Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC)

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Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC)

Children 0-7 years old

The early years are a crucial time for learning and human development.  Parents/caregivers are their children’s first and most important teachers and role models – children learn from everything they observe and experience in their family environments. 

Early learning encompasses all activities, experiences, and interactions that young children become involved in to expand their physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual development. Children’s learning capacity is enhanced when their experiences are nurtured in a caring, safe environment and when they are able to explore the world through play, whether it is in the home, community, or other learning environments.  

For Teachers

Here are some downloadable resources teachers can share with parents.


Nursery & Kindergarten

Here are some fun free learning activities for Nursery and Kindergarten aged children that you can use at home. 

This developmental checklist gives a view of the child as a whole. It can be used by both caregivers and teachers to get a glimpse of where the child is developmentally.

This blog focuses on whole child development and play-based learning.

This document details the learning concepts of numeracy for nursery children. It describes each concept and provides examples of how to encourage that learning.

This document details the learning concepts of numeracy for kindergarten children. It describes each concept and provides examples of how to encourage that learning.

This document details the learning concepts of social, emotional, and self-help skills for nursery children. It describes each concept and provides examples of how to encourage that learning.

This chart details developmental and curriculum concepts for nursery children. It has 2 learning experiences for each concept that can easily be done at home.

This chart details developmental and curriculum concepts for nursery children. It has 2 new learning experiences for each concept that can easily be done at home.

This chart provides fourteen hands on learning experiences in all curriculum areas for kindergarten.

Week 2: This chart provides fourteen hands on learning experiences in all curriculum areas for kindergarten.

This document outlines the learning outcomes in the kindergarten science curriculum and provides examples of hands-on learning activities.

This document details the learning concepts of Social Studies for Kindergarten children. It describes each concept and provides examples of how to encourage that learning.


Literacy

These early learning literacy websites to support families to encourage reading comprehension and to develop language for children ages 0-7 years.

This guide is a literacy resource created by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. It was created as a support for families. This guide provides useful information on developmentally appropriate learning. This guide gives suggestions of play based learning activities to continue learning at home. Either use all or pieces of this resource to help support your teaching strategies with your families offsite. Try to point out the importance of communication and discussion which will greatly benefit children’s language and literacy development.

The Stay Home Superheroes (PDF)

This children’s story written by Sophie Marsh beautifully describes how important our children are during this time as stay home superheroes. Fun for children of all ages.


For Families

A guide for families at home, information on play, adult-led learning, routines and screen time.

Resource for parents and caregivers to engage children in skill development activities while spending time at home.

A resource with ideas for sensory play activities you can do at home with ingredients you may already have.

Article by the Canadian Pediatric Society about proper use of technology for young children.


This document provides information about open-ended questions and examples.

This resource was created by New Directions. It contains information on managing emotions for caregivers and children.


For information please contact:

Child Care

Sheila Murdock
sheilam@mfnerc.com

Early Years

Susy Komishin
susyk@mfnerc.com