MAY 2019

May in the Playroom

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by the children in the Playroom that spring has finally sprung. Children were delighted to tell staff on those first warm days when their snow pants and other winter items were no longer needed. Children have also begun asking about the side yard. After a long cold winter, everyone is ready to head outside and enjoy the warm sunshine.   Hopefully it won’t be much longer until we can get our hands and knees dirty as we play and explore in the grass and dirt that awaits us outside.   In preparation of spring the children have begun some indoor planting: sunflowers, squash, and marigolds are some of the seeds that have been planted. We are patiently waiting until these plants begin to sprout.


Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. May dates are the 6th, 13th and 27th.


Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. May dates are the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information please call 204-788-8055.


Healthy Together – Happy Healthy Beginnings for Caregivers and Families

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids are welcome to participate! May dates are the 13th and 27th from 1:30-3:30.

Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

The WRHA published a new website with up to date health information for pregnancy to preschool. It’s written by a Public Health Nurse and is mobile friendly.  Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:

What is the difference between a sore throat and strep throat?

Sore Throat

  • Caused by a virus
  • Starts more slowly
  • Red throat
  • Usually NO white spots (except with Mononucleosis)
  • Mild to moderate sore throat
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Hoarse voice
  • Red eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Note: Sore throats due to a cold, flu or other virus, will go away on their own. Antibiotics will not help and should not be given.

Strep Throat

  • Caused by a bacteria
  • Starts very quickly
  • Red, swollen throat (tonsils) with white spots and tiny red spots on the roof of the mouth
  • Severe sore throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache
  • Nausea
  • May have a rash
  • Note: Antibiotics are used to treat

Tips for comforting your child (for a sore throat or strep throat):

  • Keep your child hydrated by offering plenty of fluids or breastfeed on cue.
  • Gargle with warm salt water
  • Let your child rest
  • If your child has a fever, dress your child in light clothing and remove any extra blankets.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Tempra®) or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) are the medicines that can be used to reduce your child’s aches and pains from the fever and illness.