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An Activity-Based Guide for Supporting Families and Children

Purpose:
This guide recognizes the importance of the numerous parenting capacities called upon to nurture a child's development. It offers concrete strategies and activities that build on parental strengths and which encourage families to actively participate in creating a nurturing relationship and environment for their young children. A one day institute for trainers or supervisors focuses on maximizing the Guide's effectiveness as a planning and recording tool as well as a vehicle to support parenting capacities, knowledge and skills.

Audience:
The Resource Guide for Home Visitors is intended to support paraprofessional and professional home visitors in their work with parents.

Resource Guide Features:
  • A comprehensive guide prepared by experienced Canadian experts in early childhood education, early intervention, child development, home visiting and family support.
  • A section on making an effective telephone contact and a framework for the initial home visit, which is different from all the rest
  • A section on sharing the planning process with families
  • 50 activities that strengthen such parenting capacities as confidence, self-esteem, resourcefulness, sensitivity, problem solving, communication, and motivation
  • A section of corresponding handouts that can be reproduced and shared with families
  • The Comfort, Play and Teach section that contains over 150 parent-child focused activities for the ages 0 - 5 years in the areas of cognitive, social-emotional and language development
  • A section of Frequently Asked Questions that relate to common parenting issues/concerns in the early years of development
Institute Goals:
  • To enhance the skills and knowledge of home visitors in planning effective visits with families
  • To increase the repertoire of strategies that support families to reach their goals
  • To strengthen a more inclusive approach toward working with families
  • To facilitate the application of theory and research into practice

RESOURCE GUIDE FOR HOME VISITORS

  1. Protocol Section
    Focus:
    • Effective telephone contact
    • Framework for the first home visit
    • Preparation for successive visits
    • Planning process with families
    • Family planning sheet


  2. Strengthening parenting capacities
    Focus:
    • Self-esteem
    • Confidence
    • Coping
    • Knowledge of child development
    • Problem solving
    • Communication
    • Values and beliefs
    • Resourcefulness


  3. Activities to enhance early development
    Focus:
    • Framework of Comfort, Play and Teach
    • Areas of development – Language, Social- Emotional and Cognitive
    • Ages: 0-6m; 6-12m; 12-18m; 18-24m; 2-3 yrs; 3-4 yrs; 4-5 yrs.
    • Developmental milestones


  4. Frequently asked questions
    Topics Include:
    • Bringing home a new baby
    • Children's moods and worries
    • Personality, temperament and self-esteem
    • Discipline
    • Sleeping and eating
    • Toilet training
    • Brothers and sisters
    • Parent's temper, stress and guilt
    • School, child care and sports


An Activity Based Guide for Supporting Families
Oct 23, 2020
Toronto, ON - Invest In Kids
$125 per person
Please contact Claire Woolford at (cwoolford@ivestinkids.ca) for more information.