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Full-day kindergarten impacts Grades 1, 2
OurWindsor.Ca
While full-day kindergarten is the newest learning experience for Ontario’s youngest students, it’s been an education for the province’s primary teachers, too. With the final phase of the full-day rollout happening, school boards say that over the past five years of implementation, they’ve had one big kinder surprise: teachers in Grades 1 and 2 now find their lessons no longer work for children steeped in play-based learning — kids who are more confident, ask more questions and who are used to setting the agenda in the classroom.
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Crowded, chaotic classrooms hurt Ontario full-day kindergarten push
The Globe and Mail
Some full-day kindergarten classes in Ontario are crammed with as many as 40 students, so many that the children can’t fit on their classroom carpet for group time, raising questions about the Liberal government’s ambitious program. As Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government rolls out full-day kindergarten to all schools this fall, documents obtained by The Globe and Mail through freedom-of-information legislation show the Ministry of Education has been inundated with complaints from parents and educators about large classes impeding learning.
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Parents encouraged to map out a safe walking route as kids prepare to return to class
Etobicoke Guardian
With the new school year started comes a whole new set of safety concerns for parents – especially those with young children navigating their way to and from school for the first time. With that in mind, The Guardian turned to the Children’s Health and Safety Association (CHSA) – an Etobicoke-based organization whose mission is “to provide as much information to as many parents as possible for the safety and well-being of children everywhere” – for some back-to-school safety tips.
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Don't overengineer kids' spontaneous play, children's organizations say
CBC News
Hanging from a tree, skipping stones and learning to ride a bike with no hands are the kinds of things many of us learned to do as kids during long summers that seemed to last forever. Today, many kids are so overscheduled or tied to their electronic devices, researchers say, that they are less likely than previous generations to spend time in spontaneous, unplanned play.
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City creates centralized child care registry
Windsor Star
The City of Windsor has created a centralized child care registry to make finding quality care easier for parents. By visiting the website www.WindsorEssexOneHSN.ca, parents can study their options based on location, hours and type of care. The registry will list accredited child care programs that are centre-based, school-based and home-based as well as recreation programs.
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B.C. to start day care payments to parents
Global News
The British Columbia government said it expects to be helping parents pay the costs of day care because the first day of school appears to be delayed indefinitely by an ongoing teachers’ strike. Education Minister Peter Fassbender said parents who start registering at the government’s website can expect to receive $40 a day as early as late September or early October, although the website says the payments will come after the strike is over.
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Infant care spaces are disappearing across Muskoka
Bracebridge Examiner
It was expected and now it's here. Daycares are changing how they operate and who they serve now that full-day kindergarten has taken their most profitable clientele, those aged 3.8 years and older. The last round of schools to implement full-day kindergarten will open their new classrooms this fall, landing the final blow to some day cares.

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Quebec elementary school bans homework
InsideToronto
Students at a Quebec elementary school may be some of the happiest in the country as they prepare for another year in the classroom. College de Saint-Ambroise, a school of 339 students in the province's Saguenay region, has introduced a near-complete ban on homework.

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Squamish eyes day care incentives
Squamish Chief
Municipal officials are looking into ways to cut red tape for new day cares – businesses that are sorely needed in a community in which 340 babies were born last year, says councillor Susan Chapelle. There are 624 day care spaces in Squamish, Chapelle told District of Squamish officials at a council meeting. Of those, 24 are registered as license-not-required, meaning a care provider is watching her or his own children plus up to two more children or a sibling group.

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When should kids walk to school alone?
Toronto Star
What's the right age for a child to walk to school without an adult? The answer, according to experts: 9 years old. It depends, of course, on the child's maturity and temperament, the distance to school and amount of traffic. But generally around age 9, children are less impulsive, more attentive and have the cognitive ability needed to cross a street safely, explains Pamela Fuselli, a vice-president at Parachute, a charity focused on injury prevention.
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Striking B.C. teachers go online to offer day care
CBC News
Many striking teachers in B.C. are setting up day camps and child care services, under the expectation children won't be back in class when schools usually start a new year. Ads for the day-long educational daycare services are appearing on Craigslist and other online sites, along with ads from many other child care providers offering services during the provincewide strike.
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What types of day care are available for my child?
Oakville Beaver
Every parent wants to be certain that the day care centre they choose for their child is welcoming, safe, clean and a happy place that their little one will want to attend. When you are looking for a day care centre, ask other parents for references, do research about local facilities and visit the prospective day care centres. Be sure to speak to staff and observe the activities provided for the children.
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Nova Scotia to beef up day care regulations
Metro
The Nova Scotia government says it is beefing up regulations to better protect children at regulated day cares. Karen Casey, the minister of early childhood development, says she will soon have the authority to ensure staff who have not completed criminal background or child abuse registry checks are not working with children at any time.
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New school year, new child care needs
Canadian HR Reporter
It’s the time of year where in most parts of Canada, vacations are over, kids are going back to school and parents have to juggle the schedules of their kids’ schools and extracurricular activities with their work schedules. So it’s probably a good time for employers to review family status as an emerging ground for accommodation. As family status has risen in awareness for accommodation, there’s been some debate over what it really means and to what extent employers have a duty to accommodate.
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How to help your kids overcome back-to-school anxiety
CTV News
With just days left before students across the country head back to school, some children may be feeling some anxiety about returning to the classroom. One psychologist recommends parents help alleviate their children's nerves by preparing for the upcoming school year together as a family. Child psychologist Dr. Diana Garcia, from Capital Psychological in Ottawa, said it's natural for anyone to feel a bit nervous about starting a new routine and entering into a new environment, like a classroom.
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