Parent Memos

Parent/Guardian Memos

August 20, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

For those returning on/after June 1, 2020, we ask that you carefully read, sign, and email the following 2 contracts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COVID-19_Parent_Contract.pdf

Screening_Contract.pdf

In addition, please see below for the daily COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire for Early Learning Childcare Facilities and Summer Camps

Screening_Questionnaire_for_COVID-19.pdf

For more information, please visit: https://www.nbed.nb.ca/parentportal/en/home/daycarecovidresources/

June 24, 2020

For information on the 2020 Summer Reading Club, please visit https://www1.gnb.ca/0003/src=cle/2020/en/index-e.asp

June 18, 2020

Daycare_providers_confused_as_government_backtracks_on_non-contact_thermometer_use.pdf

May 13, 2020

Some_New_Brunswick_daycare_operators_pushing_back_opening_day.pdf

May 13, 2020

Summer_Camp_Memo_and_Checklist_-_CONID-19.pdf

May 10, 2020

Parent Subsidy Information

• Parents with approved benefits will be required to contact Service New Brunswick by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reactivate their benefits. They will be asked to provide their child’s name, childcare facility they are returning to, return date, and confirmation of eligibility (school / employment).  

• Parents with children who do not return to childcare and reactivate their benefits prior to June 30, 2020 will be terminated and will be required to reapply for benefits when childcare is required, consistent with previous policies.

• Parents who have experienced an increase or a decrease of $5000 or more, or 10% of their gross annual household income, can submit an Amendment Form to SNB to request a recalculation of their benefits.

Day Care Assistance Program

• Parents approved for the Daycare Assistance Program will be required to contact their case manager at Social Development by June 30th.

• They will be asked to confirm the childcare facility they are returning to, return date, and confirmation of eligibility (school / employment).

• Parents with children who do not return to childcare and reactivate their benefits prior to June 30, 2020 will be terminated.

• Parents who have experienced a change in household income are required to contact their case manager to report their income.  

 

April 27, 2020

Family changes from a global pandemic research survey

www.tinyurl.com/familyCOVID19 

 

April 22, 2020

Earth_Day.pdf

 

April 15, 2020

Understanding Covid-19

 https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBBjz16J-nU

Work from Home Ideas

  1. Reading a book-This engaging quiet activity is perfect for toddlers of any age. Reading will keep your toddler occupied and quiet while you work.
  • · Set up an imagination station-To get your toddler interested in reading a book create an imagination station. Add a bright and colorful small reading table and chair. Decorate a small space with bright posters of their favorite characters. Add some big, plastic colorful blocks with letters and numbers. Fill a colorful basket with several of their favorite books.
  • · Pick books age appropriate-Pick books that are easy for your toddler to read. For toddlers ages 1 to 2, pictures books are best. For older toddlers ages 3 to 4, easy to read books are the best. Always let your toddler choose a book they want to read.
  • · Add reading to the schedule-Toddlers are very active. For work at home parents, getting a toddler to be still takes a schedule. Include a block of time for reading. Depending on your toddler’s age, ten to fifteen minutes will keep your toddler engaged and quiet.
  1. Arts and Crafts-Arts and crafts is one of the best solutions for a quiet toddler activity. Arts and crafts will keep your toddler entertained and busy while you work.
  • · Set up an art station-Toddlers love to draw and create. Set up an art station with a colorful, sturdy table. Add colorful bins filled with age appropriate art supplies.
  • · Art-Toddlers love to color and draw. This fun quiet activity is perfect for little ones. For younger toddlers, crayons and washable markers are the best option for drawing on colorful sheets of durable art paper or their favorite character coloring book. For older toddlers, crayons, washable markers, or even colored pencils are great for your little Picasso.
  • · Crafts-Toddlers love to make things. Let their imagination run wild with this fun quite activity. For younger toddler’s sticker books are great. For older toddlers, paste, and safety scissors will allow your toddler to let their imagination take off.
  1. Puzzles-Easy to put together puzzles are a great quiet activity for toddlers. Puzzles will keep your toddler busy and engaged while you work.
  • · Age appropriate-For toddlers ages 1 to 2, easy, simple, put together puzzles are the best. Offer your toddler big piece jigsaw puzzles of their favorite things or block puzzles that engages their minds. For older toddlers, give them puzzles that require thinking skills.
  • · Creative characters-Let toddlers pick their favorite puzzle to put together.
  • · Blocks-Block puzzles are fun. Building blocks are a great way for toddlers to have quiet fun.

Activity Specific Ideas

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-for-kids-while-inside-because-of-the-coronavirus

https://happilyevermom.com/cardboard-box-activities-crafts/

https://www.raisingkidsmakingmoney.com/activities-to-keep-toddlers-busy/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=724844892_29327638_456896

 

April 9, 2020

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know how much we have been missing our Little Geniuses families! Rest assured, as soon as the Government of New Brunswick deems it is safe for Early Learning Centres to be operational, our doors will once again be open to our community. We have been receiving updates as the public has, through press conferences and other forms of media, and thus have no further updates to share.

In the meantime, if you would like to obtain any of your child's belongings from the Centre, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can set up a date and time for you to retrieve them. For the safety of our clients we will be staggering these pick ups so that there is only one person on site at any given time.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope you are all staying safe!

 

 April 7, 2020

Summer Camps are now available to view under After-School Programing

 

 March 26, 2020

As of March 27, 2020 Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc. will be closed until further notice. All childcare payments have been suspended at this time and we will reassess periodically. Thank you, to all of our wonderful families who have supported us during this challenging period.

Provincial_Early_Learning_and_Childcare_Closures.pdf

Information_for_Families.pdf

 

Delayed Openings and Storm Closure Days

Monday, January 21, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Both our Royal Parkway and Main Street locations will be delayed opening until 11 a.m.

We greatly apologize for any inconveniences this may cause your family.

Publications

  One Fish Two Fish and Dance School by Sara Jane Thornton and Melissa McCallum

  The Solo Cup Song by Melissa McCallum

  Teachers Little Helper  by Kelly Poirier

  Centre Profile by Sara Jane Thornton

  Literacy in Our Classroom and We Are Making a Bowling Alley by Melissa McCallum

  You Can Cut Wood by Sarah Dobbin

  Story Time by Melissa McCallum

  Certification Project Report (Featuring pictures of Sara Thornton and Michelle Fife)

   Celebrating_Inclusion_in_the_Early_Years-_Behavioural_Interventions_in_a_Child_Care_Context_.pdf 

Literacy in the Classroom

One of the most common questions we are asked as early childhood educators is: How is my child learning to read and write?

The answer to this question is not a simple one. There are several ways in which we promote and facilitate children’s learning; however, we thought we would share with you a few of the literacy opportunities available in our classroom.

  1. Daily sign in
    Every day the children are expected to sign in when they arrive to class. This simple activity preforms two main functions: It requires them to read the names on the books in order to find their own, and it provides them with an opportunity to practice printing their name. Everyone is at a different stage of writing; for some it may mean simply making marks on the page, while others may have mastered their name and moved on to writing surnames, phone numbers, etc.

  2. Environmental print
    The classroom environment is rich with print. In addition to typed text, there is also hand writing from both children and adults. From labels to learning stories our room is filled with the written word. “As young children experience different types of print, they learn what all the letters and words mean in different contexts and how they affect their lives. Providing a print-rich classroom environment exposes children to reading in a functional way.” (Angie Dorrell, M.A)

  3. Opportunities for mark making
    You will find mark making opportunities throughout the entire classroom. Materials are readily available and can be accessed by children at any time. There are a variety of writing implements to choose from and invitations for learning are set out daily to inspire children.

  4. Quality literature
    The children are exposed to an assortment of high quality books, poems and songs on a daily basis. This exposure is an important part of a child’s early literacy experience. It exposes them to complex concepts, such as rhythm and rhyme, story structure and vocabulary. Often a child can recite selections well beyond their current level of speech.

Melissa McCallum

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