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Early Years Announcement from Education

LearnOn April 25th, Minister Liz Sandals announced the release of How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, a resource about learning through relationships for those who work with young children and their families.  This professional resource is intended to support “strong leadership and collaborative practice across child care and child and family support programs.”  Further, “This approach will help to move us towards increasingly integrated services and programs for children and families in Ontario.”  Deputy Ministry George Zegarac stated, “It will help challenge the status quo, inspire critical reflection and transform practices in early years settings.”

How does learning happen? talks about the principles of Early Learning For Every Child Today (ELECT), supports a continuum of learning through family, educators and a child’s environment, and describes the four foundations of learning which include belonging, well-being, engagement and expression.  All sections offer questions for reflection.  This resource is a rich and thought-provoking “must read” for all professionals working with young children and their families, and an excellent collaborative tool to help move educators and community service providers towards more integrated programs and services.

The Early Years Division of the Ministry of Education will be hosting two live webcasts to introduce How Does Learning Happen?, share related resources and discuss how this document can be integrated across the province.  Prepare for the webcast by reading How Does Learning Happen? and having a copy close at hand during the session.  Please follow these links to register:

Tuesday May 13, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm – English session –

Wednesday May 14, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm – French session –

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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