On behalf of a parent of two small children Alex (3 ½ years old) and Milie (15 months) and as a health professional, I hold a certificate from the Healthy Start program.
As a health professional responsible for clinical teaching in the University of Moncton nursing program, I participate in conferences or professional development courses. In the list of courses offered by the University of Moncton’s vocational training centre, I discovered the Healthy Start program.
I decided to do this training on my own time to acquire knowledge, first as a mom who holds her children’s development at heart, but also as a professional to better guide my students during their learning with the children.
During this training, I was impressed by the amount of relevant information it conveys. I have therefore done some research to find out how daycare centres can participate in this program. To my great surprise, only two daycare centres in the region of Moncton / Shediac / Cap-Pelé are on the Healthy Start list. So I have transmitted all the relevant information to the owners of my children’s daycare centre. I was surprised to learn that they had never heard of that training program.
So I sent a request for information and Gabriel Lepage-Lavoie quickly responded. Thank you for the information and the informal conversation. This program is a great opportunity for daycares to help with the development of children.
I highly encourage parents, health professionals and trainers involved in the development of children to take the time to do the training.
Being involved with the first year undergraduate nursing program, I intend to bring this information on this training at a university meeting with the recommendation that it gets integrated to its program.
Following my comments, staff from my children’s daycare opted to follow the training in person.