Interaction Weekly
Aug. 21, 2013

AECE 2013 Conference information
Save the date! Get ready for the AECE 2013 Conference. Topics include: The hurried child, the power of play, builing a good foundation and developing social competence in chicldren. More

Expert: Vision for full-day kindergarten in Ontario falling short
Toronto Star
Four years after a provincial report called for a "seamless day of learning" in Ontario schools, prompting the launch of full-day kindergarten, its author says his vision is far from realized. Dr. Charles Pascal says it is no surprise that school-based daycares are struggling to provide before- and after-care for full-day kindergarten students. It wasn't supposed to be their job in the first place.More

Should your child attend an unlicensed day care?
CBC News
Each of Canada's provinces and territories allows some unlicensed childcare facilities to operate, but a toddler's recent death in an unlicensed Vaughan, ON, day care offers a warning that some centres may be failing to provide a safe space for children. "You want to be so sure and so crystal clear about where your child is," said Don Giesbrecht, the CEO of the Canadian Child Care Federation.More

9 ways to help ease the transition to day care
Every baby and every day care situation will be different, but there are a few universal recommendations that have been handed down to us that may be useful for other families imparting upon the same journey. Notably, all these tips are for babies.More

Parents can access unlicensed day care complaints
Toronto Star
The provincial government has pledged to make all complaints against unlicensed day cares available online in a searchable database so parents can learn if their caregiver has been taking in more children than the legal limit. More

Children who help plan their lunch more likely to enjoy eating it
Huffington Post Canada
Zannat Reza says the worst part of packing school lunches is when the food is brought home uneaten. "For me it's the most worrisome because it's like okay, what have you eaten all day and how can you learn? You're there to learn and have fun with your friends and eating healthier food is part of that," the registered dietitian says. To remedy the situation, she has found that sitting down with her two children to map out the week's lunches helps enormously and teaches them a life skill.More

It may not be sugar that makes your kids go wild
The Vancouver Sun
Sugar makes my kids go completely wild and hyperactive. I've heard this myth all my life and I'm still hearing it today. In the early '70s, allergist Ben Feingold even designed a diet for children to prevent sugar-related wildness. Many teachers and doctors still believe it, but few diet-related myths have been so thoroughly debunked. Scientists simply can't find a connection between sugar and hyperactivity. More

UW contact lens study aims to slow nearsightedness in children
Waterloo Region Record
Specially designed contact lenses with the potential to slow nearsightedness in children are being studied at the University of Waterloo. The Centre for Contact Lens Research launched a three-year study to find out if a new type of contact can combat myopia in children eight to 12 years old. The lenses keep a clear focus at the outside edge of the retina, and it's hoped that clear peripheral vision will prevent the eye from lengthening from front to back, which is the cause of myopia. More

B.C. children in care still have no way to access grants
Times Colonist
Seven months after it announced an education and training grant for B.C. children, the Liberal government still has no clear idea how to make the money available to children in care. B.C. families can now receive $1,200 for every child born on or after Jan. 1, 2007. All they have to do is open a Registered Education Savings Plan before the child turns seven years old. More

Children and smartphones: What's the right age?
A recent survey conducted by mobile service provider Zact found that 56 per cent of children ages 10 to 13 have a smartphone, while a shockingly high 25 per cent of children ages 2 to 5 have a smartphone. But should children so young have access to their own handsets? And what is an appropriate age to own a smartphone?More

How to encourage kids to read
The Northern Pen
Reading can have a profound impact on a child's life in and out of the classroom. Reading can help a young student develop a more extensive vocabulary, and a study from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics found that reading to young children promotes language acquisition, making it easier for them to learn a foreign language. More

Children in sports an investment for life
Windsor Star
While young athletes from around the world descend on Windsor, ON for the opening of the International Children's Games, the irony is there are children in the host city who don't have the opportunity to participate in organized sports. One of the key reasons why for many is a lack of financial resources, according to Mike Dugal.More

Study: Insulin pumps better than injections for diabetic kids
Sun News
A major study has found that insulin pumps are a more effective diabetes treatment for children than injections, and cause fewer complications. In what's being hailed as the longest and largest study of its kind, Australian researchers found insulin pumps used to treat Type 1 diabetes in children are better at controlling blood sugar injections and cause fewer adverse effects.More

Limit youth football practice hits for brain health
Scientific American
Brain injury is a growing concern in football. But changes during practice could make the game safer for kids by cutting total blows to the head in half. So finds the largest study ever to measure head impacts in youth football. The work is in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.More

Soft drinks linked to behavioural problems in young children
Hamilton Spectator
Pop has already been blamed for making kids obese; now new research blames the sugary drinks for behavioural problems in children, too. Analyzing data from 2,929 families, researchers linked pop consumption to aggression, attention problems and social withdrawal in five-year-olds. They published their findings in the Journal of Pediatrics. Although earlier studies have shown an association between soft-drink consumption and aggression in teens, none had investigated whether a similar relationship existed in younger children. More