Natasha Buda, RECE, 4th Year student in the Early Childhood Leadership Degree Program


Since the Liberal Government plans to introduce a national child care framework, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for Canadians to voice their input and concerns.  As a result, I decided to create a letter writing campaign, which began the 25th of January and continues until February 5th.  During my trip to Windsor with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, I thought hard about a student led initiative and I wanted to do something different. People send e-mails, make phone calls and sign petitions everyday.  But it takes time to type or write a letter, put it in an envelope, stamp it, take a photo and send it. Therefore, I thought this campaign would be an effective tool in bringing awareness to what matters most and helps meet the needs of Canadian families. I was dumbfounded by all the support I received on social media from different organizations and child care advocates once I introduced my campaign. So far I’ve had individuals participating in this campaign without any background in early childhood too, just typical members of the community who are concerned with how inaccessible and unaffordable child care is. Participants have been sending their letters to the Federal Minister of Children, Families and Social Development, Jean - Yves Duclos. It’s a great opportunity for individuals to take initiative as a leader and advocate for what matters in the community and in the early years sector.

There are a few days left to participate! Don’t forget to hashtag #isentmychildcareletter, for more information check out the webpage

The Child Care Letter Campaign

Special thanks to those who have helped make a name for my campaign, especially George Brown OCBCC placement students, Alexandra Pilli and Abigail Doris.

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What's in a name?

During the second day of the Ontario Child Care Policy Summit in September 2015, one question arose: Do we call ourselves early childhood educators or child care workers? And does it really matter? What’s in a name?

It was intriguing to see how a room full of early childhood educators, child care advocates and early childhood education professors could not come to a consensus on this matter. While some were strong supporters of a professional workforce worthy of a professional name, others were not keen on adopting a name that may lead to division and a lack of inclusion of all the staff working in a child care centre environment. So, how do we acknowledge our professional identity and use it as a tool to lift our profession, but also acknowledge the many people in the broader child care workforce that do not have that title?

As early childhood educators we learn that every child is an individual and every family is unique; well, this line of reasoning applies to the staff working in a child care centre, as well. We are all unique individuals who work together as a team to plan, support and constantly improve child care programs. Adopting a professional name for early childhood educators should be about educators taking ownership of their profession, taking pride in it and feeling responsible to advocate on behalf of it. Adopting a professional name for early childhood educators should not be about workforce division within the child care centre, but on the contrary, it should encourage all the staff in the centre to self-reflection, to taking ownership of their work and to advocate on behalf of the unique role that they play.

I think if we are early childhood educators we should be referred to as just that. We are qualified, and dedicated professionals and we deserve a professional name. Take, for example, teachers: Are they referred to as “educational workers”? No, they are called teachers. They have a name that defines their profession. Early childhood educators should aim to have that one name that represents all the complexities of our profession, a name that we all can identify with, and a name that reflects our professionalism. In her book, Administering for quality, Leading and Collaboration in Canadian Early Childhood Education Programs, Chandler (2016) explains that a professional is an individual who is qualified and specialized in a certain area. Therefore, an early childhood educator is qualified and specialized in working with young children. Being called an early childhood educator reflects the nature of our work (educating) and the sector we are working with (early years). Words are important and we should make appropriate use of them. Mostly because language is much more than just words; language has meaning within people. When we do not take a stand on what we would like to be called then how can we advocate for our profession? When we fail to reflect on what name better represents us as professionals then how can we expect our profession to receive an adequate level of respect and pay?

Denisa Argyo is a 2nd year student at George Brown College - Early Childhood Education diploma program


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AECEO Student Corner: We are Educators

Jhayvee Tampol, eceLINK Spring 2015

The field of early childhood education is progressively exerting its force in our society as it struggles to make its importance known to everyone. The calls for much-needed change and support have only become stronger while the field undergoes professionalization to increase the quality of the service delivered and to gain respect from society. Part and parcel of this push towards professionalization are the efforts made to prepare budding early childhood educators when they enter the field.

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How to hunt for a job using social media

Securing a job is the tough part, but scouting an open position? All it takes is a strategic scroll through your favorite social media accounts.

Sites like Twitter and Facebook can be fun and frivolous, but they're also viable business opportunities. Plumbing through accounts, hashtags and personal pages could help launch next potential career.

Want to find a writing opportunity in a town near you? Just look up a hashtag on Twitter. Want to stay up to date with a company's career openings? "Like" them on Facebook. Want to create a beautiful resume that'll catch a recruiter's or hiring manager's eye? Head over to Pinterest

Here's how to land your perfect job via social media.



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The Job Hunt: Five job-seeking tips for new graduates

Five job-seeking tips for new graduates
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The Secret to Respect in the Workplace

GloboForce: by Darcy Jacobsen

Respect has gotten a lot of attention in the work environment lately, as it relates to equity, fairness and just getting along. In fact, I think most of us will agree a healthy level of respect is probably the most potent ingredient for workplace civility.

But respect reaches much further than manners and compliance. It also plays a key role in recognition, engagement, and in creating a strong organizational culture. Think about it. Recognition, at its core, is really just a form of respect. People who have been recognized tend to rise to that recognition, and strive in the future to be worthy of it. People who are not recognized for hard work tend to feel forgotten, unappreciated and disrespected.

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How a Mentor Can Accelerate Your Career

At the beginning of your professional career, everything in front of you can appear daunting. During these formative years, you are deciding what you want to do, who you want to be and where you are going to start. Many of us change our minds about our future career before we hit the workforce, and then there are, of course, job changes throughout your career.

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Hiring Experts Reveal Resume Pet Peeves

Crafting a resume that is unique and impressive is the goal of every job seeker. However, there is no one blueprint to follow in this process. Despite that lack of guidance, one surefire way to prevent your resume from making the circular file is to avoid some of these most common resume pet peeves of hiring managers.

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Starting Your First Job? How to Stay Organized and Sane

Like many other young professionals, I have a jam-packed schedule. A typical week for me consists of working at my 9-to-5 job, volunteering at two nonprofits, happy hours and hikes with friends, networking at professional events, getting in some “me” time, and even doing some contract work.


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Resume Revamp: How to Turn Your Duties into Accomplishments

You often hear that your resume should list your accomplishments, not your job duties. And it’s true—accomplishment statements are the best way to showcase the amazing things you’ve done at your past jobs, plus show prospective employers what you can do for them. Your list of weekly assignments? Not so much.

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