How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years

Minister's Policy Statement on Programming and Pedagogy made under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (PDF, 273 KB)

What is How Does Learning Happen?

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years is a professional learning resource for those working in child care and child and family programs. It supports pedagogy and program development in early years settings that is shaped by views about children, the role of educators and families, and the relationships among them. It builds on foundational knowledge about children and is grounded in new research and leading-edge practice from around the world.

How Does Learning Happen? inspire critical reflection and discussion among those who work with children and their families in early years settings. It includes goals for children, expectations for programs and questions for reflection that provide a starting point for thinking about the types of environments, experiences, and interactions that bring out the best in children, families and educators. It will help to strengthen the quality of early years programs and services across Ontario as we explore together, how learning happens.

The following guides introduce you to key ideas in How Does Learning Happen? They are tailored to your particular experience as an educator, home child care provider or leader in an early years setting. They also provide information and practical examples to help you think about, and use, How Does Learning Happen? in your early years programs. The guides support you on this exploration, as we continue to ask big questions, try new ideas and learn together.


Child Care licensees now have access to the E-Module: Putting How Does Learning Happen? into Practice: Program Expectations for Licensed Child Care. This E-Module will assist early years professionals to understand connections between How Does Learning Happen and the new program related requirements under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.


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