School Age Network

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Next Meeting:  Thursday April 19th, 2018 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the IIQ office, 550 Braidwood Avenue.  TopicSexual Health Development of School Aged Children

At this network meeting Karly Jessup, RN, BScN, Public Health Nurse will share information about the sexual development of school aged children. Included in this presentation will be dialogue about how to have conversations with girls who begin to menstruate while in your program, recognizing and respecting parental beliefs. Come ready to share your stories, strategies and questions around this topic.  To register go to:


Previous Meetings:

Topic:  Working From a Cart, Thursday January 18, 2018.

Each attendee is asked to bring 2-3 invitations/experiences/items that are ‘must haves’ when working from a cart in a school age program.  Be prepared to talk about why this invitation is important and how you see the children using these items.  After everyone has shared their invitations we will have the opportunity to play and explore with these materials.

Topic:  What do we Want our Network to Look Like?  Thursday November 2, 2017.

On Thursday November 2, 2017, 15 school age staff came together to discuss how they would like to see the school age network move forward.  Participants discussed how they want this group to have both a formal learning component and a sharing/networking time built into each session.

Future topics ideas were discussed such as: working from a cart; documentation; sharing spaces and toys in schools; loose parts; cooperative games; curriculum and guidance for children in mixed age groups; supporting siblings; dealing with menstruation and snack ideas.

The group liked the idea of having some meetings at the Investing In Quality office and having others at program sites.  One of the group members is setting up a closed Facebook page for school age staff to share ideas (more information about this to follow).  A couple of attendees are interested in helping to facilitate some future networking meetings which is a wonderful way for the growth of professional leadership skills.

Our next meeting has been set for Thursday January 18th, 2018.  An eventbrite invitation will be mailed in the near future.  If you want to be included in the school age staff email list, email Beckie at

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Curve Lake

Thursday, February 13 at Strath MacLean Child Care

Details: A good-sized group was welcomed at Strath where we discussed some past topics such as peer massage. We had a tour around the site with lots of discussion of programming ideas and challenges. There were also many examples of documentation for participants to view and discuss.       

A recently circulated story about a school playground experience with removing rules was shared. One of our roles is to share information with the wider community and this offers food for thought. Here is the link:  


Thursday, November 28 at the IIQ office on Braidwood

Details: There was some follow-up discussion about the presentation with Marc Battle. Re-visiting gun play was one of the things which interested the group. There was also some sharing of how different programs deal with dressing (or not) for going outside now that the cold has arrived.

We also watched a couple of short video clips on peer massage. Here is the link: Peer massage


Thursday, October 10  at Trent Child Care: Monsignor O’Donaghue

Details: A group of educators met and had a lively discussion of their programs, ideas and challenges. There is interest in making observation and documentation a focus of the meetings over the year.


There was also interest in sharing email addresses within the group. This would allow you to send out questions or share activities that you have done. If you are interested, please contact Katherine at    or   (705) 749-3488  ext. 218