Our Programs

New West Family Place Programs

Welcome to New West Family Place Programs! Here you will find an overview of our current programming available for families with children 0-5yrs in New Westminster, BC. For specific days and times, and to register for our parenting programs please visit our website calendar www.newwestfamilies.ca/events/.

Family Drop-In Program

Come and go as you are able with our flexible open Drop-Ins at QayQayt Neighbourhood Learning Center and the Massey Theatre Gym. Meet other families with children 0-5yrs, learn from our Early Childhood Educators and guest Childhood Professionals and connect with our experienced Family Support workers. Drop Ins are a safe and inclusive place to relax, find resources and connect with others.

Circle of Security (Parenting Program)

A parenting program that leads you on a journey of self discovery; enabling you to obtain a deeper understanding of yourself and your child. At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security Parenting™ program is based on decades of attachment-based research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.

Nobody’s Perfect (Parenting Program)

Nobody is born knowing how to be a parent. NOBODY’S PERFECT is a group facilitated by our trained staff for parents of children from birth to age five; offering encouragement and support along the way. The goal of Nobody’s Perfect is to improve participants’ capabilities to maintain and promote the health of their young children.  Find more information on this great parenting program here http://www.nobodysperfect.ca/home

Monthly Birthday Party

Birthday’s are such a special time to celebrate our children and we want to offer a way to do this for your 0-5yr olds! Join us at one of the last drop-ins of the month to celebrate! Be sure to sign up your child on our birthday list. See our calendar for dates.

Toy Lending Library

Are you looking for new toys? Our Toy Lending Library is now open for our families! We have a big selection of (sanitized) puzzles, pretend-play, and tons of other toys for children of all ages. Sign up for our Toy Lending Library today to borrow toys! To browse, CLICK HERE

Parent Support

Parenting is an incredible journey and we all need some extra support from time to time. If you find yourself needing to talk to someone or need help getting connected to local resources our Family Support Workers are here for you. Email anna@newwestfamilies.ca to request a written response or to schedule a 30 minute support call via telephone or zoom.

Family Literacy Circle

This is an art therapy space to explore your role as a parent. You will use your creativity to discover how you can care for you, so you can better care for your kids. Family Literacy Circle is a drop in program with a limited number of spaces and runs simultaneously with our regular family drop in program at Qayqayt on Thursdays 9:30 -11:30 AM from January 13-March 10.

Me Time

Join us at QayQayt Neighbourhood Learning Center on Fridays 10:30am-12:00pm for some grown up “Me Time”! Enjoy new crafts and activities with Sandra as your children participate in supervised playtime at our Drop In. This program does not require registration and occurs during our regular Friday Drop In. Please note the specific dates on our calendar as we are closed occasionally due to scheduling and training.

Hello Happy Me

An opportunity for caregivers to engage in fun and relaxing activities that support during the stress of the holidays. For 2 weeks prior to the holiday this workshop will run during our regular Qayqayt drop in from 9:30 – 11:30 on Thursday December 9 and 16.

Talk: Baby Foods and Health with Chef Meeru Dhalwala

Ease into the holiday with renowned chef and cookbook author Meeru Dhalwala! She will share her passion for creating healthy and culturally diverse baby foods for ALL families, while our expert New West Family Place ECE staff mind your young children with activities of their own. Chai & pakoras, plus a gift bag of her My Bambiri foods for your baby will provided. The event will be held in the Massey Theatre gym.

Saturday, December 11, 1:00-2:00 PM at the Massey Gym. Free, Registration is required

Shine Bright Winter Solstice Party

We’ve partnered with the Arts Council New West and City of New Westminster to bring you an evening of enchantment in Queen’s Park on December 21, where we’ll light up the darkest night of the season! Expect a family-friendly dance party, woodland themed games, crafts, light displays by artists Ellie Niakan and Catherine Chan, and seasonal refreshments, plus a gift for each child from the Forest Fairy. Dress for the weather and stay for the fun!
The event is FREE but pre-registeration is required through the City of New Westminster at newwestcity.ca/register or 604-525-7388 using the code for the timeslot you choose: 5:00-5:45 pm (126088) | 6:00-6:45 (126092) | 7:00-7:45 (126093)

Most Family Place programming is free of charge. Please contact info@newwestfamilies.ca if you are unsure if your chosen program has an associated costs.

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Most Family Place programming is free of charge. Please contact info@newwestfamilies.ca if you are unsure if your chosen program has an associated costs.