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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Event: 11th Annual ECDA Fall Conference: Honouring the Journey

1I: Intuitive Eating and Gentle Nutrition for Children – Samantha Blizzard B.Sc., RD

As Early Childhood Educators, or other employees of these facilities, you have the ability to make a major impact on children’s relationship with food; something that will last a lifetime. Did you know our body tells us every day what type of nutrients we need, how much food we need and at what times? We are born with the ability to tune into this, but often end up disconnecting to our body’s cues overtime due to environmental influences. During my presentation, I will discuss children’s ability to eat intuitively and follow their hunger and fullness cues, as well as the important role you can play in supporting their food decisions. We will discuss factors that may impact hunger and fullness and how/why cues may vary from child to child, day to day. Expect discussions around the power of positive role modelling and using appropriate language around food at meal times, along with conversations around weight stigma, set-point weight theory and the damage certain comments can have on our relationship with food, body and our health. Finally, the topic of gentle nutrition, general nutrient recommendations for children and how to address “picky” eating will be covered. I hope you will join me in learning something new!

Date & Time

November 3, 2022
1:15 PM


Murchison Centre
17 St Pius X Ave, Charlottetown, PE C1A 6A2

Other Sessions

Opening Remarks and Opening Keynote
November 03, 2022 8:45 AM

Plenary Session: Educating Citizens Through Play
November 03, 2022 10:45 AM

1A: Functions of Behaviour: Reducing the Unexpected—Monica Maddison
November 03, 2022 1:15 PM

1B: Mental Health Literacy – What is it? – Marilyn Armstrong & Carolyn Porter (GRIT)
November 03, 2022 1:15 PM

1C: Speaking With Children So They Can Think --Teacher Tom
November 03, 2022 1:15 PM

1D: Reimagining Professional Learning: Creating Communities of Practice – Nicky Byrnes and Jennifer Vanderberg
November 03, 2022 1:15 PM

1E: Who am I with Children? Reflecting on our Image of the Child and Professional Identity – Taylor Hansen
November 03, 2022 1:15 PM

1F: Planning to Leave – Susan Willis (DIRECTORS ONLY)
November 03, 2022 1:15 PM

1G: The Importance of Building Positive Relationships in Early Childhood Programs – Kathy Black
November 03, 2022 1:15 PM

1H: Including Diverse Children in Early Learning Experiences – Emily Martinello
November 03, 2022 1:15 PM

1J: La connaissance de la santé mentale - Qu'est-ce que c'est ? -- Jihène Abdedaim & Kristina Patterson (GRIT)
November 03, 2022 1:15 PM

2A: Honouring the journey: Monica Madison
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

2B: Social & Emotional Foundations for the Early Years Marilyn Armstrong & Carolyn Porter (GRIT)
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

2C: “Talking the Talk – Emily Martinello
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

2D: The Role of the Early Childhood Educator – Kathy Black
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

2E: The Power of Music in Relationships: Using Music to Build, Strengthen, and Maintain Relationships -Katherine Lowings BMT MC MTA CCC CT, Music Therapist
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

2F Who am I with Children during Mealtime? Reflecting on our Image of the Child and Professional Identity in Context – Taylor Hansen
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

2G- Your Wellness Matters: The Importance Of Work/Life Balance With Regards to Your Physical and Mental Health – Bernadette Currie
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

2H Leading Organizational Change from Vision and Values - Nicky Byres and Jenn Vanderberg
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

2I: The Pyramid Model is not pixie dust!
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

2J :Les fondements socio-émotionnels de la petite enfance -- Jihène Abdedaim & Kristina Patterson (GRIT)
November 04, 2022 9:00 AM

Plenary Session: Honouring the Journey Onward
November 04, 2022 1:00 PM

Closing Keynote and Closing Remarks
November 04, 2022 2:30 PM

Event Information
11th Annual ECDA Fall Conference: Honouring the Journey
This event has been approved by the Early Learning and Child Care Board for 12.00 professional development training hours.
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