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listed in Play & Parenting, December 2012

Latest Resources from Best Start Resource Centre

  • Online breastfeeding course from Best Start
    This free, online breastfeeding course is designed for staff and volunteers of community agencies and hospitals who work with prenatal women or new families. The goal of the course is to enable health and social service providers, volunteers and individuals who work with pregnant women or new families to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. It is divided into 7 short modules. The entire course will take about 1 – 1 1/2 hours to complete. A certificate of completion will be provided upon request and when the “test your knowledge” sections have been passed.  www.beststart.org/courses/

  • New parent website on early child development
    Best Start Resource Centre has created a new website on early brain development for parents of children zero to three year and for expecting parents. HealthyBabyHealthyBrain.ca offers many suggestions to help parents support their baby’s brain development. This is done through 15 short videos showing everyday situations, filmed with families from Ontario. Experts also offer practical suggestions for parents, based on proven practices. The videos emphasize the importance of attachment and relationships and encourage parents to interact often with their babies, in a positive way.

  • Breastfeeding Matters: An important guide to breastfeeding for women and their families
    This booklet will help women and their families navigate from prenatal decisions to breastfeed, through early breastfeeding experiences to confidence and success. Topics covered include: making an informed decision, getting started, learning to breastfeed, expression and storage, common concerns and where to get help. The booklet was tested by many pregnant and breastfeeding families and contains some of their quotes. Additional topics: Blocked Ducts, Mastitis and Thrush are covered in three down-loadable fact sheets. http://www.beststart.org/resources/breastfeeding/index.html

  • Building Resilience in Young Children
    A resource to help parents boost their child’s ability to bounce back from life’s challenges and thrive.

  • Step by Step: Engaging Fathers in Programs for Families
    A step-by-step guide for planning and implementing strategies for engaging fathers in family support programs.

  • Be Safe: Have an Alcohol-free Pregnancy – printer-ready handouts in multiple languages
    Downloadable, multilingual fact sheets with information and tips for expectant parents about alcohol use in pregnancy.

  • How to engage francophones when you don’t speak French
    Based on a webinar of the same title delivered in June 2012, this brief resource explores in three simple steps, practical ways to meaningfully engage Francophones even when you do not speak French.

Reaching IN... Reaching OUT (RIRO) resources for facilitators

Breastfeeding video from Aboriginal perspective
Our Tradition, My Choice: One expectant mother’s journey about breastfeeding (Northwest Territories Prenatal Nutrition Program) is a documentary-style training video about the benefits of breastfeeding from an Aboriginal perspective.

New website devoted to proper car/booster seat use
Developed by the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada and other partners, the Car Safety and Kids website aims to create broader awareness of the importance of proper car seat and booster seat use and encourage correct and consistent child passenger restraint use as the socially expected norm.  www.carsafetyandkids.ca

New formats for Nipissing District Development Screen (ndds) tools
The Pocket ndds is a durable, spiral bound 5 x 7” booklet featuring all thirteen checklists with activities. Great for office display and pocket reference. The Poster ndds is a set of thirteen 11 x 17” posters featuring one checklist for each age. Perfect for displaying the checklists where they are used most in your centre or office. 10% off all orders using the coupon code "pocketposter" from now until December 24, 2012.  www.ndds.ca/products

For Me, as a Parent... toolkit for practitioners
The For Me, as a Parent... kit, originally developed in French in 2008, is now available to practitioners in English. It is neither a program nor an evaluation instrument, but rather an intervention support tool that offers concrete aid to professionals working to support parents in their roles with their children. Based on an approach that builds upon parents’ skills, needs and motivations, the For Me, as a Parent... kit offers a set of tools for discussion and interaction that can enhance and facilitate the application of support programs already in place.  Read more about the toolkit or visit http://formeasaparent.com to order.


See the resources that were listed in Play & Parenting, Fall 2012


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