The Infant and Child Development Program at Bethany Hope Centre celebrates the importance of play in a child’s life. Play paves the way for learning. In play, children learn by combining their ideas with experience. They create ideas about their world and share them with one another. Play allows children to understand what they are experiencing and discover the joy of friendship. When play is self directed, it leads to feelings of self confidence. Play nourishes every aspect of a child’s development. It is the foundation of the skills necessary for success in school and in life.
Using a number of recognized assessment tools our staff are trained to recognize when your child needs a referral to a specialist.
If you have any questions or concerns please talk to :
Director of Child and Youth Development Community Nurse
Sandra Randall Cathryn Fortier
613-725-1733 ext 203 613-725-1733 ext 201
Whether you are studying with the Learning Coach program, attending a parenting class, personal counselling or Hope Ventures, you can feel safe knowing your children are being cared for by qualified and caring Infant and Child Development workers.
To set-up a child care spot please contact:
Director of Child and Youth Development
613-725-1733 ext 203
Social interaction – Babies and toddlers benefit from the opportunity to socially interact with other children of similar age to them, this will greatly help them to understand, adapt and cope in different situations, situations that they might not be used to within their own home.
Confident building – Children seem to have a natural ability to be confident. You can stand a child in front of an audience and ask them to sing a song, and usually they’d be happy to, but as an adult it can be a lot more difficult, I guess because we’re more aware of things around us and what others might be thinking. Anyway, social interaction within playgroups encourages a lot of confident building, which in my mind is essential for children, especially as they develop into older kids and into their teens.
Meeting other parents – Playgroups doesn’t just benefit babies and toddlers but also parents, as a dad I also get to enjoy the benefits of adult interaction, meeting and engaging with other mums and dads, learning new things and seeing how my own children cope in different environments and situations, which helps me to understand their needs better.
Meeting their mental and physical needs – Playgroups are great for encouraging stimulation in babies and toddlers, and as parents we know how important stimulation is both mentally and in meeting children’s physical needs.
Give your children a head start for pre-school – Finally, the benefits of taking your child to playgroups is that it prepares and gives them a good head start for pre-school amongst other things.