December, 2021: Final newsletter of 2021! There are 2 workshops in December, a Holiday Treat Cook Along, a winter celebration with wintery photo all the new stuff in January!!

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Winter Holiday Celebration- create photo memories of 2021

Our Winter Holiday Celebration will be on Thursday, December 16 in the morning (Playtime will be canceled). We will set up several holiday themed photo scenes upstairs above ESFP and families can have fun taking pictures of themselves in different settings. The atmosphere will be festive with live music, and we'll have some simple crafts for the children too.

Register in person for one of several 30 minute time slots. Or simply give us a call at 604-255-9841.

Workshops, Groups and
On-going Programs 

New Workshop!


Tues, Dec 14, 6:30- 8:00 PM on Zoom
7 ways to teach reading to your toddler | Lovevery

Dr. Carla Hudson Kam, co-author of the new book, ABC's of Language Development, Discover Language with Your Child, will lead an informative and interactive workshop. Focus will be on understanding child language development, it's implications for later skills such as reading as well as fun, and useful activities to enhance and support your child as they discover language. Register HERE

Bonus! We love this book so much, we will draw for 3 copies!

Healthy Holiday Treats
Fri Dec 10, 5-6:30 PM on Zoom

Join Chef and Holistic Nutritionist Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition for a festive (online) cooking class! You and your kids can cook-along and make holiday treats that freeze well and make great gifts.

REGISTER HERE on our Eventbrite page. You will find the links to the 3 recipes & equipment list there and  the Zoom link.



Getting to the sources of stress, anxiety and triggers
Wed Dec 8, 10-11:30 AM

This very practical workshop will be facilitated within the principle that “you cannot water a garden with an empty watering can.” It will be helpful to parents or caregivers of children aged newborn to 5 years old. Having young children is an enormous adjustment from your life before having kids. And whether we like it or not, we are in charge! So whatever is going on for us impacts our whole family.

This workshop is facilitated by Syd Bosel, a parent educator with over 25 years leading groups and workshops at ESFP. She brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion and humour to her work. Come with a problem in mind, as there will be opportunity for you to work on something that you are currently dealing with. Register on our Eventbrite page  HERE (Zoom link in posting)

Mondays, 12:30-1:30

In-person, upstairs above ESFP. For parents and their pre-crawling infants, with gentle postpartum yoga stretches, songs and rhymes, and time for networking, too.  Go to our website each Tuesday starting at 1 PM to sign up for the following week. Last two groups of 2021 Dec 6 and 13, we'll resume in the New Year (check our website the first week of Jan.)


Registered Clinical Counsellor Krystle Sivorot is offering counselling appointments to ESFP members. Her practice supports children, youth, and adults struggling with emotional challenges and encourages cultivating the wisdom of the body and mind. To book a session, email KrystleNo cost for ESFP members

'Break Time for Mom and Dad!'

Take a break, get some errands done, go for a run or walk... we've got you covered! Offered every Tues and Thurs morning 10-12, and must be pre-booked.  To get more details, please email Gisele.

Avoid Disappointment!
Register Now for Programs in the New Year

Wed Jan 19, 10-11:30 AM on Zoom

This 1.5 hour Zoom workshop will be helpful for parents/caregivers of children aged 1.5 to 5 years old. 

This interactive and practical workshop will lead parents/caregivers to appreciate that their young child's intentions are pure (they are not just trying to drive us nuts!). Much frustration (the child's and the grown-up's) stems from caregivers' lack of appropriate expectations of their child's developmental stage. Parents and caregivers will be given time to work on:

  • What's under this behaviour? (Temperament, needs, environment)
  • What variables can be put in place to help my child to do well?
  • What am I contributing to this scenario? (What are the variables in place to help YOURSELF to do well?)
  • How can I do things differntly, so I get different outcomes? (Because we are the grown-ups....)
Facilitated by parent educator, Syd Bosel (who also leads our Nobody's Perfect Program, see below). Register HERE on Eventbrite.

Note that this workshop will be a great prequel to Nobody's Perfect, as it starts the week before in the same time slot, and the topic is a very frequent one at NP! 

Parenting Program, Six Wednesdays 10-11:30
Jan 26-Mar 5 ON ZOOM

Why join NP?
Because there are no perfect parents -
let’s get free of that pressure!

Families are complex, challenging, and worth every bit of effort. The Nobody's Perfect parenting program is about finding your way as a parent -- even when family life gets a bit messy. Find ideas and support to help you manage today's challenges and your child's needs. Discover your strengths as a parent, and build new ones with the support and encouragement of other parents.

Real Life. Real Support.

Parenting can be hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. Find the support and encouragement you’ve been looking for at a Nobody’s Perfect program. It's fun! It’s interactive & it’s supportive. Small group size for more indepth discussions, Limited to 12 participants.

What parents say about Nobody's Perfect: "The group felt like a safe space where everyone's voice was heard and appreciated. So many families are going through a hard time .... we were encouraged and it was a very comfortable environment for open and honest conversation" ..."I feel more connected and confident." .... " was amazing to see how attending the program gave me more focus & less stress..." 

Register HERE.



Nurture early literacy, language, music - and family fun!
Songs, Rhymes, Stories & Movement Together for ages 0-5

Six Saturdays, 10:00-11:00, Jan 29- Mar 5 ON ZOOM

What participants say about FRR + M: “Dawn Zoe and Nuri were fantastic at leading, making us feel welcome, and introducing our child to music…so amazing to have a free music class in East Van. We can’t afford other music classes right now…” “We learned a lot of songs that our child loved, and we sing them often.” “Wonderful.”
Register  HERE.



Eight Wednesdays, 1-2:30 IN PERSON, Jan 26 - Mar 16
Circle of Security  is a program designed for parents children aged 0-6 years who want to strengthen the bonds with their children and would like support to help their children to build secure relationships.The Circle of Security is a visual map of attachment. The Circle of Security figure is a central visual focused on helping caregivers reflect upon children's attachment needs in order to promote secure attachment with a child. A series of video clips are viewed followed by reflection questions in the group discussion. This helps parents become attuned to the child's needs along the "circle." Facilitated by Cathryn McPhee, BSn, MEd, and Certified COSP Facilitator.Email to get on the waitlist, you will be contacted in early January to finalize the registration. Participants must be able to commit to the full 8 weeks. Public health orders will be followed.  Childcare available.

Nine Fridays, 1-2 PM, Jan 14- Mar 1
For Native Spanish Language Speakers

Enjoy songs, rhymes and stories in Spanish to nuture your child's mother tongue, and create community with other Latin parents. Taught by Rita Arciniega and Erika Flores who are certified Parent Child Mother Goose faciltators. Depending on current health orders, we may offer this program in person. If that is the case, class size will be limited. Get on the wait list HERE.


 Eight Fridays, 10-11:15 AM, Jan 14 - Mar 4.

Support your baby's development through touch, movement and face to face interactions. For babies aged 6 weeks to PRE-crawling and their parent or parents. You will learn ways to enhance your baby’s motor development through creating an enriching environment for them in the early months. In this class you will learn age and stage appropriate activities for baby with hands-on techniques, ideas on how to play with your baby and the importance of all the developmental stages babies go through in the first year of life. This class is a great opportunity to learn, be more empowered as a new parent, and meet other parents and their babies online (Zoom). Register on Eventbrite soon, it's almost fully booked.
For more info on any of these, contact or call 604-255-9841

ESFP will be closed from December 20 - January 3, and will re-open on January 4. Check our website for program registration.

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