On October 1st 2016 thousands gathered from across Ontario at Queen's Park for the Decent Work Rally. Participants representing various sectors and industries were calling for labour rights, fairness for migrant and temporary workers, a $15 minimum wage and decent work that includes access to paid sick days and benefits for all workers in Ontario.
ECEs and child care workers joined the AECEO at the Decent Work Rally to call for Professional Pay & Decent Work in Ontario's early learning sector. This event was an excellent opportunity for ECEs to raise their voice within the broader movement for decent work and to make connections with allies and supporters outside of our sector. it was also an opportunity for us to learn about the labour challenges and realities that impact the families that we work with every day.Read more
Sheila Wayman - The Irish Times
It’s hard to think of a profession now where it’s perfectly acceptable to suggest it’s not a suitable job for a woman. After all, there’s equality legislation and trigger-happy feminists to discourage that sort of gender prejudice.
Yet, when it comes to a flipside of that – men in childcare – it’s questionable if normal rules apply. An estimated 25,000 people work in the early childhood care and education sector in Ireland and only about one per cent is male.
Susan Prentice/Martha Friendly/Linda White - Policy Options, July 2016
Justin Trudeau’s government has made big promises to Canadian families. In the federal budget of 2016, it declared that “high-quality, affordable child care is more than a convenience—it’s a necessity.” The government will be taking action, as the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs develop agreements with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to fulfill election commitments on child care.
It was back in 2005 that a Liberal government was last in a position to act on child care. Ken Dryden, Paul Martin’s Minister of Social Development, promised $5 billion over five years and finalized bilateral agreements with all provinces/territories. The Martin government came to the intergovernmental table with a child care policy based on four principles – quality, universality, accessibility, and developmental services (“QUAD”), but there were few implementation mechanisms in place when the new Conservative government cancelled the agreements in 2006.
Since 2006, early childhood education and care (ECEC) has evolved to some degree; for example, by September 2016, 8 of the 13 provinces/territories will offer full-day kindergarten for all five-year-olds. As well, 2001 changes to parental leave enable some parents to take year-long partly remunerated maternity/parental leave.
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In this Issue:
- How Does Learning Happen? Inspirational pedagogy in everyday practice depends on a well-supported ECE workforce. (Featured article available to the public)
- Professional Pay and Decent Work for All – Update on the Decent Work Project
- AECEO Election Results
- Portraits of Child Care – Using Art and Documentation as a Form of Adocacy
- Child Care and Early Years Act Phase 2 Regulations – Summary Chart
- And more…
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Last year, the National Academy of Medicine and National Research Council released the seminal Transforming the Workforce report that emphasizes the competencies and qualifications birth to third grade educators need to possess in order to support high-quality learning for young children. The report makes 13 recommendations aimed at bringing about greater educator quality and continuity from birth through early elementary school.
Of all the report’s recommendations, the one that has garnered the most attention is the second, which calls for the development of pathways and timelines for transitioning to a minimum bachelor’s degree requirement with specialized knowledge of ECE for all lead teachers of children from infancy to third grade. The recommendation is based on research suggesting that these qualifications are associated with higher-quality teaching and strong learning environments. But significant challenges exist in realizing this recommendation.
Daycare costs may be skyrocketing, but workers are not cashing in.
It’s no secret that childcare costs have—and continue to—skyrocket in Toronto. These days, the median cost of childcare for an infant is now more than $1,700 per month, and that number seems to be growing steadily. In fact, Ontarians pay the most for childcare in the country.
But what of the people who provide the services? How much of that money gets passed onto them?
Government is increasing salaries to early childhood educators employed at early years centres by two per cent, as of July 2016.
“Prince Edward Island’s early learning and childcare system is among the best in Canada and early childhood educators are important partners in helping Island children fulfill their potential as they prepare for public education,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie. “We are providing a two per cent increase in wages for over 300 early years centre educators, starting this July. This wage increase will see $300,000 re-invested into front-line educators.”
In this Issue:
AECEO Response to Proposed Phase 2 Regulations: Age Groupings, Ratios & Group Size
Professional Pay and Decent Work for All
Professional Pay for Professional Work
AECEO News/Draft revised Mission Statement
Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) International Conference
Shared framework for building an early childhood education and care system for all
AECEO Member Survey/AGM Notice
AECEO Board nominations slate
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School of Early Childhood, George Brown College
This webinar will provide early learning leaders the opportunity to:
- Investigate the spectrum of commonly used terms in anti-bias and culturally responsive approaches in early childhood education
- Identify fundamental gaps in implementing an anti-bias approach and develop classroom and program-level visions for improving current practices as an early childhood leader
- Examine effective strategies and tools that early childhood leaders can adopt in order to execute a substantial anti-bias approach
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"Transforming Ontario's Early Years Child and Family Programs"
Ontario is moving forward on its commitment to integrate and transform its child and family programs.
Four existing programs, funded by the Ontario government, will be integrated. Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs) will give families and children access to high-quality early years programs, as well as some programs that meet needs within their community.
The Board of Directors is very pleased to welcome Lyndsay Macdonald as the new Coordinator of the AECEO
Lyndsay is an RECE who has worked within the Ontario child care sector, both directly in programs and in policy research and advocacy. Lyndsay holds both a BA in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University School of Early Childhood Studies. Lyndsay advocates passionately for child care policies that support all Canadian families and that put children at the centre of system building. At the heart of Lyndsay's advocacy work are the dedicated early childhood educators who provide high quality programs for children and families every single day. Lyndsay strongly believes that early childhood educators have the knowledge, the skills and the capacity to initiate positive change in the sector and she is committed to finding space for ECEs to mobilize and engage in policy discussions that impact our sector.
In these very exciting times of change in the Early Learning and Care field, Lyndsay’s extensive knowledge of the current landscape for our early learning professionals and her passion for influencing change that matters to ECEs and to children and families will be key assets in supporting and furthering our mission.
We very much look forward to working with Lyndsay on all of the exciting initiatives and activities we have planned for 2016 and beyond!
Growing ECE Access and Quality: Opportunities and Challenges
Across Canada and around the Globe policymakers are looking to expand children’s access to early childhood education. Join Michel Boivin, Canada Research Chair on Child Social Development and professor of psychology at the School of Psychology of Université Laval, Rowena Phair of the OECD’s Education and Skills Directorate and Tove Mogstad Slinde of the OECD Network on Early Childhood Education and Care as they discuss how states are expanding ECE access while maintaining program quality; balancing the needs of 0-3 year olds with programs for 4-6 year olds; and addressing children’s right to ECE with parents need for child care.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
- Placement experiences
- Job searching and preparation
- Study tips
- Reflective practice
- Professional progress and goals
- Education paths and experiences
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."