Ontario College of ECE Elections
One of the candidates for Toronto Region is our own Tricia Doyle. Please take a moment to look at her candidate statement. We encourage you to be proactive and stay involved in your College. The College of Early Childhood Educators (College) regulates and governs Ontario's Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs) and ensures leadership across the province by trusted, accountable professionals. Council members play an active role in building public trust and making decisions that shape what RECEs do, every day, in their practice. All members of the College should have received an email about the elections - check your email for your link to vote. By voting you can help choose the people who oversee the regulation of your profession - and make sure that the voice of CNC is represented!
Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations
What you put on your classroom walls can affect your students’ ability to learn. Heavily decorated classrooms can bombard students with too much visual information, interfering with their memory and ability to focus, a new study finds. So what do researchers say teachers should do?
Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit
As a child care provider, you have the wonderful opportunity to help lay a healthy foundation. In addition to their families, you are their model for food and fitness. The Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit will give you the tools you need to teach children about eating right and being physically active so that they can establish healthy habits for life. In it, you'll find: easy-to-use, fun lessons and activities that will fit in with your existing routines; ways to establish a connection with children’s families and support healthy habits at home.
WEBINAR: Finger Plays-Fun, Free, Focus, and Skills!
In this webinar, you'll discover the fantastic world of finger plays! Have you ever watched children when they are doing a finger play? You can almost see the synapses firing in the brains. Finger plays are a natural way to engage children and develop oral language, auditory memory, small motor skills, social skills, and their imaginations. Best of all, they are FREE and FUN!
Toddler Activity Idea: Colour Run & Sort
With the long winter months, many children are missing outside play… so this fun toddler activity idea that combines gross motor and colour recognition might be just what your program needs!
Measles Outbreak: Is your CNC program ready?
With the recent measles outbreak, it’s a good opportunity to review policies and procedures to ensure that you are meeting requirements and following public health expectations. Do you continue to provide information to parents about immunization? Do you understand public health expectations for documenting children’s immunization and developing an exclusion plan? Canada Public Health has weekly monitoring reports on measles and a parent's guide to immunization. HealthLinkBC also has multilingual information about vaccination that you can share with parents. Contact your local public health office for more information.
Great Activity Ideas from JIAS
JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) shared some great activity ideas for both inside and outside of the classroom. Read about their latest get together with the local seniors and creative projects with the toddler group.
Training in Peel: Mental Health First Aid
Learn how to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial help, and guide a person towards professional help. This 2-day training is for frontline staff working with newcomers in the settlement sector.
Introducing StoryMaking into your CNC Program
StoryMaking provides opportunities for children and families to play and learn together. It can lead to increased vocabulary; development of agency; opportunities for character building; the discovery of identities (author, maker, artist, etc.); learning by engaging in the practices of making; all while immersing in play and having fun!