When your child is sick..

It’s cold and flu season, and I just wanted to pass along this little diagram to help you decide when you should keep your child home from daycare. Please keep in mind that in our small group, we have some children who are medically fragile and more susceptible to illness. This means that a simple cold could be detrimental to some of our little ones. If your child has any of the following symptoms, or if they are not well enough to participate in our daily program, please keep them home.

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‘Steptember’

Our Little Tulips are participating in ‘Steptember‘ –  an exciting, 4-week team activity that provides participants with the opportunity to improve their health, fitness and well-being, all while raising awareness and much needed funds for people with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. 

The Challenge – get a team of four people together! Each team member challenges themselves to take 10,000 steps per day, tracking their daily step count and recording their total steps on their personalized ‘Steptember’ webpage. Participants don’t have to just walk – there are more than 40 activities including those for wheelchairs or adapted bikes that you can convert into steps!

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Pedometers and handbooks? – Check!

The desire to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Associations across Canada? – Check!

We are ready for it!

Please donate to our Little Tulips team at: http://bit.ly/1AXGwgV

Thank you for helping to raise funds and support a life without limits for people with disabilities!

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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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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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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Scholastic Book Clubs

It is never too early to start reading to your child!  At just a few months of age, an infant will enjoy looking at pictures, listening to your voice, and pointing to objects on the page.

Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world.  It introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way.  It builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills while preparing them to understand the written word.

You should definitely, absolutely, without any question read aloud to your children.

Reading together at home creates a special time for you to bond with your child, while at the same time helping to develop their lifelong appreciation for reading.

To support this important concept, Little Tulips Family Child Care is proud to be a member of the Scholastic Book Clubs!  We will be offering the Elf and SeeSaw (pre-school level) order forms to our families.

“Scholastic Book Clubs are bursting with books that make reading fun and rewarding!  There’s something just right for every interest and ability. Classic stories, award-winning authors, favourite series and characters, plus great seasonal selections – all at amazing prices!  When children get to read books they love, they learn to love to read!”

Happy reading!!

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