New Westminster Family Place is a family resource program for families with children 0 - 5 years old. Many families are new to parenting, new to the City or new to the country. The reality of parenting can be overwhelming especially with no extended family to help. Here they meet each other to share the joys and challenges of parenting and are able to attend parent education classes and receive information and support from the staff. We help parents to provide a good start for their children by promoting, encouraging and providing family related services and learning skills program with a preventative and educational focus. The volunteer interacts with the children in the playroom, assisting with supervision and socialization. Encourage imagination with the dress up clothes, promote the love of reading by sharing a book, experiment with gravity with block towers. The children learn to trust other adults and parents learn different ways of interacting with their children.
Play. Sing. Learn. Have FUN. Volunteers assist Early Childhood Education (ECE) certified staff & parents in playroom with children (free play, story-time & art, etc.) - newborn to 5 years. Assist with set up and clean up before and after the session.
Minimum 14 years of age & minimum intermediate English skills. Genuine interest in young children and a friendly, welcoming personality essential. Must show initiative interacting with children in a positive manner. Ability to safely and securely lift and carry children.
Excellent experience for those considering a career working with young children. Also of interest to those thinking of Social Services careers as you will become aware of issues faced by families with young children and the services available. Many post secondary programs require volunteer hours working with families and children. Example, Early Childhood Education and Child and Youth Care Counselling.
Satisfactory results of a criminal record check and 3 references. Minimum commitment one session (2.5 hours) per week for at least 3 months. Shifts Monday - Friday, morning and early afternoon