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March 2020 NEWSLETTER

Announcements
Program and Event Cancellations
Activities
Thank You
About Our Organisation 

Staff Contact Information



 
Announcements 

As of now, the North Shore Community Resources Child Care Resource and Referral program is closed until further notice. This includes all outreach, workshops, and drop-in programs. This decision is based on the advice of government and public health agencies, and is an important step to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

If you require a child care referral, support with the Affordable Child Care Benefit, CCRR subscriptions, Licence not required, or group child care consultations, you can email us and staff will be available to assist you.

Please note our CCRR workshops are postponed until further notice. You may request a credit or refund when we re-open.
 

Our North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral program is currently partnering with the Vancouver Coastal Health licensing, to create an updated emergency childcare list for the North Shore.

We are asking all licensed childcare providers a list of questions that includes whether they are open or closed, and if open are they able to provide emergency care. This includes an intake of children with families who work in the essential  service field.  

Staff contact information for families looking for care is:

Virginia.pateman@nscr.ca
Natalie.townsend@nscr.ca
 

Child Care Referral 

Virginia.pateman@nscr.ca 

Affordable Child Care Benefit  

Annette.fertuck@nscr.ca 

Patricia.asbun@nscr.ca 

Natalie.townsend@nscr.ca 

Licence Not Required Child Care Consultations 

Farzaneh.sani@nscr.ca 

Group Child Care Consultation and CCRR Workshops 

Annette.fertuck@nscr.ca 

CCRR Subscriptions  

Fariba.aghdassi@nscr.ca 

Manager Child and Parent Programs 

Tunde.getaneh@nscr.ca 

Message from Childcare BC

Dear Child Care Provider/Partner,

We have heard from many of you over the past few days following the Ministry’s announcement regarding the B.C. government’s financial support for the child care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We know this has been an incredibly challenging time and that you have many questions. We are providing FAQs that we hope will begin to answer some of your most pressing questions and concerns: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/family-and-social-supports/covid-19/qa_child_care_sector.pdf. We will be updating this document on a regular basis.

We have sent invitations to all CCOF providers and Universal Prototype Sites to participate in teleconference information sessions this week regarding the temporary emergency funding, and we will be adding additional teleconference dates for other child care partners in the very near future.

Please refer to the sources below for the most up to date information on COVID-19 from both Provincial and Federal resources:

Thank you for your patience and understanding, we are working hard to keep you informed as this situation evolves. 

Sincerely,
Childcare BC
Stakeholder Engagement

Statement from MCFD
Please follow the link below to read the statement from the Minister of State for Child Care, Katrina Chen, and the Ministry of Children & Family Development.

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CFD0041-000530

For all up to date information on the COVID-19 situation, please continue to monitor the links below on a regular basis. 


Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Temporary Emergency Funding Guidelines 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/family-and-social-supports/child-care/child-care-operating-funding/covid19/ccof-tef-guidelines.pdf


Ministry of Children & Family Development Response to COVID-19

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/covid-19-information

Message from ECEBC

To read the COVID-19 update from ECEBC, follow the link below. 

http://www.ecebc.ca/pdf/MCFD-Covid19-Child-Care-Update-March%2020,%202020-ECEBC-response.pdf

Government Financial Aid

Below is the latest government information about financial aid for individuals, families, and small businesses including those who are self-employed.

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

BC Ministry of Education

For questions concerning the current state of education, please read the link below from the BC Ministry of Education. 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/bc-ministry-of-education-questions-and-answers-continuity-of-learning-k-12-education_system.pdf

Memo from Vancouver Coastal Health
Program and Event Cancellations
NVRC Spring Programs

The following link is a message from North Vancouver Community and Recreation. 

Read it here

NSCR Responsible Adult Course

For anyone who was interested in the Responsible Adult Course that was supposed to run April 18, 2020 for six Saturdays, we have had to cancel our course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be offering it again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please check our newsletter in the following months for 
updates to our courses and workshops. Thank you for your interest in our programs and please do all you can to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

If you have any questions or concerns please email Natalie Townsend at natalie.townsend@nscr.ca

Activities
"Give Me the Wild Children" by Nicolette Sowder

Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
Chinese Proverb

This poem, “Give Me the Wild Children” by Nicolette Sowder has a sentiment shared by many:

“Give me the wild children
with their bare feet and
sparkling eyes. The restless,
churning climbers. The wild
ones using their outside

voices, singing all the way
home. Give me the wonder-filled
glorious mess makers
dreaming of mountains
and mud, aching to run through
a field of stars.”


In the book, Bringing the Outside In, Sandra Duncan and Jody Martin offer a suggestion to help children enjoy a sensory experience that could be relaxing at times and sometimes stimulating: “Playing with clay…can be very relaxing…what makes it more so is giving the experience the additional sensorial element of smell…Research has found that certain odors increase the ability to learn, create, and are calming to both children and adults… lavender, chamomile, orange and rose make you feel more relaxed…Scents like peppermint, basil, lemon, cinnamon, and rosemary help you to be more alert…

Add a few drops of scented oils or fresh herbs to clay. Children might like to experiment with a mixture of herbs and spices to achieve a smell that is stimulating or calming to them.”

Reprinted with permission from Exchange Every Day To subscribe to ExchangeEveryDay, a free daily e-newsletter, go to www.ccie.com/eed

"Wash Your Hands" by Charlotte Diamond

Charlotte Diamond shared a new song, "Wash Your Hands" that can be sung to the tune of her song, "Slippery Fish (Octopus)". While everyone is taking care not to catch or spread germs, hand washing is a good start. 

Here is a link to the Octopus/Slippery Fish song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjvjI85xM0Y

Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands, wash your hands,
With slippery soap and water.
Top and bottom, through your fingers
Don’t forget your wrists.

Wash your hands, wash your hands
With slippery soap and water.
Lots of bubbles, no more troubles
Wash them down the drain! Gulp, Gulp, Gulp! (or whatever sounds you want to add!)


By Charlotte Diamond 2020

Arts and Crafts

Virtual Tours and Livestreams

Keeping your little ones entertained can be challenging in times like these. The links below lead to livestreams and virtual tours of museums and zoos. 

Museums

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tour-2500-world-famous-museums-from-comfort-your-own-sofa/

Zoos
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/10-animal-livestreams-to-enjoy-during-social-distancing/

Online Activity Resources

Activity 

Website link 

20 Super Fun Toddler Learning Activities

https://teaching2and3yearolds.com/20-super-fun-toddler-learning-activities/ 

Hands-on and Play-based Learning Activities

https://busytoddler.com/learning-activities/ 

Audible Stories
For free access to a collection of children's stories, follow the link below. 
Thank You
Our Community Partners:  John Braithwaite Community Centre; North and West Vancouver  Library; Parkgate Community Centre; St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, NS ECEBC, Salvation Army, Cedarview Care Facility, Lynn Valley Care Center, Kiwanis Care Facility, Squamish Nation, Tsleil Waututh Nation and PARC Retirement Living Westerleigh.

Our Funders:  The Ministry for Child and Family Development; City of North Vancouver;  District of North Vancouver; District of West Vancouver and the North Shore News 
About Our Organization 
Our office is currently closed until further notice, but we are available remotely by phone or email. 

North Shore Community Resources Society

Capilano Mall
201-935 Marine Drive 
North Vancouver, BC  V7P 1S3
604-985-7138
 

A non-profit society with a variety of information and support services, including:
  • Information North Shore
  • Legal Information and Advocacy
  • North Shore Caregiver Support Program
  • Seniors' One Stop Information
  • North Shore Better at Home Program
  • North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral Program
  • Volunteer North Shore
  • Housing North Shore
  • Host for North Shore Inter-Agency Network.

Our office is currently closed until further notice, but we are available remotely by phone or email Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm. 

Office Closures: 

New Year's Day (January 1)
Family Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Victoria Day
Canada Day (July 1)
BC Day
Labour Day
Thanksgiving
Remembrance Day (November 11)
Christmas Break (December 25-January 1)
Boxing Day (December 26)


The CCRR program provides the following services:
  • Newsletters
  • Workshops and training courses
  • Library of books, music, video and resources
  • Equipment and toy lending
  • Laminating and photocopying
  • Job postings
  • Computer access
  • Referrals to child care facilities
As well as support and consultation for parents, child care providers and the community. For other information and resources please check our website.


North Shore Community Resources CCRR Staff

For a list of the CCRR staff members and their contact information, please 
click here.
Staff Contact Information 
Would you like email updates?
 
If you would like to be kept informed and up-to-date with our program and with current events in child care, please let us know.

Tunde Getaneh
Manager of Parent and Child Program

Tunde.getaneh@nscr.ca
604-982-3315

Farzaneh Sani
Child Care Provider Support Consultant

Farzaneh.sani@nscr.ca
604-982-3316

Natalie Townsend
Outreach Consultant
Natalie.townsend@nscr.ca
604-982-3322

Virginia, Pateman
Parent Information and Resource Consultant

Virginia.pateman@nscr.ca
604-982-3303

Fariba Aghdassi
Information and Resource Consultant 

Fariba.aghdassi@nscr.ca
604-982-3314

Patricia Asbun
Community Support Consultant 

Patricia.asbun@nscr.ca
604-982-3325

Annette Fertuck
CCRR Community Consultant 
North Shore Municipal Consultant 

Annette.Fertuck@nscr.ca
604-982-3324

Catherine Janusz
Program Assistant 

Catherine.janusz@nscr.ca
604-985-7138

Jill Nutter
CAP-C Coordinator, North Shore
CAP-C Parent Community Liaison

Jill.nutter@nscr.ca
604-982-3308

Sue Irwin
Regional Coordinator, Vancouver Coastal CCRR 

Sue.irwin@nscr.ca
604-985-7138 ext.: 108

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