News From ForestKids Early Learning


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ForestKids Early Learning will be CLOSED Natal Day August 7th


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Our ForestKids Early Learning program for children ages 3 months - 12 years is currently full. We are now accepting registrations for September 2018.

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ForestKids Early Learning will be closed Monday, February 13th due to the pending blizzard. Stay safe everyone.

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ForestKids Early Learning Christmas Concert

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:15-8:15 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Upper Hammonds Plains

Age groups from Toddlers to School Age will be participating

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We are ready for our school age children on Monday, December 5th, 2016 and any other days that may be needed until the teachers and students both return to school in Nova Scotia.


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We really enjoyed participating in the STUFF-A-BUS this year. STUFF-A-BUS is when a Metro Transit bus stops at destinations that have joined to pick up non perishable items for Feed Nova Scotia,


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The Preschool ForestKids enjoyed the first snow of the season this morning. They painted the snow, made a snowman and snowballs.


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We had a great turnout for the dedication of our outdoor classroom on Saturday November 23, 2016. Sixty five people were present including parents, children, grandparents and staff. The building was dedicated in memory of Terry Milne who passed away in August of this year after a long courageous battle with cancer. Terry and Randy made a large donation towards the outdoor classroom. We have named the outdoor classroom in memory of Terry to the MILNE OUTDOOR CENTRE.

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Hosting Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the forest November 19th, 2016. A great morning for the Bigs and Littles.


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FORESTKIDS EARLY LEARNING WILL BE CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 25th AND EASTER MONDAY, MARCH 28th.


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WE WILL BE CLOSED ON FEBRUARY 15TH, 2016 FOR HERITAGE DAY. HAVE A HAPPY VALENTINE WEEKEND.


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PIE PICK UP IS TODAY DECEMBER 19TH FROM 2-4PM NOT TOMORROW. Thanks Leisha for the heads up on the wrong date.


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INFANT SPACES AVAILABLE

With parents having transfers this time of year we have 2 infant spaces available, 1 opening January 4, 2016 and 1 opening February 1, 2016.

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IMPORTANT DECEMBER DATES

December 11th - Sleepover

December 13th - Christmas Tree Lighting and Sing Song @ 6:30 pm

December 19th - Pie Pick up 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

December 24th - Centre closed @ 3:00 pm

December 25th - Centre closed

December 28th - Centre closed

December 31st - Centre closed @ 3:00 pm

January 1st - Centre closed

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Hammonds Plains Childrens Centre is now accepting applications for our ForestKids Early Learning Program, September 2016 for ages 3-5 years.


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We had such a fantastic Forest Visit today. We would like to thank everyone for coming out today and enjoying the fire and friendship.


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IMPORTANT DATES IN OCTOBER FOR FORESTKIDS EARLY LEARNING

October 8th - PD for staff 6:30pm - 8:30pm

October 12th - centre CLOSED for Thanksgiving Day

October 13th - PD for staff 7:00pm - 9:00pm

October 17th - PD for staff Tri na nOg Forest School Sussex NB

October 20th - PT meeting 7:00pm - 8:30pm

October 21st - Picture Day 8:00am - 1:00pm

October 23rd - SLEEPOVER

October 30th - Halloween Excitement


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MEET AND GREET FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST SEPTEMBER 26TH 8:30 - 10:30

Come out and enjoy breakfast and chatting with parents new and old. This is also a good chance for parents who may be interested in our ForestKids Early Learning Program to come and see the centre, the staff and our families. Cost is $5.00 for children and $10.00 for adults. We will be fundraising for our new teepee on order from WoodChaCallIt to take the place of our plastic Little Tikes Climbing equipment.HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON THE 26TH.


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We are having a sleepover on August 21, 2015. Sign up early!!!!!.


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ForestKids Early Learning will be closed August 3rd for the Civic Holiday


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Starting June 01, 2015 we will be accepting applications for our full time and part time ForestKids Early Learning Program. ForestKids Early Learning is a Forest School and an all outside learning program within Hammonds Plains Childrens Centre where your child will have both Forest School and childcare in a fully licensed childcare centre.

FOREST SCHOOL TIMES

SCHOOL AGE: SEPTEMBER - JUNE 3:00 - 5:00 DAILY

JULY - AUGUST 9:30 - 4:40 DAILY

SR. PRESCHOOL: MONDAY - WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY 9:30 - 12:30 SEPTEMBER - JUNE

JR. PRESCHOOL: TUESDAY - THURSDAY 9:30 - 12:30 SEPTEMBER - JUNE

INFANTS AND TODDLERS WILL EXPERIENCE FOREST SCHOOL DAILY IN OUR ALL NATURAL OUTSIDE PLAYSPACE.

RATIOS WHILE IN THE WOODS: SCHOOL AGE 8:1 MAX 16:2 PRESCHOOL 4:1 MAX 12:3
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HPCC - FORESTKIDS WILL BE CLOSED GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 3rd AND EASTER MONDAY APRIL 6th


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HPCC - FORESTKIDS WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY FEBRUARY 16TH FOR VIOLA DESMOND DAY


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HPCC - FORESTKIDS IS OPENED TODAY FEBRUARY 6TH.


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Our ForestKids program has 4 pairs of snow shoes. Some children tried them out today and did an awesome job, you would think they walked on snow shoes everyday. Hopefully the snow will continue for a few more weeks so everyone gets to try them out. We will be adding to the supply of snow shoes over time. Our aim is to have enough snow shoes for 2 groups of children at one time.


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HPCC has a nature program FORESTKIDS. FORESTKIDS is an all outside program for children ages 2.5 - 5 years. This program will run Monday thru Friday from 10:00 - 12:00 and from 1:00 - 3:00. Children will be able to connect to nature by having unstructured free time in the forest with trained staff. Ratio while in the forest will be 4:1. Children will have outdoor educational learning while having hands on experiences with nature.

Our school age program for ages 5 - 12 runs Monday - Friday from 3:00 - 5:00. Inservice days, storm days, March break, summer break and Christmas break the ForestKids School age program will run from 9:00 - 5:00 daily with a ratio of 8:1 when is the forest.

ForestKids promotes self-esteem, meaningful relationships and self confidence within the children while they are engaged with play supported by risk taking and problem-solving. Children will take their own lead through a hands on experience.

NOTE - This is an entirely outside program make sure your children are dressed for the weather, each child needs a small backpack and a lunch box with food containers plus a thermos or water bottle.

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NIGHT WALK WEDNESDAY JANUARY 21, 2015

Our preschool and school age Forestkids would like to invite their parents to join us on our first night walk. We will be leaving the centre at 4:15pm to go to the woods, where the parents will see the woods that their children spend so much of their time. We will be leaving the woods around 5:10pm just in time to get to the road where we will be doing our night walk back to the centre. We will be using only candle light for our walk.There will be chili and biscuits waiting for everyone when we get back.


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MARK THE DATE NOVEMBER 22, 2014 TIME 8:30am - 11:00 am

DRY KIDS FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST FOR OUTSIDE PLAY

MENU - Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, Toast, Pancakes

SPECIAL EVENT MENU - Homemade Fishcakes and Baked Beans

BEVERAGES - Milk, Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Coffee, Tea

COST BY DONATION ONLY -- EVERYONE WELCOME COME JOIN IN THE FUN!!

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PARENT MEETING

Tuesday October 14th at 7:00pm. Come and meet our new staff and our new parents. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Hope to see many of you there.
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Children and staff of HPCC would like to invite parents and or grandparents to our Thanksgiving Lunch on Friday October 10, 2014 between 11:30 - 1:00. Please RSVP by Wednesday October 8, 2014. Hope to see you there.

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The children enjoying picking the vegetables from the garden they planted this spring. Check out more garden pictures on our facebook page.


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The sandbox was in great use today in the forestkids playgound. Check out our facebook page to see more great adventures.


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Our phone line is not working and will be out until Bell Aliant can come on Monday, August 18th, and hopefully fix it. Anyone wishing to get in touch with Hammonds Plains Children's Centre please call 902-221-7349. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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SCHOOL AGE FORESTKIDS SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE

Monday - SPOT signs of the weekly camp theme

Tuesday - COLLECT items of the weekly camp theme

Wednesday - COOK help to prepare their snacks and lunch

Thursday - MAKE something that resembles their weekly theme

Friday - WRITE in their summer of 2014 memory book

WEEKLY CAMP SCHEDULE

Week 1 - What is the Definition of Nature and How to Care for Our Forest

Week 2 - Bird Watching

Week 3 - Insects and Bugs

Week 4 - Sticks and Den Building

Week 5 - Leaves

Week 6 - Fairies and Pixies

Week 7 - Forest Animals

Week 8 - The Forest Bed and Scavenger Hunt

Children will spend a minimum of 4 hours outside daily for their camps Rain or Shine


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SUMMER CAMPS AGES 4 - 12 YEARS

We will be posting our summer camps soon. All summer camps will be taking place outside this year. All children must have proper clothing (including waterproof pants, raincoat, boots, runners, long sleeved cotton shirt, light weight pants), a good water bottle, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a backpack. Limited spaces available.

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SLEEPOVER

Friday May 30th starting @6:00pm ending Saturday May 31st @9:00am

Don't forget to sign up by Wednesday May 28th

All ages welcome

We had a great sleepover. Thanks to all the families that participated.

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MOTHER'S DAY BREAKFAST

Saturday Morning May 10th from 8:30 - 10:30

Hammonds Plains Children's Centre


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Easter Hours

Good Friday April 18 - centre closed

Easter Monday April 21 - centre closed


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Spaces still available for March break $24.00 per day call 835-1804

MARCH BREAK AGENGA

Monday March 10 - Sushi Making

Tuesday March 11 - Mi'kmaw Ecology Workshop (parents welcome)

Wednesday March 12 - Lego Mania

Thursday March 13 - Snow Sculpting and Hot Chocolate

Friday March 14 - Pajama Day with Movies and Popcorn


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Hammonds Plains Children's Centre's forestkids enjoying nature within our woods


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HAMMONDS PLAINS CHILDREN'S CENTRE WILL BE OPENED TOMORROW JANUARY 22, 2014


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BREAKFAST SOCIAL FEBRUARY 15, 2014

8:30am - 11:30am come and enjoy bacon, sausages, eggs, pancakes, toast, juice, tea, coffee, talk to the other parents enjoy breakfast and let the kids PLAY. Donations accepted. Everyone welcome.


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This week begins our first full week of 2014. We are looking forward to an exciting year with our families. We have lots of new fresh ideas for the children in the coming months.


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We would like to wish all of our families and friends of Hammonds Plains Children's Centre a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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HOLIDAY HOURS

December 24th 6:30am - 5:00pm

December 25th & 26th closed

December 27th 6:30am - 6:30pm

December 30th 6:30am - 6:30pm

December 31st 6:30am - 5:00pm

January 1st, 2014 closed


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Preschool Children will be going to the woods tomorrow, December 11, 2013. Please dress your child for the weather and have an extra change of clothes in their backpack just in case we need them when we return. We are going to cut down a Christmas tree for the classroom.

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FIRST AID AND SAFETY TRAINING FOR THE SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

Tomorrow November 22, 2013 is the big day for the school age children. Courtney's First Aid and Safety Training will be here at 3:00pm to teach the school age ( 5yrs - 12yrs) how to handle an emergency situation, when to call 911, what to do if you see someone on the ground, etc. This is a very important course for your children to have before entering our woods in the next couple of weeks. Please try to make sure your school age child is here tomorrow at 3:00 pm. It is going to be great.


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Thursday November 14, 2013 - Show and Tell

Friday November 15, 2013 - Blue Day

Saturday November 16, 2013 - Living Like a Child Workshop - all staff are aimed for a fun and informative day


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Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend


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Hammonds Plains Children's Centre will be opened for childcare the evening of parent teacher interviews on Wednesday November 13, 2013.

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This Weeks Calendar November 4 - 8, 2013

Tuesday November 5 - Special Guest Speaker Arthur Moore. He will be speaking to the school age children about trees 3:00 pm postponed till Tuesday November 12, 2013

Tuesday November 5 - Parent Teacher Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday November 6 - Pajama Day - Picture Money Due

Thursday November 7 - Show and Tell

Friday November 8 - PD Day for HPCS Students


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Happy Halloween - Stay Safe


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Tuesday November 5 - Special Guest

My dad, Arthur Moore, will be giving a special presentation on "trees" for the school age children from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Arthur has worked in the forest industry for 40 years before retiring from Bowater Mersey in 1981.

Tuesday November 5 - Parent Teacher Meeting 7 pm - 8 pm.

Wednesday November 6 - Picture Money Due


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Halloween Events

Halloween Sleepover this Friday, October 18th starting 6:30 pm children may bring costumes, pick up Saturday 9:00 am.

Children's Halloween party, October 29th 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Children may bring costumes.


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The Leaves Have Arrived

We have gathered 40 bags of leaves for the children to play in. Loads of outdoor fun happening over the next couple of weeks with the leaves.


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We would like to thank the parents of our school readiness group for coming tonight. The children along with their teacher, Miss Michelle, enjoyed showing you their room and what they are up to this year. It is not often enough that the parents come and enjoy the centre with their children. Hopefully we will do it again soon.


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Happy Thankgiving to our Families and Friends


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Thank You

We would like to THANK YOU for your huge support with our pie fundraiser, it was a big success for our first time around. It was so much fun and also hard work to get the pies ready for you today. We enjoyed every minute.  Hope you all enjoy the pies and your long weekend. 


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Invitation

Tuesday October 15th @ 7:00pm our forest kids school readiness program are inviting their families to a play night in their classroom. Miss Michelle and the school readiness class are excited to show you what they have been up to. Please come and let your child share with you their learning environment.


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What a Day October 8, 2013

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The school age children and the sr. preschool children went on a forest walk through our woods this afternoon. The toddlers and preshoolers were outside this am, it was so nice to see them out in the rain. Please parents don't forget waterproof rain gear for your child at HPCC . WE GO OUT IN THE RAIN

The pie fundraiser is coming along great. 71 pies to date. What a hoot it is going to be. The staff are ready, the ovens are ready, so look out 1 Yankeetown Road is turning into a bakery for the next couple of days. Thanks everyone for your help.


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A Special Visit: A Presentation on Nova Scotia Woods

On Wednesday, September 18th at 3:15pm, HPCC hosted a visit from Amy from the Department of Natural Resources, who spoke to our shool-age group.

Amy presented a program on woods safety, as well as nature and the animals we share it with. She brought some animal pelts and antlers for the children to touch. There was pointers given about the bears and coyotes that live in the woods that the children call theirs.

The children learned BAM B for Back Away A for Act Big M for Make Noise. This can be used when you see a wild animal in the woods.

The children also were able to touch a large turtle shell, a racoon pelt, bear and deer fur both summer and winter. Best of all they enjoyed the antlers that they were allowed to place on their heads.


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August 2013: Summer Fun

Toddlers mud puddle playing.


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July 2013: Outdoor Playtime

We are having a wonderful summer. The children have explored all kinds of insects from ants to spiders.