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Child Development

Play is an important part of a developmentally appropriate child care program. Research indicates that children learn best in an environment which allows them to explore, discover, and play. The process of playing increases a child's self-esteem, opens a young mind to new possibilities, and develops social, verbal, and problem-solving skills.

There is no better way for our young children to learn social skills from interacting with other children.  They learn how to share; take turns; being with others; how to make friends.  This is a great environment for Children to learn their cultural songs while swinging or playing in the sand together.  Above all children enhance their motor skills by using all the various play devices within Cheam’s activity park

The goal in creating a playground is simply to create an environment that will beckon to children and enrich their 'work' of play. Cheam First Nation provides a challenging and fun environment for our children to play safe, to learn through play and to develop young children’s motor skills through using various equipment.


Head start and other 0 to 6 programs

Aboriginal Infant Development: The Aboriginal Infant Development Program supports 0-3 year olds who may require extra support to reach their full potential.  AID Consultants work closely with all infants and their families as soon as they are born.  Support, resources and information are provided within the comforts of the family’s home or in a location of their choice.  Infant Massage is an enjoyable part of this program.

Head start: Head start is a family focused program that is designed, developed and implemented around seven components: Health, Nutrition, Parent and Family Involvement, Sto:lo Culture and Halq’emeylem language, Social Support, Education and Special Needs.  There is a Parent and Tot program that provides children and families opportunities to enjoy nutritious snacks and meals, activities, circle, culture and language, and fieldtrips.  Family visits are offered for those who prefer to meet in their homes and there are also Parenting Programs offered to meet the needs of our families.

Supported Child Development: The SCD Program provides services to aboriginal children who may require extra support due to physical, intellectual, emotional or behavioral challenges.  Children are provided guidance in a variety of ways in order to support them to meet their full potential.

Kwiyo:s—Maternal Child Health:  The goal of the Kwiyo:s Program is to increase the healthy outcomes of First Nations children by providing support prior to and after the child is born.

The Kwiyo:s Program involves a Kwiyo:s (Respected Aunty) supporting parents and young children with their activities of daily living, which may include shopping house cleaning and budgeting, while providing support and information to the parents regarding their children.  This program will also involve a revitalization of our traditional child rearing practices and rites of passage ceremonies.

Ey Qwal Speech and Language: The Ey Qwal Speech and Language provides support to children from birth to kindergarten entry.

A Speech and Language Pathologist screens and assesses children who may be experiencing a speech and/or language delay or difficulty.  The Speech Pathologist and Assistant then provides direct support to eligible children.