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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Professional Development

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."
-Anthony J. D'Angelo

As research in the field of early child development advances further and further each day, lifelong learning has become an important aspect of quality practice for many early childhood educators. The Early Childhood Development Association provides many hours of professional development every year, including Early Learning and Childcare Board-approved on-going training. The ECDA offers workshops, series, network meetings, special events, and three annual provincial professional development days.

Early childhood educators on PEI are required by the Child Care Facilities Board to successfully complete 45 hours of continuing education during every three year period following issuance of the certificate to maintain certification. This means our Island's educators are empowered to learn about up-to-date research and ideas that inspire their practice, resulting in higher quality early learning child care experiences for our Island's children. Click here to apply for Early Childhood Certification.

We invite you to browse the ECDA's upcoming professional development events to find offerings that will compliment and challenge your practice.


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“Children begin to learn the basics of science and math as they scoop and pour water, build a block castle, and make mudpies.” – Start with Play Campaign (2013)