The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a free group experience for parents and their babies and young children (age 0-6 years). We focus on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together with children, parents, and caregivers. During each hour session, we learn new ways to cope and have a chance to meet other parents and caregivers. These skills and pleasures are taken home to be shared with older children and often with other caregivers, parents, and grandparents in a way that enables the whole family to benefit.
Parents and caregivers gain confidence and learn that they can positively affect how their children behave and learn. They discover appropriate alternatives to strong physical control, develop more realistic expectations of their children, and learn new ways of dealing with difficult, fussy times.
Children in the program show a marked improvement in language and pre-literacy skills, gain self-esteem, and develop early social skills.
Together, parents and children experience the delight and “magic” that comes from enjoying a favourite rhyme and song together, take away a repertoire of rhymes, songs and stories, and enjoy strengthened bonding. Program participants also often develop a network of friends.
This program is free and runs year-round at three locations:
- Knox Presbyterian Church (59 Riddell Street, Woodstock) – Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.
- Avondale United Church (60 Harvey Street, Tillsonburg) – Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.
- Fusion Youth Centre (121 Thames St. N., Ingersoll) – Thursdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.
For more information, contact the Parent-Child Mother Goose Leader at Oxford-Elgin Child & Youth Centre at: 519-539-0463 ext. 234