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By Chris Marchand
The Dryden Regional Cultural and Training Centre played host to a large gathering of Early Childhood Educators from around the Northwestern Ontario, Oct. 20.
A collaboration between the Kenora District Services Board, the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board and the Ministry of Education, the event provided professional development for approximately 160 early learning professionals.
Tanis Fretter, Integrated Services Manager with the Rainy River DSSAB says the sessions are an effort to bring educators in line with Ontario’s guiding documents and vision for early learning in the province.
“It’s really meant to be a framework that supports a vision for how children learn and to guide Early Childhood Educators in their practice. Since the release of that document we’ve been working collaboratively across two districts to support the greater understanding of and use of the document by the educators in our centres. This is one more piece of that learning journey.”
Sarah Stevenson, Director of Integrated Services for the KDSB adds that the approach is evolving in a direction to see programming designed around the specific needs of children.
“Programming in children’s learning has moved from a place, where 10 years ago, it was theme-based planning driven by the educator which is transforming towards learning from the children and planning the program based on the developmental areas children need support, as well as developing from the childrens’ interest.”