Child Development

20 Developmentally-Appropriate Activities for 6-9 Month Olds

Play is a powerful part of childhood development, and there are so many important developmental milestones during infancy. But it can sometimes be difficult to come up with ways to play with babies. Here are some play ideas for 6-9 month olds.


Choosing your words carefully…

Changing the way we speak to children is the first step in changing behaviour. When we teach children what to do instead of telling them what NOT to do, behaviour changes and relationships grow. Here's a list of common phrases used with children - along with suggestions for alternatives!


WEBINAR: Unpacking the Pyramid Model – A Practical Guide to Social Emotional Learning

In this powerful webinar, experts share their insights about the important relationship between social emotional skills and cognitive development. The session focuses on the Pyramid Model as a framework for promoting social emotional competence and preventing challenging behavior. Participants will also learn strategies and targeted intervention for children who need additional support in the development of self-regulation, friendship skills, emotional literacy, and problem-solving.


Understanding Children’s Emotions in Extraordinary Times

In this video, Dr. Jean Clinton, a psychiatrist and advocate for children's mental health, speaks with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) to share her expertise in dealing with children's emotions in this extraordinary time. She also talks about ideas, resources and tips to help ease the challenging transition back to on-site work as the pandemic unfolds.


New Podcast: The Brain Architects

Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation. From brain architecture to toxic stress to serve and return, The Brain Architects will explore what we can do during this incredibly important period to ensure that all children have a strong foundation for future development.

How does COVID-19 Relate to Child Development?

Centre on the Developing Child has developed a helpful infographic that explains COVID-19 and how it relates to child development. They've also compiled a variety of resources on stress, resilience, and responding to the coronovirus.


A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development

In this challenging time, child development has not paused, and supporting children, families, and care providers of all kinds is as important as ever. This guide pulls together information on COVID-19, including what it means for child development, and shareable resources that can help parents, caregivers, child care providers, pediatricians, and others who work with families.


Webinar: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Behaviour

Trauma in young children is much more pervasive—and much more destructive—than we ever thought. The research on trauma has made it clear that children’s challenging behavior is not intentional, but is instead driven by fear and a protective strategy for coping with their experience. This webinar helps participants develop an understanding of trauma and how it affects behavior, learn ways to support children, and develop strategies to promote your own resilience

Infographic – The Preschool Personality

Preschoolers know much better than they behave, and their good intentions can be short lived. The secret to caring for preschoolers is understanding. This infographic explains some of the characteristics of preschoolers that often frustrate or baffle adults - and how they are actually an important part of their developmental design!

Why is observation so important?

Most CNC staff understand the role of observation in early childhood education. But do they understand why it’s important? And more importantly, do they have the best systems and techniques in place to accurately assess toddler development? Early childhood education is not about teaching; it’s about exploration and learning, and observations play an important role in meeting the developmental needs of the newcomer children in your program.This important article and free ebook explain why observation is important, what it impacts, and how you can make it easier.