Government has made a commitment to develop a provincial strategy for early childhood learning that will enhance early learning opportunities, support parental involvement and create a smooth transition to school for all children and their families.
The focus of an early childhood learning strategy is to coordinate an overarching inter-departmental strategy that will support best practices in early childhood learning for children birth to age six years across all settings.
The importance of early childhood learning experiences in shaping children's development throughout their lives is well documented. Current research indicates how children learn in the early years. This has lead to a better understanding of the importance of quality early learning opportunities in building a strong foundation for learning and development.
Development of this strategy is based on current research and best practices and focuses on the following:
Recognition of the importance of the early years has been evident at the international, national and provincial levels. Interest in supporting early childhood development and learning in a systematic way has been heightened with the findings of brain research and of longitudinal studies which show a significant return on investment in early learning. Investing in the early years is for the public good and has received support from various sectors, including education, health, business and justice.
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