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CHILDCARE CENTRE CAMPAIGN GRAND OPENING MARCH 9TH, 2018

The Childcare Centre, named “Thi Lelum Smuneem” is based on an Indigenous world view with an importance and connection to nature. This centre will be open to all people living in the South End of Nanaimo. It’s comprised of daycare space for twenty-four, 3-5 year olds with space for twenty, 5-12 year olds for out of school care upstairs. The building is close to completion but still requires community financial support for it’s completion! Developing partnerships with Island Health, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Nanaimo Youth Services, Vancouver Island University and other local organizations we have created a hub where children, youth and families can get their social service, health, education, employment, housing, culture and recreation needs met. This beautiful location will raise the esteem of any children, youth and families attending.

Support Our Future Leaders

TLAFC offers more than 50 programs, providing services for more than 50 years. All donations go towards the building development of the new Childcare Centre on Tenth St. Your name and/or company name will be posted on the donor wall for any donations over $200 on a Salmon Plaque. Ways to Donate: Pick up a contribution form at: Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre 927 Haliburton St., Nanaimo B.C. V9R 6N4. OR By arrangement through Tammie - (250) 753-8291 All donations are appreciated. Thank you for your community support! Check out the project on Facebook @TillicumLelumChildcareCentreCampaign

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Any additional revenue collected will go to support other programs within TLAFC.

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Healthy Start Fair Parents can find out about a lot of programs and services, and how to access those resources, all in once place Family magazine is published by Nanaimo News Bulletin and Black Press.

PUBLISHER: SEAN McCUE EDITOR: GREG SAKAKI PRODUCTION: DARRELL SUMMERFELT Editorial contributions were 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.

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Right notes No minimum age to start a child’s musical journey BY CHRIS BUSH

Whether it’s merely listening, singing along or learning to play an instrument, music can be a big part of a child’s development. With an approach toward keeping it fun and focused on what will keep the child engaged, it’s never too early

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to start children on a musical education and in Nanaimo there are plenty of programs for even the youngest budding musicians, even those too young to really handle an instrument. Nanaimo Conservatory of Music offers a number of options for children. Some programs are offered as part of a partnership between the conservatory and the City of Nanaimo. “We have a lot of programs for little ones specifically,” said Barbara Livingston, conservatory executive director. Kindermusik, offered at the conservatory through Nanaimo parks and rec, is tailored to children ranging in age from newborns to seven-year-olds. It’s based on development

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principles defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The conservatory’s full seven-year curricula involve the full range of development, including language, motor and social skills, emotional growth, cognitive development and musicality. The conservatory also offers courses for stringed instruments, flute and piano based on the Suzuki method, a teaching system that focuses on the child’s total development. “It’s quite remarkable listening to some of the little Suzuki students play at a very young age – very sophisticated playing – it’s quite exciting,” Livingston said. Nanaimo Conservatory of Music also offers several other children’s

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instrument and choir programs, including Nanaimo Youth Choir for kids 5 to 14. To learn more about Nanaimo Conservatory of Music programs, visit www.ncmusic.ca. Once children start on

their musical journey, the key to keeping them engaged is to let them play instruments they’re interested in. Colin Darling, Long and McQuade Nanaimo’s music centre learning coordinator, says children should start with an instrument they have a genuine desire to play. “A lot of parents are tempted to want to start their kids with piano, for example, regardless of the fact their kid absolutely wants to play drums, but they want them to start with piano because they think piano is the way to start,” Darling said. “If their child absolutely does not want to play piano then they just end up being an adult who used to take piano lessons when they were a kid.”

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Whatever instrument the child shows interest in is the place to start, but Darling says there are some qualifications to that advice, mostly based on physical restrictions. A guitar, for example, might be too large for a small child. Good options that offer fun and simplicity for young budding musicians are piano, which offers the immediate reward of playing a sweet-sounding note with the simple strike of a key, drums and ukulele, especially for those who might want to progress to guitar later. “You want to make it fun for them at the beginning so that they want to continue on,” Darling said. To learn more about what Long and McQuade offers and lessons, visit http://bit. ly/2C4cEJV.

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Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Centre (0 - 6 years) Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Born Healthy Prenatal/Postnatal Individual Program 10 - 1 pm, Ladysmith Resources Centre, 250.245.3079 Parks Rec & Culture Part/Tot Swim 9-10, Frank Jameson C.C. 250.245.6424

Adventures in Early Literacy * (3 – 5 ys) Call for dates/times Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 LaFF’s Family Frolics Drop-in Gym Time (walking – 6 years) Suggested donation $2/family 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Oct - April Frank Jameson Community Centre 250.210.0870

Born Healthy Prenatal/Postnatal Individual Program 10 - 1 pm, Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 LaFFternoon (0-6 yrs) Suggested donation $2/family 12:30 - 1:45 drop-in Aggie Hall, 250.210.0870

Born Healthy Prenatal/ Postnatal Group Program 10 - 1 pm, Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 Parks Rec & Culture Part/Tot Swim 9-10, Frank Jameson C.C. 250.245.6424

Parent Child Mother Goose * (12 mths - 2.5 yrs) Call for dates/times Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 Parent-Child Mother Goose * (newborn – 12 mths) Call for dates/times Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment* Island Health 9 - 3 pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.755.3342

Health Beginnings (pre-natal - 12 months) 10-11:30, Island Health Rm 118 1111-4 Ave, 250.755.3388 Parks Rec & Culture Part/Tot Swim 9-10, Frank Jameson C.C. 250.245.6424

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

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StrongStart (birth-5 years) MONDAY-FRIDAY

Fairview Strong Start 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-753-3418 McGirr Strong Start 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-758-8946 Rutherford Strong Start 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-758-5331 Georgia Avenue Strong Start 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Georgia Avenue Community School 250-753-1044

Bellies to Babies and Beyond (Pregnancy to 3 years) 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Princess Royal Family Centre. Registration Required. 250-753-7470 Creating Health Family (Birth to 6 years) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Th Netural zone (421 Franklyn) 250-753-6578 4 Seasons Early Years: Nanoose First Nation Parent Gathering (Childminding for ages birth - 6 years, and 6+) 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Uy Sqwalawun Childcare at 111-A Sna-Naw-As Rd, Lantzville 250-591-0933 Snaw-Naw-As First Nation Family Group Light supper provided Childminding for 0-6 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Uy Sqwalawun Childcare Centre

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Bayview Strong Start 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Bayview Elementary School 250-754-3231 Woodbank Strong Start 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-722-3644 Quarterway Strong Start 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-6845

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Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents with Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) (3 to 5 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-754-3215

The Place (0-14 years with Parent/ Caregiver) Time: Varies Nanaimo Woman’s Centre Call Anita: 778-269-2407 Parent-Child Mother Goose (Birth to 4 years) 10:30 a.m. to Noon Gabriola Island HOPE Centre Call to Register 250-247-8730 Building Better Babies (Birth to 6 Months) 11:00 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. John Barsby Community School Rm. 300 250-753-1783

Active Start (2-6 years) 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Quarterway School Contact Sylvia Taylor 250-758-0630 or email sylvia-miller@shaw.ca

PacificCARE Drop-in Playgroup (Birth to 5 years) 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Country Club Mall, Nanaimo 250-756-2022 Preschool Storytime (3 to 5 years, siblings welcome) 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Nanaimo North Library Call to Register 250-933-BOOK (2665) Family Storytime Drop-in (Birth to 5 years) 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Gabriola Island Library 250-247-7878

The 5 Animal Spirit Bag Early Years Outreach Programme (1 to 5 years) Time: Open Parents/caregiver Home 250-754-3215

4 Seasons Early Years: Stz’uminus First Nation Parent Gathering (Childminding for ages birth - 6 years) 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stz’uminus Health Centre 3945 Shell Beach Road Ladysmith 250-591-0933. Phone 250-245-8551 for a ride Moms, Dads and Babes Drop-in (Prenatal and Postpartum) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Families Supporting Families Monthly Drop-in, 1st Wednesday of month For anyone raising a child. Childminding avail. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nanaimo Child Development Centre 1135 Nelson St.

Are you expecting or do you have a child 6 years old or younger? See what resources and services are available in the Greater Nanaimo area. Check out our website nanaimoearlyyears.org Follow us on Social Media: Facebook: Nanaimo Early Years Twitter: @Nanearlyyears

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EXCEPT SATURDAY & SUNDAY Immunization Clinic (Infant to School Age) Times vary. Nanaimo Health Centre by Appointment 250-755-3388

Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre by Appointment 250-755-3388

The Place (0-14 years with parent/ caregiver) Time: Varies Nanaimo Woman’s Centre Call Anita: 778-269-2407 Rug Huggers Parent-Tot Drop-in (Birth to 4 years) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250-247-8730 4 Seasons Early Years: Penelakut First Nation Playgroup 10:00 a.m. - Noon Penelakut First Nation Health Centre 250-591-0933 Baby Story Time (0-18 months, siblings welcome) 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Nanaimo North Library 250-933-BOOK (2665)

Family Storytime (0 - 5 years) 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Nanaimo Harbourfront Library 250-853-1154 Building Better Babies Drop-in (birth - 6 months) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Connections: Young Parent Support Group (Island Health) 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Princess Royal Family Centre 250-739-5845

Island Treasure Box (Early literacy program) (Birth to 6 years old). By Appointment, in Parent’s home. 250-753-6578

Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Lantzville Boys & Girls Club 250-390-4001

Babytime (0 - 18 months) 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Nanaimo Harbourfront Library 250-753-1154 Toddler Storytime (18 mths - 3 years, siblings welcome) 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Nanaimo North Library 250-933-BOOK (2665) Family FUNdamentals (2 to 4 years) 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Gabriola Island HOPE Centre Call to Register 250-247-8730 4 Seasons Early Years: Snuneymuxw First Nation Parent Gathering (Childminding available for ages 0-6) 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 471 Irwin Street (Native Victory Chapel) 250-591-0933, call for a ride.

Perinatal and Breastfeeding Support By Appointment Nanaimo Health Centre 250-758-3388 The Place (0-14 years with parent/ caregiver) Time: Varies Nanaimo Woman’s Centre Call Anita: 778-269-2407 Father Circle of Friends 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Soul Mamas 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Drop In Last Saturday of the month 20 Fifth Street 250-754-3215

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Greater Nanaimo/Ladysmith Early Years resources and services Breast Feeding Healthlink BC (24-hour Nurse Line) Ladysmith Community Health Centre La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Nanaimo Health Centre Princess Royal Family Centre

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Child Care Boys and Girls Clubs Central Vancouver Island 250-754-3215 www.bgccvi.com Child Care Subsidy Program 1-888-338-6622 www.mcf.gov.bc.ca Community Care Facility Licensing 250-739-5800 www.viha.ca/mho/licensing Ministry of Education 1-800-663-7867 www.bced.gov.bc.ca/ged/gedwhere.htm PacificCARE Child Care 250-756-2022 www.pacific-care.bc.ca - Snuneymuxw Daycare 250-740-2335 snuneymuxw.ca/administration/daycare Supported Child Development 250-753-0251 www.nanaimocdc.com Community Early Years Initiatives/Partnerships Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership 250-816-1699 nanaimoearlyyears.org Ladysmith Early Years Partnership 250-210-0870 www.familyandfriends.ca Success By 6® Initiative 250-591-8731 www.successby6bc.ca Vancouver Island Early Years Network 250-741-5247 Early Learning and Development Early Years Program, SD68/StrongStart Centres 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca Island Family Information 250-756-2022 www.islandfamilyinfo.ca Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Adventures in Early Literacy, Born Healthy, Mother Goose, Dads Group Ladysmith Family and Friends 250-210-0870 www.familyandfriends.ca - LaFF Mornings, LaFFternoon, Family Frolics

Literacy Central Vancouver Island 250-754-8988 www.literacycentralvi.org Nanaimo Child Development Centre 250-753-0251 www.nanaimocdc.com Parent - Child Mother Goose Program www.nald.ca/mothergooseprogram Snuneymuxw First Nation administration 250-740-2300 www.snuneymuxw.ca Speech and Language Pathology/Nanaimo Health Centre 250-739-6827 viha.ca Stz’uminus First Nation 250-245-7155 www.cfnation.com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 www.tillicumlelum.ca Tutoring … With a Twist 250-821-8214 www.tutoringwithatwist.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 7-10 Club Society 250-714-0917 www.nanaimo710club.com Island Health Nutrition Program - Princess Royal Family Centre 250-739-5845 Ladysmith Community Gardens ladysmithcommunitygardensociety.weebly.com LaFF food programs 250-210-0870 www.familyandfriends.ca Loaves and Fishes food bank 250-754-8347 www.nanaimoloavesandfishes.org Meals on Wheels 250-753-1300 www.mealcall.org Nanaimo Community Gardens 250-816-4769 nanaimocommunitygardens.ca Nanaimo Community Kitchens 250-753-7470 nanaimocommunitykitchens.org Nanaimo Food Share Society 250-753-9393 www.nanaimofoodshare.ca Salvation Army meal program 250-754-2621 www.salvationarmy.ca Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 www.tillicumlelum.ca For more information, visit www.nanaimoearlyyears.org

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Greater Nanaimo/Ladysmith Early Years resources and services Health B.C. 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 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 Family Services Adoptive Families Association 1-877-ADOPT-07 www.bcadopt.com Autism Society of B.C. 250-751-9278 www.autismbc.ca Big Brothers and Big Sisters 250-756-2447 www.bigscvi.ca Crisis Counselling Clinic - Brooks Landing 250-739-5710 www.viha.ca Foster Parent Support Services Society 250-802-4414 www.fpsss.com Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250-247-8730 www.gabriolahopecentre.com Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 1-855-474-9777 Haven Society and Transition House 250-756-2452 www.havensociety.com Help Line for Children 1-800-663-9122 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 and Family Services 250-591-0933 www.kwumut.org Ladysmith Resources Centre Association 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca Little Ferns 250-753-1783 Ministry of Children and Family Development 250-741-5444 gov.bc.ca/mcf Nanaimo Child Development Centre 250-753-0251 www.nanaimocdc.com Nanaimo Community Hospice Society 250-591-8811 nanaimohospice.com Nanaimo Family Life Association 250-754-3331 www.nflabc.org

Nanaimo Family Resource Programs 250-585-6970 http://clbc.cioc.ca/ 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 Nanaimo and Area Resource Services for Families 250-754-2773 www.narsf.org Parent Support Services of B.C. 1-877-345-9777 www.parentsuportbc.ca People for a Healthy Community (Gabriola) 250-247-7311 phc-gabriola.org Rainbows Children’s Grief and Loss Support Group - 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 Triple P Positive Parenting Program www.triplepvip.ca Vancouver Island Crisis Society 1-888-494-3888 www.cvics.ca V.I. Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect program 250-310-1234 www.viha.ca Pregnancy (Pre to Post) Birthright Information Help Line 1-800-550-4900 www.birthright.org Crossroads Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Nanaimo (faith based) 250-716-1633 or 250-714-2191 www.pregnancynanaimo.com Maternal Health Program - Inter Tribal Health Services 250-753-3990 or 1-877-777-4842 www.intertribalhealth.ca Midwives www.bcmidwives.com Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 www.viha.ca Nanoose First Nation Head Start Program 250-390-0003 www.bcfnhs.org Options for Sexual Health 250-753-9511 www.optionsforsexualhealth.org Public Health Nursing www.viha.ca

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Adventures in reading Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival is this spring BY JULIE CHADWICK For illustrator and author Cale Atkinson, the thrill of writing children’s books comes in constructing tales that are not only original and relatable, but also contain an element of the fantastic. His latest book, Off & Away, marries these two concepts perfectly when the character of little Jo finds herself in a pickle after her Dad, who collects and delivers all the messages in bottles at sea, becomes ill. “It’s about overcoming fears. The character has to overcome her fear of the ocean

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because her dad is sick and she has to take over the business,” says Atkinson, who does most of his work from a home-based studio in Kelowna. “All the bottles are piling up because he gets a bad sea flu.” Atkinson, who has written and illustrated more than a dozen picture books for children, is one of 10 authors and illustrators from across the country who will descend on the Harbour City for the Vancouver Island Children’s Book Festival on May 12. A staple community event for more than 30 years, BookFest has long stood as a testament to the wealth of talented Canadian and British Columbian children’s authors. In addition to new artists like Atkinson, BookFest will welcome return guests like Barbara Reid, whose rich, sculptural plasticinebased illustrations are a kid favourite. “I played with [plasticine] when I was a kid, and then after I went to art college and learned how to be an

illustrator, I was just kind of fooling around with it along with everything else and it took off,” says Reid. Picture the Sky is her newest release, and explores a wide range of sky-themed images from sweeping expanses of undulating blue horizon to slivers between buildings, mottled

patches spotted through trees, dreamy cloudscapes and dancing northern lights. “Kids put the sky in almost every picture they make,” says Reid. “I find it interesting, the way they represent it, but I just wanted to push it a bit and say, you know, ‘Hey kids, you can really add a lot to your picture by changing up the sky and making it dramatic.’ So it’s fun to look at it from that point of view.” Authors will also visit elementary schools in the area to talk to classes about writing and illustration, and festival organizer Laura Foran says she’s excited to expand further into the hyper-popular genre of graphic novels and young adult books with an art workshop for teens. “We noticed kids seemed to be aging out of the festival at around 10, so we wanted to keep them engaged,” says Foran. BookFest takes place in and around Diana Krall Plaza. For more information and tickets, visit www. bookfest.ca. Children. Culture. Community.

Working for Children

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FAMILY MAGAZINE Spring 2018

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Child-safe home a nice place to live All family members should be considered when home improvements are being planned, especially the youngest household residents who may not be responsible enough to avoid accidents and injuries. According to a recent Vital Signs report from the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental injuries are a leading cause of death among the country’s youths. Leading causes of child injury include suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires and falls. More can be done to keep children safe and many strategies start at home. Install security systems - A security system can be just as effective at keeping little ones inside as it is at keeping unwanted guests outside. Alarms can be set to sound anytime a window or door is breached, which can deter curious children

secure and in good working order. Temporary gates can block kids from getting on stairways. Improve lighting around staircases to help children and adults avoid falls, and remove any obstacles.

from trying to leave the house without permission. Pair the alarm system with secure locks and high latches that can also stop children in their tracks. Remove fall hazards - Safety devices installed on windows that are above ground level can keep children safe. Stair rails should be

Anchor heavy furniture - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that unanchored televisions and top-heavy furniture can tip over onto children and cause severe injuries and even death. Everyday furniture can be tempting to climb; therefore, using anchors to secure furniture to walls for security is a must. Install locking cabinets - Locking cabinets can keep medications, household chemicals, home improvement paints and solvents, and other potential poisons out of reach.

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LEARNING

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Give your child a solid foundation in learning and life by focusing on physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.

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Everybody loves a fair

Early Years Partnership holding free Healthy Start Fair March 8 Next week’s Healthy Start Fair will be a one-stop shop of resources, services and activities for parents with children aged 0-6. The fair, to be held March 8 at Country Club Centre, is being hosted by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership. There will be family resources, vision

screening, healthy eating tips, literacy kits and other health and parenting information, as well as storytime, activities, games, snacks and giveaways. Amber Bruner, Children First Early Years Community Coordinator, said the partnership is trying to remove barriers for families

and give them a value-added service. “I find as a parent it’s really cool because you are not only feeling so supported and getting all these supports and resources and information and help being a parent but your child is also having fun,” she said. The fair will be held from 4-7 p.m. Funding for the events comes from the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island, Coastal Community Credit Union, United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island, Success by 6 and Children First.

Yo Ho Ho! Ahoy, let’s go! Time to test the waters, team! Let’s launch this birdish boat! Bon voyage and au revoir and... fingers crossed she’ll float! Join these birdy buccaneers, exploring worlds uncharted. Their escapades will crack you up, be ye not chicken-hearted!

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White Spot has embarked on a new adventure with the launch of the WS Legendary! Join the dashing Captain Beak Rogers and his grilled cheese gobbling crew of cluckaneers as they set sail on some legendary misadventures! Download the app at www.whitespot.com/kids. NORTH NANAIMO SOUTH NANAIMO 6561 Island Hwy. 130 Terminal Ave. 250.390.2941 250.754.2241 Valid from now until August 31st, 2018. Valid for dine-in only. Limit one pirate pak per entree purchase of $12 or more. Not to be combined with any other promotional offer. No cash value. Limit one coupon per visit. Valid at the South Nanaimo White Spot only.

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Early Years Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools offer a wide range of programs for the early years providing support for families and young learners.

StrongStart Centres

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

Welcome to Kindergarten

Every school hosts a special event for soon-to-be Kindergarteners to meet staff and their school.

Ready, Set, Learn

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

Healthy Start to Learning Fair Information to ensure your child is ready to learn.

Thursday, March 8, 4:00PM - 7:00PM Country Club Centre, Nanaimo For more information, please call your school or visit sd68.bc.ca - Programs - Early Years

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