While all in-person activities of the daycare center were suspended since the beginning of the pandemic, Bienvenue à NDG continued to offer activities and support to parents and families during this time. Weekly virtual Play Dates were organized every Thursday and/or Friday morning in order to entertain and stimulate kids with various crafts, games and other fun activities on Zoom.
As part of the educational activities offered in collaboration with Let’s Talk Science and Exploration Learning, children were introduced to the world of science and space exploration. Craft kits were distributed to participating families so the children could craft their very own Mars Rover while learning all about space suits. We also plan various activities for kids centered around cultural celebrations from around the world; this year, children learned about Chinese New Year through folk stories and crafting their own Chinese lanterns. Other activities include learning all about the animal kingdom, firefighters and police officers through crafts, stories and play.
In 2020-2021, our family community counsellor organized a total of 39 virtual activities promoting the parent-child relationship, as well as two in-person activities in order to develop better communication within the family and reduce the stress linked to immigration and social isolation.