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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ECDA Awards of Excellence & Years of Service Pins

We are accepting nominations for the ECDA Awards of Excellence, as well as the NEW Years of Service Award. The nomination deadline has been extended to October 22nd. These awards will be given out during a special ceremony at our Fall Conference on November 8th. 

  • ECDA Award of Excellence – working or retired, influenced ELCC sector
  • Educating with Excellence Award – outstanding ECE working in the field
  • Leadership Award – a champion for children
  • Cooking for Quality Award – outstanding cook working in the field
  • NEW Years of Service Award – ECE who has been working in the field for a designated period of time

We're making recognition more accessible to all of the amazing ECEs across the sector! You can submit a quick & simple application for yourself or a colleague to receive the Years of Service Award. Simply fill out the one-page form and submit by email, in person, or by mail. All eligible nominees will be awarded a Years of Service pin to celebrate this milestone in their early childhood career.

If you know someone who you feel is deserving of special recognition, please take this opportunity to make it official, and nominate them. Their hard work and dedication should be acknowledged! Please find the nomination packages below.

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Please be aware that to receive a full refund of your registration fees, notice must be provided to the ECDA, via email, 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event. Beyond that, to receive a 50% refund of fees for a cancelled registration, appropriate documentation ie, doctor's certificate or such must be provided.