ARCHIVED—Exemplary Practices 2008
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Introduction — Your Resource
Welcome to your Exemplary Practices resource for Early Childhood Education brought to you by the Prime Minister's Awards. Within these pages, you will be introduced to extraordinary early childhood educators from across the country that have been recognized by the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education for the remarkable work that they have been doing to improve the lives of our young children.
The 2008 Exemplary Practices are divided as follows:
The Exemplary Practices booklet is intended to be a tribute to the 2008 ECE winners but more than that, part of their legacy is designed to further what they have experienced by sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with other ECE professionals across Canada.
The 2008 ECE winners focus on creativity in their classrooms. They allow children to express themselves in their own way, supporting their feelings of self-worth. At the same time, it is clear that the progress of each child is clearly documented so parents, the child and other educators have a record of what has been achieved. The PMA winners have created environments that permit risk-taking and where there is no judgment of right or wrong, good or bad.
An environment and a culture that accommodates all children regardless of ability. The reward is seeing the growth, the progress and the burgeoning self-esteem of children as they express themselves creatively through play.
In addition to being outstanding educators, the ECE Excellence winners are active in their respective communities. They are involved in a vast range of volunteer events and programs. They also support their colleagues through advocating for improved professional standards and pay, helping to ensure that all children's needs are met, playing the role of mentor to existing and new staff and ECE students and strive to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments through professional development opportunities. They represent the complete package in ECE teaching and development.