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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Physical Literacy and Early Education

Approved for 2 Ongoing PD Hours

Workshop Description:

The objectives of the presentation on physical literacy and early education will be to outline developmental motor milestones in the early years and red flags for identifying issues. There will be discussion on the recent evidence of how play has changed for children and we will discuss the link between motor skills and future academic learning. We will also provide examples of how to incorporate motor skills into early childhood education.

Facilitator Bios:

Jennifer Neill, OT Reg(PEI) is an Occupational Therapist working in the pre-school program in Queens Region. She graduated from McMaster University in 2006 and began working with children 12 years ago. She spent much of her career working in New Brunswick and moved back to PEI in 2015. She has worked with children of all ages in various settings and she enjoys working collaboratively with all team members to best support the child in their environment. She strongly believes in the importance of early childhood development for laying the foundation for lifelong learning.

Melissa Myers, OT Reg(PEI) is an occupational therapist  working in the pre-school program in Queens Region. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 1999 and has been working with children since 2000 in various settings including hospital, school, daycare and home settings. Her early career began in adolescent mental health and from there she moved to working with children in the school system in Calgary, Alberta. She moved back to PEI in 2011 and started working in the pre-school program. Having worked with children from birth to adolescence, she is a strong supporter of early child development and the importance of building strong sensory  and motor foundation skills in early childhood to support future development.


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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.