Handle with Care is a set of simple interactive strategies to help parents and caregivers, including those who work in early childhood settings to promote the mental health of young children from birth to 6 years. The term mental health refers to people’s social and emotional well-being.

  • To promote the mental health of children, centres need to establish links between home and the child care setting
  • Actively involving parents and families in the centre in meaningful ways creates partnerships that benefit children
  • Behaviour guidance
  • Positive practitioner approaches
  • Preparation for transitions
  • Respecting parents as primary care givers
  • Open door policies for parents
  • qualifications and defined roles
  • Staff treating children in the way they want to be treated
  • Teamwork focus

The centre complements the home, it does not replace it.

  • Family is most important
  • Supports family’s roles and decision making
  • Recognizes strengths, diversity and culture

Handle with Care is intended to be used by a wide variety of individuals who interact with and care for young children from birth to age 6.

The program is organized and presented into 4 building blocks;

  1. Building Trust and Attachment
  2. Building and Enhancing Self Esteem
  3. Expressing Emotions
  4. Relationships with others (children and adults)

These building blocks provide a range of activities that can be woven together as appropriate for participants’ needs and interests.

ECDSS is working collaboratively with the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre to build capacity to be able to deliver this Facilitator Training to programs and agencies in Alberta.  We look forward to offering this in 2016. Sign up for our newsletter to find out when it becomes available.