Professionals and Community Planning Resources

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Professionals

Continuous professional learning enhances the practice of early childhood education. Engaging in continuous learning helps early learning professionals remain current in their knowledge, skills and professional values. It also promotes public trust in College of Early Childhood Educator members and the profession.

The City of Peterborough funds Investing in Quality as a community resource to support quality in early learning environments.

Professional learning strengthens and supports early learning professionals in their daily interactions with children and families.

Child Care and Early Years Act 2014

The Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA) replaced the Days Nurseries Act and provides rules to govern child care in Ontario. The CCEYA strengthens compliance and health and safety in child care settings and helps parents make informed choices about child care options.

Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework

Ontario's Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework builds on our progress and sets a vision for a system in which 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.

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for Early Years

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for Early Years is a resource that supports pedagogy and development in the early years.

Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from Research about Young Children

Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from Research about Young Children is a collection of briefs which hi-light the latest research in:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Strategies to put key ideas into practice
  • Reflective Questions for Educators

Excerpts from "ELECT"

Excerpts from "ELECT" is foundational knowledge from the 2007 publication of Early Learning for Every Child today: a framework for Ontario early childhood settings

Visit the Provincial Ministry of Education website for more professional resources.

Community Planning

Peterborough Early Years Planning Network

The Peterborough Early Years Planning Network (EYPN) was established in 2017 to provide a formal structure for system wide community planning. Early learning and child care service providers and community stakeholders work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and their families. The EYPN has five working groups and meets four times per year.

Terms of Reference

Working Groups:

CMSM System Planning

To provide recommendations to the municipal service manager (CMSM) based on current legislation, local data, and service priorities that will assist in managing and supporting a coordinated and integrated system for the Child Care and Early Years programs in the City and County of Peterborough.

Terms of Reference

Diversity and Inclusion

To broaden community awareness, knowledge, and respect for diverse community populations that will positively advance equity, diversity, and inclusion while recognizing the systematic inequality and barriers that currently exist. To collaborate, co-ordinate and consult with the community on direct issues related to early learning and care from an inclusion, diversity, and equity perspective. To promote research, guidelines, and supports for best practice that will foster and nurture equity, diversity, and inclusion as foundational pillars to quality service delivery in our early learning community.

Terms of Reference

Family Engagement

To promote family engagement through collaborative planning and implementation of strategies across the Child Care and Early Years System in the City and County of Peterborough.

Terms of Reference

Investing in Quality

Investing in Quality working group to champion professional learning that influences best practice with a focus on learning through mentorship. To facilitate meaningful measurement for quality improvements that reflect community needs. To ensure inclusive engagement from our diverse community in planning, management, and delivery of responsive early learning programs, services, and supports for children, families, and educators. To build capacity in our early years workforce through advocacy and collaborative communities of practice.

Terms of Reference

Knowledge Mobilization

To coordinate, support and advise on research, evaluation and data management activities relating to early childhood development and early years services. To establish methods and best practices for disseminating early-years-specific data and information to community partners and the public across the City and County of Peterborough.

Community Reports and Surveys

Terms of Reference

Peterborough Planning Table for Children and Youth

The Peterborough Planning Table for Children and Youth works to collectively plan and provide leadership to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, youth, and their families in Peterborough City and County. The Early Years Planning Network provides regular updates to the Peterborough Planning Table for Children and Youth.

Early Learning Lasts a Lifetime - Ontario Child Care and Early Years Service System Plan 2019-2024

The City and County of Peterborough is creating a 5 year plan for early learning to outline strategies that Child Care and Early Years programs will use. It will highlight our goals and show us how to measure our success.

  • The Five Year Plan will:Promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all children
  • Provide high quality experiences and positive outcomes for children
  • Include high quality, professional staff
  • Respond to community needs
  • Respect the diversity of our community
  • Be accountable for public money
  • Promote belonging, wellbeing, engagement, and expression for children
  • Encourage strong community partnerships

The Vision

We want to have a Child Care and Early Years system that is Accessible, Responsive, Affordable and High Quality.

Accessible:

  • Meet family needs in terms of days, hours, and locations
  • Available to all who need or want the service
  • Easily accessed
  • Inclusive of all
  • Provide adequate choice and flexibility for families

Responsive:

  • Reflect diverse needs
  • Adaptable and respond to family needs
  • Address changing demands and service gaps

Affordable:​

  • Funding approach supports improved affordability
  • Affordable for all families
  • Fee Subsidies are available to support families in need

High Quality:

  • Promote child belonging, wellbeing, engagement, and expression
  • Align with "How Does Learning Happen"
  • Employ a highly skilled and fairly compensated workforce
  • Engage in ongoing professional development and learning

System Plan Timeline

  • Approved by Council and Ministry (June 30, 2019)

Community Reports

 Peterborough Early Years Fees and System Overview
 
 Kindergarten Parent Survey (KPS)
 2018 Summary Report
 Early Development Instrument (EDI)
 2015 Snapshot Report
 Early Learning Professional Survey - Community Report
2019
 Parent Satisfaction Survey - Community Report
2018