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Educational apps help kids take control of their health
CTV News
Reflecting a trend of gamification, a growing number of apps are designed to help kids learn to manage their health, tackling subjects such as diabetes, asthma and even psychological aspects of growing up. Sanofi Diabetes, a division of Sanofi-Aventis, launched an app in the U.K. oriented towards kids with type 1 diabetes and their friends, parents and caregivers called Mission T1D. The setting is a virtual school in which players earn their knowledge when they win enough points to unlock short, easy-to-remember tips about living with type 1 diabetes and in some cases shareable, educational videos.
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Teaching kids that bad things happen
Times Colonist
Last year, we ordered a magazine subscription from a fundraiser our oldest child was doing for his school band. When the copies of Macleans started arriving at the house, something odd happened: We could never find them. The mystery was solved last month when one of my kids walked by as I brought in the mail. “Oh, is that Macleans?” he said, eyes alight. “Are you done with it, Mom?” He’s been reading the magazine and all its serious news coverage for months.
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Full-day kindergarten creating more inquisitive, better prepared students
Windsor Star
A new breed of students is emerging from Ontario’s kindergarten programs, which has encouraged early grade school teachers to find unconventional ways to deliver traditional classroom curriculum. The impetus for the change is a new focus on inquiry-based learning, which has evolved in the province’s full-day kindergarten program that is now in place everywhere after a five-year roll out.
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The rising cost of kids' (toxin-free and re-usable) lunch gear
The Globe and Mail
When it comes to kids’ lunches, we’ve come a long way from PB&J, an apple and a cookie in a brown paper bag. Beau Coffron, of Fremont, CA, packs his daughter’s school lunches in stainless steel containers that cost at least $20 a pop. He apportions all of her food into little compartments, making cartoon characters like Charlie Brown and animal shapes such as tigers and llamas out of the ingredients. Her sports water bottles cost about $10, and the sack to carry it all came with the lunch kits but would retail separately for about $25.
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Lack of child care an ongoing struggle in western Labrador
CBC News
Parents in western Labrador continue to struggle to find affordable child care, and the region's largest employer has hit a snag with a potential solution. Jennifer Hiscock says her summer has been a stressful one while searching for a solution for her two children. Building Blocks Daycare in Labrador City has 60 spaces, but Hiscock said the waiting list to get a child into care has 120 names on it.
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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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Educational apps help kids take control of their health
CTV News
Reflecting a trend of gamification, a growing number of apps are designed to help kids learn to manage their health, tackling subjects such as diabetes, asthma and even psychological aspects of growing up. Sanofi Diabetes, a division of Sanofi-Aventis, launched an app in the U.K. oriented towards kids with type 1 diabetes and their friends, parents and caregivers called Mission T1D. The setting is a virtual school in which players earn their knowledge when they win enough points to unlock short, easy-to-remember tips about living with type 1 diabetes and in some cases shareable, educational videos.

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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 roll-out 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.

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Make your home kid-proof as well as kid-approved
The Regina Leader-Post
For any kid growing up, there really is no place like home. It’s the safest place in the world — or it should be — and your job as a parent is to make sure it is. The first things parents do when kids are small is childproof everything in the house — covering electrical outlets, putting childproof locks on toilets, cabinets and drawers (so kids don’t get into things they shouldn’t), installing the right safety gates to stop small children from falling down stairs or into a swimming pool or hot tub, as well as installing anti-scalding fixtures.
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Gallant:: Liberals would create 6,000 day care spaces if elected
Global News
New Brunswick Liberal Leader Brian Gallant is promising to create 6,000 daycare spaces at a cost of $120 million over five years. Gallant says more families would be eligible for financial help through the province’s Daycare Assistance Program by raising the maximum net income allowed, which currently stands at $41,000. The Liberals say they would also create a registry of available day care spaces so that parents can find care for their children more easily.
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The upsides and downsides of raising a toddler downtown
Edmonton Journal
Sometimes, we just need to bust out. There are moments when our 1,000-square-foot condo on the western edge of downtown is perfect for our little family, including my two-and-a-half-year-old son, a loud and curious ruffian. Then there are moments when you crave more space for said toddler to execute his destruction.
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N.S. government tightens day care rules after child abuse violation
CTV News
The Nova Scotia government says it took immediate action after several child care centres across the province violated day care regulations. The department says inspections found that two day cares failed to report suspected cases of child abuse in the last two years, despite the law requiring that abuse be reported. Karen Casey, the minister of education and early childhood development, says suspected child abuse must now be reported directly to the minister within 24 hours.
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