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!
Thank you to United Way Hastings Prince Edward and the Community Justice Fund for providing the funds to make this program possible!
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!
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!!
We have had a few new faces join Maynooth After School! This September we have spent most of our days enjoying outdoor play! We have been on nature hikes, learning spike ball and investigating our artistic abilities.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Experience Summer Camp Coordinator
Come and register your children for Experience Summer Camp and NHCS School Age Summer Program
North Hastings Family Support Team is a new program in Bancroft that will be working closely with the Bancroft Community Safety & Well-being plan to reduce family violence in our community. Just under 9 million, or about one in three Canadian’s, have said that they have experienced abuse before the age of 15. Our main goal is to come together and strengthen family structures to develop and live safe and healthy lives. With our holistic and encompassing approach we ensure to address family, safety and well being within our community.
Through the lead agency, North Hastings Children’s Services, our goal is to focus on increasing protective factors that are affecting children and families affected by domestic violence while decreasing risk factors. With 7 key areas of focus we hope to address a safer and more vital community. The 7 key areas we will be focusing on are; Data Coordination, Technical Assistance, Fundraising/Funding, Public Information/Education, Social Navigation, Advocacy and Service Coordination. As well as focusing on 4 categories of primary prevention including; increasing knowledge and awareness, creating safer and supportive communities, promoting healthy families and relationships and targeting at-risk populations.
Moving forward we hope to connect with all of our project partners, develop and deliver training on the social psychology of family violence and their associated risk factors, develop an efficient referral system for the families that don’t meet the acutely elevated risk threshold and finally, research and analyze local statistics and risk factors as they relate to family violence.
With our hard working and passionate program team as well as with funding from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services - Safer and Vital Communities Grant and assistance from our main community partners and allies including Bancroft OPP, Three Oaks Shelter and Services, Addictions and Mental Health Services of Hastings County, Children’s Mental Health Services, Hastings County Social Services, Town of Bancroft, Municipality of Hastings Highlands and many more. We have an optimistic view on the future and implementation of the North Hastings Family Support Team!
North Hastings Children’s Services for over 10 years has been involved in offering a Summer Camp Experience for children aged 5-12 in the North Hastings area.
This camp is not fully funded through our funders and depends on community supporting it through fundraising. Experience Summer Camp works very closely with many partners to provide quality programming, experience and employment for many Youth Counsellor’s. We also offer a Counsellor in Training program, volunteer experience and mentorship opportunities for youth who are directly involved in the camp.
In the past this event has been very successful and your support will ensure that Experience Summer Camp reaches it goal of providing over 400 children with a wonderful summer camp experience.
Our goal this year is to raise $10 000.00. These funds will DIRECTLY go to enhance LOCAL children in our community and expand upon their camp experience.
This year our Jail and Bail event will be held at the Bancroft Bible Chapel parking lot on Friday, May 27th from 9am until 2pm. You can support our cause by bailing someone out, keeping them in, making a donation or buying yourself lunch or a snack.
Experience Summer camp runs for eight weeks each summer. Children ages 5-12 (as of December 31, 2016) have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, swimming, games, sports, field trips, and theme-days in a fun day-camp setting. The fully integrated camp is free to NHCS members and has a very high camp-counsellor to child ratio, ensuring campers are well cared for and have lots of support and fun.
Camp runs in one-week long sessions, throughout July and August, and each session ends with a free barbecue. We are grateful for funding provided by the Hastings County & Ontario Child Benefit Reinvestment Fund, which makes this program possible.
In addition to providing a fun and enriching summer program for children, this program also provides youth employment opportunities.
Registration will be held from 8:30am until 4:30pm at the North Hastings Children's Services Centre and a $25 registration fee (per family) must accompany the registration form.
The time has come yet again for our Community Safety March Break Event. Friday, March 18th is sure to be a day filled with fun for members of our community. This annual event is held at the Royal Canadian Legion from 11:00am until 2:00pm.
Participants in this free event can expect to partake in many fun activities such as a play dough table, mini putt, cookie decorating (donated by Foodland), button making and much more, while also taking part in exciting learning opportunities such as internet safety, making child safety kids and even a dental screening.
A snack will be provided courtesy of Bancroft and Area Kids in Need.
We are excited to announce the date for our annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.
The Easter Bunny will be joining us at the North Hastings Children's Services Centre from 8:30am until 11:00am on Saturday, March 12th. The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit and yogurt parfaits, juice and coffee/tea, all provided courtesy of United Way of Quinte and will be served by staff of North Hastings Children's Services and the Youth Advisory Board.
Bring your camera and take a picture of your child/children visiting with the Easter Bunny while enjoying a warm meal with your family.
The Youth Advisory Board is getting some press over the coming weeks. This week, Sarah Myers and Jade McCarthy will be featured on The Moose 97.7 fm in an interview highlighting the Youth Advisory Board and their most recent project “Beading Boredom”, which you can find information on here http://www.nhcs.ca/whats-new/2016/youth-advisory-board-beading-boredom. Keep your radio on for the full interview.
The following week, on the evening of February 23rd, Jade McCarthy and Sam Riedl will be two of the featured guests on ‘Croft Talks with Barb Shaw. This event is hosted at The Village Playhouse with doors opening at 6:30pm and the show starting at 7:00pm. Jade and Sam will spend their portion of the evening focusing on discussions surrounding the Beading Boredom project and the Community Safety Plan. Admission for the event is $5 and they can be purchased at the door or online at the box office. Please come out and support our local youth as they support, encourage and educate about their commitment to our community.