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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Helping PEI families make the early years count
Handle with Care

Handle with Care

Handle with Care

Handle with Care (HWC) is a national program designed for parents and caregivers to promote mental health (social and emotional well-being) of children and families every day! The spirit of the Handle with Care program is one of celebrating parenting and caregiving, recognizing the value of every parent, caregiver, and child. The program uses a strengths-based approach that assumes every parent and caregiver has problem-solving skills, potential resources, and wants what's best for the children in their lives.

PEI Chapter

Funded through the bilateral agreement between the Federal and PEI Provincial governments, it is enthusiastically received across PEI, within the general population including all Aboriginal communities and Francophone groups. Handle with Care may be delivered in small groups or in one-on-one sessions based on what is in the best interest of the person(s) taking the Program.

Why Handle with Care?

The Program’s focus is not only on building individual skills but also on enhancing community capacity for collaborative, evidence-based approaches that build secure attachments, positive self-esteem, capacity for emotional expression and social relationships. The Program offers a new paradigm for positive everyday interactions, healthy emotional environments and stronger family-community connections. Strategies and program delivery are based on community input and a mutual support model aimed at building community capacity throughout the broader population, especially for those who may be at risk for mental health challenges.

Who can participate?

Our programs are open to all who wish to attend and we attract participants from across the economic and social spectrum, all of whom are at the table as parents or caregivers who desire to be the best they can be for the children they care for and interact with.

The four building blocks

The Program consists of four Building Blocks; each building upon the other.

  1. Building Trust and Attachment
  2. Building and Enhancing Self-Esteem
  3. Expressing Emotions
  4. Building Relationships with Others

Each Building Block contains the same format:

  • Key Message: the significance of the topic for the child and parent or other caregivers.
  • Research: what we know about the topic and why it is important.
  • Self-Care: caring for self enables one to care for others.
  • Activities: stories, videos, discussions, crafts, games enhance understanding & skills development.
  • Bringing it home: discussion as to how participants will integrate the messages into day-to-day living.
  • Bringing it together: linking the importance of the key message to the experience.

We want our children, parents, and other caregivers to feel worthy and proud of who they are, as they are. It is for this reason that, woven through everything we do, is acceptance, caring, honour, respect, trust, understanding, encouragement and a steadfast belief that every parent wants what is best for their child and, therefore, will do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Benefits of Handle with Care

  • Children grow in self-esteem and confidence; focus and learn better; develop healthy relationships and better mental and physical health.
  • Parents report growing confidence in using new parenting skills; have shown greater self-esteem, self-worth and flourishing; all leading to better family relationships and increased community involvement.
  • Communities and other groups have worked together in support of the delivery of HWC programs.

HWC Goals for 2015-2018

  • To ensure the sustainability of 34 HWC programs in PEI.
  • Train additional Francophone, Indigenous, and Anglophone facilitators and Master Trainers.
  • Establish a mentorship program where new facilitators are mentored by experienced ones and Master Trainers

For more information do not hesitate to contact Bonnie at the ECDA office or Alice

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