B.C. has updated the Early Learning Framework to recognize the new realities of children, families and communities. The new framework was developed in collaboration with early childhood educators, primary teachers, academics, Indigenous organizations, Elders, government and other professionals.
It includes several key changes:
- Expanded focus to children from infancy to eight years of age (previously five years of age)
- Increased focus on reconciliation and Indigenous worldviews
- Increased focus on inclusive practices
- Connects with new K-12 curriculum, Core Competencies and primary program principles
- Focus on integrating theory with practice
- Updated inquiry questions address all early learners
- Play Today Handbook (Educators)
- Play Today Guide for Families
- Early Learning Framework Guide for Families
- Early Learning Framework (Educators)
Play Today Activities (designed by MPSD StrongStart Team):
- Let’s Play!
- Let’s Go Camping!
- Breathing Exercises
- Worry Dolls
- Snow Sensory Bin
- Simon Says
- Sensory Bins
- Rock Hunt
- Rainy Day Rhythm Sticks
- Not a Stick
- Not a Stick (2)
- Hula Hoop Observation
- Hula Hoop Observation Graph
Changing Results for Young Children – Social Emotional Learning Focus
Changing Results for Young Children (CR4YC) is a partnership between The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) and was initiated in the fall of 2017.
CR4YC is based on the successful Changing Results for Young Readers framework that was implemented in 57 BC School Districts from 2012 – 2015. CR4YC is a collaborative inquiry project that brings together Community-based Early Childhood Educators, Strong Start Facilitators, and Kindergarten Teachers who are released to work collaboratively in six joint professional learning sessions with release time provided by the CR4YC Project.
CR4YC focuses on social and emotional well-being to improve outcomes for young children. One of the CR4YC goals is to identify and apply a strengthened understanding of quality practices associated with improving the social and emotional well-being of young children. Another goal is to increase the coherence in pedagogy between Early Childhood Educators and Primary Educators. (Source: CR4YC website, Nov.2021)
- Family Cookbook
- *New 2021* WTK Learning Through Play Vol. 1
- *New 2021* WTK Learning Through Play Vol. 1, Issue 2
- *New 2021* WTK Learning Through Play Vol. 2, Issue 3
Play to Learn Activities (designed by MPSD StrongStart Team):
The MPSD StrongStart team has prepared a variety of fun and easy learning activities families can do at home. Several have links to short, engaging videos.
Music and Movement:
Social and Emotional Learning:
Talking and Reading Together: