Interaction Weekly
Nov. 27, 2013

Day care crisis: Ontario inspections reveal numerous violations
Toronto Star
Children sleep in an airless room that is so damp, the floor is wet and the bedding is soggy. A caregiver's husband drinks beer in the driveway while two preschoolers are alone in the house. His wife is out picking up eight more kids. An unattended toddler rides a toy car into a busy intersection and is rescued by an alarmed motorist.More

Inspectors pay a visit to niqab-wearing day care workers
CBC News
The Quebec government sent inspectors to a private home day care in Montreal shortly after two childcare workers were photographed wearing niqabs while they were outside with the children. But the government says its inspections were to ensure the home day care is operating legally — not to oversee what religious dress the employees wear.More

New research provides crucial insight into lives of children in care
The findings from one of the most comprehensive long-term studies ever undertaken into children in care have been revealed at Queen's University Belfast. The Care Pathways and Outcomes Study is one of only a small number of studies worldwide that has taken a long-term comparative approach, providing vital information for practitioners. It followed a group of 374 children in care in Northern Ireland, over a 10 year period from 2000 to 2010.More

Baby dies at unregulated Markham day care, sparking police probe
Toronto Star
Police and the province's chief coroner are investigating the death of a 9-month-old baby in an unregulated home daycare in Markham — the third death of a child in such a facility this year. The baby girl was reportedly not breathing when emergency responders were called to the residence. She was rushed to nearby Markham Stouffville Hospital where efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, said Det. James Ward of York Regional Police's Criminal Investigation Bureau. More

Mother fined $10 for packing 'unbalanced' lunch for children
CTV News
A Manitoba mother was shocked to learn that she had been fined $10 by her day care for not packing a "balanced" lunch for her children. Kristen Bartkiw, a mother of three, thought she had sent her children to day care with a nutritional lunch consisting of leftover roast beef, potatoes, carrots, an orange and milk. When her children, five-year-old Logan and three-year-old Natalie, returned home from Little Cub's Den day care, she found a note from day care staff informing Bartkiw that she had failed to pack grains in her children's lunch. More

Little girl's first time walking on ice will melt your cold heart
As much as you might think you're ready to experience the cuteness contained in this deceptively short video, there is no way you're ready. And by that I mean you haven't even bothered to secure a buddy who can shock you back into coherence once your heart stops from an overload of cuteness. Do you even own a defibrillator? More

Children are listening, watching and learning
Cape Breton Post
A healthy body needs healthy food. Your child depends on you to provide healthy foods for energy and growth. Your child also looks to you when forming attitudes about food. As a role model, you can make healthy food choices for your family and lead with a positive example. More

B.C. schools locking children in isolation rooms
CTV News
There's mounting evidence that several B.C. schools are restraining children who act out and putting them in isolation rooms, practices special needs advocates are pushing to have banned. CTV News has obtained a survey of 200 parents from across the province who reported that school staff used various forms of physical restraint and seclusion against their children, many of whom have special needs. More

Approximately 3 per cent of children in Nanaimo in care
Three per cent of children in the Nanaimo area are in care or in need of protection. That fact is from the State of the Child Report, a study of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district compiled by social agencies using a variety of available data. The study is the first of its kind, and is considered a benchmark to measure and make further comparisons in future years.More

Canadian children can't run as fast as their parents did
Ottawa Citizen
Canadian children can't run as fast or as far as the generation before them because their cardiovascular health has slipped, a global survey shows. "If you took the typical Canadian kid today and compare them to the typical Canadian kid from 1980, they would probably finish about 1-1.5 minutes behind on a 1.6-km run or about 250-350 metres behind," Grant Tomkinson of the University of South Australia wrote.More

Survey results report parents engaged in children's education
The Journal Pioneer
The P.E.I. Home and School Federation released highlights of its 2013 parent engagement survey, which shows that Island parents are engaged in their children's education and see areas where the federation could be more involved in education. The survey of parents having school-aged children in P.E.I., which was carried out by consultant Vicki Bryanton and funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education, explored issues related to parent engagement in their children's education.More