Creative learning spaces encourage and inspire educators, children and their families

Preparing the Learning Environment

Responsive caregiving with parents and caregivers along with the setting up the physical environment are essential elements of creating the optimal learning opportunities for children. Safe, carefully thought out, creative learning spaces encourage and inspire educators, children and their families. Trusting, healthy and strong relationships with families is an essential piece of a successful learning environment.



Literacy & Books

Strengthening Communication Skills

Child care experts today agree that the components of language and literacy – the ability to listen, speak, read and write – are equal and interrelated: the development of one relies on the development of the others.

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Enjoy Some Of Our Past Content On This Topic

  1. Working with Military Families
    Together with the Vanier Institute of the Family, CCCF developed a resource for practitioners who are serving military families. Download the copy here

  2. Developmentally Appropriate Practices in School-Age Child Care
    To encourage developmentally appropriate practices, the children’s environment should be well organized, clearly defined and easily accessible. Download the copy here

  3. Understanding Learning Styles
    The more senses we use to learn about anything, the more information we get. Download the copy here

  4. Respecting Children’s Rights in Practice
    Learning to share and to take turns, listening and being listened to are ways children learn about respecting each other’s rights. Download the copy here

  5. Supporting Children to Learn Through Play
    The child care setting promotes play when divided into a number learning centres clearly defined areas that have equipment, materials and supplies that fit together and promote children’s developmental growth. Download the copy here

  6. Building Partnerships with Families
    Here are some ways to strengthen your partnership with parents in caring for their children. Download the copy here

  7. Primary Care
    The primary caregiving approach supports a goodness of fit model, enriches communication, and solidifies relationships with families. Download the copy here

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Anyone working in licensed child care has to apply for certification. You will find certification information for your province or territory on our child care certification page.

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.

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.

All licensed and regulated quality child care programs in Canada require these for the safety and security of children and families.

If you’re just starting out:

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  3. Write your resume and begin your job search. We’ll provide tips on this 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.

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