselves are part of Forest Park school’s program, according to Poulin. “Those are all skills, right? It’s not just about the breakfast. It’s around the whole nutrition and the importance of a calm start to their day,” Poulin said. In terms of lunches, it can include sandwiches, fruit and a vegetable.

“Typically it’s either a sandwich or a bun or something like that, either an apple or an orange, carrot sticks, celery sticks, yogurt would be in there quite often because they’ll pick it up at lunch time. Sometimes there might be some healthy cookies that have been baked ... oatmeal raisin, that type of thing,” said Poulin. Soft drinks aren’t even a consideration as there are no such vending machines at elementary schools in the district, she said. To partake in breakfasts programs, it’s as easy as filling out a form. Poulin said some families use the program because it is convenient, not due to financial situation. “We send home forms and any child can register into it,” said Poulin. “We tell parents what the cost is to offer the breakfast per day and ask if they can pay, however, if they can’t pay, or they can only pay a smaller amount, we never turn children away.” reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

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Doctors advocate for less screen time Parents also encouraged to participate in more physical activity with kids

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he public library has become a place not just for adults, but for people of all ages, including toddlers. Today, Vancouver Island Regional Library branches offer plenty of fun and interactive programs for children under six. Julie Carter, Wellington Library’s children and youth customer services librarian, says all of the library’s children’s programs are drop-in and interactive. “The kids have a really good time,” she said. “It is not just about sitting and making them be quiet. It is about them enjoying the experience and enjoying the experience with their parents or

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caregivers.” Wellington Library, along with Harbourfront Library, Nanaimo North Library and Gabriola Library, host the Storytime series, a drop-in session were children learn rhymes, bounces, action songs, fingerplays, lullabies and stories. The series is divided into Babytime, Toddlertime, and Preschool Storytime, with each class running approximately 30 minutes. Carter says Babytime and Toddlertime are all about allowing parents time to be with their child. “A parent can bring their child with them and we introduce them to some new songs and rhymes and it is just a time to be with your baby. We do bounces and tickle rhymes,” she said. “It is a time to bond with the child and a librarian will be there leading the session.” Following Babytime, which is geared toward children under 18 months, parents can interact with

Quickfacts BABYTIMES runs Wednesday at Wellington Library from Oct. 21 to Nov. 25, 11:15-11:45 a.m. The program is aimed at babies up to 18 months. TODDLERTIME runs Friday at Wellington Library from Oct. 23 to Nov. 27, 10:15-10:45 a.m. The program is aimed at toddlers age 18-36 months. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME runs Friday at Wellington Library from Oct. 23 to Nov. 27, 11:15-11:45 a.m. The program is aimed at children ages three to five years.

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Toddlertime and Preschool Storytime are structured in the same way as Babytime, with the main difference being the level of reading that is incorporated into the activities. Carter says all of the programs are designed to get young kids interested in literacy. “One main thing is getting them to love reading,” she said. “Reading is such an important skill when you get into school.” In addition to the Storytime series, the Wellington Library hosts other fun programs for kids such as Paws and Tails, Halloween Pet Rocks and puppet shows. “We often do puppet shows. In my branch, we have one for Halloween and one for Christmas,” Carter said. “Those are really, really popular. So we will take a popular children’s book and turn it into a puppet show for the kids to come and watch.” Although technology like iPads

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Popular children’s picture books for 2015 What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Suess – The tale captures a classic childhood moment – choosing a pet – and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin – asks the reader questions about the colors of different foods and objects. Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman – A readaloud story that shows how even the smallest child can make big things happen. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin – Described as a laugh-until-salsacomes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

and tablets has provided children with a new way to learn and read, picture books, such as The Cat in the Hat, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Curious George, Goodnight

Moon, Love You Forever, The Little Engine that Could and If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie, still remain popular. According to Carter, one of the most popular picture books right now is Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean. The picture book was originally published in 2008 and has become a series written by Dean, along with his wife Kimberly. Carter says the library has become a place for children to have fun and learn. “There is a lot of fun to be had in the library while learning important skills,” Carter said. For more information on the Storytime series and other children’s programs at the library, please contact Carter at 250-758-5544 or e-mail jcarter@virl.bc.ca. A full list of children’s events at all Nanaimo libraries can be found at www.virl.bc.ca. arts@nanaimobulletin.com

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The City of Nanaimo’s monthly “Play & Learn” early years programs, led by experienced and dedicated 1/2can Page staff, will teach your child how enjoyable learning be! Through interactive play, songs, stories, crafts 27p skills that will assist them in Kindergarten and basic academic prep activities, your child42p willxdevelop and for years to come. Register each month from September 2015 to June 2016.

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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 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 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.739.5777 PacificCARE Ladysmith Family Resource Centre 250-756-2022

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 PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral Consultant is available at the Ladysmith Resource Centre on Thursdays to help with Childcare Searches, subsidy forms and other resources. 250-756-2022


Bellies to Babies and Beyond (pregnancy-3 years) 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Princess Royal Family Center Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society Registration required 250-753-7470 Creating Healthy Families (birth-6 years) 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 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

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Building Better Babies (drop-in prenatal class) 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 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 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (drop-in) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 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 Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388

McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary 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 Sept. 8 - Nov. 24; reopens Jan. 5

Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford 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

Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Georgia Avenue 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 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway 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

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Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (by appointment) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342

Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 1 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

Building Better Babies Drop in (birth to 6 months) 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. Oct. 21 to Nov. 4, Nov. 18 to 25 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

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 Sept. 9 - Nov. 25; reopens Jan. 6 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 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway 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 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 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

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Walking with Elders (birth to 6 years) 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre This is a registered group 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

Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (by appointment) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 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 Soul Mamas (last Saturday of the month) Drop in 10 a.m. to noon 20 Fifth Street 250-754-3215

Toddler Time 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Oct. 23 to Nov. 27 Wellington Library 250-758-5544 Preschool Storytime 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Oct. 23 to Nov. 27 Wellington Library 250-758-5544 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 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-5521

* Parent Child Mother GooseÂŽ Program at PacificCARE This group experience for parents and their babies and young children focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. 250-756-2022 * Please also check with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Culture for additional recreational programs for parents and preschoolers. 250-756-5200

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Bellies to Babies and Beyond (pregnancy-3 years) 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Princess Royal Family Center Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society Registration required 250-753-7470 Creating Healthy Families (birth-6 years) 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 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

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Building Better Babies (drop-in prenatal class) 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 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 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (drop-in) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 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 Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388

McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary 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 Sept. 8 - Nov. 24; reopens Jan. 5

Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford 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

Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 9 a.m. to noon Georgia Avenue 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 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway 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

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Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (by appointment) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342

Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 1 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

Building Better Babies Drop in (birth to 6 months) 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. Oct. 21 to Nov. 4, Nov. 18 to 25 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

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 Sept. 9 - Nov. 25; reopens Jan. 6 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 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway 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 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 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

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Walking with Elders (birth to 6 years) 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre This is a registered group 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

Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (by appointment) Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 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 Soul Mamas (last Saturday of the month) Drop in 10 a.m. to noon 20 Fifth Street 250-754-3215

Toddler Time 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Oct. 23 to Nov. 27 Wellington Library 250-758-5544 Preschool Storytime 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Oct. 23 to Nov. 27 Wellington Library 250-758-5544 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 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-5521

* Parent Child Mother GooseÂŽ Program at PacificCARE This group experience for parents and their babies and young children focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. 250-756-2022 * Please also check with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Culture for additional recreational programs for parents and preschoolers. 250-756-5200

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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�tillicumlelum�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 �������������������������������������������������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�tillicumlelum�ca Island Health Nutrition Program - Princess Royal Family Centre �����������250-739-5845 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�tillicumlelum�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


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Greater Nanaimo/Ladysmith Early Years Resources & Services Crisis Society for Central Vancouver Island ����������������� 1-888-494-3888 www�cvics�ca 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�tillicumlelum�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

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children find artistic side Variety of artistic programs available for children under the age of six By Nicholas Pescod

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Linden Gray-Birch, 5, left, paints during Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Saturday Art Lab.

anaimo might be known as the Harbour City, but perhaps it could also be known as the artistic city. Whether it is art, dance, music or theatre, there are plenty of options and no shortage of artistic activities for children aged six and under. On Saturday mornings, the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Art Lab hosts an hour-long art class called the Saturday Studio. Classes are led by the gallery’s art education coordinator Yvonne Vander Kooi, along with Jacqueline Yeo and Melissa Partee, and often have a theme that directly

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relates to the gallery’s current rewarding,” said gallery curator exhibition. and artistic director Jesse Birch. “Whether it is experimenting “My son is often coming home with different kinds of materials with something that he is super or taking something from the exhi- proud of and it is nice as a parent bition as a jumping off point or an to see that as well.” idea from art hisIf art isn’t your tory, there are all child’s forte, kinds of different there are always points of inspiraacting classes. tion that come into Headliners stages these activities that a number of proare perfect for chil- Kids have such an ductions throughdren,” says gallery out the year that interesting way of executive director are designed for Julie Bevan. looking at the world. kids. Among the The Saturday productions this Studio recently split its classes year are Into the Woods and Alice into two age brackets, 5-7 and in Wonderland. Headliners also 8-12. The hour-long program for offers Home Schooler’s Theatre those ages 5-7 begins at 9:30 a.m. course and Take A Bow, a confidence and skill-building class. and offers kids the chance to get Manda Chelmak, artistic direccreative, messy and learn new tor of Headliners, says acting can techniques. teach children a variety of skills. “Kids have such an interesting “They learn to improvise and way of looking at the world, so they learn to work as a team and by giving them all those tools to play games and be creative and express themselves it is really

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silly,” she said. The City of Nanaimo offers extensive programming for children under six. Programming ranges from arts and crafts, dance, music and culinary. The city offers six programs for children between the ages of three and six. The programs, some of which include parent participation, touch on topics about birds, sea critters, bears and worms. There are a number of other organizations that offer programming for children, including Crimson Coast Dance Society and Vibe Street Dance Studio, both of which offer dance classes for children over the age of 5. For more information on the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s Art Lab Saturday Studio, please visit www. nanaimoartgallery.com. For additional information on the other programs listed please visit www. headliners.ca and www.nanaimo. ca.

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New program helps moms suffering with depression Improved access to mental health services builds connections By Tamara cuNNiNgham

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The reason we want to treat and support these women is it does affect bonding. Brooks Landing if they have thirdparty medical insurance. The new TEAM program is for people who don’t carry medical insurance and can’t necessarily afford private counseling, said Oberholster, who said postpartum mothers said that they felt uncomfortable going into the crisis clinic or a walk in because they had an infant. Often there’s a wait time and they might have to breast feed, she said, adding that while it was an appropriate service, the location might not have been convenient. TEAM is a counselling service

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Mothers, children and elders gather as part of Soul Mamas, a monthly group created by Anisa White after the birth of her twin boys in 2011. During gatherings, the group shares ideas on early childhood learning.

Gatherings create space for mothers Soul Mamas share ideas on early learning, uplift mothers to give children best start in life By melaNie midgley

Soul Mamas is a unique mother and babies group formed by Anisa White after the birth of her twin boys in 2011. Recognizing her new role as a sacred life giver she wanted to create a tranquil and safe place for mothers to embrace and reflect on what it means to be their child’s first education, as well as to honour and share in their womanhood. As Soul Mamas has grown, White has partnered with the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre to share ideas on early childhood learning and to provide a larger space for the monthly gatherings. “Soul Mamas seeks to create patterns of community life that place children at the centre. It focuses on the developmental needs of

children in their early years, up to five years old, with teachers offering learning opportunities and supervised play,” said White. “It also aims to uplift mothers with skills and abilities to ensure their children have the best start to their education while nourishing their souls with story, song and a sharing circle at each gathering. It is a multi-faith, multi-cultural group that is currently offered to the wider community in the Harewood area, based on indigenous holistic views of development across four areas: spiritual, physical, mental and emotional.” Gatherings take place at 20 Fifth St., 10 a.m. to noon, on the last Saturday of each month. Simple, healthy, child-friendly snacks are provided and the gatherings include traditional drumming and singing. Our mornings start with a welcome circle for everyone, which includes an opening prayer from Kwakwaka’wakw elder Sally Williams. Later, the children have a chance to play alongside the early years educators while the mothers are free to share their feelings and wishes as a group. “Being an elder for Soul Mamas is

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a unique opportunity that allows us to sustain our noble ancestors beliefs and values,” said Williams. “In addition, we collectively bridge our current life to our Aboriginal way of life. We have a mutual relationship where we share our knowledge, wisdom and purpose with each other. My experience in this group uplifts my spirit to witness the strong desire to the mothers to strengthen their connection to culture and nurturing their children in both world views.” Everyone is welcome. Upcoming gatherings are scheduled for Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre provides a number of other free aboriginal-focused early years programs for the community, including a home visit program as well as the Aboriginal HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program. For more information, please visit www.NanaimoAboriginalCentre.ca. u Melanie Midgley is an Aboriginal Early Years Outreach Worker for Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre. She can be reached at mmidgley@nanaimo aboriginalcentre.ca or 250-754-3215.

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William Scarlett, 5, makes the most of hot late summer weather in September with a ride through the water features at Harewood Mining Community Water Park after riding the BMX track and checking out the playground at Harewood Centennial Park. CHrIS BuSH/THE NEwS BuLLETIN

a place to play Dozens of playgrounds found in Nanaimo Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership encourages families to unplug and play, featuring signs at Nanaimo parks suggesting parents put down their gadgets. The three parks featured boast lots of opportunities to keep kids active and entertained. For more, please visit www.nanaimo.ca/ PRC/ Locations/Parks/ParkList. Altrusa Playground at Beban Park – Consistently

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ABOVE: Travis Snyder, 4, overcomes unsteady footing to climb the chain ladder at Maffeo Sutton Park’s Harbourside Playdock. RIGHT: Halle Gueulette, 5, twirls on a spinner ride at Beban Park Altrusa Adventure Playground.

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Centre offers range of family support Child development centre receives 3,000 calls a month from parents asking for help BY KARL YU

As its mission statement says, the Nanaimo Child Development Centre has been “promoting child development by serving children with developmental needs and their families.” Michelle Kocourek, resource development coordinator, said the centre provides services to such children and families. “That can take a broad range of what that looks like,” said Kocourek. “It could be children who have

no actual physical manifestation of what a developmental delay is. There could be some children that have some mental health issues and parents may be going through a challenging time themselves.” Kocourek said the centre takes about 3,000 phone calls a month for anything from inquiries about how to cope with a death in the family to referrals from the Ministry of Children and Family Development and through mental health. Physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, infant development programs, family development, child and youth development, supported child development and integrated on-site preschool for children and children with developmental challenges are among programs offered. “We also have another program, Vancouver Island Children’s Assess-

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since starting out offering assistance to families with children with developmental challenges who needed help with physiotherapy in particular. “We had a doctor on who headed up the program and from there it progressed as the needs of the children grew and as the referrals grew, they grew out quickly from that little house on Estevan and moved over [to Nelson] ... We’ve gone through three renovations since we moved over here (in 1979),” Kocourek said. Being a non-profit, the centre relies on funding and fundraised money. “About 75 per cent of our funding is government funds, but what that does is every department is touched by fundraised money in some way,” said Kocourek. “While we would get funding for the actual physiotherapy or the occupational therapy itself, the government contract does not fund, say, report writing or a staff member getting to

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Lexi Bartlett, 12, works on a swing with Taryn Silver, physiotherapist, at Nanaimo Child Development Centre. Bartlett suffers from moebius syndrome and a mild form of cerebral palsy. The disorders affect Bartkett’s facial muscles, speech and general mobility. The swing helps restore her balance and posture.

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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.

Welcome to Kindergarten

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 16: 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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