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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ECE Week is November 2nd - 6th 2015

October 29th, 2015

Early Childhood Education Week in PEI is November 2nd - 6th 2015!

Early Childhood Education Week is a time to recognize the importance of the development that happens in the early years, and to celebrate the programs and educators who provide children with the support they need to grow and learn during this critical stage of life. Early childhood educators and early learning and child care centres make an important contribution to children, families, and the community by providing services and programs that support families to go to work or school, as well as quality learning environments for children to expand their knowledge and explore their world. Through play, children learn important skills for life.

Each year, early learning and child care centres across PEI celebrate ECE Week in different ways, including: leaving thank-you notes or sending flowers to fellow staff members, having celebration lunches or special treats, arranging a parade around the community, taking out ads in community newspapers, updating Facebook statuses to share the important work of ECEs, or having an open houses - to name a few! Let us know how you are celebrating ECE week! Send us an email at shayna@earlychildhooddevelopment.ca and your story could be featured in our newsletter or on our Facebook page! 

The Early Childhood Development Association of PEI celebrates alongside the sector with a number of initiatives. This year, The ECDA has organized two contests:

Radio Contest
Once again this year, in partnership with Owl's Hollow and Ocean 100, the ECDA will be presenting the "Nominate an ECE" contest on 100.3FM in PEI. Families of children in child care have the opportunity to nominate their favourite early childhood educator, and they could win two $100 gift cards from Owls Hollow Toys & Games - one for the family and one for their educator!

This contest will launch on Monday November 2nd on the Ocean 100 website and the winner will be announced Friday November 6th.

Family Colouring Contest
The ECDA invites parents and guardians of young children in child care on PEI to enter the 2015 #ECEweek colouring contest! Families can show their support for ECE Week by choosing a colouring page with a statement that resonates with them about the importance of ECEs and the early years. Once the colouring page is complete, parents can return it to their child's centre, where educators can display these empowering messages throughout ECE Week. Families who complete a colouring page will be entered to win 4 tickets to the upcoming Holiday Magic Show at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown! It's a quick and easy tool that we've made available with the goal of including parents in the celebration of Early Childhood Education Week! 

View and print colouring pages here:
Page #1: Early Childhood Educators: the key to quality early learning & child care
Page #2: Early Childhood Education: Play | Inspire | Teach
Page #3: Early Childhood Educators ROCK!
Page #4: Early Childhood Educators inspire exceptional lives
Page #5: Everyone depends on someone who depends on child care
Page #6: Early Childhood Educators inspire exceptional lives
Page #7: The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turn out - Bill Gates Sr.
Page #8: Play is the highest form of research - Albert Einstein

Page #9: Les éducateurs en petite enfance inspirent des vies exceptionnelles
Page #10: Éducation en Petite Enfance: Joue | Enseigne | Inspire
Page #11: Les éducatrices en petite enfance inspirent des vies exceptionnelles

1. Share a picture of your completed colouring page on social media! Use hashtag #ECEweek on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to qualify.
2. Bring your completed sheet back to your family's child care centre to go on display - your name & contact info will be submitted by the centre.
3. Email your entry to shayna@earlychildhooddevelopment.ca. Include name, child's name, & centre.

This contest is now open and entries will be accepted until Monday November 2nd; the winner will be announced Tuesday November 3rd. Limit of one (1) entry per family. Participants must have one or more children registered in a licensed child care facility in Prince Edward Island at the time of winning. Entries will be displayed in child care centres throughout ECE Week. Prize can be picked up at the ECDA office (3 Brighton Rd, Charlottetown). 

"Early Childhood Educators are the certified professionals who establish the building blocks for your child to learn skills for life" - Start with Play campaign

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