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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Mental Health First Aid Training - Part 1 of 3 part session


Approved for 12 hours of ongoing PD

PLEASE NOTE - This is the first evening of a mandatory 3 part training session. 

Tuesday, November 20th - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, November 23rd - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 24th - 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Downstairs Boardroom - Room 101 - 3 Brighton Road, Aubin-Arsenault Building Charlottetown, PEI - at the ECDA offices

Description: The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Basic Training course was developed to help people provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. It aims to increase mental health literacy, focusing on the four most common mental illnesses: substance-related, mood, anxiety and trauma-related and psychotic disorders. MHFA Basic Training teaches participants how to recognize early warning signs that a person may be struggling with a mental health issue as well as intervention strategies for mental health crisis situations. Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with their family, friends, communities and workplaces.

About the Instructor

Elizabeth Eldridge (BMT, MTA) is a professional speaker and Founder of Arpeggio Health Services, and has been a Certified Instructor for Mental Health First Aid Canada since 2012. Upon achievement of her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at Acadia University, Elizabeth completed an internship in Mental Health Recovery Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. In this role she supported clients working toward recovery from various psychiatric conditions in outpatient, inpatient, and forensic settings. This experience ignited Elizabeth’s passion for mental health, and her company now provides consultations, educational opportunities and clinical music therapy services throughout the Maritimes. Elizabeth has trained over 2,000 members of the public in Mental Health First Aid, having facilitated more than 140 sessions. She is frequently contracted as a keynote speaker and has partnered with numerous organizations for staff education to improve workplace mental health. In addition to Mental Health First Aid, she delivers several standardized and original programs including safeTALK: Suicide Alertness. Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick, and as President of the Canadian Association of Music Therapists.


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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.