If you’re passionate about helping young kids explore, learn, and realize their potential, you’re wise to be looking into a career as an early childhood educator (ECE).
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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.
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?
"Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."
Wise words from 40-year veteran teacher, TED talk speaker, and professional development coach, Rita F. Pierson.
Truly connecting with, and championing your students, requires one very important, key ingredient: trust. Without trust, there can be no respect, no nurturing, no safe space in which to grow and learn.
Collaboration doesn't always come naturally to children (or adults, for that matter!). But that's what the pre-school or daycare classroom is really all about: teaching kids how to learn those communication and teamwork skills that each of us needs to thrive, both in school and in life.
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.