ECE Week

May 25 – 31 is ECE Week in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Whether you work in an early learning and child care centre or a regulated family child care home, this is a week to celebrate the important work that Early Childhood Educators do with children and families!

Click HERE to view a statement that was given in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services.

Minister Proclaims Early Childhood Educators Week

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Happy Easter!

To celebrate Easter, the children at Little Tulips Family Child Care had an Easter egg hunt, coloured paper eggs, made hand print bunnies, read stories about Spring and devoured some yummy treats! We love to celebrate the holidays and to make exceptional days out of ordinary ones. We take every opportunity to create meaningful celebrations with our family and the children in our care.

Easter CollageI ordered an Easter Treat Box from Angela and Kate, the two girls behind “Happiness is Homemade Baked Goods”. A portion of the sales of their treat boxes went to the Janeway Children’s Hospital.  “The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation is a registered Canadian charitable organization created to raise funds to benefit the healthcare of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most precious resource – our children.  Easter is such a joyous time for children, let’s help make it extra special for those who are living with health and medical issues.”

Always happy to do our part!

However you celebrate Easter, let it be colourful, let it be meaningful, let there be memories!

Happy Easter, peeps!

 

Happy Anniversary to us!!

This month, Little Tulips Family Child Care is celebrating it’s first anniversary!
That’s right.. we are one year old!

DSC_0466sIt has been an awesome year, and a busy one! We have had some very special visitors to our home, including horses and therapy dogs. We have been entertained by story-tellers, local musicians and performers, and we have created partnerships with some wonderful organizations like Project Grace and 3E Love.

We work closely with the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre and have had visits from physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists, early intervention specialists, and developmental and behavioural practitioners. We have hosted ISSP meetings and have witnessed the remarkable things that can happen when people work together!

Great things are happening here every day. Over the past year, we have witnessed our children achieve many milestones in their lives, including learning to crawl, walk, communicate and gain independence. It is a tremendously rewarding role that we have as educators and child care providers, and we don’t take that for granted.

DSC_0472sWe are extremely thankful to the many individuals who have been a part of our success this past year. We have a wonderful home visitor and Inclusion Consultant, and I know they both enjoy spending time with us.

We have an amazing little group of children here, and we are thankful for the opportunity to work with each and every one of them!

We are striving to make a difference. We are striving to improve the quality of life for children with special needs, their families, and our community.

DSC_0430sThanks to kim at carter’s Cupcakes for our lovely treats!

We are excited to see what the next year has in store for Little Tulips!
Here’s to many more!

-Julie and Andrew

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International Day of Acceptance

coverJanuary 20th, 2014 is the 5th Annual International Day of Acceptance!

This is a day to promote the social acceptance of disability and to honor the late Annie Hopkins, founder of 3E Love and creator of the International Symbol of Acceptance (wheelchair heart symbol).

Join us in telling the world that you are accepting of people with disabilities.  As parents, siblings, relatives, spouses, children, care-givers, teachers, friends – you can have an impact on the future if you wear your heart on your sleeve and proudly demonstrate your acceptance of others.

Let’s join together to:
Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life!

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.

Start the conversation of acceptance.
To learn more and get involved, visit www.DayofAcceptance.com

banner* A huge thank-you to our family and friends who have been so accepting and supportive.  You guys are awesome!!

If anyone else would like a ‘wheelchair heart’ shirt, we will be ordering more very soon!
Send me a message and I’ll make sure you get one!  juliebrocklehurst@hotmail.com
Proceeds go towards our program for children with special needs!

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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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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!  🙂

Jamarama CollageAnd here is a photo of Brennen and I presenting a cheque to the Janeway Foundation on behalf of Little Tulips!

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