Child Development External Resources

Ten Tips for Building Resilience in Children

Did you know that resilience is learned? Some of the children you work with may have experienced trauma. Even very young children absorb frightening events, so it’s important to have strategies to help them settle into their new life here in Canada. Here are 10 tips for building resilience. Review these ideas for strategies you can use or share with parents.

20 Short Videos Document Dual Language Learning

Teaching at the Beginning is dedicated to educators of young dual language learners. They have developed a series of videos that show language learning in action - from teachers learning the languages of the children, to children creating connections between languages! There's also a 45-page training guide that you can use with the videos as an individual, or with your team for professional development. It includes, questions and suggested reflections that allow you to really expand your thinking and knowledge of second language learning with children!

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.

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.

Quick Tip Video – Using Emotional Check-ins

In this 2-minute video, learn how and why to use emotional check-ins in your program!

Tips for Dealing With Challenging Behaviour

You may feel like you have tried every trick in the book when it comes to dealing with challenging behaviour in young children. Whether a child throws a fit, becomes aggressive or overly emotional, there are ways to assess and manage this difficult behavior. Read more...

Kids in Motion: Ideas for Active Play, Every Day

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers love to play and move. Kids in Motion is full of information about children's natural need to be active, ages and stages of development, and activity ideas for encouraging active play, every day.

The Linguistic Genius of Babies

Have you heard the astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another? Watch these clever lab experiments that show how 6-month-old babies listen and use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.

3 Reasons Not to Wait to Assess Preschool DLLs with Special Needs

Have you ever wondered whether you should refer a newcomer child for help with a suspected special need? Sometimes we think we should wait, but this expert disagrees!

Start with Play

The Start with Play website is a wonderful resource for professionals and parents alike! It available in both French and English, and describes five areas of skill development in the early years. - For each one, it also provides links to the PEI Early Learning Framework and a resource article that is full of information and classroom ideas.