Bus Safety

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September is here and that means school busses are once again on the road. Let’s talk about ways we can keep everyone safe this school season. 😊 Drivers: know the rules: When driving: drivers travelling in both directions must stop for a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing and/or stop arm up when you approach the bus from the front, stop at a safe distance to let children get on or off the bus and cross the road don’t move forward until the red lights have stopped flashing and stop arm is no longer activated or the…

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Sun Safety!

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Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful effects means more than slathering sunscreen on any exposed skin. Other parts of your body need protection too. Whether you are playing at the park, lounging on the beach, or simply hanging out in the back yard, make sure you’re covered from head to toe. It’s common to slather on one application of sunscreen and then assume you are done for the day. However, you should be applying sunscreen 30 minutes before you head out and then every two hours thereafter, even more often if you’re sweating or swimming. Protecting yourself from the sun…

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Screen time and Young Children

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There is no one right answer when it comes to managing screen time. Whatever you and your family can realistically manage will be enough to meet your child’s needs. It’s important to have structure at home, even if it is a list of activities your children can choose from. As your child grows, you’ll need to decide how much media to let your child use each day and what’s appropriate. Click the link below to make your own family media plan! https://www.healthychildren.org/English/media/Pages/default.aspx Here at The Children’s Place, we are huge advocates of learning through play.  Listed below are some of…

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Getting Outdoors to your local Park

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Going to a park on a nice day is a great way to get outdoors with your little ones. With warmer days ahead, playgrounds are becoming more accessible, but remember, before your child/ren begin to explore, do a check of the playground for safety features and any hazards that could be around the area. 😊 “Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls.”  (Erin Kenny) Click the link below for a great read on how to reduce the risk of children getting hurt while out at your community park OR in your own backyard play  space….

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Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

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Physical (social) distancing https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/social-distancing.aspx In order to decrease transmission of COVID-19 in Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health (link is external) is now recommending that all residents of Ottawa practise physical (social) distancing. Physical (social) distancing (link is external) involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. These guidelines are not meant to say “you must stay in your home!” You can still go outside to take a walk, go to the park, or walk your dog. If you need groceries, go to…

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Stay Healthy, Stay Happy, Stay Connected

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Practicing social distancing doesn’t mean losing touch with those around you. Just because we can’t be together at TCP doesn’t mean that we can’t stay connected with one another. In the coming days, we will be passing the time by sharing activities, games and other ideas that we’ve come across from many different sources that your family or friends may enjoy! Please feel free to share ideas with us as well to pass along 🙂 Looking for something to keep your children and yourselves from going stir crazy? Many of these daily schedules have been shared several times over social media…

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