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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Loose Parts: Outside Play (Charlottetown)

Approved for 2 Ongoing PD Hours

Workshop Description

For the purposes of this workshop, attendees will experience a wide variety of loose parts. We will begin with large items for the classroom and then progress into items for outdoor play spaces. Children are innately curious and innovative and by allowing them ample time to explore and a wide array of materials you are giving them a strong foundation for creativity and ingenuity, two characteristics that are essential in the world we live in. Loose parts are items with no prescribed purpose, they allow children to have autonomy and control over their play and the direction it takes. By thinking outside the box and supplying children with these materials you are able to give them the tools they need to become free and creative thinkers.

We will present findings for our own classroom as well as learning stories we have created based on the experiences of the Children in our care, highlighting their growth and learning with respect to loose parts. In addition to this, we will reference books which are important to our own pedagogy's and draw connections between these works of literature and the experiences we see unfolding in our classrooms.


Facilitator Bios

Megan McPhee has been in the child care field for ten years, working primarily with preschool children. In 2012, while working full-time, she graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on Political Science and English. While finishing her degree, the opportunity to take the blended ECE program through Holland College arose, and she jumped at the opportunity. In 2016, she graduated with her Early Childhood Education Diploma. In 2017, she was nominated for and later received the Educating with Excellence Award. Megan's passion for loose parts, respecting childhood, and lifelong learning has fueled her journey, allowing her to expand her horizons, better herself as an educator, and find her place as an advocate for the field she loves and the children we care for.

Ashley Bernard graduated from the Early Childhood Care and Education program in 2017. Ashley was inspired to head into this field by another educator who showed her how rewarding it is to work with children and families. She currently works at Little Wonders Early Learning Centre, with the younger preschool children. Ashley's passion lies in supporting children as they grow into competent, capable, compassionate humans through play, respect, and love.


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Please be aware that to receive a full refund of your registration fees, notice must be provided to the ECDA, via email, 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event. Beyond that, to receive a 50% refund of fees for a cancelled registration, appropriate documentation ie, doctor's certificate or such must be provided.