Take Action through professional learning!

This past January, the CECEs launched the new government-mandated Sexual Abuse Prevention Program for College members. All registered early childhood educators (RECEs) working in licensed childcare and child and family programs will need to take this mandatory program as part of their Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program.

Throughout the year, RECEs will have opportunities to expand their knowledge with current information on child sexual abuse and prevention. In July 2022, online education and practical tools will be launched in partnership with the Canadian Center for Child Protection, an organization dedicated to reducing sexual abuse and exploitation of children through programs, services, and resources. The flexible online learning modules are available any time at no cost to members, in English and French. The Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators has additional information about this new requirement here!

This information and more can be found on the CECE website.

Does learning about anti-Black racism count as a professional learning activity? Absolutely!

Did you know that February is Black History Month? We would like to share with you this article from the College of ECE’s Publication Connexions: Does learning about anti-Black racism count as a professional learning activity? Absolutely! Please click HERE to read the article.

This article discusses the importance of listening to the voices and learning from experiences of Black members of communities as a foundational component of anti-bias and anti-racism work. It also encourages members of the college to consider choosing learning about anti-Black racism as part of your Continuous Professional Learning.

Keep in mind that anti-racism work should take place all year and is part of our ethical work as Registered Early Childhood Educators. The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Indicates, “The College has a legislated mandate ‘to establish and enforce professional standards and ethical standards that are applicable to members of the College and that demonstrate a respect for diversity and a sensitivity to the multicultural character of the Province’ (ECE Act, 2007).” Please click HERE to view The College’s Statement of Commitment to Anti-Racism.

What is Pedagogy?

The College of Early Childhood Educators developed a Practice Guideline in July 2020 on Pedagogical Practice. In this Practice Guideline, the College defines pedagogy as follows:

“Pedagogy is the understanding of how learning takes place and the philosophy and practice that supports that understanding of learning. Pedagogical thought is growing in complexity and must consider diverse and changing contexts (Vintimilla, 2019). Across Canada, and internationally, there are growing theoretical and practical discussions that describe pedagogy as a way of being that sparks conversations about life, the environment, community and relationships (CECE, 2020, p. 4).”

As you reflect on this definition of pedagogy, we encourage you to consider:

  • Does this definition resonate with you?
  • Would you define pedagogy in a different way? If so, how?
  • In what ways are you currently involved in pedagogical practice?

We welcome you to share your thinking with us below.