Professional learning activities accessed by early childhood educators range from single or multi-session workshops to educational and professional credentials such as certificates, diplomas and degrees.
Professional learning activities are currently being delivered by a host of various organizations and institutions in the province. Many regions have resource centres, as either stand-alone organizations or as part of larger institutions that coordinate the provision of professional learning and/or provide access to professional learning calendars.
Our list of professional learning opportunites provides web links and contact information to regional resource centres and training institutions that can connect you to professional learning opportunities in your community.
The AECEO also provides professional learning year round through AECEO sponsored events, workshops, online learning/webinars and community meetings.
This program is mandated by the Ministry of Education to administer this grants program which helps to financially support individuals who are studying in the field, working at home or in a centre-based agency in Ontario, to obtain their ECE Qualifications Upgrade diploma or Leadership certification.
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
Continuous professional learning through the College of ECEs
The College's Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program complements and formalizes the ongoing professional learning many RECEs do every day.
"Engaging in ongoing professional learning is important to early childhood educators. It is part of the culture of the profession and an integral component of both professionalism and leadership.
The CPL program is a framework and formal process to help RECEs increase their knowledge and skills and ensure quality professional practice throughout their careers. It also communicates to employers, families and the public that RECEs are members of a distinct profession that values ongoing professional learning." College of ECE
The AECEO will continue to develop resources to support early childhood educators to fulfill their Continuous Professional Learning requirements and better understand the process.
AECEO Online Professional Learning
Continuing the movement for the ECE workforce
This event was a follow up to a previous panel,Professional pay for ECEs: How do we get there?,that took place at Conestoga in March 2015. The event was organized in partnership with AECEO members from Waterloo/Kitchener and Guelph/Wellington and the Early Childhood Professional Resource Centre and Conestoga College.
The videos in this series include the six presentations that took place at Conestoga College during a Professional Pay & Decent Work Panel. Panelists discussed the issues and solutions for professional pay for ECEs in Ontario from their unique perspectives.
The moderation and participant discussion that took place after the panel presentations is not provided on video to protect the privacy of participants. However, many of the reflection questions included in this document are inspired by the questions and conversations that took place in between and after the presentations.
Video #1 - Martha Friendly
Video #2 - Shellie Bird
Video #3 - Nancy Dickieson
Video #4 - Laura Coulman
Video #5 - Lorna Reid
Video #6 - Shani Halfon