Early Learning Coordination

Bruce County’s Early Learning Coordinator engages and supports childcare and the early learning community. This mentorship capacity role assists early learning educators to align and enhance their programs with local and provincial quality framework. The Early Learning Coordinator works independently and in collaboration with the Children’s Services Team in effort to build capacity in the early learning community.

Early Learning Coordination

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How Does Learning Happen?

How Does Learning Happen? is a professional learning resource which supports program development and pedagogy in a variety of early years settings.  How Does Learning Happen? framework is based on four foundations Belonging, Expression, Engagement and Well-Being.  These foundations guide children, educators and families as viewing themselves as competent, capable and curious individuals. 

Belonging – a sense of connectedness to others through forming relationships.  Individual’s experiences of being valued and contributing as part of a group, a community, and the natural world.

Expression – or communication (to be heard, as well as to listen) may take different forms.  Through their bodies, increasingly complex communication.  Opportunities to explore materials support creativity, problem solving and mathematical behaviours.  Language-rich environments support growing communication skills, which are foundational for literacy.   

Engagement – a state of being involved and focused.  As children explore the world around them through inquiry and curiosity, they become fully engaged.  Inquiry and curiosity develops skill such as problem solving, creative thinking and innovating which are essential for success in lifelong learning. 

Well – Being – incorporates self-care, sense of self, and self - regulation skills and the importance of physical and mental health and wellness.

Inquiry Based Play

Children learn through interactive, creative, exploratory and inquiry-based play. This approach empowers children to learn about themselves, discover and make sense of the world around them.  Through this learning, children become competent, capable and curious people. When adults observe and play alongside children in an interactive way, children are more creative and develop skills required for school and life-long learning.

Getting Involved In Our Community!.

The Early Learning Coordinator (ELC) works in collaboration with the Bruce County Resource Team (RT), the Childcare Case Worker (CCW) Team and the EarlyON Team to offer Community of Practice sessions throughout the county to enhance quality programming in the Childcare and Early Years Community. These sessions occur quarterly with colleagues to share program-based ideas, including environment and resources. Each session provides an opportunity for supportive networking as we continue the journey to move from a theme based approach to an inquiry-based framework. Community of Practice also serves as an opportunity for networking and building relationships amongst Childcare Centre Team members, EarlyON Staff, ELC, RT, and CCW’s.


Contact us
Kelly Woodward
Early Learning Coordinator
Human Services
Location:  Walkerton Administration Centre Tel:  (519) 881- 0431 ext. 243


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Divisional Information

Children's Services
Departmental Information Human Services
Special Needs Services are Provided Resource Program