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What is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (also known as DAP) is a teaching perspective in early childhood education where a teacher nurtures a child’s development (social, emotional, physical, and cognitive) based on theories of child development, the needs of the individual child, and the child’s cultural background (community, family history, and family structure).

4 Sensory Snow Activities to Try

In CNC, it's important that we offer opportunities for children to explore and discover their new environment. One of the best ways to do this is through sensory activities that combine playful fun and constructive learning. Here are 4 fun snow projects are sure to get the children excited about winter weather!

Webinar: How to Effectively Teach Social-Emotional Skills to Children Who Exhibit Challenging Behaviour

It’s easy to become focused on trying to stop unwanted behaviour when young children are using aggression to try and get their wants and needs met. This can also be true when they are not following directions or we feel they are being disrespectful in some way. Yet, in addition to stopping the behaviour we also need to teach them what do instead! Challenging behaviour signals that the child needs support to develop their social-emotional skills. Learn about the importance of focusing on social-emotional learning and discuss practical strategies that use to proactively teach children the necessary social-emotional skills!

Why Observe Children at Play?

When we observe children at play, it helps us better understand the strengths and needs of each individual child. It also helps us understand each child's knowledge, skills, and interests, how they are learning and how we can further their learning and development.

What makes a good early learning environment?

The first step in creating an appropriate environment for infants, toddlers, and preschool children is to examine how young children learn and develop. Each stage of development has unique characteristics that influence how a child will experience his or her environment. Here are some things to consider when designing your CNC space.

What is Scaffolding in Early Childhood Education?

Put simply, scaffolding is the act of an educator or parent adjusting their support techniques to suit an individual child at a developmentally appropriate level. Most people who work with young children use a form of scaffolding each and every day without knowing it as we support our children and students in learning new ideas and skills.

New Online Tutorial: How Your Early Learning Environment Impacts Behaviour

Did you know that having a well-thought out space can be like having an extra adult there to help guide children's behaviour and 'show them the way'? The How Your Early Learning Environment Impacts Behaviour tutorial explores how the early learning environments that we provide for newcomer children can either work for, or against us! Find out more about how the elements of time, space and energy can be used to provide indirect guidance and generally improve the flow of your CNC program. To facilitate your own team training, the tutorial includes a facilitator guide and group discussion questions.

Checklist: Planning for a Multicultural Child Care Environment

Use this helpful checklist for planning a multicultural child care environment to see how your program is doing, and identify areas for improvements!

Helping Children Cope With Anger

All human beings experience anger. But children, in particular, have difficulty channeling their strong emotions into acceptable outlets. Anger is often a reaction to feeling misunderstood, frustrated, hurt, rejected or ashamed. Here are some helpful tips for helping children cope with anger.

Learn & Play Tip-a-Day

Boost the healthy growth and development of young children with this free tip-a-day app from Brookes Publishing! Each weekday, you’ll receive a quick new idea, activity, or strategy from some of our top experts on child development and early education.