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.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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;…Read More
List of Program and Activities: This Month Across Cape Breton
We are pleased to provide a range of family and community programs:
Connections is a group intervention for mothers and children. The Connections program has two main objectives. To present a thorough background to the issue of family violence, parenting and substance use; and To present a six week group model for working with mothers experiencing or with a history of experiencing violence in relationships. The Connections group helps…Read More
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…Read More
Family literacy programs for children ages 3 – 5 years and their parents/caregivers. The program consists of story time, songs, finger-plays, crafts as well as a book and activities to take home and enjoy throughout the week. The program is available in French in the Port Hawkesbury/Richmond County area.Read More
Group experiences for parents, child care providers, babies and young children focusing on the pleasure and power of sharing rhymes, songs, and stories together. So much learning takes place while focusing on fun for all – laughing, playing and listening to stories. The program offers an opportunity to further develop parent-child attachment and positive bonding.Read More
A parenting program that offers parents skills to help their children get along. Participants learn and share how to deal with their children’s negative feelings toward each other, how to treat their children equally and still be fair, how to free their children from harmful roles, and how to respond helpfully when their children fight.Read More
A six week parenting program that offers parents and caregivers effective and innovative suggestions on how best to communicate with children. Topics include Helping Children with Feelings, Engaging Cooperation, Alternatives to Discipline, Encouraging Autonomy, New Ways to Praise, and Freeing Children from Roles.Read More
A program for parents to talk about and learn to prevent and/or respond appropriately to discipline issues and concerns. It covers topics such as Your Role as a Parent, Children’s Roles, Children’s Emotional and Physical Health, Encouraging Positive Behavior, Discouraging Negative Behavior, Dealing with Tantrums and Taking Care of You, the Parent.Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
This supportive parent/caregiver group provides a relaxed, accepting environment where parents/caregivers share information, techniques and challenges, and learn new approaches to parenting. Weekly sessions provide information about specific topics concerning parenting or child development. Topic areas are determined by parent/caregiver interest.Read More