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Handle with Care Facilitator Training March 20 and 21, 2017

Feb 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

The Handle with Care Facilitator training prepares facilitators to deliver the Handle with Care program and activities in a variety of formats.

The Handle with Care program aims to increase the mental health of young children, birth to six years, by introducing their parents and caregivers to a variety of engaging activities and strategies that promote children’s positive social and emotional development, secure attachment and healthy self- esteem.

The two day training will be held March 20 and 21 at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach.  It is open to those that work with families and young children in the South East.  It is free, but you must register to attend.

Registration form: Handle With Care registration.doc 2017

For more information: Handle with Care Brochure REVISED 2014

If you would like more details please call Andrea at 204-346-6698 or email aklassen@southernhealth.ca

Bookmates “Growing Up Green” Facilitator Training March 13, 2017

Feb 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized



The  Bookmates “Growing Up Green” Facilitator training is a one day workshop open to those that work with families with children 0-6 in South East Manitoba.   In this training, you will learn how to take your programming outside for a whole new level of learning and fun!  At the end of the day you will have new rhymes, songs, ideas and activities to take back to add to  your own programs.

For more details: One Day GUG poster Steinbach Mar_2017 (3)


The workshop is free, but you must register to attend.

Registration form: Registration Form Growing up Green March 2017

For more information, contact Andrea at 204-346-6698 or email aklassen@southernhealth.ca




**Bookmates Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1984 that provides family literacy programs and training in Manitoba and beyond.**

Classroom Party Snack ideas!

Dec 7th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

If you need to bring a healthy holiday snack to your child’s classroom party or to another child friendly event, check out these ideas from the government of Manitoba’s Healthy schools.



National Child Day ECE Event

Oct 27th, 2016 Posted in National Child Day, Uncategorized

The National Child Day committee of the Healthy Child Coalition – South East presents guest speaker SYLVIA!

Sylvia! is an ACTIVATIONAL speaker who gives her audience the tools to build healthy lives and workplaces.

She’s fun, she’s sassy and she’s passionate about safety and health! Sylvia!’s entertaining presentations focus on a proactive approach to building healthy lives and workplaces. As an Occupational Therapist with years of practice in the field of workplace safety and health, Sylvia! knows prevention is the key to creating happy, healthy individuals, employees and businesses (taken directly from her website)

To find out more about Sylvia, go to her website:   http://stressedtokill.me/

This year’s National Child Day theme is Mental Health and play.  As a committee, we have asked Sylvia to address the following:

  • Strategies for working with children who are stressed or in high stress environments
  • How to recognize stress in children
  • What are the signs and symptoms of stress?
  •  How can we  role model how to handle stress
  • Activities for relaxation


This event is FREE and of special interest to Early Childhood Educators, home based childcare providers, preschool teachers, Kindergarten teachers, parent child program staff, home support workers, Families First Home Visitors and others that work with children 0-6 and their families in South East Manitoba. Registration Required.

For registration form, click on the following: ece-event-registration-form-2016

If you are registering for a group, you may register up to 5 people per registration form.

Contact Andrea at aklassen@southernhealth.ca or 204-346-6698 for more information.


Sun Safety

Jun 8th, 2016 Posted in Safety, Uncategorized

Summer is short and everyone wants to be outside to enjoy summer activities. Follow these  tips for summer sun safety.

  • Limit sun exposure during the peak hours between 10:00am and 4:00pm when the sun’s rays are at their strongest or any time of the day when the UV Index is 3 or more. Find play areas that have a shady spot or bring along a sun umbrella. Remember if your shadow is shorter than you, it’s time to find some shade or go inside.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim and back flap and sunglasses with 100% UV protection and loose fitting clothing
  •  Apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher to your kids at least 20 minutes before they go outside.  Remember to put sunscreen on ears, nose, back of neck and legs and tops of feet. Reapply often and after swimming and playing with water.
  • Sunscreen can’t block all the sun’s rays. Use it along with shade, clothing and hats, not instead of them.
  •  Encourage children to drink plenty of fluids, especially water and watch for sign of heat illness.Be a role model; follow the sun safety tips to protect yourself from the sun as well.


Adapted from Caring for Kids  http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/sun_safety    and  the Canadian Cancer  Society  http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/live-well/sun-and-uv/?region=mb  websites.

Updated 2016-  Here are two more resources from the Canadian Dermatology Association:

Sun safe tips for parents

Sun safe tips for day cares

Bookmates Growing up green – on the go!

May 26th, 2016 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized

We are pleased to partner with bookmates to bring Growing up Green- on the go to Steinbach!  It is a parent- child program on Thursday, June 9th from 10am- 12:00pm at the Jake Epp library.

Join us for FREE nature- based learning activities, including rhymes, books, songs, and hands on experiences!

You must register to attend.  Contact Andrea at :  aklassen@southernhealth.ca or call 204-346-6698.  Registration is limited to 8 families.

For more details:Bookmates Growing up green parent child program

Spring Stars of the Future dates and locations

Mar 24th, 2016 Posted in Stars of the Future, Uncategorized

Stars of the Future is a FREE preschool screening program for children ages 3-31/2, living in South East Manitoba. It is a onetime appointment to find out how your child is doing in the areas of speech and language, hearing, growth and development.  Children that were born between July, 2012 and December 31, 2012 are invited to attend.

The appointment is about one hour long. When you arrive, the coordinator will check you in. Your child will be given a sticker sheet to take to each room where they will receive a sticker when they have completed the activities.    You may have a short wait until the appointments from the previous hour are completed.  There will be books for you and your child to read together while you wait.  You and your child will then go to four different stations and see the following:  a public health nurse; a speech language pathologist; an occupational therapist; and a parent led large motor activity station. At the end or depending on the wait for a clinician, your child will receive a small snack of Teddy grahams and apple juice.   Questions and concerns about your child’s development may be addressed during the appointment.  This appointment may lead to a referral for further assessment.

The Stars of the Future Spring 2016 will be held in the following locations:
Steinbach:  Wednesday, April 6th, Thursday, April 7th, Wednesday, May 4th and Thursday, May 5th
St. Pierre:  Friday, April 8th
Ste. Anne:  Wednesday, April 20th
Dominion City:  Friday, April 22nd  Am only
Vita: Friday, April 22nd PM only
Sprague: Tuesday,  April 26th, AM only
Niverville:  Thursday, April 28th
Lorette: Tuesday, May 17th

To book this FREE appointment for your child in the community of your choice, please call  204-346-6136.  Appointments are booking up quickly, so we encourage you to book your appointment early!    If you want to book an appointment with a German translator, please call Gertrud at 204-346-6128.

If you would prefer to attend the Francophone clinics contact your local cpef or find the location nearest you:Francophone dates

When you book your appointment, you will be given the date, time and location in the community of your choice.  If you are not familiar with the location, click on the events tab at the top of the website, then look for the clinic by date.  You may have to expand it to see the clinic.  Click on the Stars event and it will open up to a google map.

If you have a question regarding Stars, please click on the blog post entitled “stars of the Future commonly asked questions”.  If your question is not answered, please contact Andrea @ 204-346-6698 or email aklassen@southernhealth.ca

Commonly asked Questions regarding Stars of the Future

Mar 24th, 2016 Posted in Stars of the Future, Uncategorized

Spring Stars of the Future 2016 is open to children born between July 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

Here are some commonly asked questions regarding Stars of the Future:

Commonly Asked Questions about Stars of the Future:
Q. We did not receive a letter for my child, but they fall in that age category.  Can my child still attend?
A. Yes, your child can still attend.  Book an appointment at the 204-346-6136.  If you did not receive the invitation, you may have either recently moved or have moved since your child was born and have not updated Manitoba health with your new address.

Q. We are a foster family and have a foster child in that age group.  Can they attend?
A.  Yes, they can attend.  You will need to give  their Manitoba Health card # (both the 6 and 9 digit #s)  when you make the appointment.  If a referral is made, you can either sign the form if you have permission to do so, or you can take a copy for the social worker to sign.

Q.  My child’s birthdate does not fall in that timeline.  Can they still attend?
A.  If your child’s birthdate is between Jan.1, 2012 and June 30, 2012  they can still attend.  The assessment is for children ages 3- 31/2 so it may not be an accurate picture of where they are developmentally.
If your child’s birthdate is between January 1, 2013 and June 30,2013, and you Manitoba Health Card is up to date with your current address, you will receive a letter in late August/early September to attend the the fall Stars.

Q. We do not live in South East Manitoba. Can my child attend?
A. Unfortunately, no.  We need to keep within the boundaries.  If a referral is needed, we cannot make it for you and you would have to go through the assessment again with your child.  Contact your doctor or public Health nurse if you have concerns.

Q.  My child is too young to attend, but I have concerns about their development.  What do I do?
A. You can do a referral yourself to Children’s therapy if you have concerns.  Go to http://www.sscy.ca/childrens-therapy-initiative and scroll down to South Eastman for contact information and a referral form.  You can also speak with your family doctor or pediatrician.

Q. We are more comfortable doing the assessment in a different language.   Do you offer Stars in other languages or have translators?
A. Stars of the Future is offered in Engish.  There is a similar french program offered through  the Centre de la petite enfance et de la famille.  For  the francophone schedule, please contact your local cpef office. Francophone dates

We do have someone that will do german translation if needed.  To make an appointment in german, please call Gertrud at 204-346-6128.  If you or your child are more comfortable with a translator in your first language and know someone that can come with you to translate, please bring them along to your appointment.

Q.  I have other children.  Can I bring them along?
A.  You will be attending the appointment with your child and speaking with the clinicians, so you may find it easier to make arrangements for care for other children. However, if you can’t, you are welcome to bring them along and have them attend the appointment with you.  We do not have toys available, so you will want to bring your own things to keep them busy and happy in the room with you.

Q.  I have twins.  Do I need to make two appointments?
A.  If you have twins or even triplets, we suggest two options.  You can book two appointments within the same hour and bring two adults or book two appointments either back to back(one child would then just follow along while the sibling has their appointment) or at different times.  We have had some parents bring one child in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Q Why do you not offer appointments in the evenings, weekends or in other towns?
A.  We do try to accomodate as many towns as we can.  We are limited to the amount of days we can offer clinics.  We can’t take away from the clinician’s schedules anymore than we do,as they are very busy with seeing children for appointments.  We also cannot do evenings and weekends as it would take away from our own families and we are therefore limited to weekdays.
I have tried to cover many of the questions that I have been asked before.  If your question has not been answered, please contact me (Andrea) at 204-346-6698 or aklassen@southernhealth.ca.

Spring Stars of the Future information will be posted soon!

Mar 3rd, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

The information regarding the Spring Stars of the Future will be posted soon!  Please check back for more details.

Taking care of you!

Mar 1st, 2016 Posted in Health, Uncategorized

In the busyness of your day, do you take time to take care of you?  It is really important to take time so that you can be the best you can for your children and others that need you.

Here’s a short video reminding us to take care.  How will you take of you today?

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