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ECE Training: How to Manage a Really Busy Daycare (& Still Have Fun!)

Jan 25, 2019 2:30:18 PM

If you've ever spent time with toddlers, you know how high-energy these tiny humans can be! And how quickly smiles can turn to tears when nap time is delayed, a favourite toy goes astray, or the little one starts missing mum.

To say babies and small children are unpredictable would be a major understatement. But if working as an early childhood educator (ECE) is your true calling, you're up for the challenge.

Early Childhood Education Training: 5 Smart Ways to Handle "Helicopter" Parents

Dec 27, 2018 3:15:00 PM

Is it possible to care for your kids too much? At what point does "helping" and "supporting" turn into "overbearing" and "smothering"?

This is a question you'll find yourself pondering quite often as an early childhood educator (ECE). Or, maybe you're a parent, and have already wondered how much is too much, when it comes to helping your own kids learn and grow.

We're talking about the phenomenon called "helicopter" parenting. In a nutshell, helicopter parents are overly focussed on their children. They "hover" over their every move, and take too much responsibility for their child's failures and successes.

ECE Training: 3 Signs a Child in Your Class has Dyslexia

Jul 13, 2017 10:05:46 AM

Dyslexia is a learning disability (LD) that makes it difficult to read, write, and speak accurately and fluently. Some estimates suggest as many as 15% to 20% of Canadians have dyslexia—and about 4-5 students in every classroom struggle with reading and writing.

Dyslexia is a neurological disorder. We don't understand the precise cause of it, but studies have revealed that the brains of people with dyslexia actually develop and function differently.

This learning disability equally affects people of all genders, socio-economic, and ethnic backgrounds, and is genetically inherited.

ECE Training Tips: Caring for Preschoolers with ADHD

Jun 22, 2017 11:57:55 AM

What should early childhood educators (ECEs) know about ADHD in pre-school age children?

Let's start with the fundamentals. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological disorder that breaks down into three different categories:

1) Predominately inattentive (previously referred to as ADD)

2) Predominately hyperactive (very rare)

3) Combined (most prevalent)

According to the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is the most prevalent childhood mental health condition in Canada. More than 5% of all school children have ADHD.

3 Child-Calming Strategies Every Early Childhood Educator Should Know

Nov 11, 2016 8:58:10 AM

 

Photo credit: Matt Molinari

When it comes to early childhood education, nothing is more important than forming meaningful relationships with the youngsters under your care.


Given that a child's first 5-7 years are so crucial for social and intellectual development, it's no surprise that behavior management is a key part of the relationship-building process.

Learning how to observe, understand, and effectively respond to challenging behavior is key to building trust with children.

With trust comes better communication, which in turn helps kids learn and grow. That's why behavior intervention is a key component of early childhood education training.

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