Toddler Talk – Activities for Parents of Preschoolers
There is no more important job than being a parent. The Wellness Centre offers a range of activities for parents with babies and toddlers to support you and put you in touch with other English-speaking parents living in the area. Please open our Toddler Talk brochure for a summary of the information below.
Baby Chat Café
A great place for parents of infants up to one year of age to get together each month. Hear talks on parenting and exchange tips. Parents-to-be also welcome. For more details and for the latest schedule, open our Baby Chat Café brochure.
Moms’ Nite out
Events for moms with young children to connect and get involved in the local community. These informal, fun volunteer-powered activities help moms recharge their batteries and meet others. MNO volunteers also help organize outings for parents and their children. For more details, go to the Moms’ Nite-out flyer.
From May to September, join other English-speaking parents and their preschool children for get-togethers at the park Fridays mornings. Parent volunteers host these free events in different parks around the city all summer. Locations are posted in our e-newsletter Toddler Talk Online (so be sure to sign up for this online newsletter). For more details, please check the Moms’ Nite-out Facebook page, or open the Park Playdates poster.
Take-a-Break Drop In
From November to May, a place for parents with preschool children to get together while their children are being cared for by volunteers. Guest speakers lead informal talks on child health and parenting. For more details, open our Take-a-Break Drop In brochure.
Toddler Talk e-newsletter
A free e-bulletin with news about family-friendly services and activities and child-related health issues. See a sample at the Toddler Talk archive or sign up now. Open the Toddler Talk Guidelines for more info.
Travellin’ Toddler Time
A free activity just for pre-school age children, and their parents or grandparents. Sing songs, hear stories, enjoy a snack and make crafts. Each month, themes and locations change, moving between Saint Brigid’s Home, Morrin Centre, the Valcartier Military Family Resource Centre and the Quebec City Reading Council at the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre. Join us each month and get to know the English-speaking community. For dates, themes, and locations please open our Travellin’ Toddler Time poster.
Baby Book Bag
A free gift bag for new parents that promotes literacy and helps strengthen the parent/baby bond through reading. Contains reading tips from the Quebec City Reading Council, a free one-year membership to the Library of the Literary and Historical Society at Morrin Centre, and a baby book donated by La Maison Anglaise et Internationale bookstore.
Offered twice a year by a certified massage therapist. Learn how to soothe and relax baby through massage. Strengthen the parent-child bond. Get to know other parents with babies eight months of age and younger. Open our Baby Massage poster to learn more.
NEW ACTIVITY: Breastfeeding support and advice from other parents and a certified breastfeeding consultant from Allaitement Québec. Everyone is welcome including expectant moms, moms who have breastfed before, those who are breastfeeding now, as well as those who may have chosen another feeding option. Open our Breastfeeding Get-together poster for more details.
First Aid Course
Given each year by a certified Red Cross instructor. Covers accident prevention, shock, fainting, choking, artificial respiration and CPR, burns, bumps, fractures, minor scrapes and bleeding, poisoning, bites, asthma, epilepsy and allergies. The next first aid course for parents will take place in April of next year (2018).
Get Ready for Kindergarten
NEW WORKSHOP! Discover how you can help your child develop the skills needed to succeed at school before starting kindergarten in this new workshop called “Get Ready for Kindergarten” given by a psycho-educator. Space is limited, so sign up early.
NEW WORKSHOP! Learn more about normal child development; find tools to help you handle difficult behaviours; discover healthy ways to discipline so you can stay zen. The new workshop, “Parenting 101,” is given by a psycho-educator. Space is limited, so sign up early.