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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Post-Secondary Training

There are currently more than 400 early childhood education-based positions across PEI within licensed early childhood development centres, family resource centres and family support programs. A certified early childhood educator could work within the PEI early childhood development sector with families, infants, toddlers, three or four year olds on either full or a part-time bases. Communities offer a variety of services to support children and families, including nursery programs, playtime programs, child care programs, and play school. Many centres are listed on our Early Learning and Child Care Registry, which can be found here. A diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education can be obtained on PEI by attending the two year program offered at Holland College or Collège Acadie. Successful graduates interested in furthering their education can apply to the University of Prince Edward Island to obtain their Bachelor of Child and Family Studies.

Holland College Early Childhood Care and Education

A comprehensive, nationally recognized program with stringent quality standards, Early Childhood Care and Education features program content based on the Occupational Standards for Early Childhood Educators.

It is widely recognized that the training of early childhood educators is one of the most significant indicators of the provision of quality child care. Students in this program have the opportunity to study the historical roots of child care and education and child growth and development, and will explore the connections between these factors. Students also develop an understanding of relationships, and how play and the learning environment contribute significantly to a child's development. Through study and practical application, students experience the thrill of having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.

For more information about this program, visit the Holland College website.

UPEI Bachelor of Child and Family Studies

Open new doors with Child and Family Studies! Do you have a diploma in early childhood care and education and a desire to continue your learning to better serve children, youth and families? Then the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies, an articulated program between Holland College and the University of Prince Edward Island, is an option you will want to check out. Graduates with an early childhood education diploma spend an additional 2 years completing upper level university courses at UPEI. Full-time studies won't work for you?! Don't worry. The majority of the students in the program are part-time. They are taking 1-2 courses a semester while continuing to meet their work or family commitments. Students in the Child and Family Studies program take courses in family resource management, family dynamics, life-span human development, professional practice with children, youth and families, child and family education, and parent-child interactions. Choose from electives in human sexuality, family policy, women's experiences of aging, or housing. Courses from other disciplines are also required to prepare well-rounded family professionals. Many of the courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate the flexible schedule needs of a part-time students who may be working in child care and early learning centres. Upon completion of this program, students interested in further studies in education would be eligible to apply to any Bachelor of Education program. There's enough flexibility in the elective courses for you to broaden your horizons with courses in history, languages, music, sciences, math or social sciences.

For more information about this program, visit the UPEI website, or send an email to familyandnutrition@upei.ca or call the Department of Family and Nutritional Sciences at 902-566-0620

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Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É.

Ce programme prépare l'étudiant à travailler à titre d'éducateur dans les centres de petite enfance. L'étudiant obtiendra les compétences nécessaires pour mieux collaborer avec l'équipe de travail et avec les parents. L'étudiant apprendra les techniques appropriées d'observation de l'enfant afin de reconnaitre des problèmes le limitant dans son développement. Il apprendra aussi des techniques de planification et d'animation d'activités éducatives visant le développement global et harmonieux de l'enfant; ainsi qu'à répondre aux besoins de l'enfant à divers niveaux : alimentation, hygiène, environnement sécuritaire et sommeil.

Une certification provinciale est disponible avec l'obtention de crédits de dix cours spécifiques et un stage.

Pour plus d'informations, visitez le site Web du Collège Acadie.


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