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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This event has been approved by the Early Learning and Child Care Board for 2.00 professional development training hours.

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Authentically Emergent

Ashley has worked with every age group and has been really working on developing her teaching into a full emergent curriculum, for all ages. Once being switched to an Infant teacher after a long stint as a Pre-K educator she saw the need for true authentic emergent curriculum in the infant space, she challenged herself to think outside of the box and away from the norms, to view the infants just as capable as the Pre-k and to be in tune to all the observations and interests the infants were showing.

The progress, growth and fun that came with a full emergent curriculum mindset, created a beautiful learning environment filled with so much fun and wonder. Ashley Noticed a trickle down to the students she housed from Holland College. This has always been one of Ashley's strong passions, teaching the next generation of ECE’s, making them feel valued, respected and a part of the team, making sure to give them hands-on training while working together as co-teachers. Ashley has had great success with all of her Holland College students. During this session she will discuss emergent curriculum, and demonstrate with tangible work, observations, displays, stories and activities she has done in her classrooms over the years. She will help you hone in on your mentor skills and how to provide a supportive learning environment for our next generation of ECEs, how to switch your mind set of students is “more work.”  The best way to be an authentic teacher is to find your authentic self, get back to your roots and your joy in the field!


Facilitator Bio:

Ashley Shoemaker is a mom of two, Grace 10  and Carter 3! She has been in the ECE field for 12 years, during this time she has worked with every age group, as well as an SNA and IBI Tutor. She is a huge advocate for children with exceptionalities within the community and looks to ensure that they receive the same quality of care and properly educated staff. She completed her Early Childhood Diploma through the blended program the first time it rolled out, so she is used to the learning while working dynamic!