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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Finding the Fun: Looking at How Indoor and Outdoor Play Helps to Develop Self-Regulation and Executive Function Skills for Babies and Beyond

During the first seven years of life, the focus of development is on receiving, integrating and processing sensory information through active exploration of objects in the environment and rich movement experiences. This session will discuss what developmental red flags to look for and how we can create optimal learning with indoor and outdoor play for the infant through to the pre-school age child.


Jennifer Neill, OT Reg (PEI) is an Occupational Therapist who graduated with a Master’s Degree in Science, Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in 2006. Her professional career began to focus on children 13 years ago in Fredericton, New Brunswick as a school therapist. Jen moved back to PEI in 2015 and joined the pre-school program in Queens Region, spending four years there before starting her own practice. She now divides her time between working with community members on Lennox Island First Nation and seeing PEI clients of all ages through her private practice. Jen enjoys working with children in various settings while working collaboratively with all team members to best support the child in their environment. She strongly believes in the importance of early childhood development for laying the foundation for lifelong learning.


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