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Nanaimo parents invited to learn and play with their 3 – 5 year olds

For those with young kids, you’re invited to bring them to one of Nanaimo’s parks to get them learning and playing.

The Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district has put together a few activities for young children to do to get them ready for the school system.

“Getting them ready for what’s coming up, to come join in to school, and also a chance to tell people about other ‘early years’ programs we have in our school district— like our StrongStart centers,” says District Principal Early Learning and Care for Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools Diane Mcgonigle.

One of the events was held yesterday at Deverill Square Park, but future ones include one on April 21st in Mansfield Park, and May 2nd at Huddlestone Park in Lantzville. They will both be from 12pm-2pm.

There will also be one at Ladysmith’s Transfer Beach from 5-7pm.

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Activities include various small games and things that help expand a child’s understanding.

“The activities all come from a ‘Lets Play; Activities for Families’ book that was published by the ministry of education and childcare,” says Mcgonigle. “They’re based on the early learning framework, which guides learning up from 0 to age 8.”

The ones at the Deverill Square Park included a camping activity, a sort of stepping stone activity, and a few others. A storywalk also was provided by the City of Nanaimo. Pizza was offered to parents or children who came to play.

“It’s helping to teach families about the importance of play, and how much young children learn through play,” says Mcgonigle.

Funding for the event is provided by the government, and it is free for families to attend and be a part of.

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