Southgate Medallion Tribute

Parent Edition - March/April 2022

Welcome to the March/April 2022 edition of the Southgate Medallion Family Day Home Agency parent newsletter.

Upcoming Holidays

  • April 15th: Good Friday (Statutory Holiday)
  • April 18th: Easter Monday (Quasi Holiday)
What Spring Looks Like Around The World

Coordinator Corner

Happy March to you all! Let’s hope Spring weather isn’t too far away as we face the new month. As we are looking towards Spring, I would also like to wish you a Happy Easter in advance.

Thank You!!

On behalf of the Agency I would like to thank you all for your continued patience as we navigate the new changes to child care funding. This is the first year of a five year plan to implement affordable child care for all families in Alberta. There have been lots of changes to navigate and we thank you for working alongside us as we face these new processes.

File Reviews

The Agency has recently had two file reviews from Licencing. This process involves our Licencing Officer reviewing the Agency’s file keeping, and then they conduct an unscheduled visit to selected day home educators homes to ensure that they are maintaining the day home standards. I am happy to report that the licencing officers found all five homes to be in compliance with the day home standards.


Thank you to all of those parents/families who participated in the January Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Consultants will be reviewing the results throughout March and contacting you.

Parent Survey

Watch this space for an upcoming annual parent survey. The Agency really values your input and feedback and so we ask that you take five minutes to complete the online questionnaire. Results will be reported in the May-June Parent Newsletter.


As you can tell, the agency is trialling a new way of formatting the parent newsletter. We hope that you have like it. Please let your consultant know what you think. Once again we value your feedback.

Best Wishes




  • Please check with your educator if they are open on the Easter Monday. If they aren't, please inform them if you need back up care.
  • To receive the full amount of subsidy, a child must attend the day home for a minimum of 100 hours. Please watch your children's hours of attendance.

Educator Spotlight

"Let's make foods for Bird" - Saba Qureshi

Children were playing outside in the backyard. Child Er and child El began filing their bucket with grass. Child A set up her toy kitchen, putting together the stove, some plates, and cups. She said “I am going to cook some food”. Child El approached her and said “we got a lot of grass, let’s make bird food for bird, he must be hungry”. A replied to her “That’s a good idea, let’s make yummy food for bird. We need some salt in it”. Child E ran and brought a rock and said “Here, this is rock salt, we are going to use it in our bird food”.


Child A put the rock salt into the bucket and hit it on the grass inside the bucket. She said “I want to flat my grass. It’s not flat yet, oh I have an idea”. She ran to the gas pump and brought it near the stove. She picked up the toy gas nozzle, put it in the bucket, and made a sound: “gurrrrr… gurrrrrr……. I am mixing my grass and rock salt.”


Child A said “We should put some water in our bird food. It is too dry. Bird will choke. I have my water bottle outside, wait, I’m going to give you some water from it”. She poured water from her water. Then both of them started pouring the water into the bowl and mixed the rock and grass. Child A said, “this food is so cold for bird, I should put it in the microwave and warm it.” After they warmed up the food, child El said “we need to put this food on a high place, so he can reach and eat it”. She picked up the food and ran towards the slide. She climbed the slide’s steps and put the food on the roof of the slide. She said “Here you go bird, here is your food, come and eat it”.

This activity enhances children’s social and emotional development by supporting, encouraging, and listening to others. Children created imaginary scenarios in which they explore new possibilities and take possession of their world.

Potty Training Tips and Tricks

Potty Training Tips & Tricks

As your baby grows into a toddler and beyond, there are so many ways she becomes more and more independent. You’ll love seeing all these exciting development milestones come and go, but one in particular might require a fair bit of your attention. That’s when your child goes from diapers to being fully potty trained. Potty training is a complex process, and it can be tricky to know what the best approach is because every child learns differently, boys may learn differently from girls, and there is no one best way to teach the necessary skills.

1. Make sure your child is ready. Try not to rush the process and start potty training too early, before your little one can achieve success. Look for the signs of readiness in your child before starting to potty train your little one.

2. Get your child involved in choosing the potty. If possible, go shopping for the potty chair or potty seat together with your child. It will make him feel more included and more excited about using his brand-new potty.

3. Buy big kid underwear as a sign of encouragement. Purchase fun underwear, like ones with a favorite cartoon character or superhero graphic. Explain to your child that once he learns how to use the potty, he can wear this fun big kid underwear. You can also let him wear this underwear as a treat while potty training, too. Just be prepared for some potty accidents.

4. Place the potty in a convenient spot. The bathroom is the obvious location (and putting it there may help your child make the connection that going potty happens in the bathroom), but you may also want to think about placing the potty in your child's bedroom for easy access after naps, or in the playroom.

5. Get on a potty schedule. Once your little one starts potty training, implement a simple schedule. For example, you could encourage going on the potty after eating or after naptime. This lets your child know that going potty is a routine thing.

We hope that these tips can help you and your child during potty training. Don’t lose hope if it isn’t happening as seamlessly as you’d like. With one of these techniques, or perhaps with another technique you’ve found works for you, your little one will eventually get the hang of it.

How To Potty Train Your Baby | 10 Tips on Starting Potty Training for Babies and Toddlers

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