A chance for little ones that are on the move, up to 3 years old, to move! A great chance to climb, crawl, dance and jump. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org SNP Child & Family Centre - 3120 Tillicum Road, behind Pearkes Recreation Centre
Weekly playgroups for self-identified dads with children under 5. On Saturdays from 9:30-11:00 AM at 3100 Tillicum Road. To register contact Paul@snplace.org
Friday Families and Friends Playtime is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years program. Join them at this free program for parents and caregivers of children up to six years old. A time to play, enjoy the gym, explore art and have a visit with friends! Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd. For information, or to register to attend, please contact the Peninsula Early Years Centre
The Family Support Institute of BC (FSI) is a provincial not for profit society committed to supporting families who have a family member with a disability. FSI is unique in Canada and the only grass roots family-to-family organization with a broad volunteer base. FSI’s supports and services are FREE to any family.
Provides educational support for K-12 students attending district Private or band operated schools. SELEEMW Daycare infant/toddler and 3 to 5 years.
Head Start is a drop-in program for parents and their children ages 0 – 4 years old. They offer playgroups, nutritional support and parenting workshops, which all include transportation and childminding as needed.
Discover Victoria literacy events and browse their curated digital resources to help guide you across your learning journey!
Saanich Commonwealth Place is a recreation facility located at 4636 Elk Lake Drive. It features: competition pool, wave pool, dive tank, shallow tot pool, steam room and sauna; fully equipped, air conditioned weight room; aerobic, dance studio and five multi-purpose rooms; full size gymnasium, proshop, café and free parking; Greater Victoria Public Library - Bruce Hutchison Branch; Teen centre
Through this initiative, gently-used children’s picture books are collected from the community, screened for suitability, counted, labelled, sorted, and bagged for distribution to young children (birth-5 years) and their families on the Saanich Peninsula.
Branches of the GVPL are located across Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, the West Shore and Sooke. Each location has a children's section, as well as drop-in storytimes for families. Library cards are free and you can take home books, DVDs, and CDs for your family.
As a regional system, Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) covers a vast geographic area, from Sooke and Sidney in the south to Port Hardy, Haida Gwaii and the Central Coast. They have always provided with the flexible spaces, new technologies, digital resources, and exciting programming that people expect today.
Saanich Peninsula Literacy builds capacity through enhancing existing programs and services, raising awareness and leveraging resources out in the community
Panorama Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational and general interest programs at many different locations including Greenglade Community Centre throughout the municipalities of North Saanich, Central Saanich and the Town of Sidney.
At Kid Care Canada the focus is social and emotional health, now considered the best foundation for mental, emotional and physical wellness, and happiness and success throughout life. Their resources guide you so that you can be a more confident and relaxed parent. You will see how your everyday nurturing actions put your infant or toddler on the path for social and emotional health, and that the benefits last a lifetime!
Parents, caregivers and community members can borrow a Play & Chat Pack in support of a child`s social connection and language development. Each pack has a theme, and includes activities and tips for playing and building language skills. There are 25 different themes to choose from. Packs are housed at the Peninsula Early Years Centre, 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears
At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, Beacon Community Services offers a welcoming, nurturing space for families and caregivers with children ages 6 and under. Families will find comfort and encouragement, as well as important resources and supports that help build a strong foundation for young children – so they get the strongest start possible in life. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton.
Beacon Community Services’ programs and services span every phase of life. They dedicate themselves to: helping keep children, youth and families healthy, strong and connected, sheltering seniors and people with disabilities in safe, affordable housing, and much more
Bring your littlest ones to the library for stories, songs, rhymes and movement. 0-5 years. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). The Sidney/North Saanich Library Branch or the Vancouver Island Regional Library is located at 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney BC
Parent-Child Mother Goose is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years registered program. A free, fun program of favourite rhymes, music and stories that help to develop language skills for children (2 months – 3 yrs). In partnership with School District 63, this early literacy program provides social connection and support for parents and caregivers. Offered as registered 10 week sessions, with age appropriate groups and snacks.
Toddler Time is a Beacon Community Services' Peninsula Early Years program. Join us and enjoy a free weekly play time with your little one, and meet other families. This drop-in program also offers information, discussion and support during this very active stage of life and learning. For children 9-24 months old and caregivers/parents (siblings welcome).
This parent-child playgroup is an extension of our Family Support Program. The group offers support to parents with children 0-6 years who may be facing challenges in life such as single parenthood, low income, or young parenthood. The group will focus on supportive parenting strategies. Call to register. Sooke group meets every other Thursdsay 10AM-noon.
StrongStart is a free program for 0-5 (pre-Kindergarten), with their parents/grandparents/caregivers to attend. Parents and Caregivers are expected to be actively involved and engaged with their child during the StrongStart visit, so that there is optimum child development and sharing learning. StrongStart supports the development of young children consistent with the goals of the British Columbia Early Learning Framework.
Whether you enjoy a stroll in the park, a swim in the pool, playing soccer with friends, or a round of golf, West Shore Parks & Recreation has programs and facilities for everyone. West Shore Parks & Recreation is governed by the board of directors made up of representatives from the City of Colwood, the City of Langford, the District of Metchosin, the District of Highlands and the Town of View Royal.
SEAPARC is pleased to offer a variety of program options for 4 months to 5 years. Programs include a licensed preschool, social programs, sports, swimming and skating. Located at 2168 Phillips Rd, Sooke.
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides services for children from birth to 5 years of age with or at risk for developmental delays, living in Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. It is a multidisciplinary service based on child needs and family priorities.
They have plenty to offer children of all ages. Books, stories, games, crafts, audiobooks and more! Located at 2065 Anna Marie Rd., Sooke
The Sooke Region Literacy project supports literacy and educational initiatives, providing programs and more!
Sooke Family Resource Society offers the following groups in the Sooke/West Shore communities: Parent and Tot Playgroup, Parent Discussion Group, Early Years Neurodiverse Playgroup, and Family Support Group. See calendar for schedule.
Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities where children find opportunities to make friends and interact with others of similar ages. Participate with your young child (aged birth to five) in play-based early learning activities – including stories, music and art. This is a free program for families that helps prepare children for success in kindergarten.
Find fun toys & meet other families. They have a large library of toys that range from baby dolls to rescue heroes! Play, borrow, enjoy community.
Bring the whole family to the Y indoor family playground! Play, run, bounce and explore while meeting other families in the community. Parents are asked to stay and enjoy this program with their children.
Drop-in early learning program where your child will explore and play with you in an environment that is friendly, safe and inspiring!. You will meet other families and get to share in the excitement of your child's early learning experiences. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while attending the program. Nutritious snacks are provided. StrongStart Learning Centres are located at the following schools: George Jay Elementary, McKenzie Elementary, Macaulay Elementary, James Bay Community School, View Royal Elementary, Craigflower Elementary. Visit the website for more information.
The Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program (YP3) helps young women (aged 16-29 years) who are pregnant or in the early months of parenting. The program helps them to improve their chances to have healthy pregnancies, develop safe, positive parenting skills and increase coping and decision-making skills. The program specifically supports vulnerable youth who are at risk of becoming homeless and who may have substance use issues. By placing them in a stable Care Family suite for up to 1 year, they are supported as they learn independent living, parenting and life skills.
Parenting Support Groups are free, anonymous, and confidential self-help groups providing parents and caregivers with a safe space to share their stories, build communities, learn new skills, receive emotional support and discover new services and resources. The groups offer weekly or bi-weekly meetings and other activities organized by trained volunteer facilitators.
This is an opportunity for children to explore and play, to meet other families and caregivers. Join the FGCA staff as they explore the challenges and joys of parenting young children over lunch. Programming will include a shared snack and group discussions as well as a shared lunch. Due to the limited space inside, they ask that you park your stroller in their covered stroller parking area at the front of the building while attending the program. Mondays, 10:00am - 12:30pm *this program does not operate during school closures (summer break, winter break, spring break, Pro D days) Contact for more information.
C’NEX was designed for families in Burnside Gorge whose children are in the care of the government or at risk of being taken into care. By using an Integrated Case Management Model, the C’NEX program builds parents’ capacity to assess their family needs and strengths. Parents and children are assisted in accessing and creating the appropriate supports
COVID-19 Update: Please see website for most up to date information. About the program 8 to 10 sessions that increases parenting confidence, and aims to make parenting easier. For parents with children 12 months to 12 years of age. The topics discussed offers suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you promote your child’s development and look after yourself as a parent. Hosted at the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria