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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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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!
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Cuts to P.E.I. Childcare Subsidy Putting 'Strain on Families' (via CBC)

April 29th, 2016

A single parent with one child — who makes below $1,453.34 a month, net — qualifies for a full subsidy of up to $34 a day depending on the age of the child. (iStock)

by Shane Ross, CBC News 
Posted on April 27, 2016
View the original article here

P.E.I.'s Early Childhood Development Association says the province needs to overhaul its childcare subsidy program.

For the second year in a row, funding for those subsidies has been cut in the provincial budget.

For example, a single parent with one child — who makes below $1,453.34 a month, net — qualifies for a full subsidy of up to $34 a day depending on the age of the child.

But that subsidy shrinks as income increases.

The province argues too few people are currently accessing the program to justify increasing the budget.

But Sonya Hooper, executive director of the Early Childhood Development Association, said it's become too hard to qualify for the program.

"The minimum wage has gone up, which is fantastic, but the sliding scale hasn't changed to accommodate that," she said. "So in the absence of changing the sliding scale to match the rise in minimum wage there's more strain on families now, accessing childcare than there had been."

The income cutoffs have to be adjusted and brought up to date, she said.

"Minimum wage has risen to the point where people are already topping out for access to the childcare subsidy program," she said.

She wants some of the other eligibility requirements loosened, as well.

"Unless a family is working or in school they can't access the childcare subsidy program even on a part time basis," she said.

The province said it's reviewing the program.

"We'll anxiously await those results," said Hooper.

In 2011 there were 2,054 Island children covered under the subsidy, a number that dropped to 1,624 two years ago.

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