Early Years Community Development Centre

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1513367670326{border-radius: 25px !important;}”][vc_column_text]NSCECE | Early Years Community Development Centre  is located on the College Campus. The Early Years Community Development Centre is a place where young children and the people who work with them are celebrated and supported. Resources have been carefully selected to support professional learning and skill development. Curriculum materials, toys, and books with a focus on inclusion and diversity are available for loan. Over 3600 resources are available. EYCDC staff aim to provide a space where play, curiosity, reflection, and intentionality come together to enrich quality. The EYCDC supports the early years community by increasing collaboration among early childhood educators and other early years professionals. Together we put our shared knowledge into practice to support good outcomes for young children and their families.

EYCDC staff are passionate and committed to supporting our community. We are skilled and knowledgeable early childhood specialists who are eager to engage in conversations about this complex work, share ideas, and help you to the information and resources you are looking for. We offer much more than toys and books. We offer professional development workshops on a wide variety of topics, as well as communities of practice facilitated by EYCDC staff. We are happy to offer meeting and workspace to individuals and programs who are interested in collaborating while they have all our EYCDC resources at their fingertips.

EYCDC services are offered with the support of the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Professional Development Opportunities

We offer professional development and provide networking opportunities that support the development of professional knowledge. Presenters are skilled specialists who facilitate interactive and engaging opportunities to reflect-on and for-action while rekindling your passion for your work. The EYCDC also offers professional learning and communities of practice in support of Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework. For more information, and to register for upcoming workshops visit our workshop page.

Some things are changing due to COVID 19. We are moving professional development and networking opportunities online. EYCDC workshops will take place within Brightspace, NSCECE’s secure online learning platform. Once you have registered you will be sent a link to your workshop. Sessions take place in real-time in a virtual classroom. Participants login with headsets so that they can engage in dialogue and facilitated learning activities.

Professional Supports

The EYCDC offers consultation and program support services. We aim to create long term, trusting and collaborative relationships that focus on program development, building capacity and enhanced learning opportunities for children, families, and staff. We offer side-by-side mentoring, program consultation, coaching and professional development created with your team in mind.

COVID-19

During COVID-19 we will not loan toys but we will continue to loan books. Browsing will be discouraged. Members can email us, or message us through Facebook, to make an appointment and to let us know what items they want to borrow. Items will be selected and bundled for pick up when you arrive. EYCDC staff will also pull books ahead of time for members who have a general idea of what they want but who don’t know specific titles. We are adding more items to Tiny Cat, our online inventory, so searching our inventory will be getting easier and easier. As per public health recommendations, books will go in a 24-hour quarantine before being loaned again.

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Lending Library

We have an extensive selection of materials that are available to support program development and professional learning in early years settings.

Materials include books and DVDs; curriculum enrichment materials and toys; children’s books and music; and educator kits that offer a variety of ideas and props to support exploration, play, and curriculum planning.

NSCECE students are eligible for library membership in the Early Years Community Development Centre when they show their Student ID Card. Library memberships can be obtained for community members on an individual or group basis at a nominal cost.

Below is a link to our searchable inventory of library resources. Our catalogue is moving online as we are able. Check back frequently. We will be adding ECE professional resources and our curriculum materials over the next few months.

Workroom

During COVID-19 there will be limited access to the workroom and computer stations. Please call ahead to book an appointment. There is a limit of six people, including staff in the EYCDC during COVID-19. We cannot accommodate meetings at this time. No childcare groups will be able to visit at this time.

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the NSCECE Early Years Community Development Centre and see what we have to offer!

Hours of Operation

Monday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. September through June. In July and August please call ahead to see if we are open.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please check back here regularly as these hours are subject to change. If you are planning to visit the Early Years Community Development Centre outside of regular business hours (8:30 – 4:30) feel free to give us a call ahead of time to make sure we are open – 902.423.7114 Ext. 233.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]