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Connecting Children with Nature

We believe a commitment to early childhood wellness and development, coupled along with an emerging awareness of the beauty of nature, are opening up an entirely new avenue of experiential learning for Humber and its students.

Humber’s Early Childhood Education diploma program is a recognized leader in preparing registered early childhood educators who see themselves as global citizens. Students and graduates advocate for the holistic health and well-being of all children and families, supported by a connection to nature and a stand for social justice.

Finding new and innovative ways to encourage children and their families, students and faculty to interact with the natural world, studying the results of that exposure, and communicating findings in innovative ways are key elements of Early Childhood Education at Humber.

puzzle pieces Commitments To Our Students

  • To expand on existing teaching practices and build an innovative ECE curriculum, with increased awareness of and sensitivity to nature and the environment.
  • To expand the experiences and opportunities within all Humber programs to immerse the student population in the benefits of the Humber Arboretum and its integrated approach to understanding and living with the local ecology and ecosystems in the GTA.
  • To offer workshops and training opportunities for current ECE professionals and the educational community.

colourful handThe Places Of Natural Discovery (P.O.N.D.) Conference

Humber was proud to host the P.O.N.D. Conference from 2010 - 2014. Aimed at communicating ways to address a growing nature deficit amongst children and youth, the P.O.N.D. Conference annually attracted more than 200 ECE practitioners, as well as international lecturers and panelists.