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1 Childrens Play & Discovery Centre An Interactive Family Learning Center

2 Where will it be? ON SCHOOL BOARD PROPERTY NEXT TO VIU CLOSE TO ISLAND SAVINGS & AQUATIC CENTERS

3 What will it look like? A free drop-in story and play time Learning takes place in what looks like a little town Children and their families aged 18 months to 6 years of age (All ages are welcome and there are activities and resources to support their needs) The program will run 3-5 days a week with a facilitator trained in early childhood education & open at other times by organizations Gives families a place to play, talk and read with their children around a theme provided or through their own exploration Play based learning that enhances early literacy, social & physical development Caregivers stay with their child and support their learning Free books and resources to continue learning would be available for families to take home

4 Why create an Interactive Play Centre? Research shows that children who engage in complex forms of socio-dramatic play have… - greater language skills than non players, - better social skills, - more empathy, - more imagination, - more of the subtle capacity to know what others mean, - are less aggressive, - show more self-control, - demonstrate higher levels of thinking. Brown, Stuart (2009) Play, How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Penguin Books

5 Fire Station Parents and children who play together create healthy, strong relationships which are the basis for future relationships.

6 Story telling

7 Rescue Center Restaurant

8 Construction Station

9 Boats and Piers

10 Who will use the site? We all will...

11 Interested Community Groups Daycares School visits – kindergarten and grade one classes Programs such as: o Dads nights o "A great idea! Something to do with my kids in the evening that gets us out of the house for some special time together." o Cook up a Bed time story o Children and parents come for an after dinner play followed by a nutritious snack and a bedtime story Cowichan Tribes Intercultural Society Literacy Now Cowichan – i.e. Teen Mom Program Vancouver Island Health Authority Infant Development Aboriginal Success By 6

12 Sample Schedule… Monday – Mother Goose 9:00 – 10:00 am Center open 10:00 – 2:00 pm Literacy Now Cowichan / learning Links– Teen Mom Program 3:30 – 5:30 pm Tuesday – Community Schools Visits (Daycares, Preschools and K/1 classes book in for a play experience) Wednesday – Center open 10:00 – 2:00 pm Cook up a Bed Time Story 5:30 – 7:00 pm Thursday – Community Partners Programs (Happy Friends, Play and Learn, etc) -- Dads Night Out 5:30 – 7:00 pm Friday – Center open 10:00 – 2:00 - Happy Friends Program 4:00 – 5:00 pm - Fun Family Night 5:30 – 8:00 pm (2 nd Friday of the month) Saturday - Mother Goose and Play Time 9:00 – 11:00 am

13 Community Partners Partnerships DollarsIn-kind Aboriginal Success by 6Coast Salish Mural $2,000 RonaLumber, supplies Ministry of Children and Families $ Parkside Academy (StrongStart Funding) Employee 4 days a week x 8 weeks Summer program Cowichan Family Life Employee benefits Furniture, books School District 79 Wages Early Learning Coordinator Furniture, teaching supplies, District literacy teacher, Professional development, Learning Links Clerical Success by 6 – United way Seed money to start the project $17,000 (2012) $13,708 (2013) Duncan Rotary and Daybreak Rotary Storage bins Vignette sponsors Vancouver Island University (VIU) Carpentry support

14 So what do we need? Community Sponsors to sponsor a play area or vignette. Or Supplies for mini-vignettes~bins to for play areas ex. Camping, Grocery Store, Safety/Transportation, Bait & Tackle, Pond Life/Gardening Each bin to have real life play items, books, etc.

15 Play Stations Play Stations 1Fire House 2Treehouse with Cave 3Restaurant 4Construction Station 5Hospital/ Rescue Center 6Boat with Climbing Stairs/Ramps 7Coast Salish/Storytelling 8Light Table Exploration

16 Time Line Community Partnership meetings o Began in February, 2013 Determine location/move portable Engage community sponsorships o May-December, 2013 SD79 renovate portable/ install each of the play center vignettes o January/February, 2014 Grand Opening o February -2014

17 Thank you!


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