Aunty B’s House is a live action preschool sitcom featuring the silly, warm and funny foster mom, Aunty B. With her vivacious spirit, playful nature, love for music, and capacity for unconditional love, Aunty B maintains a stable, supportive and loving home for kids that have not always had one.
Together with her diverse family of foster children, Zachary, Shelley, and Khadijah, Aunty B has built a home where everyone can be themselves and explore what makes them special. She helps each of her children stay connected to their diverse backgrounds and by doing so, encourages kids at home to accept each other for who they are, celebrate their differences, and learn that families come in many different forms.
In each episode, Aunty B helps one or more of her kids through the many challenges that foster children face growing up. She tackles these challenges head-on with her own special brand of humour, music and love. In Aunty B’s house, no one ever feels alone, so their challenges inspire other family members to help out. For example, when Shelley first arrives, Zachary will tell jokes to make her feel comfortable, Khadijah will show her a sticker collection and encourage her to start her own hobby and Aunty B will almost certainly make up a silly song and dance to make her feel welcome.
In the end, Aunty B’s unique approach to life helps them solve their problems the right way, with kindness, empathy and fairness. The episodes always end with the family together, strong as ever and ready to take on the next challenge, whatever it may be.
Kids from non-traditional families will find themselves in these stories right away, and the themes are universal and connect with preschool-aged kids from all backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and identities.
Aunty B is everybody’s favourite foster Mom. She’s seen many foster children pass through her door over the years, and all of them come back saying the same thing: “Aunty B is the best!”
Aunty B grew up in the foster care system so she knows what it’s like to feel like you don’t belong. As a foster mom, Aunty B’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive home to Children from all backgrounds and abilities; just as her own foster mom once did for her. Aunty B loves to sing, dance, and play to bring her lessons to life. She’s enthusiastic, sometimes overly so, but she finds a way to balance fun with responsibility. She can be a friend and confidant to her children, while also setting high expectations for them.
With all this energy and excitement, Aunty B may be our main character, but as she’d be the first to tell you, the children are the stars of the show.
The oldest of Aunty B’s foster kids, Zach takes his leadership role seriously, much like he takes everything else (especially soccer!).
Zach is a “measure twice, cut once” kind of kid. While it makes him a great engineer, he gets frustrated when things don’t turn out perfectly as planned. Fortunately, Aunty B is helping Zach learn that mistakes are not only an important part of learning, but that many of science’s greatest discoveries happened purely by accident.
Khadijah is the youngest of Aunty B’s foster Children. Before she joined Aunty B’s family, Khadijah had trouble expressing her feelings. Now she wears her heart out on her sleeve. With her over-the-top facial expressions and comically blunt language, you always know what Khadijah is feeling.
With the help from Aunty B, Khadijah learned to channel her feelings through arts and crafts. That's why you’ll often find her drawing, painting, or making something creative that expresses how she feels, and she has the biggest sticker collection on the block.
Shelley is the newest member of Aunty B’s House, and it’s her first foster home, so as the audience, we will feel that new experience through her eyes. Shelley is an avid reader and book lover. Inspired by the heroes in her books, Shelley wants to matter; she wants to make a positive difference in the world and help kids like her have better lives.
Sometimes Shelley escapes into her books because she finds the challenges of real life too much to bear, but thanks to Aunty B, she is getting more comfortable with the ups and downs of life’s roller coaster.
Simon is the kid next door and Zach's best friend. He's also our window from the outside world into the world of Aunty B. He is inquisitive and loves to ask questions about foster family life. He loves spending time with Aunty B and the family.
Patricia the Social Worker
Every foster home is assigned a social worker, and Aunty B’s house is no different. Patricia the Social Worker comes by the house to lend a hand, or just to spend time with Aunty B and the kids.
After the passing of his wife, Shelley's Dad needed help taking care of Shelley and therefore, she currently lives with Aunty B. He comes to visit her whenever he can.
Aunty B’s House is an engaging and warm-hearted preschool, live-action, comedy series that focuses on emotional development and personal and social development. Aunty B is an unconventional foster mom, who hosts a flowing and growing roster of foster kids using laughter, music, and play. Directly in line developmentally for the target age group, this series connects with many aspects of personal and social development such as identity, family, friendship and personal growth through the lens of foster family life. Aunty B’s House also connects with many aspects of emotional development, such as regulating emotions, identifying the emotions of others, regulating their own behaviour in the face and the needs of others, and sharing and describing their emotions to others. The emotional and personal and social developmental skills that are targeted throughout the episodes are integral for every child, and especially for the foster child who is also typically dealing with even more complicated emotions. Aunty B is the solid support for every child in the house, regardless of the transitory nature of being a foster child. She responds to situations with empathy and respect, gently encouraging the children to communicate their emotions and solve problems in caring and kind ways.