Early Learning Initiatives
Tips for Parents/Caregivers attending a StrongStart BC program
The following are some ideas on how to get the most from your local StrongStart BC program:
Introduce yourself to the StrongStart BC Facilitator, and help your child introduce themselves.
Fill out a registration form on the first day you and your child attend. You will need to bring legal proof of identification for your child. For example, you could bring a birth certificate, permanent resident card, certificate of citizenship, documentation issued by Immigration Canada, Aboriginal Status Cards, Passport/Visa or other Vital Statistics documents. Registration occurs once annually, usually the first time your child attends the program that school year. Please ask the StrongStart BC Facilitator if you have any questions or need help filling out the registration form.
Please sign in and out everyday that you attend.
As you talk with your child in the program, bend down to their level. When giving directions, be sure that your child understands.
Allow your child an opportunity to observe before asking them to try a new activity or participate in a group experience.
Ask your child if they would like you to write down their words about pictures they make.
Ask your child open ended questions about their experiences.
Let your child learn by experience. Encourage your child to help themselves and offer assistance when necessary. Children learn through doing.
Encourage your child whenever possible, especially after a disappointment. Recognize their effort.
Items such as paint, glue and scissors may be new to your child. They may need help in learning how to use some items. When possible however, let them experience it in their own way. Avoid making models or samples for your child to copy.
Let your child try to resolve their conflicts with other children if they can. Intervene only when necessary.
Most important, relax, learn, and have fun with your child and other families!