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  • Learning through play: It's all about the process

    As children develop, it is important to give them the opportunity to explore materials in an open-ended way. What does that mean? It means giving your child(ren) time and space to explore materials in a way that interests and engages them. Here at Norwood, we believe that it is important to focus on the process of the play and experience and not the product (or end result). Like in this photo of some of our Head Start children: Through this activity, children were developing SO many different skills. These include: · Social development as the children worked together to complete the task of rolling the ball through the paint. · Physical development as they gripped the box at the side with their fine motor (small muscle) skills and as they moved their arms up and down (gross motor). · Language development as the children communicated back and forth as they created. · Intellectual development as they explore cause and effect (If I tilt the box this way, this is what happens). · Creative development as they explored a new way to use paint, balls and boxes. · Emotional development as they took pride in their work. Look at that! Through this simple activity children were developing in all their developmental domains (or S.P.L.I.C.E) because of the focus of the process of the experience itself and not the product or that the painting look or turn out a certain way. At Norwood Centre our team of qualified Early Childhood Development Subject Matter Experts work to provide tools that caregivers can use to support early childhood development. We hear you! If you have a question or concern, please ask us. We have a variety of Child Development Activities available on our website, including the topics of Social Development, Physical Development, Language Development, Intellectual Development, Creative Development and Emotional Development. Find them at norwoodcentre.com/child-development-activities. For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

  • Tips for choosing a Kindergarten

    Sending your child off to kindergarten is a big step! And with so many different schools in the Edmonton area, it is hard to know what type of program or school would be best for your child and family. Our biggest piece of advice is to attend open houses or visit the school to get the feel of it. Attend more than one so you can make an informed decision about what type of program you are looking for. As you are at the open house, here are some things to ask or consider: Bussing: Is the school near where you live? If not, does the school offer bussing? Type of program: Is it a full day or a half day? What works best for your child and family? Does the school offer any specialization, such as target programs (such as art, nature, science or sports), language opportunities or religious or cultural teachings? Does the school offer a breakfast or lunch program? What level of parent involvement is expected or allowed? If you require childcare, does the school offer before and after school care? If not, is there childcare nearby that could transport your child to and from school? What is the school's vision and mission, and do they align with your family’s? What are the class sizes? How many adults in the classroom? Some important skills for your child to be developing prior to kindergarten include: Social Emotional skills. Can they navigate being in a group setting? Can they problem solve with peers? Can they follow the routines and expectations of the classroom? Can they ask an adult for help when needed? Resiliency! Can your child bounce back from a stressful situation? How do they cope when faced with disappointment? Self Help skills. Can your child attempt to dress themselves? Can they follow a toileting routine independently? Other tips or things to consider! Ask your neighbors with children about the school their child(ren) attends Some schools operate on a lottery system. See the public or Catholic school websites for more information (see below!) You will need documentation when registering for school! Be sure to bring your child’s birth certificate or proof of citizenship (Permanent Resident card, visa, etc.) Check out these websites to see the options: https://epsb.ca/schools/findaschool/fast/ https://www.ecsd.net/locate-a-school Remember YOU are your child’s first and most important teacher! You know what type of program would fit best for them and your family! Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions or advocate for your child as they begin this new stage of their learning journey! You’ve got this! At Norwood Centre our team of qualified Early Childhood Development Subject Matter Experts work to provide tools that caregivers can use to support early childhood development. We hear you! If you have a question or concern, please ask us. We have a variety of Child Development Activities available on our website, including the topics of Social Development, Physical Development, Language Development, Intellectual Development, Creative Development and Emotional Development. Find them at norwoodcentre.com/child-development-activities. For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

  • S.P.L.I.C.E : the six areas of child development

    There are many areas that make up a child’s whole development. These areas of development can be easily remembered by the acronym S.P.L.I.C.E, which stands for: · Social Development Social development refers to how a child interacts with those around them and their ability to create and sustain relationships. · Physical Development Physical development refers to the development of your child’s gross (large) and fine (small) motor skills. · Language Development Language development refers to your child’s receptive (listening) and expressive (speaking) skills and their beginning understanding of words and print. · Intellectual Development Intellectual development refers to your child’s developing brain! This includes the development of understanding of cause and effect (If I do ___ then ___ happens), the organizing of thoughts, feelings and ideas and their understanding of the world around them. · Creative Development Creative development refers to your child’s ability to think creatively, use their imagination, create with various mediums of art and see the world not just for what it is, but for what it could be. This could be through art, drama, imaginative play-the sky is the limit! · Emotional Development Emotional development refers to your child’s ability to regulate their emotions, “bounce back” from challenging situations and understand and process their emotions and the emotions of others. We know that every child develops at their own rate and pace, but are you wondering how you can support your child in these areas of development? Check out our activity sheets created by our skilled team of Early Childhood Educators here. At Norwood Centre our team of qualified Early Childhood Development Subject Matter Experts work to provide tools that caregivers can use to support early childhood development. We hear you! If you have a question or concern, please ask us. We have a variety of Child Development Activities available on our website, including the topics of Social Development, Physical Development, Language Development, Intellectual Development, Creative Development and Emotional Development. Find them at norwoodcentre.com/child-development-activities. For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

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  • About Us | Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre

    About Us Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre has been a community hub for children and families since 1963. Norwood Centre responds to a wide variety of family circumstances and provides free, culturally diverse programming throughout Edmonton. We nurture trusting relationships, empower families to access resources and services, and support optimal child development. ​ Norwood Centre is a safe gathering place that brings individuals together with a focus on prevention and early intervention to support healthy, well-functioning families. Read our latest annual report > Vision ​ Healthy Children . Healthy Families . Healthy Communities ​ Mission Norwood Centre builds on the strengths of children and families through support and education to optimize child development and connect families to community.​ ​ Guiding Principles ​ Norwood Centre is inclusive, respectful of diversity, and values every person's worth. Our programs and services are child-centered, based on the most current understanding of how children develop and learn. Our work is grounded in fostering healthy relationships, the bonds between children and family, and family and the community. Our work is strength-based, trauma-informed, responsive to need, and effective. Norwood Centre Team Directors Laurie Executive Director Cheryl Operations Director Kathy Children Programs Director Managers Carmen HR Manager Dimple Family Support Manager Jessy Evaluation & Agency Support Manager Mara Program Support Manager Meagan Children's Program Manager Randie Family Education Manager Intake Ewa Intake Facilitator Teagan Intake Facilitator Family Education Brittany Family Educator Jashan Family Educator Nataliya Family Educator Olessia Family Educator Princeton Family Educator Family Support Aruthra Family Support Worker Carola Family Support Worker Eita Family Support Worker Lina Family Support Worker Savanthica Family Support Worker Staci Family Support Worker Head Start Program Rosa Head Start Teacher Ellen Early Childhood Educator Michelle Early Childhood Educator Parent Respite Program Jessica Children's Program Key Contact Barbara Early Childhood Educator Lara Early Childhood Educator Lincy Early Childhood Educator Michelle Early Childhood Educator Naza Early Childhood Educator Sharmilla Early Childhood Educator Administration & Finance Barb Receptionist Gabriela Admin Assistant Laura Admin Assistant Tara Executive Assistant Jocelyn Marketing & Communications Coordinator Priyanka Finance Assistant Agency Support Karla Cook Maven Agency Support Board of Directors Board of Directors Whitney Shaw Kara Engley Ana Potzkai Doug Kelly Mansi Yu Michael Sestito Peter Schalk Rudy Newbury Yulian Korataiev Laurie Fagan Ex-Officio Annual Reports Norwood Annual Report 2022 Norwood Annual Report 2021 Norwood Annual Report 2020 Norwood Annual Report 2019

  • Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre | Edmonton |Nonprofit Child Development

    Now Available! Norwood Centre's 60th Anniversary Children's Book and Blanket Set Introducing Norwood Centre's exclusive 60th Anniversary children's book and blanket. Celebrate with us by purchasing this limited edition set. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about child development while reading with children. Order Now! Registration for Winter Parent Education Groups Is Now Open! Your child's first and most important teacher is YOU! The more you know about early childhood development, the more confident and capable you will feel as a parent. Check out our: Parent Educatio n Groups Details > Register today! Winter 2024 Program Guide Schedule for January, February, and March 2024 Download Parent and Child Groups Jumping Gym Time! Baby and Toddler Time Preschool Discovery Time more ... Drop-in schedule > Parent Groups Empower U Empowered Parenting Handle with Care Triple P Positive Parenting more ... Class schedule > Head Start A free community school readiness program for children aged three to five. Give your child a head start! Learn more > Support Resources A self-serve directory of local helping agencies and a virtual community bulletin board for currently offered programs and services. View resources > What parents say about Norwood Centre ... During home visits, [my support worker] was warm and easy to talk to. I felt comforted and supported. I appreciate her sharing her own experiences about age-appropriate skills as an educator and a parent herself. From our blog: Learning through play: It's all about the process As children develop, it is important to give them the opportunity to explore materials in an open-ended way. What does that mean? It... Tips for choosing a Kindergarten Sending your child off to kindergarten is a big step! And with so many different schools in the Edmonton area, it is hard to know what... S.P.L.I.C.E : the six areas of child development There are many areas that make up a child’s whole development. These areas of development can be easily remembered by the acronym... Agency Calendar

  • Parent and Child Groups | NorwoodCentre

    Parent and Child Drop-in Play Groups Co nnect with Norwood Centre and other families in your community with our fun and FREE drop-in parent-child groups. These groups help you boost your child's learning and d evelopm ent through play ! ​ ​​ ​ Facilitators: All groups are facilitated by human services professionals who specialize in early childhood development and healthy families. Ask them your parenting questions - they can help! ​ Jump to schedule ​​Highlights: Parents and children play together in a child-friendly environment Healthy snacks are served Opportunity to meet new people in your community Referrals to other programs and services Drop-in, free of charge, registration n ot required ​ Schedule of Groups Parent and Child One-Day Drop-In Workshops Art & Sensory Workshop Friday, March 1 1:30pm - 3:30pm Norwood Centre Come and get messy with us at Norwood! We will be creating, playing, and having fun with different art materials. Explore with your child all the fun that can be had with water, paint, chalk, and glue - just to name a few! Loose Parts Workshop Friday, March 8 1:30pm - 3:30pm Norwood Centre STEM Workshop Friday, March 22 1:30pm - 3:30pm Norwood Centre In this group, you and your child will explore different open-ended natural materials, recycled objects, and found objects with endless possibilities! Build, move, create and play with you child in our Loose Parts Workshop! This groups is intended for families with children aged 3-6. In this group, you and your child will explore different science, technology, engineering, and math activities that support the development of collaboration, communication, problem solving and critical thinking! This groups is intended for families with children aged 3-6. Daily Schedule Come out and play! Groups are listed by the day of the week. Scroll way down or click here for location addresses. View agency calendar > ​ PLEASE TAKE NOTE! We are closed December 21- January 3, Monday January 29, Monday February 19, and March 25-29. Monday Stay and Play 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Norwood Centre Learn more > Tuesday Stay and Play 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Northeast Community Hub Learn more > Explore the Outdoors 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Norwood Centre Learn more > Story Time Adventures 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (February 20 - March 19) Norwood Centre Learn more > Wednesday Stay and Play 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Riverdale Community Hall Learn more > Thursday Stay and Play 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Ridna Shkola Ukrainian Heritage Language School Learn more > Stay and Play 10:00 am - 12:00 pm McLeod Community Hall Learn more > Baby and Toddler Exploration Time 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Norwood Centre Learn more > Friday Jumping Gym Time! 9:30 am - 11:00 am Norwood Centre Learn more > Stay and Play 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Northeast Community Hub Learn more > Growing Together Drop-in parent education group 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Norwood Centre Learn more > Locations Play Group Locations: Norwood Centre, 9516 114 Avenue NW McLeod Community Hall, 14715 59 Street NW Northeast Community Hub, 14017 Victoria Trail NW ​Ridna Shkola Ukrainian Heritage Language School​, 11301 95A Street NW Riverdale Community Hall, 9231 100 Avenue NW Download Our Program Guide

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