Government of Manitoba
Children play with Lego on a colourful alphabet rug. A boy who is visually impaired reads a book with raised dots, a precursor to learning to read in Braille. Sand running through the hourglasses fascinates a curious boy. A boy building with blocks greets the class bunny who has hopped over for a visit. A boy gives a thumbs up. A girl plays with colourful shapes on the classroom light-table. A girl counts and orders buttons by size. Two girls balance on a pipe as they look for frogs in a swampy area. Children create their own book illustrations using the “still life” technique. Two girls are paired during a large group activity. A boy builds with interlocking cubes. A girl illustrates her “story”. Three girls practice their letters on individual whiteboards. A boy holds alphabet blocks that spell out PLAY. Young boys explore classroom science materials. A girl using a walker smiles. Three children share a book together." An educator and 4 preschoolers enjoy a small group interaction.

"It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”
Leo F. Buscaglia

An Action Plan for Science Education in Manitoba

Early Childhood Education

For Educators

Looking for help or advice?

Early childhood staff regularly visit Manitoba schools and school divisions to consult on early childhood education policies and programming. We can assist school divisions in their collaboration with partners in the early childhood community, and vice versa.

We provide responsive services to Kindergarten and Early Years teachers and early childhood professionals in the broader early childhood development sector. Opportunities include professional learning sessions, site visits and Kindergarten Makeovers, and mentorship initiatives and facilitated discussion groups.

Building Bridges to a Bigger World: ECE and EAL

There are more young children than ever in Manitoba who start early childhood services or school with a first or home language other than English or French.

In March 2017 in Winnipeg, and October 2017 in Brandon, hundreds of early childhood educators, early years teachers, settlement workers and staff of parent-child programs gathered together to learn how to best assist children (0-6 yrs) in learning English as an additional language. Presenters shared many practical suggestions to support early childhood and Early Years educators in their work with children and families from diverse communities.

Presenters generously shared their presentations with us. Check out the following for more information:

Helping schools use EDI results

The results of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) conducted during the Kindergarten year help school divisions understand how children are doing and identify strengths and needs within communities. This enables divisions to make informed decisions about how to best provide services and supports for young children and their families so that all children fully benefit from their first school experiences.
We can work closely with school divisions to develop evidence-based interventions. Contact us  if you would like support in

  1. interpreting EDI data
  2. determining what kinds of early childhood interventions might best suit school division needs
  3. conducting research (posing your action research question, setting up research parameters, analyzing results)
  4. initiating conversations and partnerships with community early childhood services and organizations
  5. exploring new ways of partnering to ensure children get the best possible start
  6. planning for optimal transition to the early grades of elementary school

To learn more about the EDI in Manitoba, and how schools and communities work together for Manitoba’s children, please visit the EDI website for reports by provincial, school division and community levels.

You can read Manitoba’s most recent EDI report here:
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) Reports 2016-2017