Every occupation and industry has its myths and misconceptions. Unless you actually work in the field, it's easy to develop some false ideas about what it's all about, right?
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Working with young children is one of the most rewarding careers in the world. You get to see each individual learn and grow right before your eyes. And you get to play a key role in their development as human beings, budding students, and members of our society.
Sora New teaches the Early Childhood Education program at Herzing College Montreal.
This is an excellent time to become an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in Montreal. There is strong demand for ECEs at daycares and preschools throughout the city and across the province of Quebec.
This career is ideal for someone who loves working with young children, and is naturally interested in early childhood development. ECEs have a huge influence on a child's life. They help shape essential cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills.
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.
Updated June, 2021.
Love the idea of working with young children, and considering taking early childhood education (ECE) training? Welcome! You've come to the right place.
In this post, we're breaking down the core elements of a quality ECE program. We want you to understand what is taught in class, and which skills you'll graduate with, so you can know for sure whether this training is right for you.
So, let's get down to it. Exactly what will you learn in early childhood education courses?
What knowledge and experience will you gain, which will help you either start your own daycare, or land a great position at an established daycare or preschool?
These are the top 10 ECE skills you can expect to cover during your diploma.
Updated June, 2021.
What's your role as an early childhood educator? Exactly how big an impact will you have on young children's lives?
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.
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.
Why do you want to work with young children? What is pulling you instinctively toward early childhood education training?
In most cases, prospective students simply know that they love kids and want to make a positive difference in their lives.
And that's a great start! But there are some additional, very significant ways in which working with babies and toddlers is uniquely rewarding and important.
Photo credit: Matt MolinariWhen 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.