Professional development opportunities for early childhood educators supports quality early learning and care environments where children and families thrive.

The fourth Friday of every October—this year, it falls on October 25, 2019—has been designated by Edmonton’s Childcare Association for Resources to Administrators (CAFRA) as Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Day. This is a day where early childhood educators can learn together, unite under the common focus of continuous professional learning and become stronger as a community.

Educational preparation and the ongoing professional development for educators remains central to the quality of early learning and child care. Substantial research on high quality early learning and child care programs worldwide clearly demonstrates that the greatest indicator of program quality is the knowledge, education and capacity of the educators who work with children and families.

Terra’s Child and Family Support Centre is opening its doors to the greater early childhood community and interested community members on October 25.

Over the past year, Terra’s early childhood educator team has explored ways to engage parents more fully in the documentation process (the process educators use to document a child’s daily care, play, learning and development experiences to share with the family). The team has explored whether documentation supports:

  • educators’ efforts to build relationships with families.
  • families’ understanding of what is happening for children in their day-to-day experience in the early learning and child care environment.
  • efforts to bring families more fully into the life of the early learning and child care program.

We look forward to sharing our learning with members of the early childhood education community from across Edmonton on Friday.

See what other CAFRA centres are doing during the 2019 Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Day at www.cafra.ca.