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The Alberta government has sponsored the research and development of a curriculum framework for Early Learning and Child Care in Alberta. The Alberta government has sponsored Grant MacEwan University as a community partner to develop the “made in Alberta” curriculum framework Play, Participation, and possibilities: An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta. The curriculum framework is for child care educators working in centre based child care and family day home settings with children zero-five years of age.
Focusing on a holistic view of children, this framework builds common language across diverse delivery settings around the importance of play in early learning, emergent curriculum planning and responsive care.
There are three phases to the project:
- The first phase was the development of a draft curriculum framework that is aligned with the content, philosophy and approach of post-secondary training institutions as well as the early learning and child care sector at large.
- The second phase consisted of piloting the curriculum framework and identifying supports in selected early learning and child care sites across the province.
- The third phase builds on the previous phase through the development of learning communities and or lighthouse hubs and engagement of more programs to pilot the framework and develop professional development resources.