How Does Learning Happen


HDLH is a professional resource guide that is intended to support pedagogy and curriculum development in the early years’ program.

The environment, educator, and family are all interconnected in the child’s development. HDLH works in collaboration with the ELECT Principles in guiding children’s pedagogy and curriculum.

HDLH have goals for the children’s learning, health, and well-being. There are expectations for programs that are aligned with the goals, and there are questions for educators and families for critical thinking and reflection.


• 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 (p.7).

• Suggests a state of being involved and focused. When children are able to explore the world around them with their natural curiosity and exuberance, they are fully engaged (p.7).

• May take on many forms. Through their bodies, words, and use of materials, children develop capacities for increasingly complex communication (p.8).

• Addresses the importance of physical and mental health and wellness. It incorporates capacities such as self-care, sense of self, and self-regulation (p.7).


• Pedagogy: Is the understanding of how learning takes place and the philosophy that supports the understanding of learning
• Curriculum: The content of learning in the early year’s settings
• Educators: Those who work with children and families in early year programs

For more information check out:


Ministry of Education (2014). How does learning happen: Ontario pedagogy for the early years. © Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2014. Retrieved from:

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