Recently the BC government released an updated draft copy of the revised Early Learning Framework. According to the government website,
B.C.’s Early Learning Framework guides and supports early childhood educators, StrongStart BC facilitators, early years professionals, service providers, communities, and governments in providing rich early learning experiences for children from birth to age 8. The framework provides a focal point for dialogue among British Columbians, and creates a common language and greater understanding of the vital importance of early learning for all young children.
The Framework applies to all learning environments, from StrongStart BC programs to child care settings, pre-schools and other early childhood development or child health programs. It also:
- Supports dialogue and reflection on the importance of the development and learning of young children.
- Guides early learning programs and activities.
- Encourages discussion with families about their child’s early learning.
- Shapes professional development.
- Creates a shared image of children to guide the promotion of early learning.
The revised Early Learning Framework is a comprehensive document and at first glance it can seem like quite a lot to review and understand. To support Early Childhood Educators and related professionals understand more about what makes up this recently revised document, we have put together a list of 10 ways to engage in the framework document. Together, they have been designed to make the overall document a little easier to dive into, review and understand. So — check out more below and discover a variety of ways that you can explore, learn and engage in this new draft of BC’s Early Learning Framework. If you find these ideas helpful and would like to share them with others working in the field, look at the end of this post for a PDF that you can download as well as a fun infographic that you can share as well! Also — don’t forget that until December 7, 2018 the BC government are accepting feedback about this new revision of the Early Learning Framework via this survey.
Download the draft Early Learning Framework
Draft 4 – dated September 11, 2018 was recently released for review. You can access it here.
Read through the whole draft Early Learning Framework
Set aside some time to read the draft document. You might find it helpful to print it out.
Consider the Early Learning Framework’s purpose
The Early Learning Framework has a specific purpose. Discover what that purpose is. Why does it matter?
Learn new terms
There are many terms within the Early Learning Framework. Challenge yourself to learn about a few that are new to you.
Explore the key concepts
The Early Learning Framework has several important concepts that are interwoven throughout the document. Do you know what they are?
Discover the draft Early Learning Framework’s principles
There are 10 principles that make up the Early Learning Framework. Learn each one. Consider how they apply to your work with children and families.
Think pedagogical narration
Do you know what pedagogical narration is? This is an important part of the Early Learning Framework. Start learning about it — or — rediscover it. Expand your thinking and your conversations in this area.
Understand living inquiries
Living inquiries describe processes of thinking, learning and interconnection. There are four different living inquiries and pathways for engaging with living inquiries.
Read the extras
The Framework also includes a listing of resources, a glossary, an appendix and references. Review all of them for valuable information.
Talk, inspire and reflect
Children have complex identities and enormous capacities for thinking and communicating. The Early Learning Framework is an excellent tool and provides a multitude of opportunities for dialogue, inspiration, reflection and so much more.
Share 10 ways to engage in the Revised BC Early Learning Framework
You can share the ideas in this post with others in the field of early childhood education.
Download the 10 ways to engage in the draft BC Early Learning Framework PDF.
Below is a copy of fun infographic that we have also developed about the 10 steps. You can download a copy of it here.
I’m talking about child care with people who live and work in the East Kootenay region of BC, Canada as part of the East Kootenay Conversations On Child Care. Recently I jumped into a Google+ Hangout with Patricia Whalen who is the Children First Manager for the region to discuss the Child Care Needs Assessment Project that is currently underway. Patricia has 4 boys and has been happily married for 24 years. We had a great discussion that covered a lot of different aspects of early learning and child care issues for the region.
East Kootenay Conversations On Child Care – Key Thoughts
Below are some key thoughts from Patricia Whalen –
Province wide; lack of child care has been a huge issue.
It (child care) affects the community as a whole.
When they (families) hear that the child care wait lists are huge they opt out of locating here.
Highlights from this #45Conversations Hangout
- How the Child Care Needs Assessment project started – 1.04
- About the East Kootenay region – 4.15
- Families cannot locate into East Kootenay region due to child care issues – 7.00
- About the Child Care Needs Assessment project & social media – 9.03
- Starting the conversation – 10.40
- Understanding the issues – 13.10
On April 28, British Columbia and Alberta signed the British Columbia – Alberta Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) at the 4th annual joint British Columbia – Alberta Cabinet meeting in Edmonton.
British Columbia and Alberta businesses and workers will enjoy new market access. This innovative agreement gives businesses and workers in both provinces seamless access to a larger range of opportunities across all sectors including energy, transportation, labour mobility, business registration, and government procurement.
Earlier this year I became very interested in what the impact of this agreement will be on Early Childhood Educators in both BC and Alberta. I consulted the BC Ministry of Economic development to better understand if Early Childhood Educators would be included in the list of professions that are being covered by this agreement. After some delays, I was recently advised that “Yes they will be added to the list”. I actually think that this is a fascinating development for the child care field in Canada and that it will have major implications regarding the mobilty of workers between our two Provinces. Surprisingly though, it seems that very few people in the child care field seem to be aware of this interesting development.
Ask any employer what one of their key concerns is, and you will probably hear that it’s the need for skilled workers. It seems everyone is talking about the serious labour crunch that is coming and that, in many industries, is already here.
Help is very definitely wanted.
Ask employees what their most important issue is, and the answer from many is that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. That juggling things at home, and at work, is tough.
It’s clear that some balance is needed.
What is the answer? For many employers, they have found that offering a flexible workplace both attracts new employees and keeps them on the job once they are hired.
This is where WorkLife BC can help. It’s a new province-wide initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Honourable Linda Reid, Minister of State for Childcare.
Its goal is to celebrate, honor and raise awareness of the issue of work-life balance and illustrate how this can help both employers and employees in this unprecedented time of labour shortages and time constraints.
Workplaces in BC from all sectors –- private, public, non-profit, cooperative –- are eligible for nomination. It’s easy to apply and the only requirement is that the workplace shows that it is making an effort to support employees in harmonizing work and life commitments.
The WorkLife BC Awards are a key component of this program. I invite you to nominate outstanding employers for first annual WorkLife BCAwards, which will be given to recipients at a special forum in Vancouver on February 8 & 9, 2007.