School Age Children (5-19 years old)

Children and youth getting help

From age 5 years to the start of adolescence, your child’s development slows and the school years follow a steady path of growing and learning. 

In this section, you will find information about health, safety, development and learning for children during this stage.

Information for Parents

Island Health offers programs to promote optimal health and learning for children during their school years. Parents can contact their local public health unit for information about the following services offered to school-aged children:

For more information about your child’s health, contact your local public health unit.

Information for School Communities


Learning

Around the age of five, your child will enter school or begin more structured learning at home. As a parent, you will still be a key contributor to your child’s learning.

  • continue to read aloud to your child every day
    • make sure your child has access to lots of books and magazines at home or from your local library
    • encourage them to read to themselves as much as they can
  • if your child’s learning is mostly done outside of your home, get involved by volunteering at her school and helping with homework
  • encourage curiosity and imagination as part of everyday life
  • give your time and attention to your child’s interests and hobbies
  • capture “teachable moments” each day and use them to show your child that learning is exciting and that it can happen anywhere, anytime
  • model learning in your own life
    • read, take courses and show your own curiosity in new things
  • visit museums, art galleries, construction sites, tide pools, gardens, factories, farms, libraries, government buildings, plays, and airports
    • go anywhere your child can glimpse and interact with the adult world, get inspired, or learn something new

Locations

Ledger House - Children, Youth & Families

Ledger House - Children, Youth & Families

Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health

2400 Arbutus Rd
Victoria, B.C. 
V8N 1V7

250-519-6756

Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre

Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre

Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre
Located at the 
Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
741 Third St
Nanaimo,  BC   V9R 7B2

250-755-3333 or cell/text 250-619-0651

Services

News & Events

VGH Auxiliary funds reno of children’s lab area at VGH

VGH Auxiliary funds reno of children’s lab area at VGH

The laboratory area located within the Child and Family Ambulatory Unit at Victoria General Hospital (VGH) has been transformed into a more inviting area for the children and babies who visit it, thanks to $150,000 in funding from the Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary. 

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People unveiling a truth and reconciliation plaque.

Island Health Magazine Fall 2021

Read articles on building resilience in children; how loneliness impacts health; tips and recipes for healthy to-go lunches; information about IBD and a feature about patient partners.

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Large red letters that spell "Emergency" in front of an emergency department

Island Health asks for public’s assistance in appropriate emergency department use

Island Health is asking people to do their part to ensure our hospital emergency departments can continue to meet the care needs of patients experiencing medical emergencies.

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