10 Reasons to Choose Quality Early Learning and Child Care

Expert knowledge Early childhood educators are experts in child development and are trained to create inspiring learning environments!
Intentionality Early childhood educators provide your child the gift of time and attention. They will stop and explore the new flowers or jump in the mud puddles with your child.
Young at heart Early childhood educators know how to have fun! They’re not afraid to be silly and laugh with your child; all while nurturing your child’s creativity and helping to build their self-confidence.
Setting limits Every child needs reasonable boundaries, such as no playing ball inside. Early childhood educators set limits and support families in doing the same.
Love of literacy Early childhood educators read and tell stories, sing songs, and do puppet shows to inspire a love of language and to build early literacy skills.
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Confidence boost Early childhood educators provide safe opportunities for your child to be independent and to become confident in their personality and decision making skills.
Inspired learning Early childhood educators ask open-ended questions to inspire creative thought and curiosity, to encourage children to explore, and to make learning fun.
Life skills Early childhood educators use their expertise to develop programs that use play as a tool for teaching math, literacy, science and essential life skills that last for life!
Making friends Early childhood educators are educated to appropriately support children to gain social skills, which are so important in making friends and developing positive relationships!
Helping hand Everyone gets stumped by parenting from time to time - juggling schedules, demands, and behaviours. When it gets tough and you need someone to talk to, reach out to your child’s early childhood educator!
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This event has been approved by the Early Learning and Child Care Board for 2.00 professional development training hours.

Payment Policy:

The ECDA's payment policy for all Professional Development is that fees must be paid prior to attending*. The final date to make your payment is one week prior to the start date of the event, unless otherwise communicated (i.e. council or board run centres for cheque approval/signature, would be the exceptions). If payment is not received, before the event payment deadline, you will not be permitted to attend.

In the past, exceptions have been made by the ECDA, but with our growing membership, it has become increasingly difficult to manage. We thank you for your understanding and your commitment to your ongoing Professional Development. The ECDA.

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Please be aware that to receive a full refund of your registration fees, notice must be provided to the ECDA, via email, 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event. Beyond that, to receive a 50% refund of fees for a cancelled registration, appropriate documentation ie, doctor's certificate or such must be provided.
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Individual Habits: Walking the Mile with Yourself

Kati Smallman is the Owner/ Operator/ Director of Wee the West, and has been in the sector since 2011. During this time, she has embarked on her own Professional Journey, and supported others in theirs. We are excited to host this session where she shares some of her knowledge and passion pertaining to our own professional and personal journey’s. It will be an interactive session that will focus on- the how and why behind making changes to our habits and how this can impact the person we are. Tiny changes make a big difference in our lives each and every day! We will unfold the models of our habits, look at how to create habits, and understand how to modify small changes within our day-to-day routines!


Facilitator Bio:

Kati was born and raised on PEI, she grew up in Summerside and moved to Bloomfield with her Husband; Hayden Smallman. She and her husband and have 3 beautiful children; one in heaven before arrival on earth, Roman who is 6 years old and Ruby who is 16 months old.

After graduating from Three Oaks Senior High School in 2011, Kati attended the Early Childhood program at Holland College. When she completed her ECE diploma she decided to further her studies at UPEI, earning a degree with a Major of Child and Family Studies and a Minor of Family Science and a Certified Family Life Educator in 2016. She is currently the Owner/ Operator/ Director of Wee The West Childcare located in her home community; Bloomfield.