Belonging

Cultivating Authentic Relationships and Connections

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years

How Does Learning Happen? is organized around four foundational conditions that are important for children to grow and flourish: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression.


Belonging refers to a sense of connectedness to others, an individual's experiences of being valued, of forming relationships with others and making contributions as part of a group, a community, the natural world. (How Does Learning Happen? pg. 7)

Building a Community of Learners

Brain Development in the Early Years – Impact of Positive, Quality Interactions with Children

Learning Together - Lillian Katz - The Ball Inquiry

Lillian Katz: Inquiry Play-Based Learning

Reflecting on your current practice, what connections are you making to the role of educator in supporting a sense of belonging and contributing related to this clip?

How do we as educators and teachers create this new space, a better space for everyone?

Every child should feel he or she belongs… “Every child should feel that he or she belongs, is a valuable contributor to his or her surroundings, and deserves the opportunity to succeed. When we recognize children as capable and curious, we are more likely to deliver programs and services that value and build on their strengths and abilities”. Ontario Early Years Framework (2013)

Ann Pelo - Nurturing an Ecological Identity

Ann Pelo :: Nurturing an Ecological Identity - Clip 2

Inclusive Early Years Programs – Establishing an Environment that Works for All Children

Inclusive Early Years Programs – Establishing an Environment that Works for All Children
A significant body of research indicates that positive, caring, and respectful relationships are the foundation for optimal learning, development, health, and well-being. pg. 24