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WEBINAR: Using Learning Stories to Make Learning Visible to Children and Families

Be reinspired and energized to document children’s learning! Early Childhood Educators around the world use learning stories to find out about and document what children know and can do, what interests them, how they are progressing, and where additional support may be required. Learning stories can also inform future planning and enhance learning opportunities to extend children’s thinking, learning, and development. This webinar will show you how to use documentation and learning stories to strengthen your communication with families and enhance your CNC program.

Webinar: How to Support Infant and Toddler Development Through Quality Lesson Plans

In this webinar, participants explore the art and science of crafting effective lesson plans tailored to the unique needs of infants and toddlers. They also have an opportunity to discuss the importance of aligning lesson plans with developmentally appropriate expectations and how to offer hands-on learning at every stage of development.

21 Learning Activities for Babies and Toddlers

Play is an important part of a baby's learning and growth – it's how they explore their environment, practice developing skills and bond with their caregivers (that’s you!). As babies grow, playtime evolves based on what developmental skills they are working on. Here are 21 activity ideas to share with parents and colleagues that will help them support baby and toddler development, all while having fun!

International Mother Language Day: February 21

Languages are the most powerful instrument in preserving and developing heritage. Every February, International Mother Language Day helps to increase awareness and mobilize partners and resources that support language diversity and multilingualism across the globe. How will you celebrate the linguistic diversity of your CNC program this year?

How to Keep Kids Active in Winter

Winter brings shorter, colder days and, typically, much more indoor time for kids. But exercise is essential, no matter the season. It helps kids maintain strong muscles and bones, builds cardiovascular strength, reduces the risk of illness, and improves mental health. Here are some fun ideas to share with parents to keep kids moving all season long!

Fun Ideas for Celebrating Lunar New Year with Kids

The Lunar New Year is the beginning of the Lunar calendar, which is based on the phases of the moon. This year, Lunar New Year starts on Saturday, February 10 and goes for 15 days, ending on Saturday, February 24. 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, which symbolizes honour and success in the Chinese zodiac.  This day is celebrated around the world... Here are some of the many ways that you might choose to celebrate with the children and families in your program! 

How did Black History Month come to be?

February is Black History Month! This is a time to celebrate and remember all the ways that Black Canadians have contributed to Canada’s history and culture. Throughout February, this celebration provides a chance to learn about African cultures.

It’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

The goal of Multicultural Children’s Book Day is to raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity and get more of these books into classrooms, libraries and collections. Here's a list of books and activities... maybe you'll find a new favourite!

FREE Kindness Calendar

When we practice skills like kindness, empathy, inclusion, gratitude, and mindfulness with children from an early age, it can set the stage for their daily interactions with the world around them – how they treat others as well as how they take care of themselves. Now, you can download a free Kindness Calendar that includes daily questions, activities, and book recommendations to help children explore what it means to be a kind, inclusive, and empathetic friend.

30 Engaging Baby Activities for Cognitive & Physical Development

A baby’s brain is growing and forming new connections every day. And everything you do—from talking and reading to singing and dancing—is helping that process. Even if baby's movements seem random and uncoordinated, important development is taking place, and they're gradually building their strength, coordination, and neural connections. That’s why it’s important to give babies lots of time to explore freely through a variety of movements. Here are some ideas to help get you started.