February 22, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

This is often a very difficult question for families to answer.  There is variation in development of children within the same age range and this is normal.   Families know their children best and are usually the first to notice when their child is not meeting expected milestones in their development.  It is beneficial to the child if these concerns are investigated.  Early identification and treatment increases the chances that the impact of a developmental delay will be less.

What age related developmental milestones, if not met, would cause me to be concerned?

Age 3 months – Startle at loud noises, turns head to follow movements, crying when hungry

Age 6 months – Roll over, turn head towards sounds...

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January 28, 2016 @ 3:23 PM

A quality child care environment is vital to your child’s well being, safety, and development. Child care options outside of your home include group child care centres, family child care settings, or licensed preschool programs. The quality of care will be dependent on the partnership you as a parent develop with your child care provider. Parents and child care providers need to work together as a team to provide a healthy environment and to support the needs of one another. To have a positive partnership with a child care provider your responsibilities as a parent are to:

  • Prepare your child for their child care experience by using a gradual entry procedure starting with a few hours at a time and building up to a full day. By ...
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June 2, 2015 @ 3:04 PM

We are learning more and more about the importance of adding natural elements into children's play inside the classroom. Research over the past 10 years tells us that when we bring the outdoors inside we can stimulate a child's play experience and contribute to their healthy development (Natural Learning Initiative, NC State University). Author Richard Louv, writes how today's children can have limited outdoor opportunities that connect them to nature and how this can effect their growth and healthy development in his book, "The Last Child in the Woods."

Here at A Place to Grow, children are often in our program for 8-9 hours per day. We believe incorporating outdoor play a minimum of two times daily is ...

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April 28, 2015 @ 2:55 PM

In 2007, I began a journey with the Investigating Quality Project (IQ Project), at the University of Victoria. It has been an investigative journey that goes beyond the common Euro-Western discourses/ideas we hold regarding children and encourages us to examine the language we use for children, and the images that come to mind when thinking about children. It is a journey that has changed the way I think and the way I work, both as an educator and a parent.

I discovered that my child-centred and developmentally-appropriate practices limited my perspectives and perhaps excluded other ways of thinking. I realized that the early childhood environments I have contributed to, that I believed to foster choice and freedoms for children,.........

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