The following are early childhood development curricula and frameworks from various Canadian provinces:
Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework
Early Returns for Preschool Centers and Nursery Schools
The Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Preschool Centers and Nursery Schools, known as Early Returns, is a crucial part of Manitoba's commitment to promoting quality early learning and child care programs. The Manitoba Child Care Program authors developed the framework, which is founded on the belief that early learning and child care programs in Manitoba should cultivate the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children while also exhibiting quality. It promotes a child-centered approach to early learning and child care that considers family and community contexts and encourages partnerships between children, their families, and early learning and childcare staff.
The Early Returns Curriculum Framework supports staff at preschool centers and nursery schools in developing, describing, and improving their curriculum. Additionally, it assists staff in creating play-based, developmentally appropriate interactions, relationships, environments, and experiences that enable all children to achieve their maximum potential. Early Returns is based on current research and best practices, and its objective is not only to help preschool centers and nursery schools create curriculum but also to help them write statements that effectively describe their curriculum. This curriculum information enhances the quality of childcare and early learning programs in Manitoba by prompting childcare providers and early childhood educators to consider their practices, explain their rationale, and evaluate and improve program curriculum accordingly.
For more information about Early Returns, visit the Manitoba Child Care Program website.