Programs and Activities Expert Corner

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.

Supporting the Settlement of Young Immigrant Children and their Families by Julie Dotsch

Written by child care and diversity expert Julie Dotsch, with strategies and ideas from caregivers working in the field of newcomer child care, "Supporting the Settlement of Young Immigrant Children & their Families" builds on caregivers’ professionalism, knowledge and experience to provide a greater understanding of the new immigrant and refugee experience from a child’s and family’s perspective.

Webinar for Combined Care Administrators

The Webinar for Combined Care Administrators is now available online! For information that will help you quickly and seamlessly start up a successful Combined program, watch the webinar here

Loose Parts

Carolyn Hadcock, from Seneca College in Toronto presented this fun workshop at last year's conference. In this video, you will discover what "Loose Parts" means and how to add "loose Parts" to your program. View video...

Leaping the Learning Curve: Five HR Practices that Improve Child Care Administration

Your role as administrator is one of great responsibility—especially as it involves a program that cares for children. However, the human resource function, which can be a full time career in other industries, is usually just a part of the child care administrator’s workload. Finding the time to get up to speed, not to mention locate child care specific resources, on all the HR aspects of administration can be near impossible. Read More

Promoting Emotional Literacy in Young Children

Emotional literacy is the ability to identify, understand and respond to your own emotions and those of others. Learning to understand feelings, how our actions may affect others and how to express emotions is a major milestone in early childhood development. Learn how to promote emotional literacy in your program.Read More

Mentoring for Personal and Professional Growth with Glory Ressler

Here is the first of four workshops from the 2011 Professional Development Conference for LINC Childminders. Mentoring is a powerful vehicle for personal and professional growth. Glory Ressler, from Mentoring Pairs for Child Care project, facilitates a fun and informative exploration of what mentoring is, and ways to apply mentoring.

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!

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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