Welcome to the CKF/SB6 Newsletter for May 2017


During the First Days of Kindergarten
It's not too early to start thinking about some of the ways you can help your little one prepare for kindergarten. It is natural for a young child to feel
anxious about separating when starting the school
year. By taking a few steps now and over the summer, you can help make the transition a little easier. Here are some Tips for Parents and Caregivers from AnxietyBC
At a Glance: 8 Key Executive Functions
Executive functions let people plan, organize and complete tasks. Here's a closer look at this important set of skills-and how executive functioning issues can affect your child's everyday life.

Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship Application Process Open
The late Elder Mary Thomas was a pioneer in early childhood development and championed the importance of the early years in improving the lives of young children. In her honour, each year, the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society offers one $1,000 scholarship for eligible Basic Early Childhood Education (ECE) students and one $1,500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students.  Application deadline is July 31, 2017.  Find out eligibility criteria and apply

What Young Kids Wished You Knew About Them 
In this  articleclinical counsellor Deborah MacNamara explains the developmental stage of the preschooler and gives five strategies for discipline that are attachment safe and developmentally friendly.

New Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary - June Application Deadlines
The Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship and Bursary Program helps more than 200 additional Indigenous students living in BC to access post-secondary funding.
IEY Scholarship Application (Undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate) - Deadline is noon, Thursday, June 8, 2017.
IEY Bursary Application (Certificate, Diploma and Associate's Degree) - Deadline is noon, Thursday, June 29.
More info and application forms

Online Tool Supports "Risky Play"
Outsideplay.ca has developed an online tool to help parents and caregivers gain the confidence to allow their kids to engage in more outdoor play.

What is Risky Play?
Outdoor play is a basic childhood need and taking risks is a necessary part of play.  Whether jumping in a pile of leaves, climbing a tree, or playing street hockey, children are often happiest when playing.  These kids of experiences are a lot less common for kids today.  Our worries and desire to protect our kids can result in setting too many limits on them, which can interfere with healthy development.  Risky play can have many different shapes, but always involves the thrill of excitement of testing yourself and finding out what happens. 

Make Time for Self Care
Many parents are hesitant to ask their friends and family to lend a hand every once in awhile, but even small bits of respite can help give parents the energy and strength they need to parent effectively. Read more.

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Help Calm an Angry or Anxious Child

It can be a challenge to find the right things to say when a child is worried. It's not easy to connect without making the fears worse, while at the same time offering support and encouragement.  Here are some suggestions that might help.

List of Resources for Parents with Young Children with Anxiety
Looking for information and resources on anxiety and children? We've put together a list that might be helpful.   Check it out.

Check Early, Check Often
The ASQ Regional Project

Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) provides a quick check on your child's development.  
More info

Questions, input, topic ideas?