Resources

The ndds Celebrates 25 Years with Rebrand: Now Called “Looksee Checklist”!

In celebration of their 25th anniversary, The Nipissing District Developmental Screening Tool (ndds) has announced a new parent-friendly name and look for their signature developmental checklist. The new Looksee Checklist—reflects the simple, approachable quality of the product to appeal to even more parents and child care professionals. The series of checklists follow a child from 1 month to 6 years of age and provides a short list of yes or no questions about the child’s abilities along with tips to help them grow. The checklists are available in a variety of languages and formats including a redesigned, user-friendly website.

5 Tips for Encouraging Sharing

There has been some debate about encouraging sharing in the early years, and some educators prefer to encourage "taking turns" over "sharing". Either way, it's important for the children in our programs to work on social skills and learn how to share space and objects with their peers. Here are five ideas for teaching and encouraging sharing in your program.

Menu Planning Resources

These child care nutrition resources were created by the Ontario Dieticians in Public Health (OCPC) to support child care providers in planning and preparing healthy food for the children in their care. They include a Practical Guide with information on menu planning, food and beverages that should be served, appropriate portion sizes for different age groups, sample menus and templates as well as strategies to create a supportive nutrition environment.

Sensory Processing Fact Sheet

What is sensory processing? Children with sensory processing issues can be oversensitive to sights, sounds, textures, flavours, smells and other sensory input. Here's a one-page fact sheet that provides essential information about why some kids struggle so much with sensory input, and how we can help!

Are you looking for quiet, calming music for children?

This relaxing music might be just what you're looking for to use during quiet time. You might also want to make calming music like this available with headphones in a quiet space to help children self-regulate!

Webinar -Trauma Informed Care in ECE: Key Strategies for Healing and Behavioural Change

Children with a history of trauma often “act out” their distress through behaviours that are challenging for adults to understand. This webinar focuses on understanding the message of challenging behavior and strategies to help children heal.

Early Education Nation is an “ECE Library” for new ideas and materials!

Find and share educator resources to help create community and improve learning outcomes for preschool children. All of the resources and materials are free and available to discuss, borrow and reuse!

Webinar: 5 Things You Can Do Today to Lessen Challenging Behaviours Tomorrow

At times, early educators may feel powerless in the face of challenging behaviours. But, there are steps you can take to lessen these behaviours! Through humour, concrete examples, and practical suggestions, participants in this webinar will learn about five common causes of challenging behaviours, how to recognize them, understand their impact, and how to remedy them so peace and happiness can prevail.

Tips for Arranging Child Care Spaces

We know that the environment can have a direct impact on behaviour and the flow of your program. Do you ever wonder about changing around your child care space? Here are some helpful tips for preschool, infant and toddler spaces.

Webinar – Young Children in Refugee Families and Early Childhood Programs: Ways to Mitigate the Effects of Trauma

Young children in refugee families often endure significant direct or indirect trauma from their experiences during conflict, flight, or resettlement. The issue of trauma has gained increasing visibility across the early childhood field, yet relatively little research has explored the specific traumatic experiences and needs of young refugee children or strategies to address them. High-quality early childhood programs can have enormous benefits, particularly for the children of immigrants and refugees. Join this webinar where experts will discuss the effects of trauma on the development of young refugee children, and practical strategies that child-care providers in Canada are using to support the resiliency of refugee children and families.