Novemeber, 2021: We always have something new to tell you about! Read on....

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  • 9:30-11 Indoor Playtime
  • 11-12 Outdoor Playtime (can be combined with Indoor PT)
  • 9:30-10:30 Creating Connections & Calming the Self
  • 12:30-1:30 Baby Meet Up group
  • 10-12 Occasional Childcare 
  • 1-2:30 Indoor Playtime
  • 9:30-12 Caregivers Indoor and Outdoor Playtime
  • 9:30-11 Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program (Zoom)
  • 10-12 Occasional Childcare 
  • 1-2:30 Indoor Playtime
  • 9:30-11 Indoor Playtime
  • 11-12 Outdoor Playtime (can be combined with Indoor PT)
  • 10-11:30 Roll Baby Roll (Zoom)
  • 1-2 Spanish Mother Goose (Zoom)
  • Monthly: Cook Along with Chef Andrea Potter- healthy and hearty meals, snacks and treats
  • 10-11 Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement (Zoom)
Check our website for more details including registration.

Workshops, Groups and
On-going Programs 

COOKING CLASSES - Cook Along with Chef Andrea Potter!
Healthy Holiday Treats
Fri Dec 10, 5-6:30 PM

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.

We are making:

  • A healthier version of Chewy Ginger Snaps
  • Sweet and Savoury Candied Nuts
  • Cashew 'cream cheese' dip

REGISTER HERE for our Eventbrite page. You will find the links to the 3 recipes & equipment list there and you will be sent the Zoom link closer to the date.



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 a 1.5 hour Zoom workshop that 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. Facilitated by Syd Bosel, a parent educator with over 25 years leading groups and workshops at ESFP, such as Nobody's Perfect and Circle of Security. She brings a wealth of knowldege, compassion and humour to her work.

This workshop will be pragmatic and realistic in supporting parents to figure out what’s missing… how to address the sources of your:

  • Triggers (Ever notice that stuff that didn’t bother you before, drives you nuts now?)
  • Anger (Going deeper than the Band-Aid solutions.)
  • Shifting Values
  • Changing Priorities
  • Feeling Compromised

Come with a problem in mind, as there will be opportunity for you to work on something that you are currently dealing with. Register HERE.



In-person, upstairs above ESFP. For parents and their pre-crawling infants, with gentle postpartum yoga stretches, songs and rhymes, basic baby massage techniques, and time for networking, too. Bring a yoga mat and blanket for your baby.  Email  Gaye to register.  Mondays, 12:30-1:30.


Registered Clinical Counsellor Krystle Sivorot is offering 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. To book a session, email KrystleNo cost for ESFP members ($20 per year/family, subsidies available upon request).

'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.

Save the Date!

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 booths upstairs above ESFP and families can have fun taking pictures of themselves in different settings. Each registerd child will receive a gift. Watch closer to the date for registration details!

Here's a Sneak Peak at our Selection of Programs in the New Year

Parenting Program on Zoom 6 sessions on Wednesdays, 10-11:30AM 
Starts Jan 26 - Mar 2

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, register HERE as soon as possible to secure your spot!



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

Register  HERE
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.”

Similar to Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement, in Spanish
10 Fridays, 1-2 PM on ZOOM, Jan 14- Mar 18

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. Get on the wait list HERE.


 8 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. On Zoom. Get on the wait list HERE.

We have several more programs in the works for the New Year, dates to be determined:

Circle of Security  is a program designed for parents and carers of 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 and carers become attuned to the child's needs along the "circle." On Zoom.

COPE- Collective of Parents Empowered is a longer-term support and discussion group, on Zoom. It takes a similar format to Nobody's Perfect, but because parents can participate for 3 sessions of 8 weeks (24 weeks potential) they can go much, much deeper and broader into the issues they want to address. COPE is unique to Eastside Family Place, and after a few years break, will be offered again in the new year. We are very excited to make this kind of deeper work available to a new generation of parents of kids 5 and under! on Zoom.

Creating Connections and Calming the Self. For 2-5 year olds to develop more social and emottonal co-regulation with their parent or carer. Based on expressive arts and movement. 
For any of these, contact or call 604-255-9841

Eastside Family Place is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive space where all employees, volunteers, and participants feel valued and respected. Our Board of Directors invite you to take a look at our new Equity & Inclusion Framework as well as our Anti-Racism & Diversity Statement
To highlight -“We are committed to cultivating a safe(r) space that proactively fosters allyship and a culture of compassion, respect, and learning in relationship. This supports our mission of strengthening a community of connection, well-being and support for children, families and caregivers in East Vancouver.”

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