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Online Learning Opportunities in Early Childhood Education

If you are looking for ways to upgrade your skills in early childhood education, this is a good place to start! The Canadian Child Care Federation has a list of ECE learning opportunities across the country - part time, full time and distance learning.

Winter Workshop Series in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Are you looking for local opportunities for professional development? In this edition of Tuned In, early childhood educators and early years professionals in Nova Scotia will find information about over 20 workshop opportunities, the local lending library, curriculum supports and more!

Wouldn’t it be fun to sing O Canada with children in their home languages?

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra recorded our national anthem in 12 languages:  Arabic, American Sign Language, Cree, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Tamil. This is part of celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday (sesquicentennial) starting in 2017.

Video: Building Emotional Literacy

Jennifer Hawkins teaches students to identify and describe feelings by reading Go Away Big Green Monster and engaging in related activities. In this video, we see students looking at themselves in mirrors and developing an understanding of what different emotions look like when expressed on faces.

Hundreds of Free Tools to Build Leadership and Enhance Cultural Competence!

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities. Want to learn about community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and other aspects of community practice? Then help yourself to over 300 educational modules and other free tools. The website is currently available in English, Spanish, and Arabic, and includes an entire unit on Cultural Competence in a Multicultural World

Do young children suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Because caregiver-child attachment is key to helping a child who has experienced trauma, every effort must be made to build healthy relationships and consistency in our programs.  Decades ago, little was known about what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) looked like in infants and young children. Today, we know that trauma can have grave impact on the very young. The National Centre for PTSD has information about childhood trauma, infant attachment, and PTSD in preschool children.

5 Quick Tips for Creating a Sense of Community in Your Newcomer Children’s Program

Early childhood educators have the opportunity and responsibility of helping all children learn to respect themselves and others. When children and teachers speak different languages, they need special strategies to build that sense of community. Here are 5 simple strategies to use every day in your program.

Did you know that children are at an increased risk for food poisoning?

Children aged 5 and under are at increased risk for food poisoning and related health complications because their immune system is still developing and they cannot fight off infection as well as adults can. Food poisoning can also lead to complications that result in serious illnesses requiring hospitalization. This guide offers helpful advice on how to reduce the risk in your program.

Video: What is Challenging Behaviour?

Over 900,000 people have watched this quick video that explains the difference between behaviour that is difficult, but likely to improve, and behaviour that is challenging and likely to require intervention.
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