Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A friendly reminder.

If you and/or your children have any cold symptoms, a cough, a fever, or gastro symptoms. 

Please stay home, get well and visit us when you’re all feeling better. 

Thank you!

Many people have started asking us, "Are you having a spring clothing swap?" The answer is, we would like to but we really need lots of volunteers to help out and make it happen. The staff help out a lot, but the three of us need some helping hands.

If we hold the Swap, the dates we are looking at would be either Sunday April 26th or Sunday May 3rd.

We are looking for 7-8 volunteers to help out for a few hours in the afternoon/evening the Thursday before the swap to help sort all the clothing.

We are looking for 5-6 volunteers to help out on the day of the clothing swap. The swap runs from 9:30am - 12:00pm.

We are looking for a few volunteers to take the remaining clothing to any shelters that will accept the clothing or to Talize the day after the swap.

Can you spare a couple of hours to commit to helping out? Do you know a student who is respectful and responsible who could help out and earn some of their volunteer hours? What if you and a friend came together and had a visit, a coffee and helped out all at the same time?

We know it is so hard to commit when you have young children which is why we are asking the community in general for a bit of volunteer support. Please feel free to share this as well.

Please call 705-932-7088 or email omsfc@nexicom.net for more information or to volunteer.

Thank you so much.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

In the spring of 2018, The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre went through a transformation.  We began offering more programs and services to families in the community and beyond in ways that we hope have been responsive to your unique needs as a family. Continual efforts to build trusting relationships with families and the community we are part of have allowed us to learn what families enjoyed about the Child and Family Centre and where there was room for us to grow and set goals. 

We wanted to share what goals we will be focusing on for 2020.

Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity; We will continue our work to ensure all families feel like they are represented in our programs and the materials we utilize to create a welcoming quality learning environment.  Our programs are for everyone to enjoy and we want to decrease barriers and increase opportunities for children and families to thrive.

Outdoor Experiences and Play; We have a passion for outdoor play and recognize the immense benefits of it to child development.  To quote Richard Louv from his book, “Last Child in the Woods”, We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.”

Continuing our Self-Reg Journey; Self-Reg is an ongoing journey that we are excited to be on and are looking forward to continuing to offer opportunities for more learning for all of us.  “There is no such thing as a bad child”, Dr. Stuart Shanker.  We will continue to work together to start or to continue to ask, “Why?” and “Why now?”

Thank you for working with The Old Millbrook School EarlyON Child and Family Centre Educator Team to create quality programs.

If you have any questions at all, please let us know. We always appreciate your feedback and insight.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Looking for things to do together?

Check out our Events Page!

Some upcoming events include:

La Leche League Breastfeeding Information and Support
Chat with Deb Stephenson; Resource Consultant with Five Counties
Sensory Sensitive Fridays
Chat with a Public Health Nurse
PA Day Fun; Friday January 31st
In mid December, Nancy and some of our Board of Directors attended the monthly dinner at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church.
We are so appreciative to the Congregation for their amazing $1000 donation to The Old Millbrook School Family Centre Inc.
Thank you for your generosity. We are so grateful.