At Beacon Community Services, we strive to foster children’s healthy intellectual, social and emotional development.
New program offerings regularly become available, so if you don’t see a particular program here, please feel free to call 250-655-5305 to inquire. For families with children birth to 6 years old, you can also contact the Peninsula Early Years Centre at 250-415-9794.
A free drop-in group for new parents and their babies with a chance to discuss specific topics surrounding the health and well-being of a new family. The program gives parents the opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in a warm and inviting space, with a variety of guest speakers presenting from the community. The group is held at the Peninsula Health Unit, 2170 Mt. Newton X Road.
For further information and a list of upcoming topics, please visit www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears or call/text the Early Years Centre at 250-415-9794.
Are you expecting? Or parenting an infant up to 12 months old? Then Best Babies is for you! This Beacon program supports parents throughout pregnancy to help them deliver healthy babies. And it provides a welcoming place for parents and infants to connect.
Vancouver Island Health Authority public health nurses offer information and support, as does our program facilitator and various guest speakers (on topics such as prenatal education, new-born care, nutrition, health, and stages of child development).
The free program includes lunch. For more information/to register, please contact:
Peninsula Best Babies Program: Rachel Green-Enkel at 250-508-7463
Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood, the Saanich Peninsula Early Years Table, is sponsored by Beacon Community Services. A network of dedicated people representing services, agencies and volunteers across the Peninsula meet monthly to coordinate efforts to support the healthy growth and development of young children (0-6), and their families and to advocate for their well-being. To learn more about the work of this active committee, contact the Coordinator at 250-415-2471; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come visit our welcoming space for families, caregivers and professionals! Beacon’s Peninsula Early Years Centre gives one-stop access to practical supports, information, and community resources for children from birth to 6 years old, hosts fun family activities, and supports parents in enhancing their understanding of early childhood development. Our friendly, knowledgeable Early Years Coordinator is available to assist families in a variety of ways. For more information, please text/phone 250-415-9794 Check out the Early Years’ Centre Facebook page to find out what’s happening in our local early years community.
See what’s happening this month with our Program Calendar.
This fun, free program, sponsored jointly with School District #63, provides parents and caregivers with social connections and parenting support while infants and toddlers (0-3 years) enjoy a healthy snack, along with favourite nursery rhymes and songs that support early literacy skills and social/emotional development. We offer several 10-week sessions during the year both for infants and toddlers. For more information please contact 250-415-9794.
In partnership with SD 63, Beacon offers free, drop-in pre-school programming at Sidney elementary school. Parents /caregivers and their preschoolers build valuable skills and social connection before their children enter school. Through play and social setting, StrongStart introduces children to story time, art, songs, nutrition, and other forms of learning which are important to their development. Programs run from September-June; parents or caregivers must accompany children.
School District 63 also offers StrongStart at Brentwood and Lochside elementary schools.
For more information, please contact:
Brentwood Elementary School StrongStart: 250-652-3996
Lochside Elementary School StrongStart: 250-658-5238
Sidney Elementary School StrongStart: 250-656-3958
In partnership with School District 63, Beacon Community Services enables Peninsula kids to develop their language and early literacy skills by distributing gently used, donated books to local families. Our goal is to make free books available so young children may have 1000 books read to them by the time they’re 5. For information about how to donate or receive books, please contact Daphne Macnaughton at 250-744-2631; email email@example.com.