Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario

Guiding principles for professional learning

The following criteria were developed by the AECEO in consultation with sector stakeholders to help ECE professionals identify professional learning opportunities of the highest quality. As well, the guiding principles support ECEs to successfully meet the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice established by the College of ECEs through their continuous professional learning.

  • Supports active participation
  • Critically identifies, evaluates and challenges thinking about daily practice
  • Poses questions about values and beliefs regarding why we do what we do and what we want for children, families, communities and society
  • Introduces new and relevant ideas and topics
  • Creates and supports a critically reflective community of practice that reciprocally interacts with the changing needs of children, families and society
  • Promotes a sense of professionalism
  • Easily accessible and affordable
  • Delivered using a broad range of informal and formal strategies or activities
  • Delivered using a range of formats for different topics including face-to-face, hybrid (combination of face-to-face and on-line), and on-line
  • Promotes collaboration between all professionals  who work in different early childhood education and care settings (i.e. child care, full day kindergarten, family support programs)
  • Engages participants in reflection regarding their daily practice
  • Provides diversity to be inclusive of all areas of RECE employment
  • Supports participant choice with respect to timing, topic and mode of delivery