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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Educators Resources

The ECDA is pleased to offer you an up-to-date list of resources on child development, early learning, and child care. You will find links, downloadable documents, and videos on current research, helpful advice, thoughtful essays, templates, guidelines, and more*. These resources, created by the ECDA and our partners, have been categorized into popular topics for easy navigation. If there is a resource you are looking for but is not listed, please contact us

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Accelerated and Steps to Success

Accelerated and Steps to Success Information Packet


As you know ECDA has been working in collaboration with Holland College and the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning to offer continued educational pathways. We know that there have been many questions, inquiries, and curiosities about the upcoming stream of the Accelerated Training Program as well as Steps to Success. Though Applications are not yet open for the Accelerated programs, we want everyone to be as prepared as possible for when the time comes! In order to assist in this process ECDA has developed an information packet to answer many of the frequently asked questions about both of these programs. This packet also contains important forms for both programs. We encourage you to share it with any ECE in the sector who may be planning to continue their education. We encourage you to read through the document in its entirety, we feel that this information packet has everything you need to make an informed choice, and that it is beneficial to those in the sector as they begin to make plans and decide whether they are eligible to apply when the time comes!


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