Play Group in Glace Bay is cancelled for December 12, 2019.   Play Group in Glace Bay is cancelled for December 19, 2019.

Welcome to Family Place

We are so pleased to be able to provide parents and caregivers with a wonderful array of family-centred programs and services throughout Cape Breton Island and beyond.

We are able to do so because of the great support we receive from the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Community Action Program for Children and Canada's Prenatal Nutrition Program.

Extending our reach to even more communities is possible because of additional support we receive from the Department of Community Services; the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. And our reach extends beyond the Island to the rest of Canada through our Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Union of Postal Communication Employees Special Needs and Moving On projects.

Because Family Place continues to grow and develop, and because parents, grandparents, and other child care providers continue to let us know what kinds of supports, programs, and resources will best meet their needs, our programs are ever changing.

We are now able to provide this information to you in an on-line format. Please check out our programming by visiting the county page that corresponds with where you live.  Our calendar can be found under the "events" section within each county.

All programs are not active at the same time, and all are not available in all areas.  Participants and other agency staff are encouraged to call their local office to discuss additional program needs and interests.

Please consider this your personal invitation to browse, call, and/or drop into one of our locations to meet us and share some of your family's time with Family Place.

JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon,

Executive Director

Upcoming Events

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mon09dec9:00 am11:00 amPlay Group - Sydney9:00 am - 11:00 am ADT Family Place - Sydney, 714 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

mon09dec9:30 am11:30 amNobody's Perfect - Sydney9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Sherwood Park Education Centre, 500 Terrace StreetCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:Fathers,ParentsRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Multi-week Sessions

mon09dec10:00 am11:30 amStory Time - Port Hawkesbury10:00 am - 11:30 am ADT Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre, 304 Pitt StreetCounty:Richmond/Port HawkesburyProgram Type:3-5 yrs,Family,ParentsRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

Cape Breton Family Place Calendar

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Lots of Exciting Program Activity

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | August 28, 2015

As vacations wind down, the level of activity all across the Island is ramping up.  We are offering lots of programs and services to support you as parents and caregivers – and to provide great early learning experiences for children too! Parents, grandparents, extended family members, caregivers and friends are all welcomed to check out…

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Teaching Opposites

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | August 11, 2015

Teaching opposites is an ideal way to help improve your child’s ability to communicate. The addition of descriptive words to their vocabulary will greatly transform the level of detail your child can convey – ‘soft bunny’, ‘big teddy’ or ‘little boy’. You can teach opposites to your child through a range of simple activities at home. 
Teaching Opposites with Games…

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Sled and Toboggan Safety

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | December 12, 2012

Sledding and Tobogganing   Ensure that the hill is free of hazards – trees, rocks, bumps, fences and bare spots. Do not sled on ice-covered areas. Ensure that the hill is situated away from roads, rivers or railroads and that there is plenty of room to stop at the bottom of the hill. Look for…

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Dressing for the Season

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | December 10, 2012

Clothing for Outdoor Play   All winter activities require warm, dry clothing. To prevent frostbite, children should be dressed in warm clothes, including: a hat and clothing made of tightly woven fibers, such as wool, which trap warm air against your body. A few lighter layers protect better than one heavy garment loose layers (an absorbent synthetic…

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Seasonal Health and Safety Reminders

By JoAnna LaTulippe-Rochon | November 25, 2012

Healthy Tips to Keep in Mind During the Holiday Season Wash your hands often to keep yourself from spreading germs and getting sick.  Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. Bundle up to stay dry and warm.  Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats;…

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List of Program and Activities: This Month Across Cape Breton

december, 2019

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Event Location

mon02dec9:00 am11:00 amPlay Group - Sydney9:00 am - 11:00 am ADT Family Place - Sydney, 714 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

mon02dec9:30 am11:30 amParent 'n Tot - Inverness9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Family Place - Inverness County, 15792 Central AvenueCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

mon02dec9:30 am11:30 amNobody's Perfect - Sydney9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Sherwood Park Education Centre, 500 Terrace StreetCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:Fathers,ParentsRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Multi-week Sessions

mon02dec10:00 am11:00 amFamily Place Mother Goose - Margaree Forks10:00 am - 11:00 am ADT Coady and Tompkins Memorial Library, 7968 Cabot TrailCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,ParentsRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Multi-week Sessions

mon02dec10:00 am11:30 amStory Time - Port Hawkesbury10:00 am - 11:30 am ADT Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre, 304 Pitt StreetCounty:Richmond/Port HawkesburyProgram Type:3-5 yrs,Family,ParentsRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

mon02dec10:00 am12:00 pmPlay Group - Cape North10:00 am - 12:00 pm ADT Cape North Fire Hall, 29428 Cabot TrailCounty:Victoria County,Victoria County - North of SmokeyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

mon02dec10:30 am11:30 amRoots of Empathy - Sydney Mines10:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Jubilee Elementary School, 755 Main StreetCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:School-Based ProgramRegistration:School Members Only

mon02dec3:30 pm5:00 pmBaby Building Club - Glace Bay3:30 pm - 5:00 pm ADT Senator's Place, 633 Main StreetCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:PrenatalRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Multi-week Sessions

mon02dec6:30 pm8:00 pmFeaturedHandle with Care - Bras d'Or6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ADT Bras d'Or Lake Day Centre, 490 Chebucto StreetCounty:Victoria County,Victoria County - South of SmokeyProgram Type:Fathers,ParentsRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Multi-week Sessions

tue03dec9:00 am10:30 amBaby Talk - Port Hawkesbury9:00 am - 10:30 am ADT Tamarac Education Centre, 57 Tamarac DriveCounty:Richmond/Port HawkesburyProgram Type:0 - 24 Months,FamilyRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue03dec9:00 am11:00 amPlay Group - Sydney Mines9:00 am - 11:00 am ADT Community Cares - Sydney Mines, 55 King Street, Sydney Mines, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue03dec9:30 am11:30 amPlay Group - Judique9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Judique Community Centre, 5473 Route 19 Judique, NSCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue03dec9:30 am11:30 amParent 'n Tot - Mabou9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Mabou Fire Hall, 11287 Hwy 19 Mabou, Nova ScotiaCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue03dec9:30 am11:30 amParent Connections - Sydney9:30 am - 11:30 am ADT Family Place - Sydney, 714 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:ParentsRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue03dec10:00 am12:00 pmPlay Group - Black Rock10:00 am - 12:00 pm ADT Big Bras D'Or Fire Hall, 1390 Old Route 5County:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue03dec11:00 am12:00 pmTumblebugs - Margaree Centre11:00 am - 12:00 pm ADT Cranton Cross Road Community Centre, 206 Cranton Cross Road Margaree, NSCounty:Inverness CountyProgram Type:3-5 yrs,Family,ParentsRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Multi-week Sessions

tue03dec12:30 pm1:30 pmTumblebugs - Glace Bay12:30 pm - 1:30 pm ADT Glace Bay Fire Hall, 87 Reserve StreetCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:3-5 yrsRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Multi-week Sessions

tue03dec1:30 pm3:30 pmParent Talk - Sydney Mines1:30 pm - 3:30 pm ADT Community Cares - Sydney Mines, 55 King Street, Sydney Mines, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:ParentsRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

tue03dec3:30 pm5:00 pmBaby Building Club - Sydney3:30 pm - 5:00 pm ADT Family Place - Sydney, 714 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:PrenatalRegistration:Pre-registration RequiredSchedule:Multi-week Sessions

wed04dec9:00 am11:00 amPlay Group - Sydney9:00 am - 11:00 am ADT Family Place - Sydney, 714 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NSCounty:Cape Breton Regional MunicipalityProgram Type:0 - 6 yrs,Family,Fathers,Parents,VolunteersRegistration:Drop InSchedule:Weekly,Year Round

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We are pleased to provide a range of family and community programs:

Babysitting Certification

Provides information on what every babysitter should know. Babysitting is one of the few jobs a person can get at a young age and, like any other job, a person needs to learn how to do it well. After taking this course, young people feel confident that they can keep kids safe, secure and happy…

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Handle with Care

Handle with Care is a simple interactive program to help parents and caregivers, including those who work in early childhood settings, to promote the mental health of young children from birth to 6 years.  Handle with Care is based on a number of important assumptions about mental health: Mental health, or social and emotional well-being,…

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Book Bag Program

A family literacy program for children between the ages of three and five years of age along with their parents or child care providers. The group meets, reads a story together, and shares in a related craft activity. The program ends with the children selecting books to take home for a week and return these…

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Music & Movement

This is an eight week active music and movement program for children ages two to five years. It promotes family-based physically active living. The program provides an opportunity for adult and child to participate together in a positive and fun early learning experience. Children learn to build on many skills such as listening, speaking, counting,…

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Parenting Journey Home Visiting Program

This program offers the services of a friendly, experienced home visitor to visit families with children from ages three to sixteen years. Staff support families in a variety of ways. They may offer support with stress management, parenting issues and challenges, housing, food security, discipline, accessing community resources, meeting basic needs, budgeting, healthy lifestyle choices,…

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Play Groups

Informal opportunities for parents, grandparents, child care providers and children to come together and enjoy a safe, friendly, developmentally appropriate play environment where they can enjoy each other’s company. The program involves free play, craft time, circle time and snack time.

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Baby Building Club

Baby Building Clubs (Group and Home Visiting) – A prenatal experience for expectant moms, this program is offered in a group setting in some areas and through home visiting in other areas. Expectant moms have the opportunity to talk with other moms and/or staff and share experiences along the nine-month journey into parenthood. Participant driven, group…

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Volunteer Training Programs

In order to involve as much of the community as possible in the programs and services of Family Place, we have implemented structured training programs for volunteers. The six training sessions and the user manual provided will allow for greater participation of volunteers in the activities of the Centre. Both group and individual programs are…

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Car Seat Installations/Presentations

Since injuries sustained in motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death for Canadian children, an important part of injury prevention work is to facilitate child restraint systems presentations and installations. The majority of these injuries are predictable and preventable. Technicians trained by the Child Passenger Association of Canada work to increase community awareness…

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Maggie’s Magic Cupboard

This nine week program will provide participants with opportunities to share knowledge and increase skills related to cooking, eating healthy, food safety, and saving money on food. Participants prepare a full meal each week, participate in a guided grocery store tour, and are provided with a low cost recipe book at the end of the…

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