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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?

Screen time tracker sheet

Nov 12th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized

We are role models to our children!  Do you know how much recreational time you spend with a screen. Track your screen time and you might be surprised.  Involve the whole family, then make plans to change. Keep it balanced between screen time and play!  Click on the “learn more” button to access the screen time tracker sheet.

Print off the screen time tracker sheet and use it with your family or coworkers!

2015 Screen Time Tracker


For more National Child Day resources to use with your family, school or organization click here.

Take the Screen Free Challenge

Nov 12th, 2015 Posted in National Child Day, Uncategorized

Did you know that many children today are spending more time with screens than any other activity but sleeping?  As adults, we are role models to our children. Limit your own recreational screen time and your children will learn to do the same.  Start small and take the screen free challenge!

What is the Screen free challenge?  It can be anything that decreases screen time in your life either at home or at work or both!  Here are some suggestions:

Enjoy a screen free coffee break – Pick a time and day to do it, talk to your co -workers and plan it so everyone knows about it.  Then get to know one another without screens getting in the way.

Make mealtime a screen free zone- do you remember when all meal were a screen free zone?  Talk to one another, ask about each other’s day, tell jokes, ask questions such as “If you could be an animal, what would you be?”  or ” if you could invite a famous person to supper, who would it be and why?”  Be creative!

Track your recreational screen time by using the screen time tracker below.  You might be surprised by the amount of screen time you actually have compared to play time.

2015 Screen Time Tracker

Keep it balanced between Screen time and play!

For more National Child Day resources click here

Resources for National Child Day

Nov 12th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized

If you are planning a National Child Day event or would like to learn more about children’s rights, go to the National Child Day page (link found on the website homepage bottom left hand side labeled National Child Day.


Tips to reducing screen time in your family

Nov 12th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized

This month I have been posting tips to reducing screen time on our facebook page.  All the tips come from the pages we, as a committee created for National Child day.  The links to each tip sheet are below.  Feel free to print them and use them with your family to decrease screen time.

2015 Tip Sheet Page_1

2015 Tip Sheet Page_2

2015 Tip Sheet Page_3

2015 Tip Sheet page _ What is Screen Time

For more National Child Day resources click here.

Celebrate National Child Day- Let’s Play!

Nov 10th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized

National Child Day is November 20th and we are celebrating the right to play!  Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children and young people have the right to relax and play and join in a wide range of activities.

Why is play important for children?

  • Children learn from play.  They learn about the real world around them and their role in it.
  • Play allows children to practice real life situations and teaches them to get along with others.

The Value of Play: 

  • Playing is fun. It is how children enjoy themselves, each other and their families.
  • Play can promote children’s development, learning , imagination, creativity and independence.
  • Play can help to keep children healthy and active.
  • Play allows children to experience and encounter boundaries, learning to assess and manage risk in their lives, both physical and social.
  • Play helps children to understand the people and places in their lives, learn about their environment, and develop their sense of community.
  • Play allows children to find out about themselves, their abilities, their interests and the contribution they can make.
  • Play can be therapeutic.  It helps children to deal with difficult or painful circumstances such as emotional stress or medical treatment.
  • Play can be a way of building and maintaining important relationships with friends, caregivers, and family members.

(Value of play source:  Charter for children’s play, Play England, 2007)

Your child needs to play by themselves and with others.  As a parent, it is sometimes hard to remember how to play!  So what does it mean to play with your child?

  • Get down on their level
  • talk about what interests them
  • be silly
  • get messy
  • Enjoy your time together
  • Put away your screens and be present

Ideas for play:  read a book and act it out;  play a board game;  play dress up; have a tea party;  go to the park;  dig out the blocks and build;  set up an obstacle course;  bake together; paint; make a craft. The ideas are endless. Be creative!!


Keep it balanced between screen time and play time!  Let’s play!

Poster National Child Day

Value of Play

For more National Child day resources, click here


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