10 Reasons to Choose Quality Early Learning and Child Care

Expert knowledge Early childhood educators are experts in child development and are trained to create inspiring learning environments!
Intentionality Early childhood educators provide your child the gift of time and attention. They will stop and explore the new flowers or jump in the mud puddles with your child.
Young at heart Early childhood educators know how to have fun! They’re not afraid to be silly and laugh with your child; all while nurturing your child’s creativity and helping to build their self-confidence.
Setting limits Every child needs reasonable boundaries, such as no playing ball inside. Early childhood educators set limits and support families in doing the same.
Love of literacy Early childhood educators read and tell stories, sing songs, and do puppet shows to inspire a love of language and to build early literacy skills.
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Confidence boost Early childhood educators provide safe opportunities for your child to be independent and to become confident in their personality and decision making skills.
Inspired learning Early childhood educators ask open-ended questions to inspire creative thought and curiosity, to encourage children to explore, and to make learning fun.
Life skills Early childhood educators use their expertise to develop programs that use play as a tool for teaching math, literacy, science and essential life skills that last for life!
Making friends Early childhood educators are educated to appropriately support children to gain social skills, which are so important in making friends and developing positive relationships!
Helping hand Everyone gets stumped by parenting from time to time - juggling schedules, demands, and behaviours. When it gets tough and you need someone to talk to, reach out to your child’s early childhood educator!
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Students Attending National Child Care Conference in British Columbia

April 10th, 2019

Pictured left to right: Megan Gallant, Megan McPhee, and Michaela Cudmore.

The ECDA will be attending the national child care conference, co-hosted by the Early Childhood Educators of BC and the Canadian Child Care Federation, in Vancouver, British Columbia from April 11th–13th. Educators from across Canada are coming together to be informed, challenged, and inspired by topics surrounding leadership, infant toddler care, Indigenous early care and development, and pedagogical documentation.

The ECDA’s Executive Director, Sonya Hooper, is a panellist on the Pan Canadian Panel—Leadership in Action. Reflecting on what’s influenced her as a leader, Sonya fondly remembers having the opportunity to attend a national conference when she was a student at Holland College. Understanding the tremendous value of networking and learning from fellow passionate educators, the ECDA is proud to be sending two students to this conference.

Megan Gallant, a first-year student in Collège de l'Île's Early Childhood Educator program, and Michaela Cudmore, a second-year student in Holland College's Early Childhood Care and Education program, are thrilled for the opportunity to attend.

“I’m very excited to see and hear from other educators and people in the field! Having the opportunity to attend so many enriching sessions on things I’m very interested in will help my learning greatly,” says Michaela.

“I’m most looking forward to meeting other people in the field and learning new techniques and information,” says Megan Gallant. “Attending the conference will enrich our learning because we will have the opportunity to interact with educators from all over the country.”

Megan and Michaela will be accompanied by Megan McPhee, preschool educator, member of the ECDA Board of Directors, and the 2017 recipient of the ECDA’s Educating with Excellence Award.

“The sessions I registered for relate to pedagogy, mentoring and leadership--these are all aspects that will help me grow as an educator, a professional, and as a person,” says Megan McPhee. “I will forever be grateful for this opportunity, I consider myself a lifelong learner and any opportunity to advance my knowledge and skill set is exciting!”

Follow us on Twitter as Megan G., Megan M., and Michaela takeover our account and share their conference experience!