Ministry of Education Resources

Resources to support early learning professionals working in child care and early years, full-day kindergarten, and middle years programmes.

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Child Care and Early Years

Ontario is committed to building a high-quality, inclusive and affordable early years and child care system. Here are resources with information about how we are supporting positive learning environments for children.

View the Ministry of Education Child Care and Early Years website

A resource about learning through relationships for those who work with young children and their families.

Download a copy of How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy For the Early Years

The Ministry of Education has worked with leading experts in the field of early childhood education to develop six research briefs for educators working in early years settings. These briefs highlight the latest research in early childhood development, strategies to put the key ideas into practice and reflective questions for educators.

Download a copy of Think, Feel, Act: Lessons from Research about Young Children

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The Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA) came into effect on August 31, 2015. This new legislation replaced the Day Nurseries Act (DNA) and provides information about requirements that must be met within early learning and care settings.

Download a copy of The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014

Full-Day Kindergarten

Visit the Ministry of Education Full-Day Kindergarten website for more information on the province's full-day kindergarten program.

Visit the Ministry of Education Full-Day Kindergarten website

This document sets out what four- and five-year-olds across the province will learn in Ontario’s two-year kindergarten program and how educators will help children learn through play and inquiry.

Download a copy of Full Day Kindergarten Program, 2016

Beginning full-day kindergarten is an exciting new step for your child and for you. This guide will provide you with some details about full-day kindergarten and answer some questions you may have about how it works and how it will help your child.

Download a copy of Full-day Kindergarten: A Question and Answer Guide for Parents

Middle Years

Children are at a critical developmental stage between ages six and 12. The experiences children have in these crucial years set a foundation for the habits, perceptions and attitudes they will have for a lifetime.

Ontario’s Middle Years Strategy supports children and their families at this critical age. The strategy helps families, policy makers, service providers, educators, and community organizations better understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities that face this group of young people.

Visit the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services resources for the Middle Years

Download a copy of On My Way: A Guide to Support Middle Years Child Development

Download a copy of Gearing Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario Middle Years Children Thrive

Download a copy of Think, Feel, Act: Empowering Children in the Middle Years

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