Interaction Weekly
Feb. 5, 2014

Pediatrician: Why kids should play outside, even in extreme cold
CBC News
Frozen parks? Fear not. A pediatrician is calling for school boards and parents to send kids outdoors despite the frigid cold. Dan Flanders, a pediatrician based in Toronto, calls some school boards' decisions to cancel outdoor recess "a terrible idea" for kids and also urges parents to find ways to get their kids outside on even the coldest days.More

Days may be numbered for $7 day care
CJAD News
The Family Minister is promising to maintain the freeze on the price of 7$ day care, but only until the next election is called, and then there would be a little soul-searching. Nicole Leger was responding to a working group she created which tabled its final report. It calls for parents to pick-up a greater share of the real cost of the subsidized system.More

UNICEF reports progress around globe on children's rights, but more work to be done
680 News
The U.N. children's agency applauded the tremendous progress since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted nearly 25 years ago but said more than 300 million children are still made to work and over 6 million die from preventable causes. On the plus side, UNICEF said some 90 million children who would have died before their fifth birthday if child mortality rates stayed at their 1990 level are alive today. It credited progress in delivering immunizations, health care, water and sanitation.More

The Childcare Modernization Act of Ontario threatens choice in child care
The London Free Press
There have been several news outlets throughout Ontario that have taken the time to interview professionals in the Home Day Care industry with regards to the Modernization Act, Bill 143. However, much of what has been reported has been inconsistent and factually incorrect. At present the Day Care Nurseries Act will allow all Home Day Care Providers a total of five children excluding their own under the age of 10. More

Ontario judge orders Lev Tahor kids be returned to Quebec
CTV News
An Ontario judge has ruled that 13 children from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect must be turned over to child protection authorities in Quebec. Most of the Lev Tahor community of about 200 people left Quebec while they were being investigated by social services and settled in Chatham, ON, in November. The court in Quebec ordered in their absence that 14 of the children be placed in foster care and children's aid in Chatham had asked the court to enforce that order. More

Experts: Ontario plan puts child care quality at risk
Toronto Star
Child care experts and advocates say a provincial proposal to allow babies and toddlers in licensed day cares to be cared for in larger groups with fewer adults is the wrong way to promote quality. The proposed regulatory changes, released last month, are in response to the final roll-out of full-day kindergarten next fall and Ottawa's enhanced parental leave benefits that took effect in 2000, according to an Education Ministry summary. More

UNICEF reports progress around globe on children's rights, but more work to be done
680 News
The U.N. children's agency applauded the tremendous progress since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted nearly 25 years ago but said more than 300 million children are still made to work and over 6 million die from preventable causes. On the plus side, UNICEF said some 90 million children who would have died before their fifth birthday if child mortality rates stayed at their 1990 level are alive today. It credited progress in delivering immunizations, health care, water and sanitation.More

Day care centres coping with loss of clients to full-time kindergarten
CTV News
Day care and early childcare centres are struggling to stay in business due to the government's full day kindergarten program. The program allows children ages four and five to attend school full time instead of dividing their time between school and a day care centre. The government plans to fully implement the program by September 2014. More

Peanut allergy in children reduced in experiment
CBC News
Some children with peanut allergies who were given small doses of peanut product were able to build up their tolerance and improve their quality of life after participating in a carefully controlled experiment. British researchers followed 96 children and teens with varying degrees of documented peanut allergy. After six months of treatment with increasing doses of peanut protein, about 80 per cent of the children were able to tolerate the equivalent of about five peanuts and two-thirds were able to tolerate up to 10 peanuts — a reassuring change for families worried about accidental exposures.More

Province pledges $5 million to mental health for vulnerable kids
Edmonton Journal
Alberta children who have been apprehended from their parents will immediately receive eight counselling sessions as part of a $5 million reform package announced by the provincial government. Foster parents and caregivers who work with vulnerable and high-risk children will get crisis support on evenings and weekends by phone, while front-line child intervention workers will get instant access to experts who can help navigate psychiatric treatment options.More

Big fish or small fish: So many decisions when it comes to school
Cape Breton Post
There are certain milestones in a parent's life that signal time is flying by. Registering your kids for school is certainly one of them. In Ontario, children are eligible for junior kindergarten the year they turn four, which for our twins is this November. Registration happens in February.More

Parents of children with autism fight to get service dogs in schools
Metro
Parents of children with autism are battling school boards on an equal-rights issue that promises to heat up ahead of this month's provincial byelections. Do dogs belong in classrooms? Families that have seen their easily agitated, sometimes non-verbal children blossom into calmer, more communicative kids around highly trained service animals think so.More