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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Big Body Play: Why Something So Scary is So Good For Children

Roughhousing, rough and tumble play, play fighting, horseplay…we have different names for it but all early childhood teachers have seen it: that bone-jarring, boisterous, often frightening play style young children seem to love, and crave. Join this webinar to learn the top reasons why young children need to play this way and how it supports every aspect of healthy development. Learn what policies and procedures help support Big Body Play in group care, as well as how to prepare for and supervise it both indoors and outside. Learn how to document the effectiveness of Big Body Play and share its importance with families.

Participants in this session will learn to:

1. Increase awareness of the role Big Body Play in young children’s healthy development.
2. Implement policies that will help support Big Body Play in group care settings.
3. Prepare environments both indoors and outdoors that support Big Body Play.
4. Demonstrate appropriate and supportive supervision while children play this way.


Facilitator Bio: Frances Carlson has a bachelor’s degree in English from North Georgia College and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Concordia University. She currently works as an Associate Dean at Chattahoochee Technical College in metro Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked as the center administrator for child care programs in Oklahoma, Italy, and in Atlanta, Georgia. She has led four child care programs through the NAEYC Accreditation process. 

Prior to becoming a college administrator, she taught early childhood education in an associate degree program at Chattahoochee Technical College, and was recognized for excellence in teaching by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and by the Lighthouse Institute. She authored the NAEYC books, Essential Touch: Meeting the Needs of Young Children (2006) and Big Body Play (2011), and directed and produced the DVD, Expect Male Involvement: Recruiting & Retaining Men in ECE (2009) and Afternoon with the Experts: Gartrell on Guidance (2013).


Please note: This is an online session. Participants will be given the link to the video and are required to participate in one of two ways-- with a microphone/built in speaker (such as the one built into your phone) and through chat. 

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