Interaction Weekly
Dec. 10, 2014

Concord, ON day care centre offers foreign language instruction
Vaughan Citizen
In a place as multicultural as Concord, ON, Wonderland Daycare has answered the need for linguistic diversity by setting up a day care centre in Concord and teaching foreign languages in its kindergarten program. Wonderland Daycare is a dynamic day care centre in Concord, ON that recognizes a multilingual society like ours has a need for child care services in different languages. It is for this reason that in addition to its English-based day care centres, it also has a Russian day care centre in Concord.More

More Ontario kids being treated for concussions
Global News
A study has found that the number of children and youth treated for concussions in both emergency departments and doctors’ offices in Ontario has risen significantly. Between 2003 and 2011, almost 89,000 pediatric concussions were treated in either an emergency department or a physician’s office. The rate of concussions jumped to 754 from 466 per 100,000 for boys, and to 440 from 208 per 100,000 for girls.More

How to teach kids an attitude of gratitude
Toronto Star
So many of us enjoy unwrapping gifts so much that we often forget the true spirit of the holiday season. And so with the holiday season upon us, parenting and child development expert Denise Daniels offers some simple, effective ways parents can teach young children an “attitude of gratitude,” while still instilling the emotional intelligence skills they’ll need to thrive in our ever-changing world.More

Concerns rise about future of day cares in federal buildings
CBC News
Several Ottawa daycare centres operating out of federal government buildings worry about their financial future after a decision to rescind the policy to subsidize daycare rents. In the early 1990s, the federal government helped establish workplace day care centres in federal buildings across the country, providing a full-rent subsidy as long as 70 per cent of the spaces were used by parents working in the public service.More

Punishing kids for lying just doesn't work
McGill University
If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8. The researchers, led by Prof. Victoria Talwar of McGill’s Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology, left each child alone in a room for 1 minute with a toy behind them on a table, having told the child not to peek during their absence.More

Prince Rupert seen as child care worker training ground
The Northern View
A report prepared by the B.C. Government Employee Union says Prince Rupert is facing some unique challenges when it comes to childcare workers for youth in need in the community. The report, Choose Children: A case for reinvesting in child, youth and family services in British Columbia was published by the union after consulting with children, youth and family workers across the province, including 20 attendees in Prince Rupert. While those in Prince Rupert joined workers in other northern communities in describing "the challenge of having to cover much larger geographic areas with limited staff", a unique issue came to the forefront in the Northwest.More

Quebec's day care flip-flop
Maclean's
Philippe Couillard doesn’t do fury very well. Blessed with a manner to match his patrician beard, the current Quebec premier is a notable counterpoint to his Liberal predecessor, Jean Charest — often a man of clenched fists and bee-sting indignation. Feb. 20, 2014, was one notable exception. On that day, the Parti Québécois government announced plans to increase daycare fees by $2 a day, to $9, and index the fees to inflation thereafter.More

Concord, ON day care centre offers foreign language instruction
Vaughan Citizen
In a place as multicultural as Concord, ON, Wonderland Daycare has answered the need for linguistic diversity by setting up a day care centre in Concord and teaching foreign languages in its kindergarten program. Wonderland Daycare is a dynamic day care centre in Concord, ON that recognizes a multilingual society like ours has a need for child care services in different languages. It is for this reason that in addition to its English-based day care centres, it also has a Russian day care centre in Concord.More

Student probes toxicity of fire-retardant materials in day cares
The StarPhoenix
University of Saskatchewan toxicology student David Saunders has analyzed dust from 20 daycares in the Saskatoon area to learn whether flame retardant chemicals in foam furniture and children's toys pose a health hazard. Added to fabrics and furniture to increase fire resistance, brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in high concentrations are potentially toxic for human health and very persistent in the environment. More

'Sensitive Santa' offers a calm environment for kids with autism
Toronto Star
For a brief moment in Santa’s cabin, life was calm for an Etobicoke family whose days are typically anything but. Amorosi siblings Domenico, 5, Lucca, 4 and Valentino, 2, sat attentively in their matching checkered shirts and festive red ties, listening to Santa Claus tell a story while their parents Cherie Mallen and Joe Amorosi looked on. There was no lineup behind them, no children wailing nearby or a crowd of exasperated parents waiting their turn for a photo. More

City task force to find efficiencies in municipal day care services
Tbnewswatch.com
City council has assembled a task force that will take a close look at municipal day care services. At one evening’s council meeting, Thunder Bay City Councillors approved the creation of the task force. The task force will feature two at-large councillors who will look into finding efficiencies within the city-run day care programs.More

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Teach your kids financial values...via cellphone
TIME
A child's first smartphone can be a tool for teaching about budgeting, the value of work, and other important concepts. After I have helped clients prioritize their financial goals, they commonly ask me a followup question: How do we teach these values to the next generation?More

Screen time creates risk for kids
Vernon Morning Star
Gone are the days when school bathroom walls were the only place words of hurt lived. Kids were safe not only from bullying, at home, but from the harm of predators. Now, bullying is everywhere and it’s 24/7. And the predators don’t even have to leave their homes. Words of hurt are thoughtlessly posted online for the world to see, pictures are posted, friendships are made, and broken, in a simple click.More