Early Childhood Development & Family Programs
Rhymes & Story TimesThis is a community-based program that enhances the emotional and intellectual development of children using rhymes, games, storytelling and songs. This is an opportunity for both caregiver and child to learn a variety of nursery rhymes and songs, to strengthen the parent – child bond, to establish a network of friends and to build community. Skills gained in this program give parents the confidence needed to enhance their children’s ‘early years’ development and gain skills to form healthy, positive family patterns. The pace is slow and relaxed with plenty of time for repetition of material and casual discussion of issues and questions that arise. The atmosphere is accepting and supportive, with the intention of building the confidence of all participants, and creates a feeling of community and mutual support within the group.
The classes are attended by small groups of parents and their babies, toddlers and pre-school children to learn finger rhymes, action poems, stories and songs. The program allows parents to observe their children as well as other children’s behaviour, to learn about early childhood development, expectations and responses, as well as to bond through the language program. The program is run in conjunction with the Lamont Hospital Recreation Program on Friday mornings. Residents participate either by watching, signing, clapping or resting. The interaction with young children is very stimulating and emotional for the residents. It’s astounding to see the interaction between the residents and the children.
Parents and Tots Programs – Drop InThe purpose of the Parents and Tots Program is to provide an interactive playgroup for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-6. The program’s focus is to build literacy, support positive parenting skills and provide information and education on local programs and services available within the community in a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Three groups meet weekly in three communities (Lamont, Bruderheim and St. Micheal). All programs are operated on a “drop in” basis.
- Lamont – Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lamont Alliance Church (east portable)
- Bruderheim – Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Karol Maschmeyer Arena Youth Centre
- St. Michael – Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. AND Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the St. Michael Hall Play Centre
- Mundare - Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Mundare School PALS Room
- Andrew - Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Andrew Lions Club