Active Life: Play and Learn programs help prepare children for school

NANAIMO – Children in Nanaimo can participate in Play and Learn programs.

By Tammy Toor

If I could be between the ages of three and five again, I would certainly want to be a participant in Nanaimo parks and recreation’s Play and Learn programs.

My daughter started participating when she was four and she continued on finishing at Kinder Prep. Like its name suggests, Lauren was certainly well prepped for her entry into kindergarten.

Here are some reasons why I give top marks to the City of Nanaimo’s Play and Learn monthly early years programs:

Experienced instructors who really love what they do. Most of the leaders have been teaching preschool-aged children for 20 or more years.

One instructor, Angela Vipond, has taught for 30 years. She teaches at Kin Hut and Bowen Park. It’s easy to see that Angela loves working with children. She makes every child feel special, and she has a special way to get their attention using her special musical talents.

You see how proud she gets when ‘her’ children learn something and when they proudly exclaim those magical words, “I did it!”

Children learn skills to prepare them for kindergarten. Children work on numbers, shapes, colours, learn to do simple math, as well as practise their printing skills – all within a fun environment that incorporates music, active movement and nature exploration.

Children learn through play. As children, play is one very important way they learn. It helps them to engage, explore and discover the world around them.

Tracy Stuart, recreation coordinator for the City of Nanaimo, says, “Studies have shown time and time again how vital play is to a child’s healthy brain development. Our Play and Learn programs help children develop speech and language abilities, social interaction while boosting cognitive development.”

If you’re looking for a great early years program for your child, ages three to five, check out the options available through Nanaimo parks and recreation. One program to consider is Pollywogs – one of our newer options taking place at Bowen Park on Monday and Wednesday afternoons starting in January.

Angela loves this location. “Beautiful Bowen Park provides countless opportunities to explore and discover with its many trails, the duck pond, playground and interpretive signage teaching us all about the salmon lifecycle.”

While children are at Pollywogs, parents, too, can also take advantage of the many amenities found within Bowen Park.

For more information on parks and Recreation’s early years programs, please visit www.nanaimo.ca or call 250-756-5200.

Tammy Toor is a communications specialist with Nanaimo parks and rec.

Just Posted

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Land commission should have supported Nanoose eatery

Letter writers weigh in on closure of Rusted Rake Farm

It’s game on as new hockey exhibit fills Nanaimo Museum

Canadian Museum of History travelling exhibit on display until November

Family safe after early-morning garage fire in Nanaimo’s Buttertubs Marsh area

Nanaimo Fire Rescue called out to fire 2 a.m. on Saturday

Nanaimo company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs

Salvation Botanicals granted a controlled drugs and substances dealer’s licence

Developer of downtown Nanaimo hotel hopes to begin construction by November

PEG Development says construction could take 12-20 months

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Seven buildings proposed for waterfront development in Parksville

IAG Developments hosts second public open house to gather feedback

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Beefs & Bouquets, Sept. 12

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

‘A real shame’: B.C. MLA says factors behind Tolko mill closing should have been caught

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson said the industry is in bad shape across the province

Most Read