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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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to have certified Early Childhood Educators (ECE)?

Early Childhood Educators are the cornerstone to early childhood development and education. They are trained in early childhood education, and are specialized in child development and program planning/implementation. An effective ECE will: ensure that the environment and care provided promote the well-being of the children in their care; establish a working partnership with parents which supports their relationship to their children; develop and maintain communication with each child; plan and provide daily learning opportunities, routines and activities which promote positive child development; observe and respond to children's activity and behaviour; and support the development and learning of individual children within the context of family, culture and society.

What is the difference between an Early Years Centre and a Private Centre?

Early Years Centres (EYCs): licensed; designated by the Government of PEI; have regulated parent fees; have trained and certified staff on a wage grid; follow an early learning curriculum framework. Private Centres: licensed, meet regulatory requirements such as safety, space, staffing ratios, and staff training; set own parent fees; select own curriculum.

How much does it cost to become a member of the ECDA?

Membership costs depend on the type of membership category that you fall under. Membership types are outlined here: If you are not sure what membership type you fall into, please contact our office at 902-368-1866 or at bbell@ecdaofpei.ca

If there are any other questions you have please contact us for more information!

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