Programs and Activities

Fizzing Fine Motor Trays

Setting up opportunities for open ended sensory and fine motor play doesn’t need to be difficult or overly complicated. Here's a new idea that combines sensory and fine motor fun!

How to Motivate Children: Proven Approaches Based on Science

What’s the best way to motivate children? The intrinsic motivation to learn about the world around us begins in infancy. This type of motivation can either be encouraged or suppressed by the experiences adults provide for children. Psychological research points to a set of promising approaches that we can use to promote positive motivation and learning during development.

Empower Dual Language Learners With Conversations!

All through college and professional development experiences, educators learn what to say to children. But, one of the greatest gifts you can give to young learners, especially DLLs, is to step back and let the children do the talking. Find out what happens when young DLLs have more opportunities to talk, converse, and lead discussions!

Building Key Relationships in Early Education is Fundamental to Quality Practices

In every relationship, especially in early education settings, the adults must work hard to recognize the uniqueness and cultural context of each individual. This powerful webinar offers insights and strategies to help early childhood educators build and enrich their relationships with the children, parents, and other staff members in their organizations.

Video: How Does Positive Guidance Work?

Are you still using 'time out' in your program and struggling with challenging behaviour? If so, watch this quick video that explains alternative positive guidance strategies, why and how they really work!

Sensory Clay Nature Ornaments

Children love these simple clay nature ornaments... the white ‘clay’ dough takes less than 5 minutes to make, and the ingredients are probably already in your cupboard, so setup is easy too!

Learning Shapes for Preschoolers: Our Favourite Activities

Learning shapes helps to introduce preschoolers to early math concepts and vocabulary while giving them a better understanding of space and the shapes they see in the world around them. Luckily, there are a lot of fun ways to incorporate learning shapes for preschoolers into your program. Here are just a few of our favourites!

Helping children become brave, informed and thoughtful about race

EmbraceRace is a multiracial community of parents, teachers and experts who identify, organize and create tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks. Their goal is to nurture resilience in children of colour, nurture inclusive, empathetic children and programs, and support a movement of advocates for all children. Their website is full of information, videos and tip sheets for caregivers like you.

Relationships matter: How you can support positive parenting in the early years

This resource was originally written for health care providers, but it's relevant to your work in CNC too! Find out more about the ‘ABCs’ of how you can help strengthen relationships with—and within—the families you work with each day.

Culturally Appropriate Positive Guidance with Young Children

Many parenting approaches and children's behaviours have cultural roots, and while it's important for early childhood educators to foster each child’s developing identity, it's also important to share cultural lessons and help cultivate shared norms for your program. This article is full of examples and strategies for helping culturally diverse children and families to understand and negotiate differing norms and social expectations.