Family Event: U Can Move & Swim Meet

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 2:30 – 6:00 pm (please arrive by 2:15 pm at the turnstiles)
Location: U of T Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. (at Spadina)

Join Varsity Blues and Junior Blues for a fun-filled afternoon of activity!

Families will participate in the physical literacy activity then cheer on the Varsity Blues swim meet afterward!

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Multi Sport – Physical Literacy (children 4+ years of age)
3:30 pm Free pizza for families who participated in the multi sport – physical literacy
4:00 pm Varsity Blues swim meet at the Varsity pool

Family Swim Meet is free for U of T students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners and children!

To register for swim meet and pizza:
E-mail family.care@utoronto.ca and include your name, status with U of T, ages of all participating children, and any dietary restrictions by Wednesday, November 13th.

Elder Care: Dementia 101 (University of Toronto Mississauga)

A dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming and often we don’t know where to start.

Come join us for this workshop as you begin this journey.  The topics covered include:

  • What is Dementia?
  • What changes can I expect?
  • What are some common symptoms?
  • How can I communicate effectively?
  • How can the Alzheimer Society Peel help me?

Facilitator:  Danielle Farrell, Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Peel

Appointments with a Counsellor from the Alzheimer Society

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Family Care Office, 214 College St., Main Floor

Are you coping with a loved one who may have Alzheimer’s Disease? A highly trained counsellor will be available for free 45 minute confidential appointments on Friday, November 15.  The counsellor will be able to discuss any questions or personal concerns you may have about dementia, such as getting a diagnosis, immediate and future care, family matters, ethical issues, stress and coping techniques.

To make an appointment, please call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951.

Please register early, space is limited! University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners/spouses are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Faculty Relocation Service Information Session (Staff only)

Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Centre for Learning, Leadership & Culture (LLC) formerly Organizational Development Learning Centre (ODLC), 215 Huron Street, 6th floor, Room 610

In this session, you will receive:

  • An overview of the service provided by the Faculty Relocation Service including how to arrange for appointments for prospective tenure and teaching stream faculty, and how to order faculty recruitment booklets
  • Information from guest speakers who will review Faculty Housing, Dual Career Connection, immigration, and recruitment

A light vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Building, 214 College Street, Room 313

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will:

  • Find out what are the childcare options available
  • Learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers
  • Learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers
  • Learn about the latest changes in the system
  • Find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Baby & Toddler Talks: Toilet Learning (Webinar)

Toileting is a skill that needs to be learned. As a parent or caregiver, learn how to how to set your child up for success when they are ready to use the toilet. We will discuss how to establish core skills, steps to toilet learning, and how to deal with accidents, in order to keep your child motivated to continue learning. Most children will start toileting between 2 and 4 years old, and some as young as 18 months. Every child is different so learn the signs to look for to determine your child’s readiness.

Facilitator: Sharmeen Abeysinghe is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) with thirteen years’ experience working with families and children. She is also a mother of two boys ages 9 & 6. Sharmeen’s views on toilet readiness and child rearing have foundations in Early Childhood theories, however, it is her practical experience from working as a RECE and being a parent, from which she draws the most upon in finding solutions that work.

Registration required. U of T students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

Grad Talk: Becoming a Parent in Graduate School

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Cumberland Room, Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George Street

Lunch will be provided.

Many students debate whether they should have a baby in graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. This session will help you make a more informed decision about what it means to start a family during grad school, including:

  • A panel discussion featuring a faculty member and graduate students who are raising children; you will be able to hear firsthand about their experiences for integrating studies and careers with raising children
  • Hear about programs and resources available for students who are starting a family: University and Government leave policies; funding options for pregnancy/parental leave; and, resources for new parents
  • Self-assessment — you will have an opportunity to explore your own readiness to start a family.

Presented by the Family Care Office, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Gradlife Program.

Registration required. University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Planning for Pregnancy and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Join us to find out how to make healthy choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum. The session, created by Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, will address participants’ specific concerns on a range of topics including: questions around conceiving, health concerns and risks during pregnancy, health care provider options, antenatal care and screening tests, and post-partum issues. Participants will be able to access resources that support the information provided in the workshop.

Facilitators: Drs. Meghan McGrattan and Dana Soroka, U of T Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Making Your Own Babyfood

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable, and best of all you know exactly what’s in it! Learn to:

  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Compare homemade and store-bought baby food
  • Adapt the food their family is eating to their baby’s needs
  • Handle and store food safely

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, Food Share

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.