Re-Greeting: As this is the first CCRR newsletter of 2017, I am re-greeting a Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone had a break over the Christmas season and had a chance to refresh and enjoy family and friends. I wish each of you the best of health and happiness for the year to come.
There are two other things that have been on my mind as we start the year that relate to the work we do with families. The election in the United States last year has raised many concerns for me. Firstly, the confrontational tone of the campaign which seemed to pit people against each other rather than inform decision making. Secondly, as the drama unfolded it seemed that a lot of people tuned out and, as a result, many were shocked at the outcome.
As you know, we have a Provincial election coming up in May. I think we can take a couple of lessons from our neighbours to the South and be aware of the issues; get informed and involved; and be respectful of our democratic process and hold the candidates to account to be respectful as well – of the process and each other. I heartily hope we will re-engage and be active participants in our democracy as we see how important this role of citizen is to our personal and societal well-being.
The other aspect of the U.S. election that I found disturbing was the divisive nature of the campaign which seemed to give people permission to single out differences in a negative way in both speech and action. Certainly we have seen some of this type of behaviour in our own country but, by contrast, we are much more inclusive, welcoming and appreciative of diversity. My observations of the last year of events in the U.S. has made me truly grateful of the rich contributions of our diverse community. I want to re-commit to the preservation and expansion of this value on diversity that is fundamental – both to the esteem of individuals as well as a true benefit to our community, Province and country as a whole.
June Maynard, Manager
Parent and Child Resource Programs
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The More Informed We Are -- The Better We Can Support Children
North Shore Community Resources Society is rolling out a project to increase general knowledge of child development for parents and the community as a whole. This is an initiative of the North Shore Early Years Centre project, funded by the BC Early Years Office and Ministry of Children and Family Development. This project grew out of a successful pilot on Bowen Island funded by United Way of the Lower Mainland/Success by 6. The focus is on training and information packages on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ*) across the North Shore.
The ASQ-3 is a developmental checklist that pinpoints progress in children between the ages of one month to 5 1/2 years. It is completed by parents as they know their children best and can be done on their own or with a trained early childhood or health care professional. This questionnaire provides a quick check of child development for parents and an opportunity to learn about developmental milestones accompanied by fun learning activities.
The awareness campaign and training which has been conducted in several neighbourhoods is intended to spread the word about this simple yet very useful tool to increase child development knowledge throughout the community and support parents if they have questions and concerns. This wide ranging introduction is called a “universal offer” and the benefit of this initiative is:
As a routine development check rather than a targeted assessment, it reduces stigma
It provides an opportunity for discussions around child development
All parents and child care providers have the same information about child development
A non-threatening way for parents to see how their children are doing and learn more
It is an excellent way to provide child and family-related resources to families
The ASQ belongs to the family. Parents are given the package to do with as they see fit. Follow up activities and other community resources around child development are provided along with the questionnaire and it is the family’s choice whether they want to follow up with a child care provider, family service worker, or health care professional.
The goal of the universal ASQ awareness is not to identify developmental delays and challenges. It is to provide parents with a tool and resources for learning more about developmental milestones and growing healthy child development – for families and for our community.
For more information or to see how you can support this important initiative, please contact Maria Morisseau, the North Shore Early Years Centre Coordinator at Maria.Morisseau@nscr.bc.ca.
June Maynard, Manager
Parent and Child Resource Programs
North Shore Community Resource Society
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NSCR Presents A Community Conversation on Housing
TITLE: Ukelele Fun! DATE & TIME:Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER:Graham Walker
BIO: Graham Walker Graham Walker is a children’s musician, with many years of teaching kids and adults the joy of making simple music together.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This workshop is designed to quickly give 'non-musical' teachers the ability to learn and play ukuleles, and use them in their classes. We will learn some easy chords, how to play a scale, and practice singing simple kid’s songs together. We’ll also learn how to keep time and play a regular strum pattern and play ‘in time’ with the beat. Using coloured stickers on the use, and colours matched on the song sheets, it’s just a matter of a little practice, and you’ll soon be having lots of fun. TITLE: How Starting Small Can Change our Communities! DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Sarah McCarthy
BIO: Sarah McCarthy has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Training, a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Montessori (0-12 years) and a certificate for Children with Special needs. Sarah has been in the educational field for over 15 years. She has taught in Reggio preschools, Play -based centres, Montessori schools, and was an Early Childhood Coordinator and Instructor for Sprott Shaw College.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: As Early Childhood Educators we need to remember that we need to connect with communities and give back. Humanity starts small; children are loving, caring and extremely empathetic. Communities are hurting and I think centres need to connect more to them. Children need exposure to the realities that surround them. They also need to learn to connect and be kind. The aim of my workshop is to facilitate a discussion on the importance of starting small and creating community in the classroom and connecting outside of the centre.TITLE: Building Relationships and Parent Engagement DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Kim Pender
BIO: Kim has been working in the Child Care field for over 29 years. She has worked with infants, toddlers, children who require extra supports and teenagers who are pregnant and/or parenting. She has her Early Childhood Education Diploma and is currently working in Child Care as an Early Years Manager in Vancouver.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: In this interactive workshop we will explore the benefits of building relationships with the families we work with. We will develop strategies on how to engage families to strengthen our dialogues and foster the relationships. A tip sheet will be provided with some ideas for supporting ongoing family involvement. TITLE: Tall Tales and Silly Songs DATE & TIME:Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Sonia Garrett
BIO: Sonia Garrett has lived and worked on four continents, Europe, Australia, Africa and North America. Throughout her travels she has worked with young children and expended her collection of stories. Sonia has a BA (Hons) in English and Drama from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England; a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Goldsmith’s College, University of London; an International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy from the Montessori Centre International, London, England and an ECE from Douglas College, Vancouver. She now lives in North Vancouver and teaches in the Pre-school and Kindergarten program at North Star Montessori. She is a published poet, an executive member of the North Shore Writers Association and a member of the Vancouver Society of Storytellers.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:TALL TALES AND SILLY SONGS is a fun, participatory workshop. We will explore the ‘how, what, why and when’ of incorporating stories and songs into our work. Sonia will share from her experience as an oral storyteller and ECE professional, and encourage participants to do the same. The aim is that each person will complete the workshop with some new ideas to enliven and reinvigorate circle times, book corners, outdoor activities and other parts of our work life.
BIO: Tania Fierro, MA is the founding partner at the Innerland Institute. She is a speaker, counselor, coach, facilitator, management consultant, trainer, Olympic athlete and transformation specialist; she offers clients a deeply compassionate, razor sharp awareness to get to the crux of any situation. Together she travels through our most fearful and painful beliefs allowing for profound transformation and clear course of action. There is no situation, emotion or thought that Inquiry can't hold and she invites us not to believe her and to try it for ourselves. Tania is a Certified Counselor by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, a Certified Facilitator and trainer for The Work of Byron Katie, and serves as the Director for the Worldwide Institute for the Work of Byron Katie. She holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in philosophy and ethics and has 20 years of experience supporting individuals within organizations in questioning and undoing the repetitive, stressful patterns that cause suffering in their lives.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:Difficult emotions are alarm clocks that ask for attention in order to identify what are the beliefs, assumptions and perceptions we have about ourselves and others. Is the problem your emotions or your beliefs about them? Do you tell stories about what they mean to you and about you? The Work is Inquiry: Four questions and turnarounds that can access a deeper truth at the other side of our difficult emotions.
TITLE: Understanding Wave 6 of the EDI: From Knowledge to Practice DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Kerry Watts
BIO:Kerry Watts is the EDI Community Trainer for the North Shore. She is the Coordinator of the Connect for Kids (Early Years) Table and the First Years Count: Community Action Program for Children (CAPC). She holds an Honours Degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from UBC and a Masters degree in Sociological Research from the University of Manchester. Kerry has worked with children and families for over 15 years and is happily raising her 3 children on Bowen Island.
ABOUT EDI: The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire that is used province-wide and administered by the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC. It was developed by researchers at the Offord Centre for Child Studies to measure patterns and trends in child development in populations of children. Completed by kindergarten teachers for children in their classes, the questionnaire measures five core areas of early child development that are known to be good predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes. Early childhood coalitions, early child development workers, and school representatives use EDI data to inform their work with children and young families by identifying strengths and needs within their communities. Using EDI data also allows local groups to better advocate for changes to policies and funding.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: In this workshop, participants will learn more about the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and how it is used in BC. Now on Wave 6, the EDI provides a snapshot into how BC’s children are doing in 5 key areas of child development. Together, we will explore provincial trends and have a chance to work hands-on with local neighbourhood reports. We will look at the strengths and needs of the communities we work and live in, and examine what changes have occurred since the EDI was first introduced in 2001. Importantly, the workshop will go beyond looking at the numbers to explore how Early Learning professionals can apply EDI data in their everyday work with children.
TITLE: Inquiry Based Curriculum and B.C. Early Learning Frame Work DATE & TIME: Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm PRESENTER: Antje Bitterberg and Violet Jessen
BIO: Antje Bitterberg has worked in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education since 2002, both as an infant/toddler educator and as a supervisor. Looking for ways to renew her practice she enrolled in British Columbia’s first BA program in ECCE at Capilano University in 2009. After graduating she moved abroad to complete an International MA in ECCE in Norway, Ireland, and Malta. Her recent topics of interests include connections between theory and practice, communities of practice as a place for renewal and professional development, and international ECCE.
BIO: An early childhood educator since 1996, Violet Jessen began teaching at Capilano in 2002. Violet has a strong commitment to professional development and community work. She is a member of the Early Childhood Educators of BC (1995) and served as Director of Conference on the Provincial board for two years and Member-At-Large for one year. She remains involved with the North Shore branch having worked in various executive positions. Violet is one of 19 guides in BC for the ethics training workshop modules “Best Choices: The Ethical Journey” (a project of the Canadian Child Care Federation and ECEBC). Violet is currently the Vice President on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Community Resources Society, a facilitator of the NSCR Mother Goose Program and workshop presenter of curriculum-based topics. She is one of the founding committee members of the North Shore Early Childhood Conference “To Learn, To Wonder” (established in 2002) and continues to be actively involved with this local North Shore professional development event. Violet lives in West Vancouver with her husband and three children.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:This is a hands on workshop involving a variety of materials, in order to provide aesthetic and thoughtfully planned provocations for children. We will also bring examples of student work to illustrate movements, qualities and possibilities of material. We will be using in part the B.C. early learning framework to help support our thinking in co-creating and collaborating with children.
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Article: Five Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression
Below is an article from The Greater Good Science Centre for parents with information and suggestions to deal with teen depression.
Five Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression
By Jill Suttie| June 14, 2016 |
New research is revealing how to protect teens' mental health during a challenging part of life.
Parents are understandably worried about their teen’s mental health and depression. Fortunately, scientists who study teen depression have some preliminary advice. By looking at new findings in neuroscience, as well as other psychological research and longitudinal data, scientists are zeroing in on a better understanding of what impacts teen depression and how to prevent it. Here are some of the suggestions coming out of the science.
1. Provide continual warmth, caring and support.
So what does positive parental support actually look like? According to developmental neuroscientist Ron Dahl, the best way to help guide your teens is to provide appropriate supports without discounting their emotional lives. He suggests showing empathy, asking open-ended rather than pointed questions, seeking to understand rather than correct, being gentle when your teen’s words and actions don’t match, and showing support for their growing autonomy. A combination of warmth and appropriate limits, as well as looking for the positive in your child, is the best way to help them avoid depression.
2. Teach and model strong social and emotional skills.
Just like adults, teens often have to cope with difficult social and emotional situations—changing friendships, romantic relationships going sour, disappointments in their work, the stress of academics or college admissions procedures. Yet because brains are designed to heighten emotions during adolescence, coping with these challenges can be particularly difficult, making teens more prone to depression.
Parents can also help their kids through emotional coaching, according to Christine Carter, starting with accepting their and their teen’s feelings. Some recent studies suggest that practicing mindfulness—a nonjudgmental awareness of one’s present emotions, thoughts, and experiences—can help parents keep their cool when interacting with teens, which helps teens avoid depression, anxiety, and drug use (which has been itself linked to depression).
3. Encourage teens to seek purpose in life.
As teens put lots of effort into excelling at schoolwork and after-school activities, it’s important that those activities have some personal meaning for them, rather than serving as padding for college applications.
Research shows that having a sense of purpose in life—or even searching for one—is beneficial for teens, especially as they get older. In one study by Kendall Bronk and colleagues, purpose was associated with greater life satisfaction and hope in all age groups, including teens.
Depression, Social & Emotional Development
Here are some resources available from our library on dealing with depression, social and emotional development. These are two resources kits available for children and youth. The resource kits contain articles, books and worksheets to help parents get information and support on this issue. Parents are welcome to borrow resources from our library.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Adolescents)
Lies and Likes: Unlinking Teen Self-Worth from Social Media
Social and Emotional Changes in Adolescence
Self-Esteem and Anxiety in Teens: Plus 5 Ways to Start Real Conversations with Your Teen
Teens and Social Media
How to Motivate Your Teen
Helping Teens Develop Healthy Social Skills and Relationships
The Mindful Teen
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT(Infant to 12 years old)
How to Encourage Cooperative Play in Your Child
7 Do’s and Don’ts of Raising a Happy Child
The 5 Tools Your Kid Needs for Social Success
How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Spoiled
How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Raising Responsive and Responsible Children
Anxiety in Children: How Parents Can Help
Social-Emotional Health and School Readiness
For infant and children to age 7 years old:
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings
The Way I Feel
For children ages 8 to 12 years old:
Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy
Information on our Library
The Child Care Resource Program's library is designed to encourage a richly diverse learning environment. We have dramatic play, story, and science displays to help stimulate ideas for parents, child care providers, teachers, and students.
We have over 2000 books, videos and equipment on a variety of topics related to Early Childhood Education, Child Care Programming, Child Development, Parenting, and children’s books.
The library is divided into various categories including books on parenting.
Parenting (code PAR)-this is a large group of books covering all kinds of parenting issues from babyhood to teenage. This is a good place to browse for general information and for help with specific problems.
We also have Information Packages (resource kits) on a variety of topics such as separation, anxiety, sleep problems, temper tantrums, self- esteem, new baby, etc. Each package includes a variety of articles as well as children’s books related to the topic.
We also have many books for children--from toddlers to teens.
Resources are available for loan, no charge, to all subscribers of the Child Care Resource & Referral Program.
To subscribe please contact Fariba Aghdassi.
Phone (direct line): 604-982-3314 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Or you can call our office at 604-985-7138.
Articles & Resources
Let the Playing Commence! A Tribute to Bev Bos
In Memoriam: Bev Bos (1934-2016)
The early childhood field lost an inspirational leader with the death of Bev Bos on February 4, 2016. She served nearly 50 years as director of Roseville Community Preschool in Roseville, California, and was a national and international keynote speaker and presenter at over 6,000 conferences and workshops. Her passion, enthusiasm, and approach to working with young children were exceptional and she will be deeply missed. She conveyed the following message in a direct and passionate manner, and with every fiber of her being: Play is an overarching and essential contributor to the development of children.
Wonder (curiosity), self-discovery, problem-solving, interaction, exploration, and play—that’s what Bev Bos taught me. Reading and writing come after these approaches to learning are established. Children learn best when they can make their own choices and set their own goals. Because each child is unique, multiple channels of learning must be celebrated. Bev also encouraged families and teachers to be joyful in their engagement with children as they observed and participated in this developmental and educational process.
Some of the phrases Bev used will remain permanently burned on my brain:
Childhood amnesia. If we actually could remember our childhood, we would not do to children what we do to them. Early childhood (ages birth to 8) would still be viewed as a unique period of development with play recognized as being at the core of how children learn best ...
Increasing Indigenous Children`s Access to Traditional Foods
The Increasing Indigenous Children’s Access to Traditional Foods in the Early Childhood Programs is now available on our website:
Indigenous cultures and identities are closely connected to the lands and waters where traditional foods are obtained. Harvesting, preparing and sharing traditional foods are important practices of Indigenous cultures, and traditional foods are part of a healthy diet.
The Population and Public Health program, BC Centre for Disease Control, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the BC Aboriginal Childcare Society (BCACCS) are excited to announce the release of a report, Increasing Indigenous Children’s Access to Traditional Foods in Early Childhood Programs. The report summarizes food safety barriers & facilitators to providing non-market, high-protein, traditional foods in the early childhood settings.
The project revealed that a major barrier is the current food regulatory system, specifically the Food Premises Regulation requirements that foods must be from ‘approved sources’ (eg. meat must be slaughtered and butchered in government-approved facilities.) Approved sources do not exist for most traditional foods; when approved sources do exist, they are often expensive or difficult to obtain.
Key informants identified recommendations and possible next steps, such as:
Developing new food safety guidelines/standards specific to serving non-market high protein traditional foods in Indigenous early childhood programs (including a strong engagement process with traditional food knowledge keepers).
Establishing a province-wide working group to build relationships between individuals/stakeholders with an interest in providing safe, non-market traditional foods in early childhood settings
Increasing cultural competency of health authority staff working in food safety, licensing, food security and healthy eating
Exploring opportunities to increase the capacity of early childhood educators to provide non-market traditional foods
A small group of advisory members are meeting to discuss a plan for moving this work forward.
This project was funded by PHSA and was a collaboration with the BC Aboriginal Childcare Society. All aspects of the work were informed by a robust advisory committee with representation from regional health authorities (Environmental Health Officers and Licensing Officers), First Nations Health Authority, BC Centre for Disease Control (food safety) and Aboriginal childcare centres. You can find the full reportand executive summary on the PHSA Population and Public Health website and BCACCS will be posting it as well.
Melanie Kurrein, MA RD
Provincial Manager Food Security
Population & Public Health
For the past 10 years I worked in an Infant program with an amazing team of educators. With this team I had grown in my teaching and at the same time, had an opportunity to lead others with their learning journey. And importantly, our team had a strong commitment to recognize and work through the tensions of teaching. This approach enlightened my understanding that work among a professional and ethical team requires ongoing dialogue, ongoing self-reflection and certainly a commitment to understand one another's perspective. With this team, I experienced a true joy of teaching.
This past September though, due to an arm injury, I had to change rooms within our centre--moving away from the Infant team where I had been so comfortable and into a new team with the three and four-year old program. I viewed this change as an opportunity for new insights of teaching and although I anticipated that with the change I would likely experience a period of settling in, I did not expect the internal questioning of myself that came from that move. “Am I in the right place?”, I asked myself several times over the first few weeks of the change. Within this new team and environment, I became aware of myself struggling at times making the adjustment to the different dynamics of educators and program. I began to experience a feeling of self-doubt and I longed for the comfort of my previous years with the infant team. I grabbed this opportunity to reflect upon my work with the Infant team and I wondered about my leadership within this new team. What image of an educator do I portray? Do I assume the easiest approach of avoidance? Avoidance of the existing tensions for the purpose of trying to get along with everyone and to assure I don't step on the toes of other's or create conflict? These questions lingered in my thoughts for over a month. On New Year’s Day, I asked myself three questions. How will I approach 2017? What do I hope to offer? What do I hope to receive? I reflected upon my commitments to the tensions of teaching and approach to a professional and ethical team. I share with you my hopes to both offer and receive. If you want power, support If you want to lead, inspire If you want respect, trust If you want to improve, reflect If you want to participate, commit If you want to know more, discuss If you want things done, negotiate If you want others to listen, don't instruct If you want happiness, don't complain If you want stability, don't do nothing If you want approval. don't reject If you want involvement, show passion If you want empathy, show you care If you want to mentor, be true If you want feedback, be open If you want things better, embrace change If you want a team, be one! Lily Wan
Success By 6: RESPs
Please find below some information from Success by 6 and Credit Unions of BC.
Success By 6 has been working on a number of different resources and awareness pathways to promote the Free Money for RESPs available for BC families.
We all need to encourage more families to take advantage of their child’s $1,200 B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant (BCTESG), available to all B.C. kids, and the Canada Learning Bond for eligible kids.
Only 15% of eligible families had received the BCTESG as of June!
This year, 255 000 children across B.C. are or will become eligible to receive the $1,200 BCTESG.
Kids with some savings are more likely to graduate from high school and 50% more likely to pursue a post-secondary education.
Kids from modest income families with savings of $500 are 4 times more likely to graduate from post-secondary school.
Attached is the Free Money for RESPs Information Guide for Families – this one page document provides the key information for families and directs to a number of sources where they can find out more and start their application. Please hand out this resources to families in your programs.
First Years Count: Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)
& Connect for Kids Early Years Planning Table
Beyond Baby Steps: Planning for A National Child-Care System
"Justin Trudeau's government has made big promises to Canadian families. In the federal budget of 2016, it declared that "high-quality, affordable child care is more than a convenience — it's a necessity." The government will be taking action, as the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs develop agreements with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to fulfill election commitments on child care."
Early Years Professional Development Web Portal Launched
A new online tool, earlyyearsbc.ca has just been released to support your promotion of training opportunities for early years professionals. The aim of this project is to support early years professionals with an online environment that centralizes the promotion of training opportunities across all service systems of the early years sector.
The first release of earlyyearsbc.ca includes five basic features that allow you to sign up, post an event, edit an event, view an event, and search for an event. We hope this tool helps you in your efforts to train early years professionals in your community.
How to use the tool?
On theearlyyearsbc.cahomepage you may sign up as an Organizer to post and promote your event to an extensive audience of prospective learners throughout British Columbia. Workshops, courses, conferences, and seminars may be viewed at earlyyearsbc.ca by searching for an event by keyword on a phone, tablet, or computer.
Teaching Sessions on Handwashing & Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance
The nursing students from BCIT will be completing their public health clinical experience under the guidance of the North Shore Community Resources Society and Vancouver Coastal Health February 2017 to April 2017. We would like to offer education sessions on handwashing and the prevention of antibiotic resistance to children, parents and staff at daycares and preschools. These sessions have been very well received in the past, and we look forward to opportunities to work closely with the North Shore community! If interested in an education session, please contact Ling Ho-Asjoe, Nursing Instructor, at 778-928-2364. Thank you.
Successful Co-Parenting Program
Westcoast Family Centres is again offering its program; a 6 week group for families going through separation or divorce. Parents will learn: Successful Co-Parenting
Learn about the impact of separation/divorce on children.
How to prioritize what children need from both parents.
Better ways to communicate with your ex.
How to manage their own stress and conflict through the transition.
The group is free of charge and registered child minding is available. The group runs from April 5-May 10, 2017 at John Braithwaite Community Centre (145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver) from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Monthly Network Meetings: First Wednesday of the Month
Administrator's Network Meeting
This meeting is for group childcare providers on the North Shore to meet and network and share ideas. This is in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health Childcare Licensing team. Please join us at our next meeting:
Date: February 22, 2017 Time: 11:30 am-1:30 pm Location: 203-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Dads on the North Shore Meet-Up #2: Hiking at Lynn Creek
Ready, Set, Learn!
BC Family Child Care Association
February 2017: North Shore Community Care Facilities Licensing
Early Childhood Educators Please note:
Please ensure that you check the expiry date of your own and any staff ECE Certificate dates as of late we have noted that many have expired which renders the program in non-compliance. Due to the length of time it takes for renewal and that more requirements are needed if a certificate has expired. It is critical that renewal applications are submitted well in advance at least 3 months prior to expiry. As I have written previously ensure you have a copy of all documents and keep professional development hours and certificates in a safe place and plan for professional development opportunities to complete the required hours if you intend to continue working and to keep your certification status. Copies are required to be posted and our licensing team do frequently mention if certificates appear to be reaching expiration, however, it is each ECE responsibility to ensure renewal and to assist yourself or your employer to remain in compliance to the legislation.
In addition all Licensees are now legislated to check the ECE Registry website to confirm the validity of any new employee’s certification prior to hiring.
Criminal Record Check Clearances:
Our Licensing Administrative Assistant will now process Criminal Record Check Applications on line and this has really decreased the time waiting for the clearances.
As with ECE Certificates renewals are required every 5 years.
Required Legislated Policies and Procedures:
The Child Care Licensing Regulation now states that the required legislated policies and procedures are not only to be provided but also implemented. So please ensure that all licensees and staff are aware of these policies and follow them.
Health Canada Website:
Health Canada consistently posts recalls and alert. Individual programs are permitted to sign on for regular notices. Our office will forward any that we receive for distribution as with the previous one noted in the September Newsletter regarding the use of borax and the recent recall sent to all our licensees regarding Crystal Dream Bling Pacifiers.
Workshop for Managers: (Date and Time TBA)
North Shore Licensing in the very near future will be presenting a workshop for New Managers and any other Manager who would like to attend or take a refresher regarding the roles and responsibilities of Managers. Please contact Birgit, CCFL Administrative Assistant at 604-983-6787 if you are interested in attending and you will be notified. Notification will be forwarded to all licensees once the date is confirmed.
Child Care Licensing Orientation:
For those interested in operating a Licensed Child Care Program.
Next session is scheduled for Tuesday February 21st 10:00am to 12:00noon
Location: 132 West Esplanade, North Vancouver. $50.00 for materials
For registration and further details please contact Birgit at 604-983-6787
Should you have any questions regarding this information please do not hesitate to contact your Licensing Officer or me.
By Violet Jessen, Communication, ECEBC North Shore Branch
On Wednesday, February 1st the ECEBC North Shore Branch held its AGM at Sunflower Preschool. The evening included a workshop facilitated by Rebecca Heyl – photographer, artist, teacher, mother and activist. Rebbeca asked “How can the use of photography inform and be an extension of your ECE practice?” Rebecca shared with the group how photography can capture the everyday moments of children’s lives and she showed us how thinking about how a camera works can teach us how to see and notice more deeply without a camera. Practical tips such as using light, focussing on details and paying attention to perspectives is not about taking the perfect shot but more about capturing an image that is impactful and informs a dialogue that we can revisit, reflect on and share with others to create a larger story.
The ECEBC North Shore Branch also re-elected its executive and the team is eager to continue its work on recruitment and retention of new and returning ECEBC members. If you are interested in becoming an ECEBC provincial member, please visit the link http://www.ecebc.ca/membership/index.html and become a member today. If you are a provincial member living and/or working on the North Shore, you are eligible for free branch membership and free admission to workshops held by ECEBC North Shore Branch. Visit our facebook page ECEBC – North Shore Branch or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request for Proposals: Chartwell Elementary After School Care
As current West Vancouver child care providers, we wanted to be sure that you were made aware of the Request for Proposals in circulation for Chartwell Elementary After School Care.
For more information we welcome you to explore the following attachmentsHEREandHERE for specific details regarding our active RFP.
If you have questions about the ongoing RFP process, please contact Mr. Nick Mann, West Vancouver Schools Purchasing Manager at email@example.com.
Quest Food Exchange Now Open!
Help us spread the word, Quest’s 5th grocery market opened its doors to the North Shore community on January 31st! On behalf of the team at Quest, thank you to everyone who made this possible! We couldn’t have done this without you. Now we need your help to get the message out to the community in need of this service.
Health Canada has issued a product recall for pacifiers as they are a choking hazard.
The Crystal Dream recall involves various Avent- and Nip-brand pacifiers that have been modified with attached items like rhinestones, crystals, faux pearls, and other costume jewellery embellishments. Health Canada has recalled them because these attachments can separate and become a choking hazard.
More information is available on the official notice HERE.
UBC & UVic: BC Provincial Early Years Survey
Help us get a clear picture of what is happening province-wide in the early years!
At the start of a new BC initiative (called Appetite to Play) researchers at UVic and UBC are conducting a BC wide Provincial Early Years Survey to find out about what is currently happening in licensed group child care environments for 3-5 year olds. You have likely received information about the survey and a link for the Manager or Staff survey from us, your Licensing Officer, or your manager.
Your participation is vitalto creating an accurate Provincial picture but recruitment has been low – especially for the staff level survey. The survey takes ~ 15 minutes to complete. If you haven’t already done so they are asking you to take the time to fill out one of the surveys and encourage your staff to. A $5 e-gift card is offered as a small thank you.
Feel free to contact Dr. PJ Naylor and the research team if you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the survey (EarlyYearsStudy@uvic.ca, (250) 853-3140)
Early Childhood Educators: A Year in Review
2016 has been fast paced as ECEBC has dedicated itself to build a strong clarity for the future of the organization and its members. It has been a year since we began a deep focus and committed resources on membership and engagement, the results are promising. This past year we have seen membership grow by 18%.
Provincial Members Engagement
Emily and Shawn headed North for the third provincial members engagement road trip. They traveled to Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Smithers, and Prince Rupert. They spoke to three ECE college programs, attended four branch meeting and visited six early learning and care facilities for tours and photographs. Watch for an in depth article in the next issue of The Early Childhood Educator.
This year has brought us two new branches bringing our number up to 22 throughout the province. We welcomed Quesnel on board in the summer and most recently the Southern Gulf Island branch.
As a member of ECEBC you have the opportunity be part of your local branch. Members find being part of a branch offers opportunities to network, access support, be part of a group, to have a bigger voice to advocate and raise awareness of ECEs and their work in the community. If you want to feel more connected with other ECE’s in your community and province contact the provincial office or ECEBC website to find your local branch. If you don’t see one in or near your region call Shawn for what it entails to get one started. http://www.ecebc.ca/about/branches.html
We have added a two new benefits for ECEBC provincial members to access:
Extended benefits: Health and dental benefit package through Healthsource Plus. Facility Insurance: An exclusive insurance programme for your licensed child care centre is available through Magenta Insurance Professionals.
For more information and or a free no obligation quote for either click the link below. http://www.ecebc.ca/benefits/index.html Member Only Calls
These calls offer provincial networking and a chance to connect, share, and receive support from colleagues, receive news from ECEBC and listen to guest speakers. Calls are also posted on the website for listening. Our most recent call 'Lockdowns in Early Care and Learning Program - Are They Necessary?' is available for listening via the website. The next members only call takes place January 19, 2017.
Details: http://www.ecebc.ca Online Professional Development
Within our sector survey we found that 62% of participants wanted more opportunities for online workshops. ECEBC and Red River College partnered together to provide online training opportunities. Our next offering Why Brain Development Mattersis available during February 23 to March 7, 2017 and provides six hours of professional development. Cost: $80.00 - ECEBC Members. $150.00 for Non-Members.
Details: http://www.ecebc.ca/view_event.php?eventID=221 Student Bursary Program
ECEBC is pleased to announce that the ECE Student Bursary Program will run for the Winter
2017 semester (January to April). Applications will be available in mid-to-late January so watch our website or contact Heather. http://www.ecebc.ca/programs/student_bursary.html The Community Plan for a Public System of Integrated Early Care and Learning ($10aDay Child Care Plan)
The $10aDay Plan continues to build momentum with the first official political party committing to its implementation if elected, and we now look forward to hearing other parties’ platforms. A 6th Fact Sheet titled Professionally Speaking has been developed and will be released in the new year. This fact sheet specifically looks at how the Plan impacts the early childhood educator. ECEBC continues to work on behalf or ECEs, families and children to educate and inform all to the importance of a high quality early care and learning system.
Making Child Care Visible - Week of Action - March 1-8, 2017
We are asking all early childhood educators, whether you are directly working in child care or not, to support this week in your communities.
March 1st to March 8th will be a province-wide week of action to make child care visible across the province. We’ll be sharing tools and resources that parents, educators and supporters can use to take action for child care – online tools to contact candidates, politicians, newspaper editors in every community, and more, as well as ideas for stroller brigades and events.
Watch for emails and check back to the website www.10aDay.ca for more information in the New Year.
ECEBC's 46th Annual Conference:Pathways to Professionalism: Believe, Be Hopeful, Be Bold- May 4 to 6, 2017, Richmond, BC
Watch for the 2017 ECEBC Conference brochure with your Winter 2017 issue of The Early Childhood Educator in mid‐February 2017. The conference brochure will be available for download from our website in late January 2017.
Conference Highlights Keynote: Unstoppable ECEBC Leaders: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life with Stuart Ellis-Myers aka ‘Twitchy’www.itwitch.com
Keynote Panel: Pathways to Professionalism: Believe, Be Hopeful, Be Bold. Panelists will share their insights, experiences and lessons learned relating to building professionalism. Panel Members include: Val Avery, President, Health Sciences Association, Randi Ball, E.C.E./Student, Elaine Fergusson, Chair of of the Nova Scotia Child Care Association and Don Giesbrecht, Canadian Child Care Federation. Following the session, Gyda Chud of CCABC will facilitate an all delegate workshop to help us dig deeper.
Site visit: Capilano Children’s Centre, Capilano University
This guided tour provides participants the opportunity to explore and observe Capilano Children’s Centre. They will find evidence of the program’s philosophy through documentation, use of equipment and materials and creative art and witness how children’s ideas are brought to life and supported by the educators.
Leadership Day Highlights:
ECEBC Leadership Alumni, Journey Through Leadership: A panel of ECEBC Leadership Alumni will engage in dialogue with the audience about their Leadership Journeys.
Workshop presenters include Denise Pawliuk, Danielle Alphonse and Carolyn Ferns.
Leadership Day scholarships will be available. More info to come in the new year!
Travel Bursaries will be available!
The ECEBC Board of Directors has allocated $10,000 from Endowment Funds to be used to help reduce the cost of delegate travel only (e.g. airfare, gas, train fare, bus fare) to ECEBC’s annual conference in May 4- 6, 2017. The amounts disbursed to conference delegates in each geographical area will vary according to regional travel costs. To apply for the ECEBC Conference Travel Bursary, please fill out the application form in the conference brochure, when available, and return it to the ECEBC office by April 4, 2017.
Calling All Volunteers
Members and other volunteers contribute to our collective work every day. For example, more than 10 volunteers from throughout the province helped assist with the workshop selection process for Conference 2017. As you look look forward to 2017, please reach out if you would like to share your skills in a new way. Volunteering is a great way to get connected, to learn new things and to develop new skills. ECEBC is currently seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks and projects:
Student member(s) to participate in the post-secondary committee
Student member(s) to participate in resource development activities.
Thank you to those of you who supporte ECEBC in many ways. As a registered charity, ECEBC is continuing to focus on ways to supplement the revenue we need to continuously enhance our services. Our current goal is to increase funds to assist in keeping our core educational materials up to date. Each year, we have workshop presenters who waive their conference honoraria to help us keep costs modest.
In 2016 we are pleased to recognize funders and donors who help us keep quality high while keeping costs affordable. Thanks to Vancity, Vancity Community Foundation, United Way of the Lower Mainland, and the JW McConnell Family Foundation.
ECEBC has recently created a team who will focus on growing relationships with our generous donors. To make it easier to give, we have created a pre-approved payment option for donors. If you would like to contribute to ECEBC’s educational services fundraising effort, please contact Christine.
These links and resources are from two interesting events ECEBC staff have attended as an organization and would like to share them with you:
Pierre Fortin - What can we learn from Quebec’s 20 year old child care reform?
This year, CCPA-BC’s annual Gideon Rosenbluth Memorial Lecture featured economist Pierre Fortin, who shared lessons from Quebec’s experience with low-fee, publicly funded child care on November 23rd. You can find re-cap of the lecture with a written summary, full audio recording, and Pierre's slide show at www.policynote.ca/fortin2016
Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) Fall Expo 2016 This webcast was held on October 19th, 2016 at UBC Robson Square. This year’s Expo focused on EDI Wave 6 results. The webcast features an overview of the data highlights presented by HELP Deputy Director Pippa Rowcliffe as well as presentations by HELP Faculty including Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Dr. Martin Guhn and Dr. Mike Kobo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfxvTn5eFUo Key Dates: Mark your Calendar!
Office closure for holidays: December 23rd noon - January 2, 2017
Deadline for charitable donations within this tax year - December 31, 2016
ECEBC Leadership Alumni Call (All-Cohorts) - January 11, 2017
ECEBC Provincial Members Only Call - January 19, 2017
“Best Choices" Ethics Training -- Modules 1 to 4 (Squamish) - Jan. 25 to Feb. 25, 2017
"Best Choices" Ethics Training -- Modules 1 to 4 (Vancouver) - Feb. 4 to Mar. 4, 2017
Why brain development matters (online workshop) - Feb 23 to Mar 17, 2017
Making Child Care Visible - Week of action - March 1-8, 2017
Next deadline for submissions to the Journal - March 7, 2017
ECEBC Provincial Members Only Call - March 16, 2017
Early Bird Conference Registration - April 4, 2017
Travel Bursary Deadline - April 4, 2017
Let's Talk Teacher Training for fully certified ECE’s - May 3 to May 4, 2017
Economic Study of the $10aDay Child Care Plan for BC
This report was released: Socio-Economic Impact Analysis of the $10aDayChild Care Plan for British Columbia
New Economic Study Highlights Net Benefits of Proposed $10aDay Child Care Plan
for Governments and Employers, even in the Short Term.
Renowned private-sector economist Robert Fairholm led this in-depth analysis of the economic effects of implementing the $10aDay Plan — confirming that it will generate sufficient government revenues to pay for the government spending required to build and operate the system.
“Full implementation of the $10aDay Plan will have a significant and positive impact on GDP and create 69,100 jobs, even in the short term” states Fairholm.
The study shows that solving the current child care crisis is much more than simply an affordable option for governments — the $10aDay Child Care Plan will provide higher economic returns to BC than other government investments.
The report and related documents are available in PDF format on our website. http://www.ecebc.ca
Your ECEBC Team
$10 a Day Child Care: Sign the Petition
The 2017 BC Provincial Election is only a few months away, and we’re gearing up to make sure quality affordable child care is a key issue for politicians and voters. We already have support for the $10aDay Plan from one political party, but we need your help to make support for $10aDay something that all parties can get behind. We’ll have lots more to share in the coming weeks and months, but one key thing you can do right now to help us get the ball rolling is to sign our petition.
By signing our petition, you’re joining the thousands of individuals and organizations from across the province that are already enthusiastically supporting the $10aDay Child Care Plan as the best way to make a real difference for BC children, families and communities. The child care crisis continues to plague BC:
Parent fees are too high. In 2013/14, the Child Care Provider Profile Survey reported the median monthly fees for licensed, funded group child care facilities in BC to be as high as $965/month per child, and costs in Vancouver have reached as high as $2,125/month per child*.
Less than 20% of children under the age of 12 in BC have access to a regulated child care space*.
In Metro Vancouver, child care costs are the second highest family expense after housing, taking up approximately 23% of a family’s monthly budget**.
Welcome to our newest family child care providers!
Happy Giraffe Daycare – new In-home Multi-age
Maple Tree Childcare Centre – new LFCC
Mommy & Me Child Care – RLNR became LFCC
Websites Of Interest
Play Today: BC`s Early Years Blog for Educators
The BC government has invested in a provincial access license to the Science of Early Childhood Development (SECD) multi-media resource.
This means professionals, parents, post-secondary students, and anyone within the province will have free access to evidence-based resources that help them understand child development and opportunities to support children to grow and thrive.
For your own professional development, by delving into a variety of early years topics
For staff training, by selecting topics for staff meetings to encourage critical thinking and discussion
For parent education, by showing the video examples to parents/clients
For classes and workshops, by projecting and discussing the information in face-to-face sessions
For online teaching, by having students access the resources as their “textbook”
Providing access to evidence-based resources helps ensure those working with children can engage in ongoing learning that supports quality program and service delivery.
We encourage you to check out the link!
First Aid Resources
The following organizations provide First Aid training on the North Shore:
St. John Ambulance – www.sja.ca Safe & Sound First Aid Training Canadian Red Cross Delivery, Partner Courses offered on the North Shore. For upcoming Emergency Child Care and CRP/AED trainings, please click here:www.learnfirstaid.ca Sea 2 Sky Safety Training Services
Please click here:www.seatoskyservices.com
Canadian Red Cross Delivery EmergencyChild Care First Aid, Standard First Aid, and Emergency First Aid courses are available through NorthVanRec. Please click here: www.nvrc.ca/programs/first-aid.aspxfor course listings or call 604-983-6534. Registered Office: Safe + Sound First Aid Training Ltd
3170 Tory Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3E 2E3 (We do not run courses at this location)
Do you need to update your Emergency Childcare First Aid & CPR certification?
Safe + Sound First Aid Training will be running Red Cross Emergency Childcare First Aid & CPR programs at Capilano Mall, North Vancouver on the dates below.
Please register early as spaces are limited.
COURSE DETAILS: Location: Room # 203 (Community Room) Capilano Mall, North Vancouver Time: 8:30am-5:30pm (includes breaks) Fee: $100.00+GST (includes Red Cross first aid book and certificate)
North Shore Community Resources Society 201-935 Marine Drive (Capilano Mall),
North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S3
604-985-7138 A non-profit society with a variety of information and support services, including:
Information North Shore
Legal information and advocacy
North Shore Caregiver Support Program
Seniors' One Stop Information
North Shore Better at Home Program
North Shore Child Care Resource Program
Volunteer North Shore
Housing North Shore
Host for WECAN, Middle Childhood Matters, and North Shore Inter-Agency Network.
Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
The CCRR is open until 8:00pm only on the dates when there is a workshop running.
New Year's Day (January 1)
Canada Day (July 1)
Remembrance Day (November 11)
Boxing Day (December 26)
The CCRR program provides the following services:
Workshops and training courses
Library of books, music, video and resources
Equipment and toy lending
Laminating and photocopying
Referrals to child care facilities
As well as support and consultation for parents, child care providers and the community. For other information and resources please check our website.
North Shore Community Resources CCRR Staff
For a list of the CCRR staff members and their contact information, please click here.
We wish to thank...
Our volunteers: Rose Olson and Vivian Xi Our Community Partners: John Braithwaite Community Centre; District of North Vancouver – Lynn Valley Library; Lynn Valley Care Centre; Parkgate Community Centre; St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, North Vancouver
Our Funders: The Ministry for Child and Family Development; City of North Vancouver; District of North Vancouver; District of West Vancouver; Modern Mama – North Shore; and the North Shore News
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