How Does Learning Happen?

Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years is a professional learning resource for those working in child care and child and family programs. It supports pedagogy and program development in early years settings that is shaped by views about children, the role of educators and families, and the relationships among them. It builds on foundational knowledge about children and is grounded in new research and leading-edge practice from around the world.

How Does Learning Happen? was developed to support Ontario’s renewed vision for the early years. It will help challenge the status quo, inspire critical reflection and transform practices in early years settings. It supports a continuum of learning from early years programs to full-day kindergarten and beyond. 

How Does Learning Happen? also describes program expectations, goals for children and questions for reflection to promote learning through collaborative relationships with children, parents, colleagues, and the community. This document will be a catalyst for program integration and supports a common approach to pedagogy across early years settings, and with strong connections to the Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program document. 

How Does Learning Happen? and related resources including Think Feel Act: Lessons From Research About Young Children and Excerpts from ELECT are available online at:

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