- Family Drop In
- Parenting Programs
- Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program
Our Robson Park Family Drop-In is open Monday to Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30am and Monday to Wednesday 1:00 to 3:00pm for parents, grandparents and caregivers with children aged infant to six years old. The daily drop-in is free with the option of contributing through an annual membership fee (with benefits) and or a per visit contribution of $1 or $2 to help with the cost of sundries. A shared fruit plate is collected at each session and prepared for family time in the playroom. The Drop in is a Cell Phone Free zone!
Drop in activities for children include:
- Free play time in our well-resourced early learning environment
- Family time, where children and adults join together to sing, share stories and snack
- Outdoor play time
- Community Health Nurse visit
- School Readiness Program
Drop in activities for adults include:
- Skills workshops
- Health workshops and clinics
- Mobile Toy Lending Library
- Individual & family support
- Referrals to other community resources
- Family field trips
Thursdays from 1 - 3 PM: This drop-in is focused on babies under one year. Explore their needs and developmental stages and learn ways to support your baby through attachment and healthy growth. Parents also have the opportunity to build their confidence through community. This drop-in requires no registration. No chilcare is offered for older children during this drop-in.
ABC Time – School Readiness Program is offered 3 times a year over 8 weeks each, always in conjunction with our daily free play and circle time programming, benefiting more than 75 children and their families each year. This innovative and creative program has been designed for children who will be moving from our Family Resource Program into kindergarten.
Building on the trusting relationship they already have with staff in the playroom each participating child can move with increasing confidence to practice the skills they need to succeed in school. As well as becoming familiar with basic pre-literacy concepts in a small group setting, we see our children listening carefully and speaking out clearly, knowing when they need help and how to ask for it, taking turns, working cooperatively with others, and experiencing learning as fun.
What do parents get out of it?
Children share a ‘take-home’ activity each week with parents and grandparents who also develop confidence in their own ability to support their children as they learn. They feel confident in discussing their child’s abilities and when they move to kindergarten continue to be involved not only with their child’s education but with the life of the school – volunteering there as they do at the family centre.
This program is available to children who have participated in the Drop in program for at least 6 months prior to the start date and whose families are current members of the Society.
The Mount Pleasant Family Centre is a busy place! To make your visit as enjoyable as possible we have developed the following guidelines for everyone’s health and safety. Please take a moment to look them over.
- Families are welcome to attend a morning or an afternoon session once or twice a week.
- We ask all families to either purchase a membership or make a drop-in donation every time they attend.
- The Family Centre is a cell phone free zone. Many of us are quite attached to our phones, but we ask that during your time here, you ignore your phone in order to connect and focus on your child.
- Adults must accompany children up and down the stairs and through
- the building. Running is for outside. Please encourage children to walk inside.
- Once children are settled and feel comfortable in the playroom, p
arents and grandparents are welcome to join other adults downstairs for family support, a friendly chat, or relax time, group discussion, workshops or special programs. Please let a playroom staff know if you are interested in going downstairs.
- At Family Time (10:45 AM and 2:20 PM) all parents and caregivers are asked to read and sing with their children. This can be a very enjoyable time and we rely on the enthusiasm of the adults to encourage the children in reading and singing.
- Please bring a piece of fruit or vegetable to share at Family Time. Children must sit at the table to eat food. Please do not allow your children to wander around with food.
- It is essential for parents or family members to stay in or around the building during the drop-in session. Family Centre is not licensed as a daycare so staff cannot be held responsible for children during an emergency.
- During all Family Centre programs, adults have full responsibility for the needs of the children in their care. There is a washroom with change table on each floor. Please remember to put used diapers in the plastic bag provided before putting in the garbage. If your child needs to use the washroom when playing outside please come inside.
- Please do not come to the centre if you or your child have a cough, cold, or are sick in any way.
- Strollers should be parked outside. There is a small roofed area for rainy days.
Special Guidelines for Nannies & Daycare Providers
- We ask all nannies and daycare providers to limit their visits to once per week.
- At each drop-in session, only one daycare provider may visit with the children in their care. This does not include nannies nor does it include parents who are caring for a child alongside their own children.
- The maximum adult to child ratio allowed in the playroom is 1:3 (one adult to every three children).
- We ask nannies and daycare providers to stay with the children in their care at all times, and to be responsible for their personal care, to play with them, and to interact with them at family time.
Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program is voluntary and free of charge and is offered to parents during the critical early years of childhood, from birth to age five. Our Nobody’s Perfect Program is designed to be responsive to the needs of parents. The program is preventative and aims to build strong relationships between parent and child. The atmosphere is relaxed, allowing parents to share and learn in a supportive and supported environment.
Typically co-facilitated by two trained facilitators, the two hour sessions are held on Friday mornings over a period of six to eight weeks. Childcare, refreshments and resource materials are provided.
What do parents get out of it?
For parents, it is an opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of their children's health, safety and behaviour.
- A set of accessibly written materials dealing with relevant parenting and self-care concerns
- An improved coping ability in the face of the challenges that come with parenting
- An increase of self-help and mutual support between the participating parents
- Improved confidence and self-image
- A safe environment to discuss parenting concerns
- Support from trained facilitators
Making Sense of Preschoolers is facilitated by Flora Purcell the Adult Program Coordinator and a trained facilitator of the Neufeld Institute. This course meets on Friday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 AM for a period of six weeks. Childcare, refreshments and resource materials are provided.
What do parents get out of it?
Parents will have the opportunity to explore the many inconsistent and bewildering behaviors of their preschool aged child. No one is more susceptible to being misunderstood than the preschooler. Precocious, resistant, endearing, hysterical, impulsive, anxious, delightful, generous, unstable, aggressive, compulsive, and anything but consistent - the preschoolers actually bear a resemblance to grown-ups and therefore fool us into thinking that they are much more like us than they really are.
Projecting our psychology onto them is a typical mistake. Rather than pushing them to be other than who they are, we can celebrate their differences. Instead of trying to get them to grow up, we can attend to providing the conditions that are conducive to their transformation. Knowing what they need is the key to knowing how to dance with them.
Cost: $70 per person
Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program provides outreach services to refugee families with young children (0-6 years old) with a focused lens on issues related to Parenting in the Canadian Context and Early Childhood Development. The program aims to bridge the gap that refugee families may experience in accessing services within their communities and shortening the pathway between arrival and integration. Services are provided in various languages and include:
- Parenting in the Canadian Context
- Supported Parent-Child Interactions focused on Early Childhood Development in Home Visits
- Targeted Early Childhood Development groups with our partner agencies
- Parenting and Early Childhood Development information and education
- Referrals and advocacy
- Support in accessing early education and elementary school resources
Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program is one of six such programs being delivered in communities in the Lower Mainland including Burnaby, Surrey, Richmond, Langley and the Tri-Cities.
The Early Years Refugee Program was developed in partnership with various funders and partners including; Immigrant Integration Branch (IIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education & Labour Market Development, Ministry of Children and Family Development, United Way of the Lower Mainland, school districts, local health authorities, municipal governments and community service providers.
Group Portrait of Family Drop-In Staff by Amanda Hillis. Many thanks!