Promoting the development of social skills in toddlers
This past June 29, Memphré en Mouvement... partenaires pour les 0-17 ans launched its campaign to promote the development of social skills in 0-5 year olds.
The development of social competence in toddlers is important because it makes it easier for them when they start school. When a child is more skilled at developing relationships with others, life at school is more pleasant, which promotes a greater sense of belonging at school.
The Memphré en Mouvement... partenaires pour les 0-17 ans partners’ group has spent many years helping organizations promote the development of 0-5 year olds. Its latest project, “Promoting Social Skills”, is specifically aimed at raising awareness among businesses and leisure organizations in the MRC who serve young families, because every adult has a role to play in the development of young children.
Workshops lasting from 30 to 45 minutes will be offered to employees to raise awareness about their role as models to young children when it comes to developing social skills. In our territory, this is one of the areas in which children are the least prepared when entering kindergarten.
Following the workshops, posters featuring four specific situations will be distributed and serve as reminders to the work teams. They can be displayed in the employee room. The posters were created by seven teenagers from La Ruche School, supported by Aurélia Parrenin, graphic designer at Photorélia, and Élizabeth Grant, liaison agent for 0-5
year olds with Memphré en Mouvement.
The first businesses who answered the call and booked the workshop on awareness raising were the IGA Gazaille store and the Jean Coutu pharmacy in Magog. What makes business owners decide to get involved in the project? They see it as a way to make families feel more welcome, and of strengthening their sense of belonging to the store, especially if they have children ages five and under.
Our hope is that many more businesses will follow suit. All in all, thirteen sets of posters will be distributed in Magog, Stanstead and Potton because, as the Africain proverb goes, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.”
This project is a continuation of the Brindami programme and the “Friendship Bags” that have already been implemented in childcare centres and libraries within the territory.
July 03, 2017 at 01:51PM
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