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  • Tips to handle the heat wave

    The Edmonton forecast is calling for more heat this weekend! Heat is especially dangerous for infants and young children. Here is some information from Alberta Health Services and federal government about keeping your children cool, staying healthy in the heat and sun safety. Symptoms of Heat Illness: changes in behaviour (sleepiness or temper tantrums) dizziness or fainting extreme thirst nausea or vomiting headache rapid breathing and heartbeat decreased urination with unusually dark urine How to manage the heat and stay healthy Avoid exposing your child to extreme heat. reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day (check the hourly forecast, but typically before 11am and after 6pm) check the Air Quality Health Index in your area before heading outside - air pollution tends to be at higher levels during extreme heat check the UV Index before heading outside - if the index is 8 or higher do not stay out in the sun for long, if it is between 3 and 7 take care NEVER leave children alone in a parked vehicle dress your child in loose-fitting, light coloured clothing, made from breathable fabric wear a hat use broad-spectrum SPF30 or higher sunscreen and follow the instructions Stay hydrated. Dehydration is dangerous, give plenty of cool water, before your child feels thirsty. make it fun - leave a colourful glass by the sing and remind your child to drink water after every hand washing make it healthy - provide extra fruits and vegetables as they have high water content make it routine - encourage your child to drink water before and after physical activity Keep your home cool. if you have an air conditioner with a thermostat keep it to the highest setting that is comfortable (between 22 °C and 26 °C) prepare meals that don't need to be cooked in the oven block the sun by opening awnings and closing curtains or blinds during the day if safe, open windows at night to let cool air into your home If your home is extremely hot: take a break from the heat and spend a few hours in a cool play such as a tree-shaded area, swimming pool, spray park, or an air-conditioned spot such as a shopping mall, grocery store or public library bathe your child in a cool bath until they feel refreshed, always supervise your child in the bath use a fan, but keep it a safe distance from the child and aim the air flow in their direction 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, find them at . For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

  • How do I get my child to listen?

    A question that we hear a lot within the halls of Norwood is “How do I get my child to listen?!” . Parenting definitely has its challenging moments, and with all the different strategies, resources and ideas out there, it can be hard to know which one is most effective or “right”. Now, we recognize that you, as your child’s first and most important teacher, know them best, but as we head into the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, here are some tools for your toolbox to make those tough parenting moments just a little easier. Choices, Choices, Choices Giving your child choices when asking them to do something empowers them to be part of the decision-making process, often making them more willing to follow through. This might sound like “It’s time for bed. Would you like to wear the red pajamas or the blue pajamas tonight?” or “It’s time to clean up the toys. Would you like to pick up the blocks or the stuffed animals?” . Just make sure that both choices are possible and positive for both you and your child. Warnings Giving a child a heads up when a transition is coming helps them mentally prepare for the change that is about to happen. This could sound like “In 5 minutes it’s going to be time to leave the park” or “I will read one more story and then it’s time to go to bed” . Consistency Children thrive on routine and knowing what is coming next. Keeping a consistent routine helps them understand what is happening and what will come next. Consistent boundaries and expectations for the child also helps the child create those connections in their brain (last time I pushed someone at the park, we had to go home. I better use my words this time) . Age-appropriate expectations Keeping your expectations in line with your child’s age and development is crucial. Age and development appropriate expectations will look different for every child, but again, as their first and most important teacher, you know them best and know what they are capable of! Are you curious what age-appropriate expectations and development look like? Check out these developmental checklists from the CDC broken down by age here: CDC’s Developmental Milestones | CDC While each child develops at their own pace and rate, these will give you a general idea of the milestones. 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 . For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

  • What is Risky Play? Is my Child Safe?

    Risky play activities are movement experiences that are usually fun, exhilarating, and evoke a sense of urgency. This can be climbing up high in a tree, standing on top of the monkey bars, jumping from couch to couch in the living room, wrestling with a sibling or friend, or riding a bike at top speeds down a hill. The name says it all and there is a potential risk to your child’s safety during this type of play. However, risky play is great for your child's development. Keep reading to learn ways you can support your child during risky play and ease some of the anxiety that comes with it. Benefits of Risky Play Risky play is an opportunity for your child to build new skills and learn new things about themselves. As your child challenges themselves physically, they are building their self-confidence, learning what they are capable of, and testing gross motor skills such as balance and coordination. Your child is learning to think critically and creatively as they figure out their next steps while discovering what their boundaries are and how to recognize and cope with feelings of stress, anxiety, and fear. Some other benefits of risky play are that these experiences can be fun, exciting, and can be good for your child’s mental health. Plus they provide opportunities for teamwork and social interaction with other children! Without ever having opportunities to take risks, your child could become fearful of all risks, or the opposite and potentially start seeking adrenaline-inducing experiences to the extreme. How Can I Support My Child During Risky Play? Has your child ever climbed up something tall in the park and you yelled out “Be careful!" Don’t worry, we’ve all done it. But did you know that telling your child to be careful tells them there is something to fear? Even if your child has confidence in their abilities and has no fear when climbing that ladder, yelling out “Be careful” can push your child to withdraw from the activity and fear it. So, what can you do to ensure your child’s safety? Remember the three P’s! - Proximity - Planning - Praise Step 1 is proximity . When your child is trying a new risky activity, make sure your body is close by. This can help your child feel safe to try new things and can also help ease your anxiety since you are closer by if something goes wrong. Step 2 is planning . Instead of yelling out “Be careful,” ask your child what their plan is. “What is your next step?” or “What are you going to do if you get stuck?” By asking these questions, you are providing your child with the opportunity to think out loud and problem-solve with you. They may not know the next step, so maybe you can offer some suggestions. If they feel your support and can come up with a plan to stay safe, this will build their confidence and reduce both you and your child's stress. Step 3 is praise . As your child navigates a physical challenge, encouragement can help support their success. Saying things like “One more step!” “You’re almost there!” and “You’re so strong!” will help instill confidence throughout their entire journey. Once your child has made it to the top or completed their activity, you can say things like “You did it!” or “Wow, you did it all by yourself!” “You are so brave!” The more confidence your child builds in their abilities, the more successful their next adventures will be! Easing Your Anxiety Easing your anxiety when your child is trying something new and risky can be easier said than done. Just know, you are not alone. It is not easy to think about, let alone watch our children risk their safety. However, the benefits that come with this kind of play are immense, so here are some ways to check in with yourself before you think about intervening in your child’s play: 1. Ask yourself, “Is my child scared? Or am I scared?” Usually, the answer will be that your child is perfectly happy with what they are doing, and you are the one thinking of all of the ways they can hurt themselves. 2. Is the environment safe and controlled? Check-in with your surroundings. Is there a road nearby? Are you close to a body of water? Are there lots of people around? Do you have a phone with you in case of an emergency? These are some questions you can ask yourself when you feel your anxiety heighten. Usually, the answer will help you see that your child is playing in a safe environment and can reassure you. Simple, but effective. 3. Use the three P’s: proximity, planning, and praise. Stay close to your child, offer a helping hand, stand behind them if they are climbing, and support them to come up with a plan for their next steps. Not only will this help your child feel confident to complete their task, but it can support you too. Hearing that your child knows what they are doing and that they feel safe can help reduce anxiety. Remember, you are not alone. Feeling stressed during these activities is not uncommon, it's actually very normal. Hopefully, knowing the benefits of risky play combined with some anxiety-reducing tips can help support you through it, and feel more confident for the next time your little one wants to challenge themselves – because with your support they will want to go higher, faster, and longer. Your child's got it... and so do you!

  • Easing Transitions

    Have you ever been trying to get your child or children to transition from one thing to another, say playtime to bed, and it results in tears or a tantrum? Don’t worry we’ve all been there! In this blog, we will discuss some ways you can help make transitions easier for yourself and your children but first, we must understand what a transition is. A transition means wrapping up one activity and beginning another. Take a second and think about the number of times that happens to your child throughout the day. It’s probably a lot! Between school or childcare, mealtimes, playtimes, or grocery shopping, transitions are always happening. So, what can we do to make these transitions easier for both our children and ourselves? Here are some tips and tricks to help make transitions easier for you and your child: Warnings Warning your child when a change is coming can help them prepare for the change and what is happening next. This might sound like: “Ok, in 5 minutes we are going to put away the toys and get ready for bed ,” or “Ok you can go down the slide 3 more times and then it is time to leave the park.” Make it fun! Turn a transition into a game! This might be racing to see who can pick up the most toys in two minutes or who can put on their shoes first. Turning something that might not be fun into a game will make the transition a more positive experience for both of you! Visuals Visuals can be a great tool for you and your child to use when moving from one activity to another. You might use the timer on a microwave or cellphone to show that there are two minutes left of the activity or create a visual schedule for your child to refer back to, so they know what to expect and what is happening next. Choices Some transitions are necessary and unavoidable, like going to bed or mealtimes. One effective tool you can try with your child is giving them choices. Would they like to wear the red pajamas or the blue pajamas tonight? Would they like the pink plate or the blue bowl for dinner? Providing your child with choices gives them a sense of empowerment and control and can make it easier for your child to cope with a transition. Just make sure when you give a choice the choices you provide your child are possible and achievable. Prepare, prepare, prepare! When gearing up for a transition, talk with your child! Let them know what is happening, when it is happening and what to expect. This might be you saying “I am going to drop you off at daycare and go to work. I will come back to get you around 4:00.” Similar to using a warning, preparing your child for the transitions by letting them know what will happen next and when will help them prepare themselves for it. The transitions where you and your child are separating can be the most difficult for them however, one way you might make these types of transitions easier is by having a special handshake to say goodbye or practicing these transitions at home in a fun way. While these transitions might be the hardest for both you and your child, remember that you are both strong and capable and that they will get easier with time! These are just a few tools for your toolbox, every child, family and situation might be different so tweak these tips and tricks to best support your child and family. Norwood Center offers one-on-one coaching that can support both you and your child with transitions. If you would like to learn more call 780-471-3737 or visit our website .

  • How Can I Prepare for the Holiday Break?

    The holidays are a wonderful time of year but it can also be very stressful with lots to do and having our children home with us, so we have put together some information to help you prepare for this holiday season!  Develop a Routine  The first thing you can do is create a routine for you and your family over the break while everyone is home. Keeping a consistent routine helps things run smoothly and helps your little ones know what to expect from day-to-day!   When you are creating your routine it’s a good idea to involve your children. This will give them an opportunity to ask questions so they understand what will be happening beforehand and what will be expected of them. You can sit down and talk with them about the routine you’ll be following over the break and utilize this opportunity to communicate the expectations you have for their behaviours while they are at home. That being said, keep in mind children need lots of reminders and they may not meet all of our expectations on the first few tries.   If your family has a hard time with routines, you can use images to create a visual schedule on a wall or even the fridge, as long as it’s a place where everyone can see it. This can support your children in following the routine you have set up.    Prepare Activities  Second, we can prepare activities to keep our children entertained and occupied while you’re home for the holidays. Children get bored quickly, so having activities prepared in advance means you won’t be scrambling to find something to do while also trying to manage everything else on your plate during the break. You can also put these activities in your routine/schedule so your children are able to see what’s going to be happening day-to-day over the holiday break.  First, you’ll need to decide which indoor and outdoor activities you’d like to do. You can do this with your children to get them excited for the holiday break!   Next, you’ll need to gather the supplies. Do you need to get more arts and crafts supplies from the ReUse Centre, find the sleds or buy ingredients to do some Christmas baking? Gathering supplies for the activities you’ve chosen means you won’t have to do it later and they will be ready to go when you need something to do!  Lastly, enjoy, everything is done, now you can enjoy time together as a family!    There are also lots of free or low-cost activities you can do as a family and there are lots of free or low-cost events happening all over the city you can attend! Plan both indoor and outdoor activities.   We have included a list of activities and events you can do together as a family below!    Create a Self-Care Plan  The next thing that can help reduce stress over the holiday season is to create a self-care plan to make sure you are taking enough time for you during all the holiday season chaos.    The first thing you can do to practice self-care is schedule in time for self-care into your daily routine. This will help to ensure you are taking time to care for yourself at least a little bit every day!1 You should plan to take 5-15 minutes every day to engage in some self-care. This could be reading a book, having some quite time before the children wake up/after they go to bed, having a friend over for coffee, journaling, cleaning, going for a walk, and so much more.   Another way to prepare is to plan some alone time for yourself. Having our children home more than usual can be stressful, even if we’re prepared and it’s important to dedicate some time for yourself too. Ask friends or family now if they can support you by watching your children for a few hours or even a day if they are able too. You can also access the Bissell Centre and Kids Kottage respite programs as they will be open during the holiday break! Having a plan in advance can help limit the stress of trying to find childcare when you really need a break and can help limit the stress you are feeling leading up to the break because you’ll know you have time to rest and recover.    Lastly, we have put together a list of free/low-cost activities, free/low-cost events happening around Edmonton and we have included resources you can access if you need support over the holiday while Norwood is closed.  Resources 211 For complete information on social, community, health and government services in Alberta, dial 211 811 For health information, simply dial 811 988 If you're having thoughts of suicide or are worried about someone you know, simply dial 988 911 For emergencies dial 911 Check out our resources page for more supports. Support over the holidays December Activities If you’re looking for some fun family activities to get up to this December, check out Family Fun Edmonton’s Holiday Event Guide Holiday Events in Edmonton | Family Fun Edmonton ( ) Winter Fun (Sledding) Looking for some sledding hills around the city here is a link to Curiosity’s 10 Great Hills for Sledding 10 great hills for sledding to check out around Edmonton ( ) You can check the conditions of the hills and outdoor skating areas on the City of Edmonton website Toboggan Hills | City of Edmonton Skates and Sled and other sport equipment Skating Around the City Outdoor Skating and Ice Rinks | City of Edmonton Where to Skate for FREE In and Around Edmonton - Modern Mama Looking to get outside with your little one into the fresh air especially on a beautiful winter day. Check out some links below to find an Edmonton winter adventure such as adding to snowman to the snowman army in Louise McKinney Park to voting on ice sculptures at Ice on Whyte or even participating in the legend of the Flying Canoe festival and more. 2023 Edmonton Christmas Guide Edmonton Public Library The Edmonton Public Library has various locations around the city with events for all ages. Libraries are closed December 25, 26 and January 1 but are otherwise open. Hours vary by location. Find the library that is closest to you at this link . Resources Winter Clothing Need a Coat? If you are looking for a coat, please call 211 or call 780-482-4636 (INFO) to find the agency distribution depot closest to you. Coats are not distributed by United Way directly to the public; all coats are distributed through various community agencies throughout the Alberta Capital Region. Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. This program provides free clothing donations for individuals and families. The phone number is 780-471-5577. They are open Mon-Thurs, 10:00am to 12:00pm. Family Futures Resources Network FREE coats and winter items for all family members while supplies last. Call to find out more 780-413-4521. Jasper Place Family Resource Centre This program offers a children's clothing exchange. 780-479-4504 They are open Mon-Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm Elizabeth Fry Community Resources Program Has a clothing closet for Women. Hygiene kits as available which can include shampoo, soap, deodorant, menstrual supplies. As well of as other supports and resources. Other Clothing Resources (South Edmonton) Thrift Stores are a great option for low-cost Winter Clothing. Some thrift stores will give coupons or discounts when you donate items. Bissell Thrift Shop Value Village The Salvation Army Thrift Store More Than a Fad The Mustard Seed Thrift Store Food Find recipes, a schedule of free community meals and community supports ( including Bread Runs ) on the Edmonton Food Banks website . Childcare over winter break Bissell Centre's Early Childhood Development Program provides full-time childcare as well as adrop-in/respite program that provides low-income families with free temporary childcare. Spots need to be reserved 1-2 days in advance. Bissell Centre is closed December 25, 26 and January 1, but are otherwise open for their normal hours: Weekdays from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Call 780-429-4126 to learn more. Kids Kottage's Crisis Prevention Shelter offers emergency respite to families in crisis by admitting their children from birth to the age of 10 for up to 72 hours, free of charge. For more information call: 780-944-2888

  • 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:    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 . For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

  • How to save money on groceries

    There are many things we can do to help reduce our family's grocery bills. Especially now as food prices are steadily increasing. Here are some tried and true methods that have helped me and that I hope will help you.  1. Don't shop hungry , you will make better choices.   2. Make a plan , it does not have to be fancy. Write a list of what dinner and lunch meals you would like to eat for a week. Breakfast is usually the simplest some examples could be: Lunches - Soup & sandwiches, pasta/ sauce with cheese or meat, Fresh veggies & sandwiches, Quesadillas you can use anything for these (chicken, beef, tofu, cheese, salsa, tomato, onion) breakfast for lunch, Wraps eggs chicken salad, Tuna melts.   Dinners  could be anything on the list above or try chicken & rice, fried rice with meat, nachos, tacos, baked potato topped with cheese sour cream bacon bits chicken or ground beef you can turn a potato into a meal by just changing up the toppings.   3. Meal Prep - bag and freeze meals in advance so on the days when you are too tired to cook you won't feel the need to order out.   4. Stay away from eating out or ordering in as much as possible, it is super expensive, generally high in salt and fat.  5. Offer healthy snacks! Children snack all day, they have small tummies, and most don't want to sit and eat a big meal, that is perfectly fine. Offer them healthy snacks throughout the day instead. I remember parents demanding children finish everything on their plate and making children sit for hours. This can cause children to develop food aversion issues and an unhealthy relationship with food.   Childrens taste buds are also still developing its ok to let them try new foods or ask them to try a bite of something but if they won't, don't get upset try again in a few weeks or months. I know it can seem easier to buy things like chips, pop and candy or fast food but eating these kinds of foods regularly will end up making your life harder overall. Causing your children to have more temper tantrums from sugar highs and lows. Worse attention spans and listening skills.   Major health issues like obesity, depression, constipation, sleep issues, impaired growth physically as well as mentally & insulin resistance (diabetes) are just a few of the issues that can come from an unhealthy unbalanced diet.     6. Protein does not need to always come from meat  – beans, lentils, Dairy options like cheese, eggs nuts/seeds and tofu are all great high protein choices.   Save money by buying less meat and purchasing a variety of other canned or dried sources of protein.  7. Try frozen fruit! Children love fruit but it ends up getting thrown out before it gets consumed or forgotten about or a child's tastes are always changing week by week. Don't get discouraged try frozen fruit a lot of children will eat frozen fruit straight out of the freezer just let it thaw a bit serve it frozen or warm it up. Top it with a little sugar if it's very tarte. That way you aren't throwing your hard-earned money out.   8. Buy all food on sale or clearance . Meat, cheese fruit and veg can all be frozen and used later. Blanching is a great technique for veggies. Cheese is fine frozen; it just doesn't slice as well after. It will crumble but is perfect in sauces or melted on sandwiches or buns.  9. Check out discount stores like No frills, H& W produce & Giant tiger they have some great deals at times. Use apps like Shoppers optimum and scene card apps. It is a pain to get used to using it but once you get used to it you can save a lot of money on groceries yearly.   10. Try the Flashfood app . It is great to use at No frill's superstores and wholesale club. This app allows you to see what items they are selling at these stores because they are almost at their expiry date. Then you can add them to your cart pay and go pick the food up that day or the next. Things go fast so check the app frequently.   BONUS: Stretch one meal into two meals. For example, turn spaghetti sauce and pasta into a lasagna-just add noodles and some cheese. Make a chicken stew and turn leftovers into a pot pie-just pour any leftover of the stew into a pie shell top with another pie shell and bake it. Use leftover ground beef or turkey/chicken, frozen vegetables, or leftover vegetables make some sauce with a packet or two of gravy and top with mashed potatoes.   At Norwood Centre our cook Karla and Program Support Team work to provide healthy meals and snacks for our participants as well as tools that caregivers can use to support their children and families wellbeing. We hear you! If you have a question or concern, please ask! 780-471-3737

  • Mental Health Week: Healing through Compassion

    May 6-12 is Mental Health Week! This year the Canadian Mental Health Association is encouraging us to explore how compassion connects us all. "We all have the capacity to be compassionate, and we know that doing so can make an enormous difference... In a world plagued by suffering, we emphasize that kindness is equally intrinsic to our humanity." -Canadian Mental Health Association What is Compassion? Researchers today define compassion as an emotional response to the struggles of others combined with a real, authentic desire to help lessen their suffering. Read more about compassion in this resource from the Canadian Mental Health Association. What are the mental health impacts of Compassion? Showing compassion to others is particularly powerful for our mental health and well-being. It can: ease depression provide a spike in happiness cause a "cascade of kindness" be a catalyst for optimism provide "selfless satisfaction" Read more about the mental health impacts of compassion in this resource from the Canadian Mental Health Association. What is "self-compassion"? Practicing self-compassion means approaching ourselves with the same kindness we extend to others such as our family and friends. The three key elements to self-compassion are: Self-kindness versus self-judgement Common humanity versus isolation Mindfulness versus over-identification Read more about self-compassion and how to practice it in this resource from the Canadian Mental Health Association. This blog post was created with resources shared by the Canadian Mental Health Association. Find out more about the organization on their website

  • When and how do I start my baby on solid food?

    From Alberta Health Services- Your baby may be ready to eat solid foods when your baby: Is about 6 months old Starts to get curious about foods Your baby may reach for what you're eating and drinking Can sit alone or with support Has good head and neck control Is able to hold small objects, such as toys or food Can move food to the back of their mouth to swallow Resources Alberta Health Services Infant Nutrition Classes This free online class is for parents and caregivers of children 0-12 months of age. Find more information or register at this link . Introducing Solid Foods to Your Baby (Alberta Health Services) Feeding Baby Solid Foods From 6 to 12 months of age (Alberta Health Services) Starting Solid Foods: 6- 12 Months (Healthy Parents Healthy Children) Feeding Your Baby in the First Year (My Health Alberta) Making Food for your Baby #youaskedweanswered 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, find them at . For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

  • Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre hosting diaper drive

    Participants report it’s a struggle to pay for bills and groceries, including diapers At Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre, our daily engagement with families allows us to understand their overall experiences, and we endeavour to be responsive to emerging needs. In recent weeks families have reported that the ever-increasing cost of living leaves them having to make tough decisions with their money, and often they don’t have enough to buy diapers. “Children need clean diapers to be healthy and develop to their fullest potential.” -Laurie Fagan, executive director at Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre Hear more from Laurie about the Diaper Drive on CBC's Radio Active here. In response to the need identified by our participants, we are asking Edmontonians to donate diapers. Our diaper drive “clean where it counts” is launching May 13 and ending May 31. People can donate diapers of all sizes at: Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre- 9516 -114 Avenue NW, Edmonton Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm Monetary donations can be made in-person at Norwood Centre, via e-transfer to or through our website here . In their first three months of life, babies need their diapers changed every 2-3 hours; in one day a baby will need approximately 12 diapers. If buying Kirkland Signature Diapers from Costco, in boxes of 192, families would need around two boxes per month, costing around $70 before tax. Imagine having to choose between $70 worth of food or diapers. Donate today so families don’t have to make that decision! Help us keep children clean where it counts. We will also be accepting: baby wipes baby formula 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.

  • Help your children learn by role modelling and practicing

    You are your child’s first and most important teacher and one of their favorite people! As their first and most important teacher, your children are always watching you and absorbing all that you do. Which is why we are going to explore role-modelling and practicing, and how it helps your child learn new skills. Role modelling is exactly what it sounds like: demonstrating or showing your child what you need them to do, as you tell them. This might look like showing them what you mean by doing it alongside them, instead of telling them “clean up”. Help them put the toys in the basket so they understand the connection between the words “clean up” and putting toys in a basket. Learning a new skill takes a lot of practice no matter the age of the individual learning the skill! Giving your child lots of time and opportunity to practice a new skill is going to help those connections in the brain get stronger. This might look like letting your child try to put on their shoes on their own. Try breaking tasks of a new skill down into small and achievable steps for your child (In this example, have your child put the shoe down, then undo the Velcro in the shoe, then put their foot in, then pull the tongue of the shoe out, then do the Velcro back up). Practice when learning a new skill is going to take a lot of patience and time. But remember, helping your child develop these skills now lays a strong foundation on which to build their brain. You (and your child!) have 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, find them at . For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

  • Engage with the community, with your children!

    1.Join a Community Garden   Community Gardens are a great way to introduce your budding gardeners to nature, they teach your child about growing your own produce, and they are a way to get involved with your community as a family. For affordable gardening supplies Dollarama has gardening tools and gloves for little hands.  Follow the link to find the community garden closest to you:     2.Check out a Festival   Did you know that Edmonton is known as Festival City; hosting about “50 unique festivals a year” . Check out websites like Explore Edmonton , , or  to explore upcoming festivals.  3.Picnic, Parks, Spray parks and pools   Pack a Summer Go Bag  Some parks have a Green Shack Program   Check out the times that pool and spray parks are open  Look up the weather but also be prepared, it’s Edmonton the saying goes "Wait 15 minutes and the weather might change" If there is anything at the park that is broken or not supposed to be there call 311, you have the right to take your child to a clean and safe park  Park Hop  (great website for finding new parks to explore)       4.Going for walks around your neighborhood    Scavenger hunts can keep children involved during walks an, a simple scavenger hunt is a Colour Hunt looking for varying items of different colours I spy or variations of I Spy such as I smell, or I hear  Mixing walking with running   Looking for Nature treasures such as neat rocks or pinecones, etc.  Play games like Red Light Green Light    5.Check out your local Community Association    Did you know with community league membership you can perks, deals and discounts to local businesses, such as reduce rates for the City of Edmonton Recreation Centres through the Community League Wellness Program Each Community League runs a variety of different activities and programs.  Can connect your children to various sports leagues    Check out this link to learn about your local community association      6.Edmonton Public Library   Tips for the library: Sign up for a Library Card.   When you sign up a child 36 months and younger along with their library card, they receive a book and an illustrated songs and rhymes booklet. (The library also has a electronic versions in 5 different languages)  Check out the schedule or calendar for your local Libraries and Recreation Centre  No library in your area? Check out the EPL website for their online Sing Laugh and Learn groups and the schedule for the epl2go Pop-Up .  epl2go Pop-up Library will not just have books but will have fun free activities   -here are also fun to be had at the different library locations check out   to learn more EPL Summer Preschooler List for 2024    7.Edmonton Recreation Centres   There are registered and drop-in programs for all ages  Check out the schedule before going  Some locations have indoor playgrounds for those rainy day  Apply for the Low-Income Leisure access pass for free access or check out your workplace benefits for discounted rates for passes   Pack a summer Go bag and adapted it for the activities (such as socks for the indoor play park)      8.Check out you closest Family Resource Centre  Check out their schedules or drop-in to a location to find out more    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, find them at . For short-term one-on-one coaching, please call us at 780-471-3737.

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