Glossary

 

The Network has consulted resources from across the country to assemble a glossary of terms. If you’d like to help grow the list, please send us your definitions for the advisory group’s consideration along with a citation for the source document.

 

Comprehensive - A comprehensive child care system includes a wide range of quality, affordable and accessible programs and services that facilitate the growth and development of all children.

These include:

  • full and part-time programs for children from birth to 12 years;
  • centre, family and in-home care;
  • family resource and support programs;
  • child care resource and referral programs and other information services that support all families and caregivers; and
  • programs that support the full inclusion of all children and families.

Source: A Common Vision and Agenda for Child Care in BC, Child Care Advocacy Forum, 2003

 

Developmentally Appropriate Practice - is practice that incorporates knowledge of the basic principles of child development along with an understanding of the strengths, needs and interests of each individual child in a particular group.  It also incorporates an understanding of the social and cultural contexts of each child within the group.

Source: Standards for School-Age Child Care Programs, Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2009.

 

Early Childhood Educator - a person with a post-secondary certificate or diploma in early childhood
education (or equivalent training).
Source: Doherty, G., Friendly, M., & Beach, J. (2003). OECD Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care Canadian Background Report

Kindergarten - usually a part-day full-week program for 5-year-olds under ministries of education,
provided by all provinces/territories. In most jurisdictions it is treated as if it were an entitlement.
Source: Doherty, G., Friendly, M., & Beach, J. (2003). OECD Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care Canadian Background Report

 
Junior Kindergarten - is usually a part-day full-week program available to almost all 4-year-olds.
Source: Doherty, G., Friendly, M., & Beach, J. (2003). OECD Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care Canadian Background Report

 
Seamless Day - describes a system of organizing and integrating services for young children so that they can move easily from one service (e.g. child care) to another (e.g. kindergarten) and the services are complementary and harmonized with one another, and contribute to healthy child development.
Source: Toronto Catholic District School Board, Collaborative Early Learning and Care Programs for Children and Families in the TCDSB, February 2008

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