Employer Newsletter – Spring 2023
Navigating the Public Register
The College’s Public Register is a great tool for employers to confirm whether someone is an RECE and if they are permitted to practise. To demystify the Public Register and encourage employers to make use of this valuable resource, we’ve developed a content series for employers on its elements. In our last issue of the Employer Newsletter, we introduced the Public Register, discussed its importance and shared what it means when someone is registered with the College. In this article, we take a closer look at how to navigate the Public Register with tips and explanations of some of the processes. The series will continue with more information in our next issue.
Your guide for navigating the Public Register
1. Enter the name and/or registration number. After entering the first and/or last name of an individual or their Registration Number, you will be taken to a results page where you can confirm the individual’s registration with the College and their membership status.
2. Click on the name of the individual in the search result field.
Note: The register includes multiple members and former members who share a common name. You may need to verify your search criteria directly with the member or former member and/or the College to confirm that you have located the correct record.
3. View the Registration History. This section offers an at-a-glance picture of the individual’s current and past registration class* and statuses.
*The Public Register indicates the Class of Certificate of Registration. All certificates are currently general class.
Tip 1: When searching the Public Register, it’s important to scroll down the results page for the individual listed, because a member in Good Standing can be subject to Terms, Conditions and Limitations, or they may have other circumstances outlined in a Special Notice that are relevant to their practice.
Tip 2: If you can’t find the individual by their first and/or last name, try verifying with their Registration Number.
Tip 3: If an individual is in the process of applying to the College, they won’t appear on the Public Register until their Certificate of Registration is issued. The College cannot provide the status of an application to a third party without the applicant’s written consent.
If you have questions or need additional help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Terms, Conditions and Limitations:
This section includes any current terms, conditions or limitations (TCL) imposed on an individual’s Certificate of Registration by the Registrar or by Order of a College Committee. The individual can only practise the profession within those terms, conditions or limitations. Before these records are made publicly available on the Public Register, the individual will have been notified about the TCL on their membership.
There are two main types of TCL.
i. Requirements that an individual must meet. These may include requirements to work with a mentor for a period of time, take a course etc. The individual may continue to practise the profession while working towards the completion of these requirements. The requirement is time limited and the TCL is removed once the requirement has been completed.
ii. Restrictions on an individual’s ability to practice the profession. These could include a requirement to work only with certain age groups, or to practise under supervision. These TCLs may or may not be time limited.
Some TCLs may be applied at the time an individual registers with the College while others may result from proceedings related to professional misconduct or incapacity. Proceedings related to professional misconduct or incapacity will have a corresponding Special Notice.
5. The Special Notices section informs you of important issues related to a member’s conduct: In particular:
i. Professional misconduct or incapacity proceedings – a summary of previous decisions and a notation of any current proceedings, and a notation if a member resigned from the profession while facing allegations of professional misconduct
ii. Criminal matters – current or previous criminal charges or conditions, along with related conditions of release and court orders, that are known to the College and relevant to the practice of the profession
Note: Matters currently under investigation are not included in the Public Register.
The Public Register does not include personal addresses, employment history or other contact information.
Stay tuned for the next article in our Public Register series in our next issue, when we will be clarifying the various member statuses, explaining eligibility to practise and more.
If you want to know more about the Public Register on topics that haven’t yet been covered in our series, reach out to us at email@example.com and share your comments.
Reminders on the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program
The Sexual Abuse Prevention Program is a new educational requirement that all RECEs are required to complete. The prevention program supports RECEs’ commitment to the personal safety, health, and well-being of all children and empowers them with proactive approaches to help prevent child sexual abuse.
Although the program is designed with a focus on prevention, engaging with its content can be distressing. For some, it can be particularly difficult due to lived experience(s). Supporting resources have been designed and developed to provide RECEs with information on:
- how to care for themselves, and possibly other RECEs; and
- how to find professional help for additional support if required.
Find below helpful tips and support and share with RECEs.
Completing the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program:
The Sexual Abuse Prevention Program consists of three required elements:
- Commit to Kids
- Teatree Tells
- College Resources to Review
RECEs may complete them over the course of several sessions. The time for completion of the entire program is estimated to be 5 to 6 hours.
Detailed information on the format and duration, steps for completion, and confirmation of completion for Commit to Kids and Teatree Tells can be found here.
Note: RECEs can check their completion deadline of the program by reviewing the timeline here.
Helpful tips and support to share with RECEs:
- The prevention program can be completed in sessions and does NOT need to be completed in one sitting.
- The program can be completed independently or with others: RECEs may choose to complete the program alone, with colleagues or with a trusted person. Each member must complete the knowledge validation test and quiz in their own C3P profile and confirm completion of the program elements to the College upon renewal.
- Commit to Kids and Teatree Tells also include transcripts, which are located below each video. While watching, listening or reading, RECEs can skip the testimonials in modules 2-5 of Commit to Kids.
- Trauma-informed care workshops for RECEs: These are optional workshops designed to support RECEs in understanding any reactions they may have when completing the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program and provide ways they may support themself or others. Members receive an invitation based on their College membership renewal month.
- Trauma-informed care workshops for employers: The College has offered optional workshops for employers. These workshops focused on providing ways you may support RECEs in your setting with completing the prevention program, as well as supporting you, as an employer, in understanding any reactions that you or others might have when engaging with the content.
Here are some highlights from these workshops. You can access the presentation here. More workshops may be offered for employers in the future. Invitations will be sent via email, when new workshop opportunities for employers arise.
- Caring for self and others: This resource provides RECEs with information about how to prepare and care for themselves, and possibly other members, before and during engagement with the program content.
- To learn more about the prevention program, check out the If you have additional questions / concerns, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special talk with Dr. Jean Clinton: Self-care and healthy brain
It is imperative to take care of our mental wellbeing in all facets of our lives including work and home. The early childhood education (ECE) profession attracts incredible people who often focus on the needs of others before themselves, which can result in fatigue and burnout.
In late 2022, the College created and launched an insightful two-part video series on self-care and mental wellbeing for ECEs featuring Dr. Jean Clinton (Dr. Jean) – a child psychiatrist, author and ECE supporter. With Mental Health Week approaching in the first week of May, now is a good time to encourage the RECEs in your workplace to develop and apply healthy mental habits to support them in their practice. So, what might self-care and mental wellbeing look like for RECEs?
In the first video, Self-care at Work, Dr. Jean provides advice, tips and tools on self-care that can be integrated into an RECE’s practice.
In the second video, Your Brain at Work, Dr. Jean dives deeper to help RECEs understand how a brain operates under stress. She reminds ECEs that trauma can take many different forms and our responses to situations are influenced by our past experiences.
“Our brains are an expression of our experiences,” says Dr. Jean. “Your work is changing your brain. The joy of being with the children and the play is changing your brain. There are things you can absolutely do to lead to a healthy brain.”
As we continue to work through the impact of the past few challenging years, it’s more important than ever for RECEs to take the time to care for themselves.
As an employer, consider sharing these videos with ECE staff and encourage them to apply the techniques that resonate with them.
Self-care at Work
Your Brain at Work
About Dr. Jean M Clinton BMus MD FRCP(C)
Jean M Clinton BMus MD FRCP(C) Clinical Professor McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital with cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Sick Children’s Hospital. She is a member on the MindUP Scientific Advisory Board as well as a MindUP for Families Advisor. She was a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, and is a Zero to Three Academy Fellow since 2013. She has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for over 30 years. Dr. Clinton was appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education 2014 – 2018.
Dr. Clinton is renowned nationally and internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring that children’s and youths’ needs and voices are heard and respected.
Dr. Clinton has also authored her first book, Love Builds Brains which can be ordered online through Tall Pines Press, on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere.