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8 Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Choosing a Child Care Facility PT. 2

1. Does the staff-to-child ratio ever change? Under Vancouver Coastal Health, the ratio for staff to child ratio will never exceed the following chart. Keep in mind some centers will change the ratio of children to staff to benefit the child. Smaller classes will allow individual children to have more one on one teaching from their educators. 2. Does the facility have an allergy policy? With the growing numb...
posted: Mar 22, 2016  |  views: 756  |  comments: 0
Possibly The Best Activity For Your Child

Possibly The Best Activity For Your Child

... Music is playing behind the closed door. The door opens and in a flash, shoes are off and everyone is dancing. The visionary educator and composer, Carl Orff, said “Children love to play, so let them learn while they play.” This is the fundamental principle of Orff Music Classes. The classes are child-centred, holistic, multi-layered, sequential and above all, joyous! In the Victoria Conservatory of...
posted: Sep 2, 2015  |  views: 657  |  comments: 0

What B.C.’s Parent-Participation Schools Can Teach Us About Our Kids

What B.C.’s Parent-Participation Schools Can Teach Us About Our Kids While many parents look forward to dropping off their kids at school, a growing number of B.C. moms and dads prefer to park -- and partake -- in the classroom. Move over Maria Montessori, parent-participation preschools and elementary schools are the place to be on the West Coast. How does the model work? Parents help (or just hangout) in t...
posted: Jul 24, 2014  |  views: 1827  |  comments: 0

Process vs. Product: Whose job is it anyway?

Playing, creating, building, scribbling, splashing...all of these activities are part of a child's day at some point, whether at home or in a childcare setting. Regardless of where it happens, unstructured playtime, and the freedom to 'make a mess' are essential elements in the development of many important skills in a young child. Sadly, parents and caregivers often seem to feel that they need to organize the play...
posted: Feb 25, 2013  |  views: 1530  |  comments: 0

Raising Globally Aware Children

The world is a big place. It’s an even bigger place for a child. One of the best ways to teach your child about a new country is to visit it, and although international travel is a great family experience, it can also be costly and time consuming. There are some simple and affordable ways to teach your children about the world without purchasing plane tickets. Below are our top three ways to teach your kids the wor...
posted: Mar 20, 2012  |  views: 1539  |  comments: 0
Family French

Family French

Is your family looking for a new fun activity? Burnside Gorge is now offering Family French classes Mondays 6-7pm, at our Community Centre – 471 Cecelia Rd. These classes are designed for families with children aged two and a half to seven. Each class revolves around a different theme, and includes circle time, a story, song, game and craft. From colours, to animals to seasonal themes, families will be taken on...
posted: Jan 13, 2010  |  views: 2233  |  comments: 0

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