Making Transitions Fun

As Early Childhood Educators we have a whole slew of tricks up our sleeve, to help us ease the stress of transitions for both educators and children alike. Whether it be finger puppets, songs and/or lyrical poems; we were looking for something more permanent, to up our waiting game. Insert the ‘Hero’ of this story, a wall mounted Alligator busy board! To illustrate the amount of adoration we have for this piece of $269.99 equipment, I will quote one of my staff, “If we had known then what we know now, I would have donated my own money to the purchase of Ali, Alligator”.

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The Coping Toolbox, a Child Psych Podcast

A podcast hosted by Canadian licensed Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologists Drs. Jennifer Vriend, Laila Din Osmun, and Mary Simmering McDonald, C.Psych. Topics covered include a wide variety of subjects such as coping during COVID-19, dealing with child anxiety, sleep difficulties and parenting issues. Guest speakers include other Child Psychologists and developmental professionals.

Rest Time in Preschool: My Top 7 Tips

How to prepare nap time or quiet time in 7 easy steps starting earlier in the day.

As we all know, some children may have difficulty settling down for naptime. In fact we most often pin point the nap time/ quiet time routine as difficult for them. What if we were to tell you that you can actually start preparing the children for this routine much earlier in the day? Here are some tips for you that was taken from Barb O’Neill at Transforming Challenging Behavior.

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5 Simple Rules

At Keyworth ELC the preschool children created their own set of rules to govern their behaviour when playing with cars. The children and educator sat together and discussed how they could safely play with the cars together. The children came up with a set of rules that the educator wrote down in their exact words. This exercise allowed for the children to take responsibility and create their own boundaries. This empowered them to make safe choices, gave them the tools to regulate their own behaviour and the confidence to explore within the rules they made.

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Beyond Behaviors

Using brain science and compassion to understand and solve children’s behavioral challenges

Author: Mona Delahooke, PhD
RBE: 838

To be compassionate is to be aware of another’s suffering or distress and to have a strong desire to make that situation better for another human being. We can see compassion at a societal level for example when the tornado hit many parts of Ottawa, the community came together to raise money, offer shelter, clothing and food for those who lost their homes.  

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With the autumn leaves now fallen, a new year about to begin and the world constantly changing, it doesn’t take much to realize how quickly time flies. So fast, in fact, that CISS is celebrating its 30th anniversary! With a variety of approaches, our program has always stayed true to its mission – to promote inclusion and support all licensed child care centres in the City of Ottawa. Over the past 30 years, we have evolved with the same purpose, passion and values. 30 years of building community partnerships, supporting families and children, and reaching thousands.

Through our newsletter, we have found a way to celebrate this accomplishment with you. We would not be here today without your contribution, collaboration, dedication and passion. We invite you to travel back in time to discover our history and some of the faces that have shaped Children’s Inclusion Support Services. We have included a glimpse of our history, messages from significant people in our program, interviews with team members who have been with us since the very beginning of CISS, wishes from our partners and pictures from our early days up until today.

On behalf of the entire CISS team, we thank you for the past 30 years and look forward to collaborating with you in the years to come.

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A Message from Kim Hiscott

Thirty years of collaboration, connections and conversations have served to guide the foundation, essence and innovation that is Children’s Inclusion Support Services. Most importantly, the success of this service is due to the community trust, willingness to embrace inclusion and view that all children belong.

At the recent Supervisor meeting someone said they could not imagine their program without the support of CISS, and I agree, but I do remember when CISS did not exist. As Educators we just did what we could. We read what was available (typically not much) asked questions of the parents and hoped that our interactions were supportive but never quite confident that we were doing all we could. Sometimes the ask felt like more than could be successful without support; I am sure some children were not included but could have been.

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