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City Wide Training

City Wide Training

Welcome to the Every Child Belongs City Wide Training website for Early Childhood Professionals.

 

 

Vision

To create a comprehensive professional development system, that will evolve and build capacity in the Toronto child care community to meet the changing needs of all children with extra support needs and their families. This will be achieved through ongoing collaboration with community stakeholders, both within and external to childcare, and will reflect changes in current practice that will benefit children, families and child care professionals.

 

Goals

Goal One: To ensure accessibility to training for all early childhood professionals.
           o Objective 1:  Workshops, site visits, workshops   on the move, and conference events will be offered to all Toronto early childhood professionals from January-June and September-December, annually.
          o Objective 2: Registration for the various training formats can be accessed at http://www.citywidetraining.ca/ the Every Child Belongs City Wide Training website.
Goal Two: To identify the specific training priorities of early childhood professionals.
          o Objective: information collection on workshop evaluation, all streams represented on the training teams, online parking lot.
Goal ThreeTo offer training that is sustained over time.
Goal Four: To address barriers that may impact centre and individual ongoing participation in professional development activities.
Goal Five: To refer identified systemic barriers that are beyond the scope of the training teams to Toronto Children’s Services, Special Services Unit for discussion and resolution.
Goal Six: To maintain ongoing commitment to future directions concerning professional development that is rooted in evidenced based research.

 

Team Members

The training team is comprised of early childhood professionals providing service to children and families in the City of Toronto and is lead by a city wide training coordinator. Membership on the training team is a two year term.

Responsibilities of Team
• To attend planning meetings.
• To actively participate in the investigation, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of professional development.
• To work in collaboration with agencies across the City of Toronto.
• To follow through on responsibilities and commitments to the training team.
• To utilize the Every Child Belongs cluster groups to support the training initiative.
• Review Terms of Reference as deemed necessary.

 

College of Early Childhood Educators

Code of Ethics and Standards

of Practice 

Every Child Belongs City Wide Training is deeply committed to the College of Early Childhood Education Code of Ethics. The beliefs and values outlined in the Code of Ethics are upheld in all aspects of planning and execution of trainings. Through working with the early learning community, Every Child Belongs City Wide Training fosters deeper understanding of professionals’ responsibilities to all stakeholders including: children, families, colleagues and the profession, and the community and society.

Every Child Belongs City Wide Training demonstrates a commitment to the College of Early Childhood Education Standards of Practice. Specific correlations between City Wide Training and Standards of Practice are outlined below.

• STANDARD I: CARING AND NUTURING RELATIONSHIPS THAT SUPPORT LEARNING
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training embraces family-centered practice and aims at equipping Early Childhood Educators with tools to facilitate healthy relationships with families.

• STANDARD II: DEVELOPMENTALLY APPORPRIATE CARE AND EDUCATION
A. Knowledge and Application of Theory and Practice
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training is committed to broadening the knowledge of child development theories for Early Childhood Educators. Trainings provide participants with strategies to implement developmentally appropriate learning strategies in order to equip them with the ability to provide the best care for children in their programs. Trainings also reflect the understanding that all children are unique and aim to give Early Childhood Educators the tools to adapt the early learning environment.
B. Consideration of Children’s Needs
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training strives to educate professionals about how to identify and consider children’s needs. Through trainings targeted at supporting specific needs, as well as general programming strategies, educators develop competence with fostering children’s independence and interdependence.
C. Support of Learning Styles
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training works to develop trainings which embrace different learning styles and seeks to instruct Early Childhood Educators on how to incorporate different learning styles into classroom practice.

• STANDARD III: SAFE, HEALTHY AND SUPPORTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
A. Safe
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training maintains current understanding of best safe and healthy learning environments and policy and procedures.
B. Healthy
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training is committed to providing trainings for Early Childhood Educators that encourage healthy lifestyles. This includes a variety of topics that range from nutrition to how to creatively incorporate physical activity into programming.
C. Supportive
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training promotes supportive environments and learning opportunities for educators and children. An underlying theme of all trainings is developing sensitivity to children’s needs in order to create the most supportive environment.

• STANDARD IV: PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCE
A. Knowledge & B. Practice
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training is dedicated to building professional knowledge and competence in a multitude of areas for Early Childhood Educators. Expanding the Early Childhood Educator’s understanding of current pedagogy related to early learning is at the forefront of trainings. City Wide Training abides by, incorporates, and uses legislation to facilitate trainings. This is to ensure that Early Childhood Educators understand best current practice mandates and how to implement them within their programs.
C. Professionalism with Colleagues and Other Professionals
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training provides an avenue for Early Childhood Educators to collaborate with colleagues and professionals. Trainings provide time for professionals to share ideas and practices together, as well as provide a platform for facilitation of community partnerships.
D. Professionalism with the College
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training co-operates fully with the College of Early Childhood Education policies and procedures. Trainings offered are updated to coordinate with any changes or additions to College of Early Childhood Educators policy and procedures.
E. Professionalism as an Individual 
Every Child Belongs City Wide Training aims to encourage professionalism for each individual Early Childhood Educator. As trainings are attended, professional practice and critical thinking of individuals is enhanced. As a result, the team’s professionalism is enhanced.

STANDARD VI: CONFIDENTIALITY AND CONSENT TO THE RELEASE INFORMATION REGARDING CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
Every Child Belongs City Wide Trainings respects the privacy of children and families.

 

Early Learning Framework 

Every Child Belongs City Wide Training uses the Early Learning Framework (ELF) as a foundational document. The Early Learning Framework is consistently referenced and trainings are linked to the document. The six ELF principles are listed below.  

The six ELF principles are as follows:
1. Early child development sets the foundation for lifelong behaviour, and health.
2. Partnerships with families and communities strengthen the ability of early childhood settings to meet the needs of young children.
3. Respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion are prerequisites for honouring children’s rights, optimal development, and learning.
4. A planned curriculum supports early learning.
5. Play is a means to early learning that capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance.
6. Knowledgeable, responsive educators are essential.
(Early Learning for Every Child Today, 2007)