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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The ECDA is pleased to offer you an up-to-date list of resources on child development, early learning, and child care. You will find links, downloadable documents, and videos on current research, helpful advice, thoughtful essays, templates, guidelines, and more*. These resources, created by the ECDA and our partners, have been categorized into popular topics for easy navigation. If there is a resource you are looking for but is not listed, please contact us

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Play is Learning

How to Use Loose Parts for Self-Directed Play at Home

Josée Bergeron - Active for Life

The author notes that through this extended period of time at home due to Covid-19, that she finds her children are more engaged when their play is self-directed and open-ended in nature. She provides tips for how to encourage this with loose parts, and a variety of play types that can be achieved with these materials.

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Dr. John Cairney on the Importance of Physical Literacy (Podcast)

Dr. John Cairney - Active for Life

"Active for Life editor-in-chief Richard Monette talked with Cairney about how he defines physical literacy, why he believes it’s just as important as other forms of literacy for overall child health and development, and how to help kids become physically literate."

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39 Fun Ways Kids Can Play Outside this Spring

Josée Bergeron - Active for Life

A list of 39 fun ways to get outside, get active and connect with nature!

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Play is More Than Just Fun (Video)

Stuart Brown - Ted Talk

"A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age."


Puddles

Josée Bergeron - Active for Life

"...a puddle is a magical portal: the moment my children place their feet into that puddle they find themselves in a wonderful wet world filled with new opportunities. Puddles are such simple things and yet they teach children so much. In many ways, a puddle is like a book, each one unique and filled with new possibilities. Just as books are a gateway into the world of words and stories, puddles provide children with opportunities to learn about movement, the natural world, and play."

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Why Play Matters

Dr. Deborah MacNamara

Dr. Deborah MacNamara created the following info-graphic that points to the importance of play and how we as adults can foster the time and space to honour play.

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“Research on the brain demonstrates that play is a scaffold for development, a vehicle for increasing neural structures, and a means by which all children practice skills they will need in later life.” – Position Statement, Association for Childhood Education International