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

Playdough Power

Naeyc

Play dough is an important tool for young children, and luckily it is one they love! This simple addition helps children learn and develop in many ways, the author points to some key areas of development as physical, language, literacy, science and math skills. Follow the link to find out more! There is also a tried and true play dough recipe you can create with your children attached below.

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The Miraculous Nature of Everyday Play (Video)

Defending the Early Years

Play advocates and founders of Defending the Early Years Nancy Carlson-Paige and Diane Levin talk about threats against play and why it is so important to allow children time to play in order for them to grow, learn and develop.

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The Power of Play

The Nature of Things - CBC

The Power of Play is an episode of The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. It takes a look at influential people around the world who are studying play as a science. The first half of the documentary focuses on animals who play, but the second half focuses on children and their need for play. "The Power of Play sheds light on the hidden benefits of doing one of the most fun, and often undervalued, activities: just playing around."


One Piece of Chalk, 8 Active Games

Susan Scandiffio - Active for Life

8 ways to play and stay active with sidewalk chalk!

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Risky Play for Children: Why We Should Let Kids Go Outside and Then Get Out of the Way

Brittany Toole - CBC

The author asks readers to think to the past and remember their own favourite childhood play experiences. She then focuses on the importance of risky play for children, and the benefits this type of play has, and how we can respect this kind of play and make time for it.

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7 Music Games for Practicing Self-Regulation

Shauna Tominey - PBS Parents

7 fun music games that help your children practice and develop self-regulation.

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