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For our families with soon-to-be kindergartners who missed Thursday July 16th Webinar on Starting Kindergarten, here is the video and notes.

WSFP Kinder Ready & Parent Ready Webinar Series

For our families with soon-to-be kindergarteners who missed last Thursday's Webinar, here are the video and notes."Starting Kindergarten" with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker*Parents to be aware that this whole experience will be a huge change for them and their children – that there will definitely be a transition period to go through by everyone in the family-parents to be gentle with themselves during this time-giving oneself time to process and understand-awareness of own emotions and thoughts-being open to engage with other parents going through this period – establishing relationships during before or after school*In understanding this, parents are encouraged to explain to children what to possibly expect during this period of change-connecting with children, checking in all the time-re-establishing or reaffirming relationship with this context in mind*Focusing on Play-play as a family event: infuse routines in the play experiences – being playful when putting on/taking off jacket, shoes; playful about washing hands before lunch, etc-parent and child play-siblings play-play with other children-playing at the school yard (and once they are in school, carving out time to play there after school)*Attunement and awareness of emotions and reactions from all, especially from the child during this period-checking in…-allowing space to talk about emotions and thoughts when child needs it- inquire about Social Emotional Learning in the curriculum*The importance of connecting with teachers and administration – asking questions, it's okay to do so!-working closely with teachers and possibly coordinating walk-through visits of school (inside, could be virtual too), going for a leisure walk to their schools to prepare them and excite them of their new space-creating or asking for a visual of school, classroom, routines-creating a "Picture Book" to have in preparation and to begin familiarizing the child of the physical space and to get acquainted with routines-asking about what supplies are needed – this could also be an opportunity to engage in with the child with the selection of supplies (lunch boxes, backpacks, books, pencils/markers, clothes, etc.) and workwith them in jazzing up their name labels, and so on.*Understanding the Gradual Entry process that schools have – about 2 weeks but will likely be longer and more distinct during COVID times-checking in with the school, who will typically be sending out a questionnaire – to get to know the child and family-understanding school's expectations – skills to know and to work on with the child (opening bags, lunch boxes, putting on/taking off jackets, shoes; knowing their stuff)-inquiring about and understanding curriculum

Posted by West Side Family Place on Sunday, July 19, 2020

“Starting Kindergarten” with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker
*Parents to be aware that this whole experience will be a huge change for them and their children – that there will definitely be a transition period to go through by everyone in the family
-parents to be gentle with themselves during this time
-giving oneself time to process and understand
-awareness of own emotions and thoughts
-being open to engage with other parents going through this period – establishing relationships during before or after school
*In understanding this, parents are encouraged to explain to children what to possibly expect during this period of change
-connecting with children, checking in all the time
-re-establishing or reaffirming relationship with this context in mind
*Focusing on Play
-play as a family event: infuse routines in the play experiences – being playful when putting on/taking off jacket, shoes; playful about washing hands before lunch, etc
-parent and child play
-siblings play
-play with other children
-playing at the school yard (and once they are in school, carving out time to play there after school)
*Attunement and awareness of emotions and reactions from all, especially from the child during this period
-checking in…
-allowing space to talk about emotions and thoughts when child needs it
– inquire about Social Emotional Learning in the curriculum
*The importance of connecting with teachers and administration – asking questions, it’s okay to do so!
-working closely with teachers and possibly coordinating walk-through visits of school (inside, could be virtual too), going for a leisure walk to their schools to prepare them and excite them of their new space
-creating or asking for a visual of school, classroom, routines
-creating a “Picture Book” to have in preparation and to begin familiarizing the child of the physical space and to get acquainted with routines
-asking about what supplies are needed – this could also be an opportunity to engage in with the child with the selection of supplies (lunch boxes, backpacks, books, pencils/markers, clothes, etc.) and work
with them in jazzing up their name labels, and so on.
*Understanding the Gradual Entry process that schools have – about 2 weeks but will likely be longer and more distinct during COVID times
-checking in with the school, who will typically be sending out a questionnaire – to get to know the child and family
-understanding school’s expectations – skills to know and to work on with the child (opening bags, lunch boxes, putting on/taking off jackets, shoes; knowing their stuff)
-inquiring about and understanding curriculum
Have you just had a baby and wonder how to connect with other new families during this time of physical distancing?
West Side Family Place has received funding through the Special Response Fund to provide an outreach program for parents with new babies. If you or anybody you know on the West Side has a new little one and would like to connect with other parents in your area, or learn more about supports available in the area, click here or contact Shahira at wsfp_outreach1@telus.net or 236-888-8496.
This program will be on Tuesdays at Cranberry Park and Thursdays at Tatlow Park at 1:00 to 2:30pm.
Thank you to the Vancouver Foundation, Vancity, United Way of the Lower Mainland, and the City of Vancouver – Local Government for funding this program.

For parents with children starting Kindergarten this Fall.

How will you prepare your child for kindergarten this September?

West Side Family Place will be offering a series of Kinder Ready and Parent Ready webinars throughout the Summer on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.

This program is for parents, new to kindergarten and the school system. We have invited professionals and parents to share their experience, wisdom and expertise. The speakers will talk about ways to support soon-to-be kindergarten children at home, and provide strategies and resources that will help parents support their children during the transition to school.

Register for your spot by emailing wsfp_info@telus.net.

Join us for Kits in the Park!

Kits in the Park is a partnership between West Side Family Place​ (WSFP) and Kits House​ (KNH) to provide a daily, outdoor family drop-in for parents/caregivers and preschool-aged children.

We will be at Arbutus Greenway on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and Carnarvon Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Playtime will be from 10 am to 11 am.

There is a maximum of five families per session. For the safety of families and staff members and to serve as many groups as possible, we are limiting the numbers per day and asking families to attend only once per week.

Cost: Free

Safety Protocols related to COVID19

How we will Maintain Safety in the Park:

  • Complete Covid-19 health screening checklist during pre-registration online
  • Complete Covid-19 health screening checklist before admission into Kits in the Park with a KNH or WSFP staff member
  • Stay home if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms
    • Fever (see below)
    • Chills
    • Cough or worsening of chronic cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose
    • Loss of sense of smell or taste
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Diarrhea
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Muscle aches
  • Sanitize your hands when entering the park and when leaving the park
  • Wearing masks and shields are encouraged for protection when social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Keep 6ft distance between yourself and others
  • Bring your own blanket to sit on during the program
  • We are not providing shared toys or snacks
  • We will have a maximum capacity of 15 participants in our programs daily

 

How to tell if your child may be ill:

  • Notice a change of behaviour, appetite and personality
  • Child May be irritable, cranky or sleepy
  • Child may have decreased appetite
  • Child may not be interested in playing or activities as they normally would
  • May have lost their sense of smell or taste

 

What to do if you or your child is feeling ill at Kits at the Park:

  • Put on a mask and leave the park grounds immediately
  • Notify KNH or WSFP staff that you or your child is feeling ill
  • Call 811 and describe your symptoms
  • Go to https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en and take the Self-Assessment
  • Visit a doctor’s office or virtual doctor through Babylon by Telus App
  • If feeling shortness of breath, please inform staff and they will call 911

 

What to do if you have been exposed to Covid-19 and you visited our program:

  • Please inform staff at WSFP and KNH immediately as we need to support Public Health with their contact tracing
  • Follow all directions of Public Health (ie. testing/self isolation etc.)

Kits in the Park is a partnership between West Side Family Place​ (WSFP) and Kits House​ (KNH) to provide a daily, outdoor family drop-in for parents/caregivers and preschool-aged children.

We will be at Arbutus Greenway Park (2205 W 11th Ave) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and Carnarvon Park (2995 W 19th Ave) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Playtime will be from 10 am to 11 am.

There is a maximum of five families per session. For the safety of families and staff members and to serve as many groups as possible, we are limiting the numbers per day and asking families to attend only once per week.

Registration for the week begins Monday, July 6, 8:30 am, by calling 604-738-2819.

Art Packages

Visit Family Place for a grab bag of open-ended and themed materials for arts and crafts to make at home! Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Latest from West Side Family Place

  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready “Getting Started with School Lunch”

    For parents of Fall 2020 kindergartners, Join us for our next Kinder Ready and Parent Ready webinar happening Tuesday, August 4, 1:30 to 2:15 pm. Dietitians Tammy Frederickson and Lerin Oystryk will be presenting and asking questions on, “Getting Started with School Lunch”. You are invited to post questions for our speakers ahead of time […]

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  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready Webinar: Fine and Gross Motor Skills in Kindergarten

    Parents of Fall 2020 kindergartners, If you are interested in viewing the webinar, “Fine and Gross Motor Skills in Kindergarten” with Shirley Lee, MScPT, the link to the webinar is available upon request by email, wsfp_info@telus.net.

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  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready: “Starting Kindergarten” with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker

    For our families with soon-to-be kindergartners who missed Thursday July 16th Webinar on Starting Kindergarten, here is the video and notes. WSFP Kinder Ready & Parent Ready Webinar Series For our families with soon-to-be kindergarteners who missed last Thursday's Webinar, here are the video and notes."Starting Kindergarten" with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker*Parents to be […]

    READ MORE

  • Summertime Baby Pop-Up at the Park

    Have you just had a baby and wonder how to connect with other new families during this time of physical distancing? West Side Family Place has received funding through the Special Response Fund to provide an outreach program for parents with new babies. If you or anybody you know on the West Side has a […]

    READ MORE

  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready!

    For parents with children starting Kindergarten this Fall. How will you prepare your child for kindergarten this September? West Side Family Place will be offering a series of Kinder Ready and Parent Ready webinars throughout the Summer on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. This program is for parents, new to kindergarten and the school system. […]

    READ MORE

  • Join us for Kits in the Park!

    Kits in the Park is a partnership between West Side Family Place​ (WSFP) and Kits House​ (KNH) to provide a daily, outdoor family drop-in for parents/caregivers and preschool-aged children. We will be at Arbutus Greenway Park (2205 W 11th Ave) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and Carnarvon Park (2995 W 19th Ave) on Tuesdays and […]

    READ MORE

  • Art Packages

    Visit Family Place for a grab bag of open-ended and themed materials for arts and crafts to make at home! Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

    READ MORE

  • West Side Family Place COVID-19 Safety Protocols

    Basic Transmission Facts of COVID-19 COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that is spread by droplets. These are small particles that are dispersed when people cough or sneeze.   Transmission of the virus occurs when a person touches a droplet from an infected person and then touches their own face; mouth/eyes/nose. This requires you to be […]

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  • Outdoor Play Drop-In

    Come join us for a small-group Drop-In at WSFP.   Every Tuesdays and Thursdays, we will have two play sessions, 9:30 am to 10:30 am and 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration will open at 8 am the morning of the Drop-In (***see note below) for a maximum of 5 families per session. In order to […]

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  • Mama and Papa Goose for Babies (0-12 months)

    Introducing a Drop-In especially for Babies (0-12 months), Mama Papa Goose! Please join us Wednesday mornings  10:30 am until noon. Come meet other parents of young babies, chat with Eva and sing some songs! Babies with older siblings are welcome to join one of the Tuesday or Thursday sessions. The upstairs washroom will be available, but […]

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  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready “Getting Started with School Lunch”
  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready Webinar: Fine and Gross Motor Skills in Kindergarten
  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready:  “Starting Kindergarten” with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker
  • Summertime Baby Pop-Up at the Park
  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready!
  • Join us for Kits in the Park!
  • Art Packages
  • Outdoor Play Drop-In
  • Mama and Papa Goose for Babies (0-12 months)
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