The Resource Centre operates like a lending library and student volunteers, work/study students and Pina Leo, a part-time ECE faculty member, keep the centre open Monday through Friday. ECE and ECAS students are able to investigate and choose from a variety of materials and activities to meet the needs of all children in their placement settings. They might need a sensory motor experience for toddlers or activities that allow children to practice their fine and gross motor skills. The staff provide suggestions and direct them to materials that are developmentally appropriate. Students can choose from activities and materials for infants to school age children.
It is a great way for students to meet, socialize and exchange ideas, plus the volunteers are able to develop skills in the management of a drop-in resource centre. The Centre is always looking for student volunteers – visit the Centre (Room E301A) to find out about the benefits of volunteering.
Behind an ordinary-looking door across from a row of lockers in a quiet hall at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is something quite extraordinary. Its name - the Early Childhood Education Department (ECE) Resource Centre – merely hints at the wonders inside: a room lined with shelves neatly filled with thousands of books, games, puzzles, puppets – every activity imaginable for a child’s fun and enjoyment. “It’s a very valuable resource that supports students in their practicum, giving them a wide range of materials and educational props to enhance their planning and teaching,” explains Carol Reid, a faculty member in the ECE Program.
For more information on the ECE Resource Centre, please contact:
416-675-6622 ext. 4119