Keeping School-Age Children Healthy: Nutrition and Physical Activity
Good nutrition and physical activity are important parts of staying healthy. They can prevent obesity and some chronic illnesses. You can play an important role in encouraging and modelling healthy habits for school-age children. This virtual lesson will help you understand portion control, meal components, food safety, and ways of promoting lifelong physical fitness.
Planning a summer school-age program?
Creating Quality School-Age Child Care Space has helpful sections on space planning, programming and activities that are full of ideas to help you!
Playing with Rainbows: A National Play Program for At-Risk Refugee Children is now available, free of charge!
The Playing with Rainbows manual, developed by YWCA of Canada, outlines a play-based group model designed to facilitate healing in school-age children and youth who have been traumatized by experiences of war and migration. You can download the manual, free of charge.
Webinar: Using Loose Parts to Create Culturally Sustainable Environments
A culturally sustainable environment embraces and values the multi-ethnic and multilingual capacities of young children and families. It is how tradition, history, and culture come together to improve the quality of life- culturally, economically, socially, and environmentally. Not just for today, but for future generations to come. A culturally sustainable environment supports children’s development, renews and maintains their humanity to create enduring relationships with nature and with other people in the community and from around the world. In this webinar, you will learn how to use loose parts to design environments that foster culturally sustainability.
Video – Early Childhood Trauma: A Quick Overview
Trauma in early childhood can present in lots of different, complex ways. As early childhood educators though, you're in an incredibly important position to be able to help children with the healing process. This video gives a quick overview of childhood trauma, and three things you can do to help!
Disinfection Options in Child Care Facilities
This helpful little handbook explains how germs are spread in child care facilities. It also explains the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting; the use of household bleach as a sanitizer/disinfectant; and the use of acceptable alternatives.
I Can See My Feelings: Download this children’s book for free!
This beautiful picture book is a great tool for teaching young children about feelings. "I have lots of feelings. To me they seem quite new. They show upon my face, and I see them on yours too. To help me learn about them, grab a mirror and this book. Let’s have some fun together, learning how these feelings look." I Can See My Feelings is available to download and print for free!
Online Training: Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This online training is divided into eight modules on topics like: Introduction to Autism, Setting the Stage for Learning, Observing and Understanding Behaviour, Setting Goals, Developing Functional Play, Enhancing Social Skills and more... if you're working with a child with ASD, it's a great way to learn the basics and find excellent articles, tutorials and websites to further explore!
World Refugee Day 2018
Each year, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees on World Refugee Day. In a world where violence forces thousands of families to migrate each day, this also marks a key moment for us to show our support for families forced to flee. Learn more about World Refugee Day