Nov
20

It’s National Child’s Day: The Children’s Charter of Rights

On National Child’s Day 2016, we share with the Children’s Charter of Rights. The charter was created in partnership with children, children’s agencies and the City of Hamilton. Over 2000 children and youth of Hamilton created the Charter in their own words, through extensive community engagement.

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To read and view the Charter in its entirety, please go to: https://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/strategies-actions/hamiltons-renewed-charter-rights-children-and-youth

The Children’s Charter of Rights:

I have the right to be heard
I have the right to live in a home, in a neighbourhood
I have the right to live with and be cared for by family
I have the right to have friends
I have the right to good food, and warm, clean clothes
I have the right to a healthy earth to live on
I have the right to play
I have the right to learn more things
I have the right to express myself, my personality and thoughts without judgement
I have the right to be proud of who I am
I have the right to make choices
I have the right to special help like a wheelchair if I ever need it
I have the right to know about and practice my culture
I have the right to care for living things
I have the right to be safe, secure, and healthy
I have the right to be free from discrimination
I have the right to rest
I have the right to privacy

 

Nov
11

Let’s Visit: The Greendale Preschoolers

The Emergent Curriculum is all about letting kids do what they do best in the early years. It acknowledges that all children are born with the ability to learn valuable skills and life lessons all on their own – with a bit of supervision of course!

Today we’ll take a look at the Preschoolers at our Greendale location and the things they’ve been learning lately.

It’s November, but the ground isn’t frozen yet! That means the little ones can still take advantage of one of their favourite playground features – the sandbox! Digging is always a favourite. But if you look closer, there is more that meets the eye.

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For example, we have some teamwork going on here. 3 preschoolers working together to accomplish a common goal – to fill the bucket.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the playground, some hockey players can be seen! But where’s the ball? It’s pretend, of course! They communicate with each other, shouting out where the ball is, who has it and where it’s going. This type of imaginative play builds skills in teamwork, communication and creativity!

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All around the playground are things that go! Tricycles, trucks and diggers galore. These sorts of toys encourage kids to build skills in hand-eye coordination and motor skills (no pun intended)! They also build the first experiences with cause and effect relationships, such as what happens when they move their truck or tricycle downhill.

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Of course, it’s still Autumn here at Today’s Family! That means that the Preschoolers are still enjoying the leaves. This time, one of the teachers helped them rake the leaves into a pile before throwing them up in the air. What goes up must come down!

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Thanks for checking in with us! We’ll see you next week!

Until then,

– Today’s Family

Nov
04

Autumn Exploring and An Art Project

Happy Friday Friends! It’s November, and the trees are giving their last hurrah as far as colour goes. We wanted to make sure we got outside to enjoy their autumn splendor before they fall.

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Why not go for a hike with your little ones? Ask them what colours they see. Most importantly, collect some leaves for the art project we’re doing later!

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DIY Preserved Leaves and Leaf Mobile

You will need:

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  • Your leaves
  • Wax paper
  • An iron
  • An old towel
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • String
  • A Stick/Piece of dowel

Step One: Lay your towel out on your ironing board and lay your wax paper on top. Then, lay your leaves flat out on the wax paper leaving a space between each one.

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Step Two: lay another piece of wax paper on top of your leaves, then put the other half of your towel on top.

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Step Three: Iron! Keep going until the wax paper has sealed around the leaves.

Step Four: Once cool, cut out your leaves leaving enough space to ensure that they stay sealed. Leave a space for your hole to go.

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Step Five: Punch holes in your wax paper, then loop string through the holes.

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Step Six: Tie the string to your stick, and add a loop at the top.

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Now you have a lovely fall decoration that will last well into the winter!

If you make your own Leaf Mobile, let us know! We’d love to see! Tag us on Twitter @TodaysFamilyOnt or on Facebook @Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care.

We’ll see you next week!

– Today’s Family

Oct
14

Let’s Visit: The Saltfleet Toddler Room!

Welcome to a brand new and exciting series on the blog! We decided that some of you may like to learn more about this Emergent Curriculum of ours. But, rather than boring you with the lengthy and technical definition, we figured we’d just show you some of the things that are going on at our Centres and Home Locations! This week, we visited our location at Saltfleet High School; more specifically, we checked in with the toddlers to see what they’ve been interested in lately.

Stay tuned for more posts just like this one! That’s the beauty of Emergent Curriculum, it’s always emerging, always changing. Learning happens always, and we get to watch it and encourage it every day!

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Autumn has fallen here at Today’s Family Saltfleet, and the toddler room is decorated with paintings of red, orange, yellow and brown. Our toddler’s are learning all about fall’s colourful leaves!

 

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The sensory bins are stocked with pinecones, gourds and leaves; the little ones are learning all about the textures, sights and smells of the season!

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They’re enjoying farm animals at the moment too. Horses, pigs, cows, and all the sounds they make too! Nay! Oink! Moo!

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The toddlers are really enjoying the mirrors the team brought in. They love getting to know their faces; eyes, ears, nose and mouth!

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Now it’s time to go outside! The class is loving the changing colours on the trees in the yard.

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It’s still warm enough to play in the sandbox. Building motor skills is key in this age group.

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Speaking of motor skills, the toddlers love the balancing buckets. With a little help, they can walk on them without falling off!

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As always, all of the toys with wheels are popular. Zoom!

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The farm theme followed the little ones outside.

To learn more about our Emergent Curriculum and how it works, visit our website! www.todaysfamily.ca

We’ll be back next week! Until then,

– Today’s Family

Oct
07

Licensed Home Child Care: What is it, and how it may be the best fit for you and your child.

At Today’s Family we pride ourselves in offering quality, licensed home child care for children; right from infancy up to age 12! For some children, a centre may be a good fit with its consistent schedule and larger class sizes. However, some families need a bit more flexibility and smaller group sizes . Here are some  reasons why home-based child care may be the best fit for you and your child!

1. It’s Flexible!

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If you work shifts or are attending school, then you know how difficult it can be to schedule anything consistently. Home child care removes this stress with overnight, shift and even weekend care made available for you and your children! We also offer Before and After School care, just in case mornings or evenings prove difficult for your family. No matter when you need care – we can help!

2. It’s there when you need it.

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Emergency care is available through our Home Child Care service too! If you need care on short notice, we can make it happen for you. We know that sometimes life is unpredictable, and this unpredictability can be even more stressful if you have children. Take comfort in the fact that, if you need us right now, we’re here for you.

3. Our providers speak a total of 21 languages!

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We are so proud of our providers and their vast array of cultures. We would love to find you a location that understands, and respects your traditions. It’s just another way that this form of child care is a home away from home!

4. Smaller group sizes means individualized care!

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In a Home Child Care setting, your child will be in care with up to 5 other children. This means that the care provider has the ability to tailor your child’s experience based on their needs. Also, your child will have the opportunity to learn and grow alongside their siblings; something that is so important when it comes to a child feeling comfortable in a new space.

5. It’s just like home, and close to home!

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With smaller group sizes and caring and knowledgeable providers, your child will be entering into a warm, individualized home-like environment where they are sure to be comfortable and thrive. We also ensure that your care provider is as close to home, school or work when possible, so that your child has the reassurance and comfort of being in their own neighbourhood and you have confidence knowing your child is only a few minutes away.

6. The connections made last a lifetime.

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Many children who begin their lives in Home Child Care stay with the same provider right up to age 12. That’s 12 years of growing, learning, development and relationship building that they will carry with them for years to come. Many providers and peers maintain friendships for decades. The early years are important years, and Today’s Family wants to make sure that your child can make the most of them.

If you have any questions for us, or are interested in Home Child Care, contact us!

Your best bet is to e-mail us at childcare@todaysfamily.ca

However, if you have a question, chances are somebody else out there has the same one! We encourage you to reach out to us on social media. We are Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care on Facebook and @TodaysFamilyOnt on Twitter.

Until next time,

– Today’s Family

Sep
16

Back to School Series: Easy Weeknight Dinner – Michele’s Maple Glazed Salmon!

Happy Friday Parents!

School, Soccer Practice, Music Lessons…who has time to cook a healthy meal on the fly? You do, friend! As an honorary Super Mom or Super Dad, you can totally find a few minutes to prepare a meal that is as nutritious as it is delicious – no drive thru necessary!

We know, we know – Salmon?! Do kids even eat Salmon? With the yummy, sweet glaze that our very own Michele created, we can assure you that they do, and this recipe is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Check out the recipe below! Let us know what you thought on social media! @TodaysFamilyOnt on Twitter or Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care on Facebook!

Enjoy!

Today’s Family’s Maple Glazed Salmon

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You will need:

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup soya sauce (or your desired substitute – like coconut aminos!)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Step One:

In a sauce pan, combine the ingredients for the glaze. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer until thickened. This takes around 30 minutes. You can do this step ahead of time if you’d like to! Just microwave or heat the glaze when ready to use.

Step Two:

Back the salmon at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (or barbeque, if you’d like to!) When the salmon is cooked through and flaky, brush the glaze all over it!

That’s it! Super easy, sweet and delicious. Not to mention packed with protein and omega 3’s and 6’s for a healthy brain and body.

Michele served her salmon with basmati rice, chives, baby peas and oranges. The oranges compliment the sweetness of the glaze while adding a lovely bit of freshness.

Until next time!

– Today’s Family