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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(Re-scheduled) Supervisors Network Meeting: Retention Training Series - Becoming an Employer of Choice (Session One)


The September 26th Supervisors' Network Meeting will be part 1 of the 3 part Retention Training Series facilitated by Detry Carragher with CarvoGroup, held Wednesday September 26th at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Centre Belle Alliance.

By attending the entire series you will be rewarded 7.5 hours of on-going training hours, and by Registering for this session, you are committing to Session Two and Three as well. 

  • Session one date:  September 26, 2018    
  • Session two date: October 24, 2018
  • Session three date: December 12, 2019

This training experience is most valuable to anyone working as a Supervisor/Director.

This series will be offered at the Centre Belle Alliance, Summerside.

You will enjoy this session and it will positively influence your leadership skills! We encourage supervisors from all across PEI to join us! Please note that registration is now necessary for all network meetings!

Workshop Descriptions –

Session One -

Becoming an Employer of Choice

How do you make your centre a place where people aspire to work? Organizations now, more than ever, say that competition for well-qualified staff has increased in the last few years. Detry Carragher, an award- winning management consultant will share insightful research related to attracting, hiring, and keeping top talent.  She’ll provide attendees with practical tips to improve recruitment efforts, elevate the candidate experience, and create a workforce who demonstrate a passion for their work.  Roll up your sleeves and get ready to embark on the insider’s journey to helping you become an employer of choice!

Session Two-

Innovative Recruitment Strategies

Remember the days when you simply had to advertise a job and the resumes flooded in?  Certainly, those were the good old days. With the heightened competition for workers today’s recruitment approaches require a bit more originality and creativity to stand out from the crowd.  This fun and informative session will be filled with low-cost high impact strategies every attendee can implement immediately.  Let’s do this together, shake things up, and get people focusing on a career with you in early learning and child care.  

Session Three –

Facilitative Supervision: The Heart of Retention

The research shows time and again that people desire respectful workplaces where their contribution is valued.  Facilitative supervision is an approach that emphasizes mentoring, joint problem solving, and two-way communication.  In this session we’ll discuss leadership styles, how to help individuals to set goals, autonomy and decision making, and how to work alongside a workforce with varying needs and interests. 

Facilitator Bio: Detry Carragher
Detry Carragher is an Award-Winning Management Consultant, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Coach, and Business Leader who helps create Better Workplaces and Stronger Communities™ through her firm CARVO GROUP.  As a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, Detry’s work extends to several of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Fortune 500 technology companies and Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada.  Her expansive client list ranges from sole entrepreneurs to larger institutions such as the Canadian Space Agency. 

She currently serves on the National CPHR Canada Board and is a Founding Director and Chair of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of PEI.  Her fresh take on challenging the status quo often sparks meaningful dialogue and change. Her insights have been featured on CBC, CTV, and the National HR Reporter publication. 

The ECDA has been supporting Directors and Supervisors for nearly ten years through the Supervisors Network. The intention of the group is to encourage open dialogue and knowledge exchange to enhance quality practices, such as human resource practices and policies, pedogogy and leadership. The Supervisors Network is open to all supervisors, directors, and administrators of licensed early learning and child care programs. No previous attendance or membership necessary - come one, come all!

If you have any questions about the Supervisors Network please contact Sonya Hooper at 902-368-0070 or Bonnie Bell at 902-368-1866.

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Refund Policy:

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.