BSWG Key Messages

Key Messages 2016 from Best Start Working Group Meeting

October 13, 2016

  • ECE Appreciation Day is coming up Wednesday October 26th
  • Parent & Provider Survey will be circulated soon, as it related to information gathering for the Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFC)
  • Identified challenges in Child Care related to the new changes around licensing requirements
  • Concerns identified regarding school closures and the potential implications in communities

September 8, 2016

  • Signs of Safety presentation by Sheena Dunham- Leeds Grenville and Lanark Family and Children’s Services
  • Best Start Projects from past 2 years to support and Consultation Model for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, will now continue at the end of the project as a service in Lanark County supported by Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and Hotel Dieu partnership
  • L. Couroux is adding on new space for new licensed child care spaces, expect to be open beginning of 2017
  • Review of the Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres guidelines

June 2016

May 12, 2016

  • Triple P is fully activated, and has had 60 referrals and served 22 children since November; the awareness presentation will be available on lanarkkids
  • Mighty Machines fundraiser will be held June 4 at Carleton Place Daycare
  • A celebration of a child’s competencies, like their artistic abilities, is really powerful! How Learning Happens helps unveil kids ways of expression.

April 14, 2016

  • Triple P Training- Level 1 (Awareness) at our May 12, 2016 Best Start Meeting
  • Minister of Education Liz Sandals announced that the Ministry that the regulations as posted will not be implemented, as related to ratios as it relates to the Phase 2 of the New Child Care and Early Years Act.
  • Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville announced Ray Lemay has accepted the position as Executive Director. Welcome Ray.
  • Ministry of Children and Youth announced upcoming changes to Autism Services –

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

  • the final reports from the partnerships receiving 2015\2016 grants from Lanark Best Start were received, and we were really impressed with the quality of work that was done
    • CROW/ Libraries – Unconditional Grant Summary
    • OT Consults – Unconditional Grant Summary
    • Health Unit –  18month Well Baby visit
    • Culture, Context and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being of Syrians

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

  • Happy ECE day!
  • 4 proposals were approved from the Unconditional grant process including Expanded Consults speech/physio/OT; ACT training; How Learning Happens; Triple P in Schools
  • The Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 is now being implemented and replaces the old DNA (Day Nurseries Act)
  • No matter what else, the power of relationships is what actually makes a difference
  • Discussion about aboriginal services, data about aboriginal families/babies who are born in the county. This will continue next meeting

September 2015

  • Language Registers – Discussion around Language Registers and opportunities within your agencies regarding language registers, communicating by keeping it simple
  • Level Characteristics of Language
    Frozen The words are always the same. Examples: The Lord’s Prayer, The Pledge of Allegiance.
    Formal The word choice and sentence structure used by the business and education community. Uses a 1,200-word to 1,600-word spoken vocabulary. Example: “This assignment is not acceptable in its present format.”
    Consultative A mix of formal and casual register. Example: “I can’t accept the assignment the way it is.” Used in conversation.
    Casual Language used between friends, which comes out of the oral tradition. Contains few abstract words and uses nonverbal assists. Example: “This work is a no-go. Can’t take it.” 400-800 word vocabulary.
    Intimate Private language shared between two individuals, such as lovers or twins.
  • Behavior Issues – Concern regarding the behavior of children and how to support them with services, larger discussion to take place
  • Continue to highlight examples of how agencies are incorporating it into their services