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Excellent update from VCH – Low COVID-19 transmission in schools

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Since schools reopened in September, VCH has not recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 cases among school-aged children relative to other groups. Those aged 5-17 years of age accounted for 6 per cent of VCH’s COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, despite representing 10 per cent of VCH’s population. Evidence shows children are…

Carlie Parkinson


3 exciting ways to connect with Santa

4 min read

An in-person visit and photograph with Santa are unavailable this year. There are other options to help keep your children excited and make sure the Christmas is special with or without COVID.

Carlie Parkinson


12 helpful ways to reduce stress and prepare for back-to

6 min read

With the recent announcement of return-to-school plans, although with a minor delay, many children and parents are feeling a heightened amount of stress during this uncertain time. A teacher, a parenting coach, and a doctor gave some helpful suggestions for you to help your child prepare for September. A kindergarten teacher’s advice  (Amy Tekatch, a…

Kera Skocylas

back to school stress

Worried about the “COVID Slide”? 5 ways to keep your

3 min read

Parents across the country have been faced with the reality of school closures interrupting their children’s learning. As a parent reading this, you’re probably thinking you’ve gained a new title of full-time teacher!  However, as we head into the summer months, parents aren’t just worried about the “summer slide” this year, but a major “COVID…

Lisa Kaul

Covid Slide

Phase 3 is a go – 4 exciting plans for

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It's been a long 4 months and many people are feeling exhausted with the social distancing, but we've done a great job and our COVID case numbers have shown it! BC has things under control and we are now entering Phase 3! Because of our diligence in social distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks, we…

Carlie Parkinson

Summer Plans

Screen time during isolation – Quality over quantity 

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At PK Beans we spend most of our days focused on bringing play into children’s lives, as we believe play is the backbone to a healthy start in life. So, it isn’t surprising, especially during this time of social isolation, to be asked how parents can balance screen time and encourage active play. The mother…

Jenn Wint

screen time

12 sanity survival tips for family time at home

8 min read

When talking online with a 5th-grade boy recently, he said: “My friends and I thought that being off school would be really fun. Actually, it’s not.” I validated his reality and then mentioned that a lot of parents were feeling the same way. While we know that a sick member of the family needs to be…

Craig Knippenberg

family playing board games during isolation survival

Advice: Coronavirus Anxiety in Kids

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Last week, I wrote a six-step script for  How to Handle the Big “What If’s?”, to address the Coronavirus anxiety in kids which is quickly increasing as Canada becomes more impacted, and there are more visible signs, such as people on the streets and in shops wearing masks.  Here are some additional tips to help…

Sharon Selby


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