Tower Garden: The Beginning of Harvesting

Did you know the we are able to grow 28 different plants in our Tower Garden?

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Here at NHCS we are taking healthy into our own hands by growing our own fresh and nutritious produce! Growing is so much easier when there is no weeding, tilling, kneeling or getting dirty. This compact tower is saving space, time, and is able to grow plants in less time because of its patented vertical aeroponic growing system.

The children have had such a wonderful opportunity to experience the planting process, watching the vegetables grow and now harvesting! Some of our lettuce and beans were ready to be picked! Once we harvested our plants, the chidlren decided they wanted to make a salad to go with lunch.

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Our Tower Garden has turned into a wonderful learning opportunity for everyone; not only are they learning about vegetables, and planting they are learning about the recycling process of the water and nutrients. 

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Minimum Wage Impact on Licensed Child Care Programs

On January 24th, NHCS held a Town Hall meeting that invited parents and community members to a presentation about the impact of minimum wage on the child care centre and school age licensed programs.  Executive Director, Jessica Anderson went over the background of the charity and not for profit organization and how NHCS is the only Licensed Child Care provider in the 7 townships and municipalities of North Hastings.  

Tammy Garrison, Hastings County Children's Services Supervisor was invited to share information on Child Care fee subsidies that are available to parents.  More information on the subsidies can be found here.

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Regulated by the Child Care and Early Years Act and dependent on the funding provided by the Ministry of Education and the requirements we must follow, NHCS is currently facing a financial impact due to the minimum wage increase – effective support for parents is critical. NHCS would like feedback and suggestions on how the child care centre and school age programs can provide added value and cost saving measures to keep child care costs affordable.  All suggestions and feedback made during the town hall meeting and parent survey will be submitted to the Board for the decision making.

This increase will cost the child care centre and school age programs more than $67,500 in 2018 and more than $95,600 in 2019.  This does not include the operational support such as a cook, special needs support, custodian and administration.  This increase will need to be supported through the revenue stream of the child care centres.

The options to mediate these increased costs, including the amount of increase to the child care rates, will be received by the Board of Directors on February 7th and posted on February 16th with changes not being implemented until April 1st. .   At their meeting, the Board of Directors will undertake a comprehensive analysis to determine the rate increase.  The Board is mindful of balancing the need to support families with affordable child care costs and remain a sustainable organization with the limited public funding. 

All parents will receive a survey to fill out that will give an opportunity to share their feedback and provide input to what they can afford.  Parents are encouraged to read through a copy of the presentation here and a copy of the Questions and Answers here before filling out their survey here.

For more information or questions please contact Jessica Anderson, Executive Director at her email janderson@nhcs.ca.

 

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Tower Garden: The seedlings find a new home!

Have you been interested in the progress of our Tower Garden? You will be excited to know that our seeds have sprouted into seedlings and are ready for transplanting.

 "Look our seeds are growing!"

"Look our seeds are growing!"

 

After we planted the seeds, they were placed in trays for sprouting before they could be transplanted to the Tower Garden. Once the seedlings roots reached ½ - 1 inch they were ready to be moved. The Senior room children were very excited to see their seeds were growing and had the opportunity to help move them into their new home in the tower.

 "I want to plant the tall one!"

"I want to plant the tall one!"

 "I want to plant the peas!"

"I want to plant the peas!"

 "I want to help!"

"I want to help!"

 "I want to plant one up high!"

"I want to plant one up high!"

Our tower is made up of 7 sections or levels and each has 4 pods. The children were able to learn about each plants placement and why they needed to be in that section. For instance vining plants work best on the bottom section 1 where as chard and celery work best on the top section 7. With herbs, greens, peas and beans in the levels between. As the roots begin to grow we will keep moving  them to the tower!

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Planting for the Tower Garden

Since the assembly of the Tower Garden all of the children have been interested in what it is and how it works.

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Val really wanted to plant Pumpkins

 On Thursday, the Senior Preschool children had the opportunity to come investigate the Indoor Tower Garden. When they entered the resource room, the children ran over to see what this big bright tower was. The children began to touch the base and felt the water.

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 “The water is cold!”

“The water is cold!”

Some of the questions that were asked were “What are we going to put in here?” and “Why is the water cold?” Tasha said to the children “This is our indoor tower garden; we came down to start planting some vegetables and herbs and that the water is for our plants to drink”.

Then each child got to choose what they wanted to plant. They learned about the process of growing from seed to an edible item. From looking at the seed packets to recognizing what they were planting, their excitement for this new experience was evident! This opportunity provided the children with the chance to learn and explore the various types of plants we will be growing. Although they are familiar with beans, peas, tomatoes and lettuce, they were able to learn about zucchini, squash, eggplant and the various herbs that we will be cultivating. Many of the children were surprised by the fact that we do not use soil in this type of planting. Luckily, when we started planting, the water pump was on and they were able to see how our seedlings would be watered. Many of them placed their hands into the pods and felt the water dripping and also heard the sound of the water as it flowed through the tower. Not only was it a sensory experience, but it also gave the children the opportunity to learn about sustainable eating.

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Some quotes from the children were,

“I want to plant tomatoes!”

“Where is the dirt?”

“How many seeds do I put in?”

“I want to plant a pumpkin! I love the silly faces!”

 

Our Tower Garden

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Thanks to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, we have been given the opportunity to experience gardening in a completely non-traditional way!  Our Tower Garden is an awesome new addition to our Resource Room!  It is a year round, indoor vegetable garden that yields nourishing, sustainable food almost immediately and without soil – it sounds unreal but it is a great project that offers continuous learning for the staff and children in the centre. We will be learning how to plant, transplant, maintain and harvest the foods we grow as well as cook, eat and enjoy them too! Throughout our Tower Garden journey we will be involving our friends at the centre as much as possible, to ensure that they are learning the importance of healthy eating, working together and the process of bringing food from field (or tower in this case), to table!  The Senior Room has already participated in our initial round of planting! 

Exploring Emotions in the Junior Room

Emotions and expressions are a big part of the Junior Room. The children are learning to recognize their own emotions and peers. They are learning to self-regulate and self-reflect, all while building responsive relationships with others. The staff have been fostering these new feelings with optimal discussions, items related to emotions and incorporating skills such as problem solving, social skills, expression of feelings, self regulation, empathy, sense of self and identity formation. With the opportunity to explore further using loose part to make a variety of faces, sensory balloons, books, mirrors and a self portrait station.

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Meet the New Youth Advisory Board

  Youth Advisory Board (YAB) 2017-2018

Youth Advisory Board (YAB) 2017-2018

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Meet the Youth!

Thank you to United Way Hastings Prince Edward and the Community Justice Fund for providing the funds to make this program possible!

  Hi! My name is Jordyn Foster. I am 13 years old and I love music, acting and singing. My favorite colours are green and blue. Another thing you should know about me is that I’m very loud and talkative. I attend York River Public School, my favorite subject is Phys-Ed and I am happy all time! My friends call me “Jordondy” or “Jordfish”. I can’t wait to help out in my community!

Hi! My name is Jordyn Foster. I am 13 years old and I love music, acting and singing. My favorite colours are green and blue. Another thing you should know about me is that I’m very loud and talkative. I attend York River Public School, my favorite subject is Phys-Ed and I am happy all time! My friends call me “Jordondy” or “Jordfish”. I can’t wait to help out in my community!

  Hi, my name is Jessica Riedl, I’m 14 years old. I volunteer in the community from working at the arena canteen to Experience Summer Camp and a co op at NHCT. I’m home schooled (since grade 3). I have 8 brothers and sisters and my favorite colour is yellow and I like country music .

Hi, my name is Jessica Riedl, I’m 14 years old. I volunteer in the community from working at the arena canteen to Experience Summer Camp and a co op at NHCT. I’m home schooled (since grade 3). I have 8 brothers and sisters and my favorite colour is yellow and I like country music.

  Hi my name is Tanner and I like to ride snowmobiles, ATV’s and dirt bikes. My favorite music is country.  I like hockey, soccer and football. I participate in the Youth Advisory Board and that’s all you need to know.

Hi my name is Tanner and I like to ride snowmobiles, ATV’s and dirt bikes. My favorite music is country.  I like hockey, soccer and football. I participate in the Youth Advisory Board and that’s all you need to know.

  Andrew J. Riedl was born in Kingston ON. When he was 5 his family moved to Bancroft. He enjoys rock, pop, punk and heavy metal music. He dislikes turtles but looks up to his brother Sam and his favorite colours are green and yellow. One downfall- (He is not modest)

Andrew J. Riedl was born in Kingston ON. When he was 5 his family moved to Bancroft. He enjoys rock, pop, punk and heavy metal music. He dislikes turtles but looks up to his brother Sam and his favorite colours are green and yellow. One downfall- (He is not modest)

  Hey my name is James. I am 13 years old. I like to ride my dirt bike, snowmobile and play sports like hockey, soccer and football. I love county music. 

Hey my name is James. I am 13 years old. I like to ride my dirt bike, snowmobile and play sports like hockey, soccer and football. I love county music. 

  My name is Emily Hudson, I’m 15 years old and I’m “4’10”, yes I’m short. I live in McArthurs Mills which is no man’s land with no service but I do have wifi, I couldn’t live without it. I love to play rugby. I’ve played for North Hastings High School for 2 years now. I love to go four wheeling on my spare time and I love Hunting and Fishing. In the winter time I go ski-doing as well. I am a shy person but I’m excited to be involved with YAB and making a change in our community.

My name is Emily Hudson, I’m 15 years old and I’m “4’10”, yes I’m short. I live in McArthurs Mills which is no man’s land with no service but I do have wifi, I couldn’t live without it. I love to play rugby. I’ve played for North Hastings High School for 2 years now. I love to go four wheeling on my spare time and I love Hunting and Fishing. In the winter time I go ski-doing as well. I am a shy person but I’m excited to be involved with YAB and making a change in our community.

  Hello my name is Logan Kauffeldt. I joined the Youth Advisory Board because I want to make a difference in North Hastings. You may see me walking around in a T-shirt, yes, even in winter. I’m usually inside playing video games but I get up once in a while to get food or hang out with friends. I am a type of person that someone can talk to if you’re feeling down! And when life gives you lemons make chocolate milk and try to make people figure out how you did it.

Hello my name is Logan Kauffeldt. I joined the Youth Advisory Board because I want to make a difference in North Hastings. You may see me walking around in a T-shirt, yes, even in winter. I’m usually inside playing video games but I get up once in a while to get food or hang out with friends. I am a type of person that someone can talk to if you’re feeling down! And when life gives you lemons make chocolate milk and try to make people figure out how you did it.

  Hi my name is Adriena Thompson. I recently moved to Bancroft from Oshawa. I laugh a lot. My best friend Emma and I laugh over everything. My favorite singer is Ed Sheeran. My friends (annoyingly) call me “auna” *like off of frozen*. I eat when I’m bored, mad, happy, so basically all the time. I’m very loud and I talk to many different people especially if they look upset, some people say I’m “too loud” but I call it friendly.

Hi my name is Adriena Thompson. I recently moved to Bancroft from Oshawa. I laugh a lot. My best friend Emma and I laugh over everything. My favorite singer is Ed Sheeran. My friends (annoyingly) call me “auna” *like off of frozen*. I eat when I’m bored, mad, happy, so basically all the time. I’m very loud and I talk to many different people especially if they look upset, some people say I’m “too loud” but I call it friendly.

  My name is Brianne Crawford, I play tuba in music class and I like to listen to music. I also like to hunt and fish. I try to involve myself in our community so I have joined the youth advisory board because I feel like youth is a key part to our community’s future. I live in Maynooth and I love it there because it’s like everybody knows each other and is very tightly knit. The Maynooth public library is where I mostly like to hang out, it is a safe quiet thinking space for me and my friends and I feel like our community needs more of those types of places .

My name is Brianne Crawford, I play tuba in music class and I like to listen to music. I also like to hunt and fish. I try to involve myself in our community so I have joined the youth advisory board because I feel like youth is a key part to our community’s future. I live in Maynooth and I love it there because it’s like everybody knows each other and is very tightly knit. The Maynooth public library is where I mostly like to hang out, it is a safe quiet thinking space for me and my friends and I feel like our community needs more of those types of places.

  Hi my name is Mike. I am almost 13 years old. I like sports such as hockey and football. I am also a huge hockey fan. My favorite team is the Philadelphia Flyers. I have lived in Bancroft for 5 years. I am in grade 8 and go to York River Public School. Before I moved to Birds Creek, I lived in Lindsay. I have 2 brothers, 1 sister and 2 German Sheppard’s named Molly and Myra.

Hi my name is Mike. I am almost 13 years old. I like sports such as hockey and football. I am also a huge hockey fan. My favorite team is the Philadelphia Flyers. I have lived in Bancroft for 5 years. I am in grade 8 and go to York River Public School. Before I moved to Birds Creek, I lived in Lindsay. I have 2 brothers, 1 sister and 2 German Sheppard’s named Molly and Myra.

  Hi my name is Johanna. I have lived in Bancroft for 10 years. I am 12 years old. I go to York River Public School. At school I am part of “WE” club which is a club that works together to help change the world. I also skate 3 times a week at the Bancroft skating club. There is also a “canskate” program that I help with to teach kids how to skate. I live in a great community and I am excited to see what will happen next!

Hi my name is Johanna. I have lived in Bancroft for 10 years. I am 12 years old. I go to York River Public School. At school I am part of “WE” club which is a club that works together to help change the world. I also skate 3 times a week at the Bancroft skating club. There is also a “canskate” program that I help with to teach kids how to skate. I live in a great community and I am excited to see what will happen next!

  Hi, my name is Emma. I have lived in Bancroft for my entire life, which is not very long considering I am only 12 years old. I love to volunteer, especially with little children. I love to help people and help make this world a better place. I love animals and I have 2 cats, a dog, a fish and a guinea pig. I love school and living in such a tight community. I look forward to making it a better place for my younger brother and sister to grow up in.

Hi, my name is Emma. I have lived in Bancroft for my entire life, which is not very long considering I am only 12 years old. I love to volunteer, especially with little children. I love to help people and help make this world a better place. I love animals and I have 2 cats, a dog, a fish and a guinea pig. I love school and living in such a tight community. I look forward to making it a better place for my younger brother and sister to grow up in.

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The End of the Gardening Era for the Infant Toddler Room.

As the colder months are headed towards us and the summer is dying down, the Infant Toddler Room said one last goodbye to the garden as the last tomatoes and carrots were pulled and eaten. It was a good and valuable experience not just for the children but also for the staff in the room. What we couldn't teach the children about gardening and the new experience of it, they taught us that even though it was such a small activity at first it grew into something bigger and more exciting for everyone. As we pulled the last of the tomato plants out of the garden, the children were able to see how the plans grew and stuck into the ground by the big roots. As we put the roots down on the ground the children gathered around all curious as to what they were. We let them explore what was different for them by looking at them and some of the children even got down on the ground to touch them and take a closer look. This was a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved!

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BACK TO SCHOOL! Just like that - Summer is over....... Our After School Programs are up and running again! Check out what's happening at each of our After School Programs

YORK RIVER: Welcome back York River Families! This year Amanda and Rhonda will be the educators in the program.  Amanda and Rhonda have introduced a leadership program! With this program children who have been a part of after school for a few years will become a buddy to the many new faces that have joined us. We have also have started a responsibilities board! The children are encouraged to sign up for one of the jobs for the week. Some of these jobs are snack helper, washroom buddy, art inventory and many more! We are looking forward to a fun school year!!

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Bird's Creek After School Program:

We are in full "back to school" mode at Birds Creek After School program. We are enjoying reuniting with our old ASP friends as well as making new friends. Julie and Melissa have now introduced "Messy Mondays"!  Messy Mondays is a fun exciting way for the children to investigate their senses through art, science and sensory. We look forward to a new school year!

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Senior Room Summer Antics!

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The Senior Room children have had a very busy summer filled with learning. One of their favourite activities was Wednesday Water Days! The children had a lot of fun splashing in the wading pool as well as covering themselves in shaving cream as a sensory experience.

Show and Share is a great literacy opportunity for the children and they love sharing this with their peers.

Looking forward, we are working to expand science opportunities for your children as well as setting up invitations of play to expand and explore upon their learning.

Val, Tasha & Donna

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Youth Advisory Board Recuitment 2017-2018

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Recruitment for the new Youth Advisory Board has started! For the 2017 -2018 year we are looking for passionate individuals between the ages of 13 and 18 to guide and participate in an exciting endeavour for the North Hastings community. Please apply if you are committed to making a difference and want to get both community hours and paid an honorarium for participating.   YAB members will be committed to meet once a month to provide input, direction and ultimately be part of bringing a NEW “Youth Centre” to our community. These meetings will include exciting training, food and opportunities for those involved to make an impact in North Hastings.

To apply access the application here.

The Infant Toddler Room - Enjoying the Veggies of our Labours!

While the snow was still on the ground, we decided to try our hand at a garden.  We chose our seeds of  peas and carrots. The children enjoyed filling egg cartons with soil, picking which seeds they wanted to plant, and watering the planted seeds. Once it was warm enough we moved our little seedlings to the outdoor garden. The children dug the holes and helped to put the plants into the soil. As we watched our garden grow, we noticed lots of flowers, then lots of peas. The children helped us pick the peas that were ready, they were sweet and delicious. Allowing the children to have a hand in the garden is showing them where some of our food comes from and how they can start their own gardens at home with their families. Gardening has taught them how to work together as a group to create something from beginning to end. Soon the children will be able to start picking the carrots out of the garden. 

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Update to What's Happening in the Junior Room - Gardening!!

The Children in the Junior Room were hands on today learning about seeds, and what they need to grow while we planted our Discovery Garden. We look forward to the opportunities that the children will have from this growing experience including collecting, smelling, touching and even tasting. Gardens play a significant role in supporting a child's connection to nature. Stay tuned for updates on our learning

What's Happening in the Junior Room?

JUNIORS DISCOVERY GARDEN

The Junior Room is planning to construct a Discovery Garden with the help of the program staff Tammy, Angela, and Donna, alongside each child providing their individual ideas, and insight learned from observing family members at home.

Gardening provides children with hands-on experiences that give them opportunities to collect, smell, touch, and taste. Gardens also play a significant role in supporting children’s connections to nature and learning that supports the characteristics of the environment with health and nutrition, social purposes, practical living skills and the process of growth and caring for living things; providing the children new knowledge about science and their outdoor environment.

We look forward to exploring our growing garden through observation, caring for, cooking, and much more learning through discovery.

STAY TUNED FOR PICTURES TO FOLLOW THROUGHOUT THE MONTH

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SENIOR ROOM.

The Senior children have been very busy over the winter months. A few children showed an interest in hair cutting so we took a trip to our local barber. Here we learned who cuts hair and the appropriate items that are used.

With the warmer weather approaching, our playground became an arctic experience including ice bergs! By chopping the ice with tools they were able to create a large pond for fishing and boating!

With spring here the children are quite excited to explore sand & water experiences and the natural world around them.

 

Val & Tasha

The Senior Room

Jail and Bail 2017

For many years North Hastings CHildren's Services has been involved in offering Experience SUmmer Camp for children 5-12 years old in North Hastings Community. Registration day for Summer Camp will be held on April 20th & 21st from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. This camp is not fully funded and depends on the community supporting it through fundraising and our funders.

Expereince camp works closely with many partners to provide employment for 19 local youth counselors including a counselor in training program, volunteer experience and mentorship opportunities for youth who aredirectly involved in the camp. With these partnerships it provides quality programming and an experience the children and youht wont forget.

In the past this event has been very successful and your support will ensue that Experience Summer Camp reaches its goal of providing over 250 children with a wonderful SummerCamp Experience. The goal this year is to raise $5000 and these funds will go directly to enhance local children'scamp experience.

This year our Jail and Bail event will be held on Friday May 26th, 2017 from 9 am - 2 pm (location to be realised soon, updates can be found on our calendars and Facebook page). You can support our cause by bailing someone out, keeping them in by making a donation or buying yourself lunch or a snack. Hope to see you there! Have fun and thank you for your support.

Nicole Beaudin

Experience Summer Camp Coordinator