Interaction Weekly
May. 28, 2014

Congratulations to the Association of Early Childhood Educators — Newfoundland Labrador as they celebrate "Week of the Early Childhood Educator", May 25 to May 31
AECENL
This presentation will provide participants with a look back at how far the profession of early childhood education has come in Newfoundland and Labrador over the past few decades while, at the same time, looking at the many facets of the role of the early childhood educator in today's world.More

Types of child care in B.C.
Tumbler Ridge News
In B.C. there are two basic care categories: Licensed and License-Not-Required (LNR). LNR refers to a family child care home that is not regulated, but is permitted. Whether or not a child care facility needs a license depends primarily on how many children a care provider is looking after. There are two types of license-not-required child care: license not required (LNR) and registered license not required (RLNR), which is registered with a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency.More

Video: Kids reading to cats proves to be a win-win situation
The Province
The Cat in the Hat knew nothing of shyness and embarrasment. But the best-selling kids’ favourite is helping lead a breakthrough in literary help for children strugging with their words. VideoBriefA movement that started in the U.S. has now spread north with a B.C. cat shelter offering a first-of-its-kind program coupling children with cats. The idea is that a child who feels uncomfortable reading out loud in front of other children and adults due to shyness or embarrassment is more comfortable reading to a patient feline. More

These kids are not impressed by ancient Apple computers
Mashable
Ah, thank you Fine Bros for reminding us that we are all ancient relics. In the latest adorable/maddening installment of "Kids React," a plethora of prepubescent children mock us mercilessly for existing during a time when computers had no Internet. The kids are given an Apple II computer circa 1977 — a creation noted as the first successfully mass-produced microcomputer, credited to the Woz himself — but that doesn't impress this bunch. More

Ottawa to cancel child care referral service, moves to 3-1-1
Ottawa Citizen
Parents will have a more difficult time getting reliable information about child care services when the city shuts down a dedicated referral line later this year and transfers the responsibility to 311 operators, child care advocates warn. Child Care Information, as it's known, was created almost by accident after staff at Andrew Fleck Child Care Services noticed back in the early 1980s that they were fielding lots of calls from parents with questions about child care services. Andrew Fleck was, after all, the first name listed in telephone book.More

Types of child care in B.C.
Tumbler Ridge News
In B.C. there are two basic care categories: Licensed and License-Not-Required (LNR). LNR refers to a family child care home that is not regulated, but is permitted. Whether or not a child care facility needs a license depends primarily on how many children a care provider is looking after. There are two types of license-not-required child care: license not required (LNR) and registered license not required (RLNR), which is registered with a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency.More

'Well-behaved kids' restaurant discount sparks online debate
CBC News
A Calgary family's surprise experience at a local restaurant has exploded online and sparked a debate about the behaviour of children in restaurants. Alicia Welsh and her husband took their one year-old daughter Evie for brunch on Mother's Day at Carino Japanese Bistro — a small eatery in northeast Calgary. More

Immigration system shouldn't overlook children
Calgary Herald
The public outcry over Canada's temporary foreign worker program has compelled the federal government to place a moratorium on restaurant-sector temporary employees, with the announcement by Employment Minister Jason Kenney that more changes are coming. Some commentators have suggested that one solution to the program’s ills would be to make temporary workers permanent residents.More

City of Vancouver says they've met target of 500 new child care spaces
Global News
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says the city has hit its three-year target of creating 500 new child care spaces. A press conference was held to announce 599 spaces have been built or committed to since 2012, with the city investing $62 million to the project. In total 751 child care spaces have been built since 2009.More

Parents rallying to continue municipal day care
Sault Star
The City of Sault Ste. Marie is collecting public comments and input on its website about the possibility of getting out of the child care business. The idea has surfaced that the city transfer its 100 day care spaces from municipally operated Jessie Irving, Maycourt and the Best Start program at Holy Family School to other licenced not-for-profit day care providers.More

Rezoning for day care on King Street given green light
The Sackville Tribune Post
A new day care centre is anticipated to set up shop soon in Sackville. Town council approved third and final reading during its monthly meeting last week for a rezoning request on King Street that will allow for the new day care to open up, providing child care spaces for up to 26 children.More

Every summer, kids lose a month of what they've learned
Cincinnati.com
Henry James once said the two most beautiful words in the English language were "summer afternoon." Your kids might say the two most despicable are "summer homework." It's probably not quite fair to call summer work the warm-weather equivalent of blizzard bags – assignments posted online or sent home when schools close for bad weather – but the thinking behind the two is the same. A young brain at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force.More

British study examines mobile phone effects on children
CTV News
British scientists launched a major government-commissioned study into the effects of mobile phone usage on the developing brains of children. About 2,500 children from London will be tested at the age of 11 and 12, and then again two years later, to assess how their cognitive abilities develop in relation to their changing use of phones and other wireless technologies. Professor Patrick Haggard, deputy director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, said it was the "largest follow-up study of its kind in adolescents worldwide".More