Tools to Enhance Partnerships in Support of Children’s Social Well- Being

    These resources were developed to support partnerships between early learning and child care practitioners and parents in order to enhance young children’s social development. The user-friendly accessible tools address key elements of social development, including learning positive behaviour, building self-esteem, enhancing problem-solving skills, strengthening communication skills and supporting cultural identity. The tools have been developed using an asset-based approach that recognizes and honours the strengths of families, while acknowledging the perspectives and experiences of practitioners.

    Click on the links below to access workshops, articles, and resource sheets on each of the social development themes addressed.

    Preparing Children to Meet Challenges
    Ways that families and child care practitioners can work together to enhance children’s resilience and problem-solving skills.


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    Cultural Identity
    Following an introductory demonstration, this workshop draws on two short stories to illustrate positive cultural identity. The facilitator debriefs the stories and presents some theory, then participants divide into groups to apply the theory to various scenarios. Once the small groups have presented their discussion and answers, the group brainstorms things they could do, as parents and/or practitioners, to support children in building strong cultural identities.


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    Practitioners and Families Together: Self-Esteem
    This 90 minute workshop is built around two activities: the first helps to illustrate the nature of self-esteem while the second addresses ways to support self-esteem.


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    Building Partnerships to Support Language and Early Literacy Skills
    Ways that families and child care practitioners can work together to enhance children’s language development and early literacy skills.


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    Supporting Children’s Positive Behaviour: Practitioners and Families Together
    Finding ways for practitioners and families to work together to support children in developing positive social behaviours, particularly when the behaviours are challenging


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    Building Partnerships with Families
    Ways that child care practitioners can strengthen their partnerships with families with the aim of supporting children’s well-being


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    Families Building Partnerships with Practitioners
    Ways that parents and other family members can strengthen their partnerships with child care practitioners in order to enhance their children’s social well-being


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    Resources in Cantonese, Inuktitut, Punjabi and Spanish below: