Ambitions' for child care on agenda for federal-provincial talks

The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 04, 2016

The federal families minister is heading west to meet his provincial and territorial counterparts to talk about the path forward on a national child-care system.

The meeting comes more than 10 years after former Liberal minister Ken Dryden and nine provinces agreed to create a national daycare program, only to watch the Conservatives end those agreements when they took office in 2006.

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Gendering in Early Childhood Settings: The Impact of Training on Educator Practice, 2016

My Name is Shailja Jain, and I am a fourth-year degree student in the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor in Early Childhood Leadership, I am required to conduct a research project.  The study is entitled Gendering in Early Childhood Settings: The Impact of Training on Educator Practice.

The purpose of the study is to explore the relationship between educator training and practice in regards to gender.

I am presently seeking Registered Early Childhood Educators who have worked in the field between 5 and 10 years to participate in this study.

Your participation would consist of an interview which will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Your participation in this study will contribute to the advancement of the sector of early childhood when working with children who may identify outside of a traditional gender norm.

Please contact me by email below if you are available to assist.


Shailja Jain, Student, George Brown College

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Sessions to Support your Nature Education Exploration and Forest School Inquiry


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Ontario urged to champion childcare on national stage

Toronto Star - January 27, 2016

With Ottawa poised to begin federal-provincial talks on a promised national early learning and child-care framework, advocates are urging Queen’s Park to set bold objectives and play a leadership role.

“Now that Ontario has a ‘willing partner’ on child care, the province has a chance to start thinking a little bigger, beyond wage subsidies,” said Carolyn Ferns of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

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January 22, 2016

The Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario
(AECEO) is pleased that the Minister of Education confirmed in her statement today that the Ontario Government will fulfill its commitment to provide a $1 wage increase for early childhood educators in 2016. This illustrates their awareness of issues related to recruitment, retention and remuneration that continue to impact the sector and demonstrates that efforts are being made to address them.

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Contribute to our Student Blog

Our student blog aims to provide an opportunity for both students and professional ECEs to participate in a positive learning and sharing experience that will help to build and support our ECE community.

We are looking for entries to be posted on the blog on any topic you wish to explore, but here are some suggestions to get you started:

Suggested topics

  • Placement experiences
  • Job searching and preparation
  • Study tips
  • Reflective practice
  • Professional progress and goals
  • Education paths and experiences

Visit the AECEO Student Blog for more information

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Plan Includes Lower Fees, 12,000 More Spaces, Better Wages, More Training: Premier Selinger

The province is taking the next steps in creating a universally accessible child-care system for Manitoba families that will include lower fees, 12,000 more spaces, increased training and better wages for early childhood educators, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.

We are committed to ensuring families who need child care will have access to high-quality, licensed, affordable and publicly funded spaces," Premier Selinger said. "At the same time, we will be supporting good wages and training opportunities for the workforce and an early learning curriculum that enriches children and reaches underserved areas."

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Building a Playground in my Backyard

Check out this new resource by Dr. Francis Wardle. 

A Step by Step Instruction manual to build your own outdoor playground.

Find it here in the members only Resource Library

Not a member?  Join today! 

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A national child care system...“because it’s 2015”

Martha Friendly, November 9, 2015

The best line of the Trudeau government’s first day— widely reported and praised in the international media—was the new PM’s.  In response to a reporter’s question about why he’d chosen to create a gender-parity cabinet, he rather matter of factly observed “because it’s 2015”.  This ostensibly simple statement summed up a complexity of attitudes, beliefs and even world views in three words.  For those feminists who remain doggedly optimistic after a decade nasty enough to slay the optimism of Anne of Green Gables, it raised hopes that the first day’s lustre could foreshadow more significant changes to come.

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Ontario announces $498M in funding to build 30 new schools

CBC News - November 9, 2015

Minister of Education Liz Sandals has announced $498 million in funding to build 30 new schools, renovate 26 existing ones and create 2,135 new child care spaces across Ontario.

Sandals made the announcement at Davisville Junior Public School today, which she says will get a new school building through the funding.

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Ontario Building 30 New Schools, Over 2,000 Licensed Child Care Spaces

Ontario is investing $498 million in new and renovated schools as well as new child care spaces to provide students with better places to learn while also giving families more options for quality licensed child care that is close to home.

Over the next few months, work will begin on:

  • 30 new schools
  • 26 major additions and renovations
  • 122 safe, high-quality licensed child care rooms, resulting in 2,135 new licensed spaces for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

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Participate in the national day of action to recognize the ECEC workforce

Vote Child Care 2015 has called a National Day of Action on October 8th 2015 to recognize that Early Childhood Educators and child care workers are the key to high quality child care.

Child care has been a key election issue and has been discussed by all major parties! Vote Child Care has collected publicly available details of each party's child care platform and compared them to the key components of our Vision

There are some great promises for child care in this election but the parties have been silent on their plans to support a well-trained, well-compensated ECEC workforce.

Visit the CCAAC website for more information 

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Summer eceLINK 2015 Now Available ONLINE

In This Issue:Summer_2015Cover.jpg

Featured article available to the public

  • 13 COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE: A Pedagological Approach to Professional Learning
  • BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT: Really Listening to the Stress of Children with Special Needs and Autism
  • and More!

We would like to thank the following advertisers for helping to support this issue of the eceLINK.

Seneca Faculty of Continuing Education and Training
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The eceLINK is a quarterly publication of the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO).

Since 1992, the publication has been distributed across Ontario to all our members and affiliate organizations.  The eceLINK has a circulation of approximately 3500, reaching Early Childhood Educators working in different early learning and child care settings. They include students, frontline practitioners, administrators & supervisors, trainers and policy makers.

To access your copy of the eceLINK, you must be a member of the AECEO.  Not a Member?  Not a problem!  You can join today and access this issue in addition to our eceLINK archives. 





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Co constructed by Shani Halfon, RECE & Melanie Dixon, RECE
eceLINK Summer 2015

Professional learning is an integral part of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) landscape. Decades of research have identified that the learning and ongoing professional learning of early childhood educators and staff is a critical element in the provision of high quality ECEC. As regulated professionals, registered early childhood educators also have ethical and professional responsibilities to enhance their practice and gain new skills and knowledge to cope with the ever changing needs of children and families. In the context of Ontario’s ongoing agenda to ‘modernize’ child care and the broader ECEC sector, increased attention has been devoted to the professional learning of the ECEC workforce resulting in significant changes in this area.

In times of such immense change it is important to stop and take stock of what is happening, where we have come from and where we would like to be. This article aims to begin to map out the changing landscape of professional learning for ECEs in Ontario in order to assess the ‘state of’ professional learning and identify outstanding issues or questions. A brief look back at the history of professional learning and ECEs will provide some of the context for evaluating a number of structural changes that have taken place to support a more formalized professional learning infrastructure in ECEC. An overview of current developments in Ontario will highlight the significant changes impacting the professional learning landscape and a review of what we know about how professional learning is being organized, supported and delivered across Ontario is included. Further questions for research, policy and practitioners will be presented in the conclusion.

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This article has been extracted from our eceLINK Summer 2015 issue available to AECEO Members


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Risky outdoor play positively impacts children’s health: UBC study

The University of British Columbia - June 7, 2015

New research from UBC and the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital shows that risky outdoor play is not only good for children’s health but also encourages creativity, social skills and resilience.

The findings, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that children who participated in physical activity such as climbing and jumping, rough and tumble play and exploring alone, displayed greater physical and social health.




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Why Child Care Needs More Men

The Northern Echo, UK - June 17, 2015

Only two per cent of early years childcare workers are male. Lisa Salmon talks to the Fatherhood Institute about their drive to get more men into the industry

MOST men would love to be “a hero every day”. That’s the way working as a male childcarer has been described by men themselves, but there are still only a handful of males working in the field.

Despite years of progress towards greater gender balance in many professions, the early years education and childcare workforce remains stubbornly dominated by female staff – the latest figures show that only two per cent are male.

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ParticipACTION Report Card

Active Healthy Kids Canada developed the first Report Card in 2005 with the goal to power the movement to get kids moving. Over the last 10 years, more than 80,000 individuals and organizations have used the Report Card to advocate for and devise solutions to enhance physical activity opportunities for children and youth.

In 2014, Active Healthy Kids Canada began winding down its operations and the leadership of the Report Card was assumed by ParticipACTION, a long-term strategic partner. Read the press release.

ParticipACTION will continue to work with its strategic research partner, the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (HALO-CHEO), to deliver the much anticipated comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada.

2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Kids - ParticipACTION

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International Mud Day 2015

International Mud Day is children and early childhood professionals – and anyone else – all over the world celebrating nature, outdoors, and mess by getting really muddy. You can participate wherever you happen to be on June 29! Join children and adults across the globe on this day of celebration to grow awareness and honor the goodness of life experienced when children connect with nature.

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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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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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