FREE Webinar: Peer-Mentoring for ECEs

ECE peer mentoring

About this FREE Webinar on Peer-Mentoring for ECEs

Presented by Don Giesbrecht, Laura Doan, Emily Gawlick, and Pam Preston

Thursday February 18th at 8:00pm, The Canadian Child Care Federation, the Early Childhood Educators of BC and the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre invite you to join us for a free webinar, Peer-Mentoring for Early Childhood Educators:  A Powerful Approach for Connection, Inspiration, and Retention 

Presented by Dr. Laura Doan, you will learn about the Peer-Mentoring for Early Childhood Educators in BC Project.  Information on how the project was set up, what components helped to make it a success, as well as what participants experienced, will be shared.  Through this project, participants found a safe space to share their everyday experiences as Early Childhood Educators.  As one Educator shared, “The Peer-Mentoring [Project] gave us a space and an intention, a structure to come together and share our individual journeys and our different journeys.”  Ideas for starting up a peer-mentoring program in your own community will be shared.    

The Peer-Mentoring Project for Early Childhood Educators in BC paired up ECEs starting their professional journey together with experienced Educators, within a community of practice, so they could share their experiences, learn from each other, become part of a respected collective voice, and build an effective network of support.  The project took place in 17 communities across BC and involved 200 ECEs and 20 facilitators.  The project itself included peer-mentoring, online support, and access to professional development through a community of practice.

Dr. Laura Doan is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, where she teaches in the Early Childhood Education and Master of Education Programs.  Laura is inspired by the wisdom, strength, and resilience of ECEs.  

At CCCF webinars you’ll …..

  • Join a group of your peers and participate live in engaging sessions lead by subject matter experts
  • Receive a certificate of participation if you attended the event live
  • Have an opportunity to network with ECE’s from all over Canada, and the world.
  • Be able to rewatch any time if you’re a CCCF Member (coming soon)

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Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are incredible professionals that have rewarding, important and demanding careers. They work with young children (and their families), ages 0-12, nurturing and educating them, observing and planning for their growth and development while ensuring that they are healthy. They create interactive and dynamic learning environments where children develop social skills, develop cognitive skills and foster lifelong learning. ECEs work in child care centres, classrooms, home child cares, preschool, and parent drop-in programs. You do not need a teaching degree to be an ECE, but you do need your ECE diploma.

If you’re just starting out:

  1. Get certified!
  2. Find the requirements for your province or territory
  3. Write your resume and begin your job search. We’ll provide tips on this soon. 
  4. Get your vulnerable sector check and first aid training

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On our provincial and territorial map we link to child care associations in your area. Follow the link to your association and join today. The associations provide valuable information to anyone starting out in their career. Even experienced ECEs can benefit. You’ll also enjoy valuable member benefits like discounts, meet other ECEs, and become a part of the child care movement in Canada.

If you join your provincial or territorial affiliate, you’re automatically also a member of the CCCF.

With your resume and cover letter ready (we’ll provide guides for this soon), contact child care centres and introduce yourself! You can call, email, or even message them on social media. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a reply. Try again a few days later to give them your resume in person. Remember that due to safety reasons you need to call first. Tell them you live in their area, and that you’re looking for a position.

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