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Professional Learning

Welcome to AECENL’s Professional Learning Page! This is where you’ll find information about professional learning (PL) presented by AECENL, resources such as the PL Lending Library, PL Grant Fund, and the Science of Early Child Development, as well upcoming professional learning opportunities and additional information and links.   


What Is Professional Learning? 

Professional learning is defined as learning opportunities designed to improve professional knowledge and practices related to quality early learning and child care.  


Why Is It Important?  

Professional learning is important in the field of early learning and child care for many reasons. It allows for continual professional growth and upskilling, strengthens practice and increases knowledge, gives opportunities for educators to stay current with emerging trends and pedagogies, and serves as an important vehicle for networking, team building, and communities of practice.   


Commitment To Professional Learning in The Canada-Wide Child Care Agreement. 

The importance of professional learning is highlighted in the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Child Care Agreement within the vision for Canada-wide early learning and child care. It is identified in this agreement that Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador aspire to valuing the early childhood workforce and providing them with training and development opportunities. (To read more, visit this link.) 


 AECENL’s Commitment to Professional Learning 

AECENL offers professional learning for its members and Child Care Services (CCS) Certified ECEs on an ongoing basis. The importance of ongoing professional development is such that all certified ECEs in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador must complete professional learning hours in order to renew certification. To find out more about how many PL hours an ECE needs to renew CCS Certification, please visit AECENL’s Renewal of Certification  and here for the Professional Learning Info. 


Benefits of AECENL Membership for Professional Learning 

AECENL members receive advance registration for any professional learning opportunities that have limited availability, and reduced rates for fee-based courses and workshops. Members also have access to the AECENL App, which has built-in tools for tracking PL hours during the course of your certification period.  

AECENL members are automatically members of the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF), and this joint membership awards 1PL hour per membership year, in addition to affording the following benefits from CCCF:                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Access to growing member's only content.
  • Discounts on events and courses.
  • Webinar discounts (coming soon)
  • Rewatch webinars any time (coming soon)
  • Access to private Facebook group for ECEs.
  • Digital archive of Interaction Magazine.
  • Online networking.
  • Members-only contests.


For more information on all the benefits of an AECENL membership, please visit our Membership Page.