Quality Improvement

Continuous learning and growth is important for children and for early years partners. The Region's continuous quality improvement program is centered on this belief. Early Years Engage helps child care and early learning programs take an ongoing approach to improving.

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Year Five - 2021-2022

Children's Services is excited to be enhancing the Early Years Engage process to continue supporting continuous quality improvement within our Early Years Learning and Child Care Community. As the Early Years Engage process continues to be revised this year, we will continue to make updates to our Quality Initiatives webpage. Please see our current resources below and check back often for updated information.

Assess, Plan, Do, Review

Accomplishments and Challenges Tool (Optional)

Professional Learning Reflection Tool

Professional Learning Plan (Optional for Non-RECEs) Template

*Please note English and French versions of the 2021/2022 Annual Planning Template can be found on the Children's Services Portal

Expectations for early years partners

Our early years partners (licensed child care centres, licensed home child care agencies, special needs resourcing agencies and EarlyON child and family centres) who contract with the Region will:
  • Continually review their practices to better meet the needs of children and families and to align with Our Vision for Quality in Waterloo Region 
  • Develop short and long terms goals for growth
  • Create action plans to meet the goals
  • Evaluate progress against 'Our Vision' and the Region of Waterloo Service Plan
  • Involve all staff in the continuous improvement process
  • Have flexibility in choosing focus areas for their goals 
  • Build relationships with each other and the Region, and celebrate successes

Support for early years partners

Early years engage will provide the following supports to all early years partners (licensed child care centres, licensed home child care agencies, special needs resourcing agencies and EarlyON child and family centres) who contract with the Region:

 

  • Staff training and development policy (currently under revision)
  • Guidelines for continuous professional learning (currently under revision)
  • Help navigating OneList Waterloo Region and expectations for service providers
  • Children's Services portal to allow for information and document sharing between Children's Services 
    and Early Years Partners
  • Annual planning and site visits to share knowledge and ideas
  • Parent survey to gather parent perspective about the program and inform system-wide planning

For more information about Early Years Engage or for copies of Early Years Engage policies or templates, please contact: qualityinitiatives@regionofwaterloo.ca

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