Jamarama 2014

10443245_797670626921796_8683938759494389073_oOn Friday, October 17th, the children and staff at Little Tulips Family Child Care wore their pajamas and raised $100 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation!

For us, Jamarama was a fun day in our comfy jammies, but for some kids it means so much more. We are thankful for the services we have received at the Janeway, and we are happy to support such an important cause. The money raised for the Janeway Children’s Hospital through Jamarama provides the children of our province with the best care possible. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

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Spring has Sprung!

Spring has finally arrived at Little Tulips Family Child Care! The weather is warming up and we have been able to get outside and do some gardening!

Gardening is an exciting activity for all children. We embrace any opportunity for hands-on learning, and exploring nature is a perfect example of that.  Because our program includes children with and without special needs, we plan our activities to cover a broad range of developmental levels, always with a focus on sensory experiences.

This week, we got our hands dirty. We dug holes, spread soil, selected plants and flowers and decided where they would go. We tucked them in and covered their roots, then sprinkled the soil with water. Our children were involved in every step, and they loved every minute of it! Every day we check on our flowers to see how they are doing.

Our children are proud of our garden, and the work that they put into it. We are proud of them for all of their effort and enthusiasm!

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Puppy Love

This week, we were happy to welcome the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs back to our centre!  Our children just loved their first visit with us, and they were excited to see the little dogs again! These pups are so affectionate and friendly.  It was a great way to brighten up a rainy day!

Thank you, Panda, Missy and Abby.  We look forward to seeing you again!

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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.

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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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