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

If in Doubt, Let Them Out- Children Have the Right to Play

Mark S. Tremblay and Mariana Brussoni - The Conversation

2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a document that signified a child's right to play.The authors look at this paired with current research into the decline in children's outdoor play, and how fears have played a part in this. "If in doubt, let them out — it’s their right."

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"Dance with Me!": How Kids Can Learn Through Dance

Rosemarie T. Truglio - PBS for Parents

Dancing is easy, fun and free. But to developing bodies it is so much more than that. Dance helps children develop important skills like creativity, self-regulation, social skills and self expression. This article walks you through simple ways to incorporate dance into your day and what your children will learn from these additions

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Outside Play

This is a tool for assessing your own comfort with risky play and outdoor play and how you can come to better understand and support it. It provides research, questions and reflection space in order to help families and communities reverse the trend that is limiting children's outdoor play time. "Children experience the world first through play. Let them experience the world." - Brussoni Lab

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Play (Video)

ZERO TO THREE

In this video ZERO TO THREE focuses on the importance connections and of play from day 1. They look at the skills the different types of play can help your children develop.

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The Value of Play I: The Definition of Play Gives Insights

Dr. Peter Gray

In this article, Dr. Peter Gray outlines the characteristics of what is truly play. He breaks these characteristics down and talks about the value of play as a tool for learning and development. "It is a means by which children develop their physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral capacities. It is a means of creating and preserving friendships. It also provides a state of mind that, in adults as well as children, is uniquely suited for high-level reasoning, insightful problem solving, and all sorts of creative endeavors." - Dr. Peter Gray

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The Role of Play During a Global Pandemic

Kassi Boyd and Jennifer Leo - Centre for Active Living

The authors look at the current Covid-19 crisis around the globe and how play can support children through this, and everyday. "In times of uncertainty, play can serve as an important outlet for people of all ages and abilities, but especially children and youth."

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