Interaction Weekly
Jan. 22, 2014

New rules for unregulated child care providers
Peterborough This Week
Local child care providers operating under the radar could soon be swayed to make their services official. Proposed legislation aiming to increase safety and quality standards in day care centres would offer a financial incentive to private providers who are licensed by the province, by allowing them to take on one extra child.More

How do you raise kids to have good manners?
Toronto Star
My son never hesitates to snatch toys or books away from his twin sister. He's only 19 months old and doesn't understand why this is wrong. To his credit, he is also quite giving. He is a sweet boy who never means to annoy his sister. In fact, he's very affectionate and loves to kiss her good night.More

Lack of outdoor play said to hurt children's development
CBC News
Teachers, parents and health officials in southern Ontario say kids today simply don't know how to play outside. The Ontario Ministry of Education has provided school boards additional funding for "outdoor education" for the past two years. This funding goes to all publicly funded school boards. It is to be used to provide students with outdoor education experiences and learning such as camping, hiking, biking, rope climbing courses and visits to nature centres.More

Why immunize your children? Doctors weigh in
Global News
If you're not immunized, health officials say the chance of infection when you come into contact with a Measles patient is 98 per cent – but there are many parents still dead-set against vaccinations. "Because Measles is so infectious, we want vaccination coverage rates of 95 per cent," said Dr. Denise Werker, Saskatchewan's deputy chief medical health officer. By seven years of age, over 91 per cent of Saskatchewan children have been vaccinated against measles. At their second birthday, that number is only 76 per cent.More

Bursary fund makes pre-school possible
Bowen Island Undercurrent
Last year, $8000 went into the bursary fund helping six families. For families with more than one child, the cost of child care and pre-school can definitely add up. To put a child in pre-school for two days a week at BICC, the cost is $173 per month. For the three day a week program, the cost is $257 per month.More

Full-day kindergarten registration now underway
Ministry of Education
Ontario is encouraging parents to register their four- and five-year-old children for full-day kindergarten this September, completing the province-wide rollout of this important program that gives kids the best possible start. Registration is underway at many of the province's elementary schools. By this fall, full-day kindergarten will be available for all four- and five-year olds in Ontario, benefitting almost 265,000 students in approximately 3,600 publicly funded schools across the province. More

How do you raise kids to have good manners?
Toronto Star
My son never hesitates to snatch toys or books away from his twin sister. He's only 19 months old and doesn't understand why this is wrong. To his credit, he is also quite giving. He is a sweet boy who never means to annoy his sister. In fact, he's very affectionate and loves to kiss her good night.More

Day care inspection reports don't mention losing kids
CBC News
A Vancouver woman says she was shocked beyond belief to learn that day care staff failed to notice when her two-year-old daughter wandered off and ended up alone outside in a parking lot — and that a similar incident happened three months before. Rachel Garrick says young Henrietta had not been gone long when she wandered away from the Hastings Park Childcare Centre last November, but that fact is hardly comforting. More

Are your kids addicted to the Internet? It may be your parenting style
Yahoo!
nternet addition in children has been blamed on everything from a lack of friends to poor mental health, and now new research suggests it's related to a tough-love parenting style. Greek researchers have found that Internet-addicted young adults are more likely to have experienced strict and unaffectionate parenting as children.More

Ontario Education Ministry wants day care death lawsuit tossed
Metro
The Ontario Education Ministry wants a Newmarket court to throw out a lawsuit it's facing over the death of 2-year-old Eva Ravikovich at an illegal home day care last July, arguing it's not responsible because the business was unlicensed. The Education Ministry, which oversees child care in Ontario, outlined its position in a notice of motion filed, stating it "does not owe the plaintiff" — the dead toddler's family — a "duty of care," and that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the child care business where Eva died was unlicensed and unregulated by the province.More

New app helps kids tell multilingual stories
Simon Fraser University
SFU education professors Kelleen Toohey and Diane Dagenais have created a website and a free iPad application that help kids create and publish online storybooks in any language. Called ScribJab, the application is the online world's first open-source environment where, with the supervision of teachers and/or parents, kids can type, illustrate and narrate stories in a variety of languages and share them globally. To date, kids have published 30 books of stories in Arabic, Punjabi, Japanese, Chinese, German, Korean and Vietnamese.More

Fun family activities that don't break the bank
The Guelph Mercury
We're halfway into January, and we still have many more months of snow and rain before we can head to the beaches. Keeping your children entertained during the winter season gets more and more difficult as the months pass. In the summer, it is easy to head down the street to the nearest park or hop in the car and drive to a pool or beach. By January, kids — and parents — can be suffering from a case of cabin fever! There are a number of options for fun activities you can do with your child without spending a lot of money. More