Early Learning Network

The Early Learning Network is for all staff working in early learning and child care programs.

Next meeting:  February 8, 2018

Location: IIQ office

Time:  6:30  –  8:00

Topic: Exploring Documentation


Previous meetings:

September 26, 2017 (PFRC): Nancy Doherty spoke about ways to support early literacy for the infants, toddlers and preschoolers and older children.

June 1, 2017 (Strath): The staff at Strath shared their explorations with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

September 22, 2016 (Hiawatha): A group of 15 educators came together to discuss the use of and questions about ‘Loose Parts’.

May 12, 2016 (IIQ office) :  The topic of discussion was how to balance risk and safety in programs. Participants shared a variety of perspectives and ideas on this topic.

Thursday, February 25, 2016 (Trent at St. Luke’s): Despite poor weather, 12 people met and had a rich discussion about the role of circle/group time. Many perspectives were shared as well as stories and experiences from all the different programs. We listened with a willingness to learn and took the opportunity to putt our beliefs into words.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 (IIQ office): 9 educators met with Cheryl Herder and Mary Lou Lummiss to learn more about the expectations for Fleming ECE students in placement. There have been some recent changes which they shared with the group.

Thursday, September 17, 2015 (IIQ office): The group discussed some of the various reasons they attend meetings as well as brainstorming some ideas for the coming year.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the IIQ office: There was a focus on emergent curriculum.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 at the IIQ office. This was a joint meeting for Infant, Toddler and Preschool Staff. We discussed why many educators feel challenged about how to bring science into programming. One of the themes that emerged was that we often focus on experiments. As we talked, we came up with many other experiences in our own lives or with the children that have elements of science embedded in them. It can be useful to broaden our view of science and see that it is already part of many other things. For our own enjoyment of science, we watched a short video clip: IFL Science

Of interest: TED Talk with Alison Gopnik on ‘What Do Babies Think?’