Happy 2014!

It is common at the start of a brand new year for people to rethink their lives, and to set new goals and resolutions.  Instead of compiling a never-ending to-do list, be sure to celebrate all that you have achieved.  Focus on your strengths, and the strengths of your children.  Spend more time doing the things that you enjoy, and things that allow you to be involved and engaged with your family.

Make this the year for joy, laughter and love for you and your child.
We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

-Julie & Andrew

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The Gift of Christmas

It’s the little things that mean the most. The look on children’s faces when they first set eyes on Santa Claus, tiny voices singing classic Christmas carols, and spending quality time with family and friends in a warm and cozy home.  These are the moments we will treasure for years to come.

This is the season of giving and celebration, and at Little Tulips Family Child Care, we celebrate all that has been achieved this past year, and all that has been overcome.  We are thrilled to be able to share these moments with you, as we cherish our Christmas memories and create many new ones!

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From our Family to Yours..

Families of children with special needs don’t celebrate occasions like everyone else.  Christmas and the holidays in general can bring additional stresses and challenges to our unique situations which are already often challenging enough.  Our children require extra attention and extra preparation that can drain us before the holidays even begin.

This Christmas, our family is focusing on what means the most to us: Each other!  We are excited for the holidays!  We are excited for the lights, the magic, the excited face of our sweet little boy, the togetherness, the love, the joy, the remembering.  We will spend our time with the ones we love, embrace what makes our family so special, and celebrate in the true spirit of the season.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
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Play it Loud!!

Today we had another fabulous music session with our friends at Project Grace! This time, our children were introduced to the trumpet!

Terry Campbell is a local trumpet player and educator.  He treated us to some classic jazz tunes and a few sing-along Christmas songs. Our little ones were amazed by the many different sounds that a trumpet can make!  We even tested Terry to see how many animal sounds he could produce!  Each child had a turn pressing the valves and controlling the mute to create different sound effects.  It was a wonderful experience for them!

Thank you for sharing your talent with us!  http://www.terrycampbellmusic.com/

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National Child Day

At Little Tulips Family Child Care, we believe that every day is ‘Child Day’, but on November 20th, we recognize National Child Day.  National Child Day has been celebrated across Canada since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations’ adoption of two documents centered on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The founding principles of the Convention include:

  • Acting in the best interests of the child.
  • Genuinely considering the views of the child in all decision-making that affects them.
  • Ensuring children have the right to primary consideration in all economic, social, and political decisions, policies, programs, and expenditures that impact upon them.

There are many reasons to celebrate children, but most of all because children deserve to be recognized as important members of our community.

  • All children have the right to an adequate standard of living, health care and to play.
  • All children have the right to express their views about things that affect them and to participate in communities, programs and services.
  • All children have the right to be protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination.

By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This commitment includes the opportunity for children to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.

As parents and child care providers, we have the ability to have a direct positive impact on the lives of our children. We take this opportunity to celebrate children, and raise awareness of children’s rights!

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The Early Years Last a Lifetime

The early years last a lifetime. The first five years of a child’s life are the most critical time of growth and learning. In fact, 85% of the human brain is developed by the time a child graduates kindergarten. Research is showing that public investment in effective early learning programs produce benefits to children, families, communities and society that far outweigh the costs.

The Jimmy Pratt Foundation, The Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation and Memorial University’s Harris Centre have launched a discussion paper and fact sheet on Early Childhood Education in Newfoundland and Labrador.

These two recent publications have sparked quite a bit of discussion among Early Childhood Educators in our province.  It is upsetting to know that Newfoundland has the poorest rated early learning services in Canada.  Surely, something needs to be done about that.

At Little Tulips Family Child Care, we take pride in the fact that we offer a quality, licensed and regulated, inclusive early learning program that focuses on children with special needs. We appreciate each child’s uniqueness, and provide individualized attention when introducing new experiences and promoting the development of new skills.

Here are the two recent publications.  Please read, share and discuss!

12 Things You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education in our Province

October 2013: Launch of Discussion Paper – “The Early Years Last a Lifetime

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The Power of Play

November 4-8 has been designated as the second annual Play and Learn Week in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The intent of this week is to focus on the value of learning in a play-based environment, and to highlight the importance of play for children’s optimal learning and development.  Schools that offer kindergarten and grades 1-3 will be participating in special events this week, and we thought it only fitting that we recognize this week here at Little Tulips Family Child Care as well, because that is what we do!  We play!!  We learn!!  We explore!!  We create!!   We recognize the importance of play in the child care environment.  Our role as educators is to understand child development and provide support and guidance to facilitate learning and help our children extend their play.

“Play-based learning is an essential part of a child’s early development.  Ultimately, we want to give every child the best possible start in life, to allow them to be healthy, happy, engaged, well-adjusted children who are well-prepared for success in school, in their relationships, and in life.”
– The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Education

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Jamarama!

Janeway2The Janeway Children’s Hospital has been a huge part of our lives.  Through Brennen’s many surgeries and therapy appointments, check-ups and admissions, we have had more visits than we can count.  We are extremely thankful for the high standard of care that Brennen has received, and continues to receive, at the Janeway.  The staff have gone above and beyond to care for Brennen and our family as a whole.  We can’t thank them enough.

We are fortunate to have Brennen home with us right now, but every day, there are children at the Janeway who don’t get to change out of their pajamas.  On Friday, October 25th we will be wearing our pajamas to show our support and raise money for these brave kids.  The money raised for the Janeway Children’s Hospital through Jamarama provides the children of our province with the best care possible.  It’s for ALL our kids!

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We had a great time today wearing our pajamas for Jamarama!!

Our little tulips raised $100.00 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation!  🙂

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I’m No Bully!

miss_debbie_banner“Miss Debbie” (Debbie Hanlon) is a well-known local political figure, children’s author and performer.  She recently came to visit our children as part of her “Miss Debbie – I’m No Bully” tour!  Her tour has been focusing mainly on primary school aged children, but she graciously tailored her show to suit our little ones!

“The Miss Debbie, “I’m No Bully” show is an entertaining, educational and interactive 45 minute show that teaches primary school aged children about the problem of bullying and how they can help stop it. During her show, special emphasis is put on the important role of the bystander, as there are far more bystanders than bullies or victims.  Miss Debbie and her critters help children understand bullying, its causes and repercussions, and helps empower them to try and stop this growing problem among school aged children.”

Our children were captivated while Miss Debbie read her book, “The Adventures of Gus and Isaac: Backyard Bullies”.

gi_cover“Bullies roam the backyards, scaring and picking on everyone they find. So, when Isaac the bob-tailed cat moves into a house in the neighbourhood, you know he’ll be the next target. It’s only by forging an unlikely friendship with Gus the seagull, who’s afraid of heights, that the two can face their fears and stand up to the backyard bullies.”

Find out more here – http://www.missdebbie.ca/

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