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Early Learning Coordination

The Early Learning Coordination (ELC) program enhances quality and builds capacity within Licensed Child Care Programs in Bruce County.
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Bruce County’s Early Learning Coordinator collaborates, mentors, and supports educators in the child care and early learning community. With the collaboration of Bruce County’s Children’s Services team this capacity role supports the implementation of the Quality Scan Tool (QST) and coordinates professional learning opportunities. These opportunities provide a platform in which educators can reflect on their current practices to enhance and align with Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years ‘How does Learning Happen?”

How Does Learning Happen?

How Does Learning Happen?” Ontario’s Pedagogy is a professional learning resource which supports program development and pedagogy in a variety of early years settings.  The "How Does Learning Happen?" framework is based on four foundations Belonging, Expression, Engagement and Well-Being.  These foundations guide children, educators and families as viewing themselves as competent, capable, and curious individuals. 

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years

Quality Scan Tool

According to Ontario’s renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework (2017), Ontario’s vision is that “all children and families have access to a range of high-quality, inclusive and affordable early years and Child Care programs and services that are child- and family-centred and contribute to children’s learning, development and well-being”.  In recognition of this vision, Bruce County launched The Quality Scan Tool (QST) in 2018 to support high quality child care in Bruce County.  Licensed Child Care Programs in Ontario, which are regulated by The Child Care and Early Years Act 2014, are monitored annually to meet the provincial health and safety standards. However, licensing alone does not ensure high-quality child care. According to "How Does Learning Happen?" Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014) studies show children who attend high-quality child care are happier, less anxious and more motivated to learn, providing a foundation for a brighter future. The QST facilitates Child Care Programs on their journey to increased quality.

Community Learning Library

The Community Learning Library (CLL) offers online learning for families as well as professionals working with children and youth living in Bruce County, Huron County, Simcoe County and York Region. This online learning platform is always open and can be accessed for learning at the learner’s convenience.  The CLL offers a variety of virtual educational materials which enhances knowledge and practice of professionals and families.

Community Learning Library

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