Burnaby StrongStart centres are looking forward to welcoming you back in person!
Registration for StrongStart 2021-22 is now open.
How do I register?
- All new and returning families must register online for the 2021-22 year by clicking on the StrongStart Registration button below.
- Once your registration form is processed a StrongStart Educator will contact you to schedule your visits (all visits need to be scheduled this year). Please allow time for your registration to be processed.
There is no drop-in StrongStart. The total number of registered families will determine the number of times families can attend an in-person StrongStart program. Preference will be given to Burnaby residents. Families are asked to attend the StrongStart location closest to their home.
BURNABY STRONGSTART CENTRES
Burnaby StrongStart centres will continue to offer a blended model of in-person programming at StrongStart centres, outdoor exploration at local parks or on school grounds, and virtual outreach to stay connected to families who aren’t quite ready to visit us in person. Schedules will vary for each StrongStart location.
Beginning in September 2021 in-person, classroom visits will include up to six families per day (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum), to a maximum of twelve people to reduce overcrowding. All in-person programs will run from 9:30am to 11:30am to accommodate cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Outdoor explorations will include up to ten families per day (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum), to a maximum of twenty people. Schedules will vary for each StrongStart location.
What will StrongStart look like this year?
- There will be up to six families (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum) in each session, to a maximum of twelve people during in-person visits.
- We cannot accommodate childcare providers at this time.
- It is not necessary to attempt to eliminate close contact between children, recognizing the importance of children’s emotional, physical, and developmental needs.
- StrongStart classrooms will have equipment and materials set up for you and your child(ren) to explore together.
- Songs, stories, music, and movement will be organized to support some physical distancing between adults.
- Access to washroom facilities is limited but not prohibited. Please use your home facilities before coming to the StrongStart centre.
- At this time, there will be no scheduled library or gym time.
- At this time, individually packaged snacks will be distributed at the end of each session.
- Outdoor explorations at local parks and on school grounds.
What do I do when I arrive at the school?
- Please arrive on time.
- There will be clear StrongStart signage at the school when you arrive. Follow the signage to the designated outdoor entrance and wait for the StrongStart Educator to welcome you (please do not enter the school building on your own).
- A Daily Health Check will be done by the educator before you come into the school or classroom.
- You and your child(ren) will be required to sanitize your hands prior to entering the school or StrongStart classroom.
- All adults are required to wear a mask. Parents/caregivers can encourage children to wear masks based on their personal choice.
- The StrongStart Educator will sign you in once you arrive.
What about illness?
- Children, adults, and staff should stay at home when they are sick and monitor symptoms for 24 hours or when new symptoms of illness develop, such as:
– Difficulty breathing (in small children this can look like breathing fast or working hard to breathe)
– Loss of sense of smell or taste
– Nausea or vomiting
- If symptoms include fever or difficulty breathing or if symptoms last for more than 24 hours or get worse, seek a health assessment by calling 8-1-1 or a primary care provider and follow their advice.
- Children or adults who become sick while in the StrongStart setting will be asked go home as soon as possible.
- Children and staff should:
– Cough or sneeze into their elbow sleeve or a tissue (“cover your coughs”).
– Throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene.
– Not touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands (“hands below your shoulders”).
- Access the StrongStart Program Daily Health Check here
StrongStart BC Programs follow the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Access the information at http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID_public_guidance/Guidance_Child_Care.pdf
WHAT IS A STRONGSTART CENTRE?
StrongStart centres provide parents and caregivers an opportunity to share in their child’s early learning experiences and learn and grow together through PLAY.
The StrongStart Educators are qualified Early Childhood Educators. They provide carefully selected materials and activities that promote the development of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and early literacy skills necessary for lifelong learning.
Community partners such as the Burnaby Public Library, Information Children, and Fraser Health Dental Screening are also invited to come and share how they can help support you and your family. Educators can connect you to additional community resources as well.
There is no cost to attend StrongStart but the parent/primary caregiver is required to remain with their child and fully engage and participate in the program.
There are 12 StrongStart BC Early Learning centres located in elementary schools throughout Burnaby. They are located in schools or on school grounds so you and your child (ages 0-5 years) become part of the school community even before your child enters Kindergarten.
To connect to your StrongStart Educator’s Blog Post please click on the link below:
Cascade Heights https://sd41blogs.ca/cascade-strongstart/
Forest Grove https://sd41blogs.ca/forestgrove-strongstart/
Second Street https://sd41blogs.ca/second-strongstart/
Stoney Creek https://sd41blogs.ca/stoney-strongstart/
Stride Avenue https://sd41blogs.ca/stride-strongstart/
Twelfth Avenue https://sd41blogs.ca/twelfth-strongstart/
For more information on StrongStart BC CLICK HERE