Network Child Care Services (Network) is proud to deliver to your inbox, the Organization’s September Newsletter! Please enjoy a few moments to review the brief articles and noteworthy celebrations for all families, staff and affiliated home child care providers. We truly hope you enjoy these quick highlights as we focus on one of Network’s Child Care Centres as well as other events of interest for the month of September!
Network’s Just Kids Early Years Learning and Child Care Centre is located on the west side of Keele Street and just south of Eglinton Avenue West within the York Memorial Presbyterian Church (1695 Keele Street). This is Network’s fifth child care location which was acquired in the early 2000’s. This Centre is spacious caring for sixty-two children from infants to school age with a dedicated and friendly staff who take the time to fully interact with families as well as the immediate community.
In conversation with Barbara De Cicco, Just Kids’ Centre Supervisor, she describes this location as a welcoming and engaging Centre where multiple sibling groups have enjoyed receiving exceptional care for numerous years. Literacy and numeracy learning opportunities proliferate the multiple rooms throughout this location as multi-lingual text including the chance to practice letters in Sign language offers children the access to advance their vocabulary.
Exciting upcoming events include a visit to the local Public Library as well as celebrating special autumn holidays. September will certainly bring a milestone movement as children within the Centre move to community schools throughout the west-end of Toronto.
September 6th is National Read a Book Day! This special day is devoted to that special book which many of us tend to have put aside to be read at a
later date. Well, the date has come! It is time to pull out that book and either start it or finish it as this
day is truly about all things related to the book.
September 10th is Grandparents’ Day! This important event has been celebrated since 1961 and was formally recognized by the Canadian Government in 1995. Grandparents provide a unique link to the past as often their wise words and wisdom have offered younger family members the benefit of their lived experiences.
September 21st is the International Day of Peace! Officially declared by the United Nations in 2001, this important day observes the need for the world’s people to acknowledge peace around them and promote a day without conflict. This has been a monumental task which regretfully continues to be challenged by countries which remain at war.
September 23rd is the Autumnal Equinox! Are you busy at 2:50 a.m. on this particular day? If not, the celebration of all things Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere could begin as the Earth tilts to equal the amount of daylight and nighttime. The beginning of astronomical Fall will slowly see the reduction of daylight as we move ever closer to the next season. Pull out the sweaters and the long socks!
September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day!
This unique day in Canada offers individuals the opportunity to reflect on the unfortunate and devastating history of Canada’s Indian Residential School System. It has also become known as Orange Shirt Day due to the forceable removal of a special orange shirt which a young six-year-old Phyllis Webstad had received from her grandmother upon her entry into residential school. The orange shirt was never returned to Phyllis and has become the symbolic colour to remind all of us that “Every Child Matters” as a mindful commitment which we must never forget.
As the long summer nights slowly give way to the encroaching twilight of autumn, Canadian children are often launched into a unique “new year’s” celebration of returning to school. Children in child care settings also tend to move from one program to another which is geared to their developmental age and stage in life, allowing them more opportunities to flourish. All these movements may create unrest and anxiety in children as they are uncertain or speculative of the weeks ahead. During this time of transition, families and educators play a huge role in reaffirming to children that they will continue to “walk on solid ground” as they navigate their new surroundings and build new relationships.
Constructing a foundation for learning during these early formative years is in fact extremely necessary. It is actually quite similar to building a structure to which future floors or levels are to be added in subsequent time periods. If the foundation of the structure is not “solid”, the additional floors or levels will begin to slowly crumble causing structural decay. In keeping with this simple analogy, children too require the need to understand what their routine needs to be and how to manage “variations” along the pathway to success. Returning to the proverbial prescribed bedtime along with the scheduling of reading time or homework completion requires a few reminders for both children and adults but the investment is worth it! Once these necessary foundational activities begin to routinely fall into place in the coming weeks, these patterns do last well into the future and are often determinants of independent life-long learning success.
Umadevi, K.P. Foundational Learning: An Insightful Journey. Notion Press. 2022