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THE FAMILY CENTRE IS CLOSED FOR MARCH BREAK MARCH 18 – 22.
While we are extremely grateful for the presence of so many wonderful families who attend our programs, we have reached the point where we have had to limit our numbers during some drop-ins. For safety reasons and to ensure the quality of the program, the door will be closed once we reach our limit. Please try to arrive early to avoid disappointment. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
We regret that we are not able to accommodate daycare and preschool programs.
For safety reasons, and in order to supervise, please attend with your own children and one additional child only. Thank you.
- Toddler Time Drop In
Toddler Time is a fun and friendly play group for families with young children up to two-and-a-half-years old. Fun, creative activities are set up in our Family Centre including playdough, puzzles, drawing, and our train track. Parents are invited to bring a contribution to our healthy snack. Some suggestions are: a piece of fruit, soft veggies, crackers or dried fruit. No nuts please. We also have a wonderful outdoor play area including ride-on toys, a climber and a sandbox. Toddler Time runs year-round on Tuesdays from 9:00-11:15 AM in the Family Centre The drop-in is free but a small donation of $2 is appreciated to cover program supplies. No registration required; just drop in!
- Creative Play Drop In
Creative Play Drop-In is a drop-in play program for families with children from birth to 5 years old. We offer many free-play activities such as playdough, painting, collage, puzzles, books, toys as well as outdoor play. A healthy snack is served around 10:30 AM. Parents are invited to bring a small contribution to our healthy snack. Suggestions include a small piece of fruit, soft veggies, dried fruit or crackers. Join our circle for songs and fingerplays after snack, or have a little more playtime outside before it’s time to say goodbye. Creative Play Drop-In programs run on Mondays and Thursdays from 9-11:15 AM in our Family Centre. Cost: Free and a suggested donation of $2 is appreciated. You don’t need to register – just drop in!
- Creative Play Drop In
- Welcome Playgroup
This drop-in program is for families with children (0-5 years) who are immigrants, refugees or newcomers to Canada (here fewer than 10 years) who speak English as a second language. Come and meet new people, make friends and enjoy our family-friendly space. You don’t need to register, you can just drop-in. A public health nurse and a dental hygienist from Island Health visit the group once per month. This playgroup runs on Fridays from 9-11:15 AM and includes free play with art, puzzles, playdough, toys and books with a short singing circle at the end. It is FREE and there are bus tickets available for participants. For more information, call Nancy at 250-388-7844 Ext.313.
- Family Dinner
The Family Dinner program is every Tuesday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in our on-site Family Centre. It is open to families from any neighbourhood in Victoria, with children up to 12 years old. We provide a place for families to build their support network. Parents can discuss issues and ideas about parenting and get information about community resources and programs. We do crafts, art, games, reading and other activities, and a light dinner is provided. Please register ahead of time by calling the Youth & Family Outreach Worker at 250-415-7721.
Programs and Courses
The following programs and courses require registration.
The Baby Group is for new mothers and their babies up to the age of about 7 months (or once they start crawling). This free 10-week group runs two to three times per year. Topics covered include: joys & challenges, nutrition, car seat safety, baby growth and development, etc. It’s a friendly relaxed group that offers support, fun and friendship. To register and for more information, please call 250-388-7844 Ext. 313
Parent Child Mother Goose Program
This program is currently full. The Mother Goose Program is offered when funding becomes available, keep an eye on the website for dates of the next program.
Come and learn some songs, stories, rhymes, and fingerplays to play with your baby from birth to 12 months. It’s a fun and relaxing ten-week program run by a trained facilitator. A healthy snack is served for parents and babies. The Parent-Child Mother Goose program is FREE and runs several times per year. To register and for more information, please call 250-388-7844 Ext.313.
Triple P Parenting Course The intention of Triple P is to promote a strong parent-child relationship, enhance child development and manage children’s behaviour in a constructive and non-harmful way. The Triple P parenting program is a seven week program for parents of children from two-and-a-half years old to 10 years of age. Triple P groups are offered twice a year. Triple P parenting can be offered on a individual basis to parents. For further information and to register for Triple P please call Barbara Anderson at 250.388.7844 Ext. 312 or email her at email@example.com.
Cool Cues Social Skills Group
Cool Cues is a social skills group for 8-10 year olds.The program runs periodically for 6 sessions. Children must be registered to participate in this program. Children learn about ways to introduce themselves, how to make and keep friends, exploring identity and self-confidence, appropriate group behaviour, and bullying. We address these topics through a variety of media: play, art brainstorming, team building and group activities. A snack is provided. To register please call Deb Dosil at 250-388-7844 Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org.