Practice Readiness Initiative
The College launched the “Practice Readiness Initiative” at the 2017 Annual Meeting of Members. Practice Readiness asks an important question: “What does it mean to be ready to practice as an early childhood educator in Ontario?” The question is being examined through three lenses – safety, competence (i.e., knowledge, skills and judgement) and professionalism – within the context of the dynamic changes that have occurred in the early years sector in Ontario since the College was created in 2007. The answer may result in making changes to registration requirements.
Ensuring Public Confidence in the Registration Process
The registration process of the College is the gateway for entry into the early childhood education profession in Ontario. As part of the registration process the College assesses whether a person meets the requirements to practice the profession. The assessment includes an applicant’s past and present conduct, which must provide the College with confidence that they will practice the profession with decency, integrity and honesty. To help identify where potential issues may exist, the College added additional experience and conduct questions to the application form.