Nov  4, 2020. Your bi-monthly update from ESFP, announcing a webinar with Dr. Deborah MacNamara!

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Week of Nov 9-13 the following programs are cancelled:

Monday & Wednesday Backyard Playtime
Tuesday & Thursday Occasional Childcare 
Wednesday, Mamas and Babes Meet Up
Wednesday, Creating Connections

These programs are going ahead as scheduled:

Tuesday & Thursday Creative Family Fun Time
All Zoom- Mama Ganso, Circle of Security and Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement

Week At a Glance at Eastside Family Place

These are our ongoing & regularly scheduled programs during the week. See below for information on stand-alone workshops, webinars, and other online content.

  • Grandview Park Playground Outreach - meet up with ESFP staff, 10:00-11:00
  • Backyard Playtime, 11:00-12:00
  • Occasional Childcare, 10:00-12:00 
  • Creative Family Fun Time, 10:00-11:15 in the Britannia Community Garden (or the Brit Carving Pavilion on heavy rain and cold days)
  • Grandview Park Playground Outreach - meet up with ESFP staff, 10:00-11:00
  • Creating Connections group, 10:00-11:00 
  • Backyard Playtime, 11:00-12:00 
  • Private Counselling, 1:00-2:00 
  • New Moms and Babies group, 1:15-2:15
  • Mama Ganso, 9:30 - 10:30 on Zoom
  • Occasional Childcare, 10:00-12:00 
  • Creative Family Fun Time, 10:00-11:15 in the Britannia Community Garden (or the Brit Carving Pavilion on heavy rain and cold days)
  • Circle of Security on Zoom, Oct 23- Dec 4 1:00-2:30 
  • Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement on Zoom, Oct 17- Nov 21, 10:00-11:30 am
All Programs & Activities are by registration. More details on each program can be found below. 

ESFP staff can also be reached by phone, and we can often be found in Grandview Park playground connecting with parents - talk to us informally, ask about our programs, get referrals to other supports in the community - we are always happy to help!
Eight Months In - Cultivating Resiliency and Well-Being in our Children
a webinar with Dr. Deborah MacNamara, PhD

Join us in the 2nd of Eastside Family Place’s webinar series: Parenting in Challenging Times, as Dr. MacNamara speaks to parents of the importance of raising resourceful and resilient children, especially in today’s reality. Find out how adults play a key role in cultivating the roots of resilience that have lasting effects on their children's capacity to endure adversity and find a way through.

Deborah MacNamara, PhD, is on faculty at the Neufeld Institute, author of the best-selling Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one), and operates a counselling practice supporting families. She is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor who makes developmental science come to life in the everyday context of home and classroom.
Webinar date and time: Tues Nov 17, 7:00 - 8:30 PM on Zoom
Have you ever noticed the Britannia Carving Pavillion, located in the school parking lot? We will meet in this amazing open air, yet sheltered space on very rainy and cold days during our outdoor Creative Family Fun Time, (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:15). This will allow us to continue our outdoor play program, but in a more sheltered place! Thanks, Britannia!

Ongoing Outdoor Programs 

Backyard Play Time
Join us in our backyard play space Mon and Wed from 11 am -12 pm. Enjoy activities and connect with staff and other young families. Register on our
website every Wed & Thurs and on the Fri we'll confirm with you. Note that if you have previously registered, you can also email us directly to request a spot. Our safety plan can be found here.

Creative Family Fun Time UPDATED INFORMATION
We are committed to continuing with an outdoor/nature-based play program and are please to let everyone know that on those really rainy and cold days, we will be running the program at the Britannia Carving Pavilion, located in the their parking lot off of Venables St. If the weather is okay we'll be meeting in the garden as usual.

Every Tues and Thurs morning 10 -11:15 we will meet in the Britannia Community Garden or the carving pavilion during heavy rain  to play games, do nature crafts and explore the garden. Register on our
website every Wed & Thurs and on the Fri we'll confirm with you. If you have previously filled out the CFFT registration form, you can also contact us via email to request your day/s. 

Take it and Make It Craft Kits

Welcome to Creative Family Fun Time's online program. This is an arts based family activity that can be done at home on rainy days via our YouTube channel and we even supply the materials! If you are interested in joining in the fun, send an  email to Arlene. She will set up a time for you to pick up your craft kit and give you the YouTube link for the weekly project. Every week we will have a new craft for you to try out at home! Grab the links for previous projects just below!
Here's the link to all our previous craft projects on YouTube, as well as some At Home Science experiments to follow along with supplies you have on hand at home. Email Arlene to request a kit!

Workshops and Programs 


Creating Connections and Calming the Self Group
 in-person.* This is an 8-week program designed for 3-5 year olds and their parents to explore ways to co-regulate through expressive arts and movement. Join Mamata and Krystle to dance, play, and make art together to foster attachment, emotional regulation and self-expression!
Wednesdays, Oct 14 - Dec 9,  10 am to 11 am, Email Mamata to register. Limited space available. *Note: this is an in-person program (following current public health recommendations).

Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement, on Zoom. Join Nuri and Dawn Zoe as they lead you in our Saturday morning early literacy program with songs, rhymes, stories and creative movement. 
Saturdays, on Zoom, Oct 17 - Nov 21, 10-11:30 am for 6 sessions. Email to be put on the wait list for the winter session.

Circle of Security parenting program, on Zoom. Explore child development, needs and behaviours from the lens of attachment. By being more in tune with your children's connection needs, you can develop strategies to more positively respond to them, and create a closer relationship. Limited to 6 participants on Zoom.
Fridays, on Zoom,  Oct 23 - Dec 4, 1-2:30, for 8 sessions. Email to be put on the wait list for next time we run the group.

Mamas & Babies Weekly Meet-Up Group in-person at ESFP for mothers and their pre-crawling infants. We'll start with a gentle stretch and strength mini yoga session with local doula and yoga teacher, Melissa Rodrigues,  with time at the end for networking and discussion. Group size is limited to 4 families. We will register by the month, so you will be with the same group each week, and you can re-register each month if you wish (until your baby is more mobile). Masks will be mandatory for all adults. Email Gaye  to get on the waitlist.  Wednesdays, 1:15-2:15.


Cooking Skills with Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition, on Zoom. Andrea will share her approach to making nutritious, yummy meals in under an hour. The classes are from 5:00-5:45 pm, and  you can cook along if you so choose. Ingredients list and recipes will be provided in advance. 
  • Better Snacks - Friday, Nov 20, 5-5:45 pm. Registration Link.  Ditch the unhealthy ingredients, wasteful packaging and extra cost of store-bought snacks by learning how to whip up some healthier versions of your kids' (new or current) favourites. 
  • Kids Cook Holiday Baking Class- Friday, Dec 11, 5:00-5:45 pm. Email Gaye to get on the list.  Invite your kids to this holiday cooking class to bake-along  with Chef Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition, along with her honorary Sous-Chef and 4-year old daughter, Freyja. We will be making simple, healthier sweets recipes to enjoy together this season. You will get the ingredients list beforehand and the original recipes to bake along. This class requires adult participation and is for kids preschool-aged and up.
Parenting in Challenging Times. Join us on Zoom in our 2nd of our special virtual workshops by parenting experts. This month, we are pleased to bring you the wisdom of Dr. Deborah MacNamara (see more in article above) who will help us take a look at lessons learned in the 8 months since the pandemic started in BC. We'll look at resilience, finding optimism and finding our way through while parenting young children. 
Tuesday, Nov 17th, 7:00-8:30 PM. by registration

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Krystle Sivorot, is offering in-person* counselling appointments to ESFP members on Wednesdays. Her practice supports children, youth, and adults struggling with emotional challenges and encourages cultivating the wisdom of the body and mind. Her practice uses breath, movement, and mindfulness to deepen a connection to the body as a resource for well-being and nurturing joy. (remote/tele sessions also available). To book a session, email Krystle. No cost for ESFP members ($20 per year/family, subsidies available).

OCCASIONAL CARE: 'Break Time for Mom and Dad!'
Take a break, get some errands done, see your dentist... we've got you covered! Offered every Tues and Thurs 10-12, must be pre-booked. If you aren't already registered as a child care client, you will need to do a gradual entry process. To register or to get more details, email Gisele McClain, our childcare staff.
Look what we have! Our very first ESFP calendar. This is a community project, featuring many families that attend ESFP programs. We hope you'll join in by purchasing one or more! Each month has suggestions for activities to do with your children, and focuses on health and well-being, and reconciliation-in-action. By donation, suggested contribution is 20.00. Available now! Give us a call or email to arrange to pick yours up. 


COVID-19 testing info and list of testing sites can be found here on the VCH website.

Drs. Bop and Pop (really!) upbeat Youtube song about mask wearing. The good docs have several related vids.

Who wouldn't want to sing "Washy Washy Clean Scrub Scrub" to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It"?

Newly launched official Canadian electronic government petition started by the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships. The link below will take you to the petition and the form you need to submit, to sign the petition. You need to be a citizen or resident of Canada. It is a 2 step process whereby you receive an email to validate once you have signed the petition.
  • Free Counseling Service. If you are struggling and would like to speak with a Registered Clinical Counselor,  please email us for a confidential referral
  • From - access support workers/social workers/  psychologists for confidential chat sessions or phone calls by texting "WELLNESS" to 741741. If you are a frontline worker, text "FRONTLINE" to same number. The Wellness Together Canada mental wellness portal- wide range of free resources
  • Pacific Post Partum Support Society, 10am-3pm, phone / text support for new or expecting parents. 604-255-7999
  • Cathryn McPhee is an East Van parenting consultant from Information Children, and can help with ages 0-12 years. CALL 778-782-3548 for a confidential call-back, or go online for more info on their free services
  • Dr. Vanessa Lapointe - parenting author, online classes, blog  
  • The Neufeld Institute - resources on the pandemic and its effects on children, from an attachment-based, developmental approach
  • Hand in Hand Parenting  Special Playtime experts/videos/live
  • Elevating Childcare  RIE based, respectful parenting podcast/newsletter
  • Susan Stiffelman  Parenting Without Power Struggles
  • The Vancouver Rent Bank supports individuals and families who need access to a temporary loan to maintain their housing stability/avoid homelessness
  • Family Services of Greater Vancouver help with financial benefits, emergency budget planning CALL: 604-368-2469 or e:
  • Helping Women Now,  from Dress for Success. Helps women affected by job reduction/loss
  • Provincial hotline dedicated to answering NON-MEDICAL questions, CALL 1-888-COVID19 or 1-888-268-4319
  • Corona Virus: Your Legal Questions Answered, People's Law School
  • Map Showing  free/low-cost food in Vancouver
  • Better Together BC, recipes, inspiration for eating more family meals together
  • East Van Cares, by Grandview Woodland Food Connection. Free food boxes to seniors and families with young children, volunteers and donations gladly accepted!

The social isolation measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic are making it more difficult for those who are at risk of abuse or violence to safely reach out for help. “Signal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way. For more information on the Signal for Help, including tips on how to help someone if you see it on a call, please go to the Canadian Women's Foundation page. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

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