Six Reasons to Love Your Job!
If you work with immigrant children,
1) You are leading the way in a growing professional field!
Canada welcomes 250,000 immigrants each year, including over 8,000 children and youth, speaking over 80 different languages. You work with these families each and every day. When there is a crisis in another part of the world, and refugee families arrive here in Canada, for many of them, you are their first contact! Read More
Creating a “climate of delight” while children learn: Dr. Rachel Langford
Play is important to learning. Research tells us again and again that when children play, exploring and experimenting with material, they learn through those experiences. Dr. Rachel Langford offers some strategies to create a "climate of delight" while children learn.Read More
Math Skills Made Fun for Children – Alka Burman
Children who have early experiences with numeracy will have better outcomes when they learn math concepts in school. Strategies used need to be motivating and engaging, and should follow a child-centered approach. Providing opportunities to explore and manipulate real materials will allow children to become comfortable with numeracy and math.Alka Burman, Early Literacy Specialist, shares some ideas for activities to make math learning fun.Read More
Choosing Books for Young Children – Alka Burman
Children often learn about the world and their place in it through books. Books can be an important way for children to share their feelings, concerns and emotions; to learn new concepts or reinforce concepts they already know; and to expand their horizons and have new experiences. Alka Burman, Early Literacy Specialist, shares some tips on how to choose books for young readers.Read More
Print All Around Us – Alka Burman
A print rich environment is one in which children interact with many forms of print including signs, labelled centres, wall stories, word displays, labelled murals, bulletin boards, charts, poems and other materials. With adult support, children gain literacy skills by interacting with print in their surroundings. Alka Burman, Early Literacy Specialist, offers strategies to encourage children's involvement with print.Read More
Constructive Play in Early Learning Environments – Alka Burman
Constructive play is an organized form of play that is, in many ways, goal oriented and thoughtful. Children who are engaged in constructive play use materials to create something, and this increases in complexity as they get older. Alka Burman, Early Literacy Specialist, discusses these concepts.Read More
Creating a Language-rich Environment – Julie Dotsch
As educators prepare their programs, they need to constantly be thinking of how to enhance the children’s language. One way to do this is to incorporate the home languages into the setting. Julie Dotsch, an ECE Diversity consultant for One World, discusses how to set up a language-rich environment. Read More
Selecting Space for Mobile Care
By offering mobile short-term care in conjunction with settlement services, you can allow more newcomer families to benefit
from your programs and to be supported in their transition to life in Canada. As an administrator, selecting safe, appropriate
space that meets CNC Requirements (CNCR) is one of your responsibilities. This tip sheet
helps you select the right spaces to improve the quality of care for the children in your program and reduce safety risks.
Choosing Toys and Equipment for Mobile Care
When offering mobile care for newcomer children, the locations, caregivers and children change often, making for many variables to consider when selecting toys and equipment. For example, the children in attendance will come from diverse backgrounds and communities and will be of varying ages. Accordingly, there will be a wide array of interests and preferences to consider.
offers tips for selecting toys and equipment, as well as suggestions for where to purchase quality toys and equipment.
Welcoming Newcomer Children with Judith Colbert
Judith A. Colbert, PhD is an experienced writer, researcher and training specialist. She is the principle author of both the National LINC Childminding Requirements and Occasional Child Care Requirements. As an early care and education consultant with an international perspective, her goal is to build bridges between research and practice, mainstream and newcomer experiences. Read More