From Protection to Resilience

ECCDC Event - May 13, 2015

Why do educators need to take a balanced approach to risk, and what does it look like?

Across the world, adults are becoming ever more anxious about children’s safety and well-being.  Read more...Paradoxically, these anxieties can end up harming children’s learning and development, fuelling unnecessary fears and undermining trust and confidence in ourselves and our children. How can those of us who work with children take a balanced, thoughtful approach to risk; one that honours and values children’s play, their freedom of movement, and, most importantly, the relationships they have with each other and with adults?  Tim’s talk, based on his influential book No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society, will help educators and service providers to revisit their thinking; to strike a better balance between protecting children from genuine threats and giving them rich, challenging opportunities to learn and grow.

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A PUBLICLY FUNDED CHILD CARE SYSTEM IS KEY TO CLOSING THE GENDER WAGE GAP

Joint Statement for Equal Pay Day – April 20, 2015
Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Canadian Resource and Research Unit

Child care has long been acknowledged as a necessary component in closing the gender wage gap in two important ways. First, the lack of affordable, high quality child care continues to limit women’s opportunities to participate in on-going, full-time work. Second, child care is still a firmly entrenched ‘female job ghetto’ in which the predominately female workforce continues to be underpaid and undervalued.  

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eceLINK Spring 2015 Now Available ONLINE

Spring_2015_final_web_1.jpgIn this Issue:

  • PIECEMEAL SOLUTIONS GET PIECEMEAL RESULTS: Addressing wages in regulated child care in Ontario
  • PROFESSIONAL PAY FOR PROFESSIONAL WORK CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW
  • FACT SHEET: $1 WAGE ENHANCEMENT
  • AECEO BOARD NOMINATIONS SLATE / AGM PROPOSAL
  • LEARNING AND LEADING TOGETHER: Reflections on leadership and continuous professional learning
  • SPRING INTO ACTION FOR CHILD CARE
  • CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook as Professional Learning Tools

Please note* This content is available to AECEO Members only

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Re-Vamp of Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

bg-homeband.jpgOn March 10, 2015, the Centre for Excellence for Early Childhood Development announced the re-vamp of the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development. This online encyclopedia is targeted to service providers and policy makers with evidence-based information on 51 topics on early childhood development from conception to age 5.

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Academics speak out for early education in Canada

Date & Time:  Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Toronto, OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, 12 Floor Nexus Lounge, Toronto, Ontario

Canada's leading scholars unveil the evidence for public investments in early childhood education and launch a new pan-Canadian network bringing together academics, stakeholders and grant makers involved in research and in the application/mobilization of research findings.  

The initiative is led by Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, Director of the Atkinson Centre and the Academic Director at the Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development at the University of Toronto and Dr. Michel Boivin the Canada Research Chair in Child Social Development and a professor of Psychology at Université Laval

Sponsored by the International Network for Early Childhood Knowledge Mobilization (INECK) and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child

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Vote Child Care 2015

Vote Child Care 2015 brings together child care advocates and supporters from across Canada to promote the vision endorsed at the ChildCare2020 conference.

 

 

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Affordable child care: The $7-a-day question

Affordable child care has allowed more people to return to work and increased tax revenue. So why is it only available in Quebec?

Affordable child care: The $7-a-day question

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One more year without a national child care program

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Schools at the Centre Study

Atkinson Centre

The Schools at the Centre study explores the impact of full day kindergarten and extended hours programming on educators, families and early years administrators in three Ontario regions. By exploring the processes and partnerships developed between school boards, regional governments and community organizations the researchers were able to uncover lessons to inform policy and practice. The aim of the study is to strengthen child and family centred services in communities.

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Early Childhood Education Report 2014

Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development

The immediate and long-term benefits of quality early childhood education (ECE) for children and society are well documented. Early childhood education is a job creator in its own right, while supporting parents as they work or upgrade their skills.

In addition to the welcome it provides for new Canadians, it also offers opportunities for community integration, and reduces inequalities that result from poverty.

Read all about the Early Childhood Education Report 2014 at the links below

Early Childhood Education Report 2014
Provincial/Territorial Profiles

More information available on the Atkinson website

 

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Does play-based kindergarten help children academically?

OISE - Jenny Hall

When the kids in a kindergarten class that OISE professor Angela Pyle was observing recently decided to set up a bank, she paid close attention. The idea came from a combination of things: The teacher had been teaching the group directly about money, and the mother of one of the students had recently started working at a bank. After some discussion with the teacher, the kids launched “The Money Bank.” The teacher asked the children what resources they needed and, after providing them, stepped away.

“The children started making signs,” says Pyle. “They posted the hours of operation. They made name tags. One of the kids made a chart listing the different coins and their value for kids who didn’t know.”

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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

 

For the typical American kindergartner, unstructured free play during the school day consists of 20 to 30 minutes of recess, and perhaps some time at indoor “stations” — perhaps creating with building blocks, costumes, or musical instruments. But what if there was more? What if the answer to “what did you do in school today?” was, “I climbed a tree, played in the mud, built a fire”?

That is exactly the kind of learning going on in the Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, where children ages four to seven spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. With no explicit math or literacy taught until first grade, the Swiss have no set goals for kindergartners beyond a few measurements, like using scissors and writing one’s own name. They instead have chosen to focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play.

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Male preschool teachers in short supply - New Zealand

stuff.co.nz  - January 13, 2015

In a profession where men are increasingly rare at all levels, they are some of the 2 per cent of men teaching in New Zealand's preschools, according to the Ministry of Education.

Figures released earlier this month show the number of male teachers has continued to drop during the past 10 years. In 2013, men made up 41.2 per cent of teachers at secondary schools and only 16.5 per cent at primary schools.

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Canada's Child Care Workforce

Shani Halfon, October 2014

This brief summarizes what is known about the childcare workforce in Canada, the implications of this for regulated childcare, and identifies some considerations and strategies to address the ongoing issues and improve the overall state of ECEC. A summary of the relevant research and data leads to the conclusion that a coordinated and comprehensive strategy is needed to address the multiple and interconnected variables that impact the working conditions of those in the childcare workforce.

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The woman pushing for better care for Ontario children

By:  Toronto Star - Dec 28 2014

Imagine a big city daycare with a goat, a sheep and a flock of chickens. Real ones.

When Carolyn Ferns happened upon the children and their child-care teacher taking the goat for a walk, she knew anything was possible.

“I thought, what is this? This is fantastic,” recalls Ferns of the extraordinary scene in the Swedish city of Lund, where she was taking a university gap year in the early 2000s.

Ferns thinks about that daycare often in her new role as head of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, the voice of non-profit, affordable child care in the province.

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ACCESSIBLE OUTDOORS: Kids with Social, Emotional and Physical Disabilities Go Outside!

By  on December 27th, 2014

Children and Nature Network
Accessible nature outings are all around us, there for the taking, for the children who stand to benefit from them the most.

Whether you’re sharing the outdoors with an individual, family, social or school group, it’s exciting to watch these kids develop new coping strategies and shake loose the grip of their symptoms while they enjoy, explore, play and connect in nature.

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Walking in Place: Cultivating Ecological Identity in Young Children -- and in Ourselves

An invitation to early years educators to be outdoors in their bodies and in the body of the Earth

By Diane Kashin

The York Region Nature Collaborative (YRNC) is a new organization dedicated to enhancing experiences for children to learn in nature and to develop an ecological identity. We are grateful for the sponsorship of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority http://www.trca.on.ca/ in providing us with the venues that support learning in nature for young children, families and educators. We launched our first event “A Family Adventure Walk in the Forest” in October 2014 and with over 200 children and their families we celebrated nature through play and inquiry at the beautiful Kortright Conservation Centre http://kortright.org/. Inspired by the day and the desire to offer more events for free for children and their families, we are planning a conference for educators – May 23rd, 2015 with the renowned author and early childhood educator, Ann Pelo.

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BABIES AND TODDLERS: AMAZING LEARNERS - Video Series

Early Childhood Australia

The three videos in this collection highlight and showcase selected examples of significant learning in the birth-to-three-years period. The aim is to make babies’ and toddlers’ learning visible and, by doing so, to expand awareness and appreciation of it. As a result, professionals will look more closely, reflect on what babies’ and toddlers’ behaviour means, adopt an image of babies and toddlers as capable and competent learners, and enact this image in their work.

Download the information booklet to read more.

Click here to visit Early Childhood Australia and view videos

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We’re ruining our kids with Minecraft: The case for unstructured play

qz.com

We are in the process of making a giant mistake on behalf of our children.  With all the right intentions, American parents are depriving their kids of the time and space to develop their imaginations, and the ability to make something out of nothing—the very heart of innovation and competitiveness. A new study by Radio Flyer and ReD Associates shows the alarming consequences of over-parenting. With the holiday season upon us, parents face a familiar dilemma: which toys will capture our kids’ imaginations, stoke their interests, and keep them endlessly entertained? Think twice before you put that box of wooden blocks in your shopping cart.

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THE WORLDWIDE CHILDREN AND NATURE MOVEMENT: A Home for Hope

By Cheryl Charles on December 12th, 2014
The Children and Nature Network

“This is a game changer. I’ve never seen so many youth so engaged, inspired and connected,” said Alan Latourelle, CEO of Parks Canada and co-chair of Stream 8: Inspiring a New Generation (ING) at the World Parks Congress held a few weeks ago in Sydney, Australia. Held every ten years, there were more than 6,000 participants from more than 170 nations at the 2014 Congress.

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