At London Children’s Connection we value the experience, knowledge, wisdom, and passion of each of our educators. We are committed to ongoing professional learning, providing educators with a variety of professional learning approaches which include the following:
- large professional learning events
- team meetings
- an intranet for all staff
- ongoing embedded learning opportunities
These learning experiences play an important role in an educator’s professional development as they provide high quality programming which supports children’s learning, development, health and well-being.
Child Development Practitioner (CDP) Apprenticeship
To help advance our sector and promote the professional growth of our educators, London Children’s Connection acts as a sponsor for child care employees who are interested in pursuing the Child Development Practitioner (CDP) Apprenticeship, a fantastic combination of classes and in-program work.
The apprenticeship, offered through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD), allows educators to continue with LCC as their employer, while they learn and work toward their Ontario College Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
Our dedicated Professional Learning team oversees all apprenticeship students, so if you are currently employed by LCC, reach out to the Professional Learning Coordinator to learn how to apply for the CDP apprenticeship through MLITSD.
Not an LCC employee yet? Start by submitting your application through our careers page.
Websites for Educators
While there are many websites and documents we could highlight, the following resources are critical to both the programs and professional learning at London Children's Connection.
College of Early Childhood Educators
Regardless of the program, or the designation of our educators, we refer to code of ethics and standards of practice outlined by the College of Early Childhood Educators. This level of professionalism guides our work, and their website is a useful resource.
If you are interested in pursing a Early Childhood Educator certification, financial support is available through the Ontario government. For more information, visit: www.ecegrants.on.ca.
Ontario Ministry of Education: Information For Child Care Professionals
- Think, Feel, Act document
- How Does Learning Happen? document
- Child Care and Early Years Act document
- Child Care and Early Years Act regulations details
Strive is a collaborative group of Child Care and Early Years Practitioners who support learning and development in order to enhance quality practice. London Children's Connection participates in an advisory board and committee for city-wide decision-making about professional learning, and often invite our educators to participate.