December 2018 Newsletter

December in the Playroom

The climber is a large part of the playroom.  Children can often be seen climbing up and down the stairs and sliding down the slide.  But every so often, the piece of equipment becomes something more.  Decorations can be seen hanging from the branches with steamers woven through the wooden bars.  Mats, scarves and blankets are used to build forts underneath creating a quiet space.   And recently many children are using the structure to play with their toys.  Using baskets, bags and strollers to carry the many items across the room, children are then gathering on top, beneath and around the climber to play.  Picnics are held, babies are cared for, trains, cars and other vehicles are driven up and down the slide, and emergencies are resolved.   Cats and hats have also been seen hanging from the branches.  It is fascinating to watch as children’s play evolves overtime. As staff we will continue to observe and further expand upon their interests – thus continuing the learning and play.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. December dates are the 3rd, 10th and 17th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. December date is the 5th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family.  For more information please call us at 204-788-8055.

Accessibility Policy

Wolseley Family Place has recently adopted an Accessibility Policy. This policy will help our programs and services to be more accessible to people of all abilities, and will help us comply with the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.  To see our policy, you can ask for a copy at reception, or email admin@wfpwpg.ca.

Happy Healthy Beginnings For Caregivers and Families.

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids welcome to participate!

Dates: December 3rd and 17th

Time: 1:30-3:30

Location: Wolseley Family Place

To Register: Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

Coping with the Holidays

The holidays are coming up along with all sorts of excitement, celebration, expense, expectations, and opportunities for family connection. It’s also a time when conflict and tension may appear, and some people may lean on substances more than usual. We’re planning a week of activities to explore ways to maximize the fun and minimize the stress. Monday we make mocktails and talk about where alcohol fits (or doesn’t) into our celebrations. Tuesday has Art in the Kitchen as normal, which can be a wonderful healthy coping tool. Wednesday we’ll watch and discuss Opioid Stories and Thursday we play Jeopardy to answer questions about drugs and addictions. Friday we play musical chairs to explore ways to cope with difficult holiday situations. If you go to every afternoon event, your name will be put in a draw to win a grand prize!

HIV 101

Come learn about HIV in Manitoba, including the latest updates about how the virus does or doesn’t get passed between people, keeping yourself and your sexual or drug use partner(s) safe, what happens during testing, living with the virus, and resources for more support.