Child Development External Resources

Harvard Centre on the Developing Child – Resilience Series

These three short videos provide an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops and how to strengthen children’s capacity for resilience.

Best Practices for Guiding Children’s Behaviour

Healthy Child Manitoba has developed a guide is for early learning and child care staff and family child care providers. It provides effective ways to guide behaviours and enhance the social and emotional well-being of all children in your care. The strategies described are research-based and can help all children, not just those experiencing difficulties!

New Research on How Babies Learn Two Languages

In a new study, an international team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, report that bilingual infants as young as 20 months of age are really good at processing two languages!

Top 25 ECE blogs from HiMama

Looking for craft ideas or physical and fine motor activities? Check out these blogs which were selected as the favourites of early childhood educators for 2017.

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...