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Executive Director

The BECIP Executive Director shall be responsible to the Board of Directors and will carry forth policies as set by the board. The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for the overall management of the organization; ensuring those services for children and their families are administered with agency policy to achieve the broad organizational goals. The responsibilities of the Executive Director can be grouped into five categories – board, financial, human resources, program, and partnerships/relationships.

Early Interventionists

The job of an Early Interventionist is to teach the parents to help their child so that their child will reach his or her full potential.  A Personal Program Plan is developed with the family in conjunction with recommendations from professionals who have assessed the child (Early Childhood Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, etc).  Home visits are made to provide suggestions and activities, based on the Personal Program Plan.  This Plan is reviewed with the family every six months and referrals/appointments are scheduled with professionals when assessment updates are needed.  Early Interventionist's are also trained the Diagnostic Inventory for Screening Children.  These tools are implemented when needed.

The goals of the Early Interventionist are to:

  1. To assist families in identifying realistic goals and in planning a comprehensive developmental program for their children
  2. To provide families with educational training and resources, in their homes, to further develop those teaching skills which will accomplish the identified goals for the child and family
  3. To assist families in the co-ordination of early childhood and family services
  4. To provide opportunities for families to develop mutual support networks within their communities
  5. To provide information to the community of the needs of children who are developmentally delayed and their families; and to promote the community’s involvement in providing for those needs

Autism Early Childhood Consultant

As an Autism Early Childhood Consultant, we work with families and their children from birth to age five who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or who are awaiting diagnosis. Weekly visits to the home and bi-weekly visits to center-based programs, if the child is involved in, helps both the child and families work towards and meet their goals. Goals such as increasing communication skills, improving cognitive skills, and improving fine and gross motor skills are continuing to help these children reach their potential. A Family Service Plan (FSP) is developed with the family and team members involved with each child to establish goals and activities especially for the child and base it on what is important to the family and the child’s needs and development. School transitions and working with school personnel to ensure a successful transition for the children on caseload into the school system is a key element to the Autism Consultant position.

Another important aspect of this position that helps to make a difference in the lives of the child and the family is community connections. Several projects have been undertaken to ensure those connections continue and remain in the community. An Autism Resource Library has been developed and organized with informational books, resources, games/activities and toys that families and center-based staff can access to improve their understanding of their child. It will continue to be updated and expanded annually. A quarterly newsletter has also been developed and is distributed to families, agencies, schools, and center-based programs. This has provided an opportunity to get information out on events happening, autism information, and local and provincial training opportunities families can participate in.

Early Childhood Outreach Consultants

The position of the Early Childhood Outreach Consultant is a partnership that was created by BECIP, Kids First, and Day Care Division.  The nature of this position is to provide support and a link between Licensed Child Care Facilities, BECIP and portions of the Kids First program.  A large portion of this position includes supporting the licensed Child Care in our community.  There are currently six Child Care Facilities and six Licensed Family Child Care Homes.  Support is provided through resources, meetings, and group reflection.

The Toddler Activity Group (TAG) was created October 2009 from the need for a physical activity group for children 18-36 months. TAG runs every Wednesday from October to June starting at 1:30, running to 2:30 in the North Battleford Public Library basement. TAG promotes physical activity (gross motor) and parent child interactions. 

Licensed Child Care Facilities in the Battlefords and Area

First Steps: Student Child Care Centre
1761 – 110th St.
North
Battleford, SK  S9A 2Y2

Phone: 306-446-2411
Fax: 306-445-6878

Learning Tree Child Development Centre
1122-103rd St.
North
Battleford, SK  S9A 1K6

Phone: 306-445-8703
Fax: 306-445-8701

North Battleford Daycare
1312 – 99th St.
North
Battleford, SK  S9A 0P8

Phone: 306-445-4312
Fax: 306-445-4350

Playtime Co-operative Childcare
Box 905, 251 – 21st St.
Battleford, SK  S0M 0E0

Phone: 306-937-3184
Fax: 306-937-3926

Sakewew Child Care Centre
11501 B – 8th Ave, Box 607
North
Battleford, SK  S9A 2Y9

Phone: 306-445-6650
Fax: 306-445-6651

Village Centre Childcare
1302-113th St.
North
Battleford, SK

Phone: 306-445-5363
Fax: 306-446-8901

Cando Child Care and Development Centre
Box 250
Cando, SK  S0K 0V0

Phone: 306-937-1802
Fax: 306-937-1803

Biggar and District Daycare
Box 128
Biggar, SK  S0K 0M0

Phone: 306-948-3916

 

Early Childhood Consultants

The role of the Early Childhood Consultant is to support Pre-Kindergarten programs in the Battlefords and provide support to children and families by:

  1. Assisting the Teacher with the children on caseload, waiting listing and those showing need for support, by being present at each Pre-Kindergarten classroom at least once a month
  2. Offering services to families of children who are showing the greatest need for support in the classroom
  3. Developing a Family Service Plan (FSP) that will meet the needs of the child and family, both in the home and Pre-Kindergarten setting
  4. Modeling parenting practices and activities which encourage growth and learning
  5. Sharing information about healthy child development and how to provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment
  6. Offering and attending family activities in the Pre-Kindergartens
  7. Connecting your child and family with other supports in the community
  8. Connecting with Kids First home visitors to add extra support to families working with the Kids First Program
  9. Keeping all information confidential

Pre-Kindergarten is a FREE educational program that allows children, 3-5 years old, to learn through play in a structured environment, helping them develop language, thinking, behavior, social, fine motor, and gross motor skills, and actively involving the family in the child’s education through scheduled family events. Pre-Kindergarten classes run Mondays to Thursdays for 2 hours per day, in either the morning or afternoon. It operates from September to June and new students are accepted throughout the year as spaces become available.

Your child may be eligible if:

  1. You are going to school
  2. You are a single parent
  3. You are a low income family
  4. You are receiving social assistance
  5. Your child has speech or language problems
  6. Your child has behavior problems

The following is a list of Pre-Kindergarten programs in the Battlefords and Area, where you are able to receive more information on the program:

  • Connaught School – 445-3661
  • Holy Family School – 445-2360
  • McKitrick Community School – 445-3851
  • Lawrence School – 445-4944
  • St. Mary’s Community School – 445-5152
  • Battleford Central School – 937-2112
  • St. Vital School – 937-2233
  • Clifford Wuttunee School, Cando – 937-3934
  • Unity Public School – 228-2081