Tools for Life is pleased to announce the launch of its Early Years resource for ages 2½ to 4.

Informed by the Ontario Ministry of Education research resource, How Does Learning Happen?, this Early Years program supports educators in establishing a safe and trusting, play-based learning environment in the Centre where children feel they belong as valued contributors to the community.

Through practice in this trusted environment, children are able to take risks and make mistakes when coming to grips with their feelings and the feelings of others. They develop self-esteem and learn about certain Strategies and Tools that provide opportunities to build friendships, self-regulate, cope with frustration and adversity, and focus on their goals. They learn to listen attentively, communicate respectfully, and begin to problem solve effectively.

With increased self-awareness and confident management of their own feelings, children are better able to recognize and respect the feelings of others. These intrapersonal and interpersonal skills build resilience, promote healthy relationships, and contribute to the overall social and emotional competence of our youngest learners. Tools for Life is easily embedded in all you are doing at the child care centre, and is most effective when practised all day … every day!