If you have a great idea for a parent session or workshop, please let us know. We are happy to hold events at the daycare to benefit our school community and our local community.
Here are the upcoming events:
July 6, 2019 – Baby Sign Language Class
TIME: 9am-9:45am or 10am-10:45am
COST: $50 for all four classes (July 6, 13, 20, and 27)
Signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces
frustration, enhances a child's self esteem, and deepens the
bond between parent and child.
Register now for a 4-week 'Intro to Baby Sign Language' class held Saturdays at Nanaimo Innovation Academy.
This is a beginner class using American Sign Language (ASL). Learning ASL is a great precursor to language development for babies. Ideally, your baby should be between 4-12 months to start learning signs. The lessons are parent focused for the most part. One or two parents are welcome to attend.
June 29, 2019 – Mommy and Me Yoga Fundraiser (Dads welcome, too!)
COST: $10 for both mom and child
Join us at 9am at Nanaimo Innovation Academy to practice some mindfulness with your child. Kendra Minty is a certified yoga instructor and Early Childhood Educator. Children should be of the age where they are able/willing to participate in the class.
June 15, 2019 – Compassionate Parenting Workshop
COST: $10 per person (free for current parents at NIA)
Parenting can be wonderful, full of joy and playfulness, and a source of unconditional love. It can also be extremely challenging, exhausting and painful. Come and meet other parents to share your struggles and your successes, and discover how compassionate parenting can support your efforts to create deep and fulfilling connections with your children.
In this workshop you will:
• Get to hear other parents’ experiences and get to share your own
• Discover how to better listen to your child to strengthen your connection
• Learn new tools to transform conflict into cooperation
• Connect with the power of stepping out of the binaries of praise/criticism and right/wrong
• Learn how to have meaningful dialogue with your children’s teachers
The facilitator, Myriam Verzat, is a Compassionate Communication facilitator based in Nanaimo. To know more about her please visit: www.myriamverzat.com
Nonviolent Communication is an approach used internationally, to learn through conflict peacefully and to have thriving relationships. It’s based on cultivating the curiosity about what is really alive in us and asking ourselves: What needs are underlying a person’s words or actions, no matter how difficult to receive they may be? Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of Nonviolent Communication, worked widely in schools with the dream of creating more compassionate school systems.
FEB 1, 2019 - The new Canadian Food Guide has just been released.
There are a number of great changes to it from the old one. Please take some time to give it a read.
SEPT 1, 2018 - New Affordable Child Care Benefit program is launched by the BC government. More funding is available to a wider group of parents. Click here for more information.