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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Making Sense of the World-- Illuminating Schemas (Online Interactive Webinar)

What is a schema? Schemas are patterns of repeatable behavior that can be often observed in children’s play - sometimes an annoying or mystifying behavior/interest! (think of a baby dropping items – repeatedly from a high chair – or a four year old continually spinning wheels on a dinky car or throwing items across a room– even while you are talking with them!)

Children are fascinated with patterns (schemas) and are trying to learn more about the world around them. How do we identify a schema? How can we help children explore their schemas to enhance their learning? Research tells us that if we work with their schema(s) children begin to think more deeply and our work with children becomes more interesting and it is easier to program. In this workshop we will learn about the recognized schemas, and some strategies to use to help children further explore them and enhance their thinking.


Facilitator Bio:

Liz Hicks, elementary teacher from England, ECE diploma, 38 years in early childhood, in various capacities, and at present a private consultant working in early childhood education in NS, providing professional development in a variety of topics, environmental rating scales, also consultations and program coordination. I believe children are capable, curious and need to connect with people and the world around them, which is also a belief I have for the educators that work with the children. I believe in lifelong learning for all (especially myself!) and want to help educators provide the best environments and experiences for ALL children that encourage awe, wonder, learning and excitement in


Please note: Participants will be given the link to the video and are required to participate in two ways-- with a microphone/built in speaker (such as the one built into your phone) and through chat. In addition to this, the facilitator will be keeping a log tracking which members contribute and which do not, she will then give this list to ECDA upon completion and those that do not contribute will not receive PD hours. 


*Please note payments must be made by E-Transfer of PayPal during this time. Please contact Bonnie if you have any further questions. Registration is not processed until payment is received.



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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.