Associate Professor


PhD (2018) University of Toronto – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

M.Ed (1986) University of Cincinnati, (Early Childhood Education)

B. Ed (1984) Acadia University (Special Education)

Bachelor of Child Study (1983) Mount Saint Vincent University (Developmental Disabilities)


Level IV Child Care Services Certification, Newfoundland and Labrador


  • CHYS 2208 Play and Development: Infancy through to Early Childhood
  • CHYS 2204 Observation and Documentation in Child and Youth Study
  • CHYS 3314 Guiding Children’s Learning, Behaviour and Development

Research Interests

  • Pedagogical Documentation
  • Play-based Learning
  • Reflective Practice

Select Publications

McLean, C., Black, L., Ezekiel, F. (2015) Supporting Language in the Early Years, International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development, Vol.2 2015 pp. 77-90.

McLean, C. (2011). Identical Ladybugs, Interaction, Canadian Child Care Federation, 25 (1) p.17-19.

McLean, C. (2009). What’s Wrong with Colouring Books? Interaction, Canadian Child Care Federation, 23 (1) p.10-11.

Select Presentations

McLean, C. & Bertrand, J. (2016) Promoting Language and Literacy during the Early Years, CHANCES Professional Development session, Charlottetown, PEI.

McLean, C. (2016). Remember Play? (keynote) Maximize ELCC Conference, Red Deer, AB

McLean, C. (2016)) Being a Reflective Early Childhood Educator 6th annual Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement conference, Edmonton, AB

McLean, C. (2015) Remembering P.L.A.Y. Keynote Address: ECE Provincial Conference Nova Scotia Child Care Association Halifax, NS

McLean, C. (2015) Becoming a More Reflective Practitioner Presentation to Early Childhood Educators for ECE Week, Association of Early Childhood Educators of Newfoundland and Labrador (AECENL)St. John’s, NL

McLean, C. (2015) Supporting Language Development during the Early Years Panel Presentation: First Global Conference on Holistic Early Learning, Lakehead University, Orillia, ON

McLean, C. (2014) Co-constructing documentation with children. Conference Presentation ECE faculty Forum, Winnipeg, MB

McLean, C. (2014) Quality Assurance in ELCC Panel Presentation with C. Japel (Montreal) and M. Vandenbroek (Belgium)

Child Care 2020 National Conference, Winnipeg, MB

McLean, C. (2014) Remembering P.L.A.Y. Keynote Address: Churchill Falls ECE Conference Churchill Falls, NL

McLean, C. (2014) P.L.A.Y. Keynote Address: Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia Provincial Conference, Vancouver, BC

McLean, C. (2014) The Role of the Adult in Play-Based Learning keynote Address: Regional AECENL Conference, Gander, NL

McLean, C. (2013) Remembering PLAY Keynote Address: Manitoba Child Care Association Provincial Conference, Winnipeg, MB

McLean, C. (2013) Emergent Curriculum as a Tool for Inclusion Presentation: Manitoba Child Care Association Provincial Conference,

Winnipeg, MB

McLean, C. (2012) The Valuable Role of the ECE Conference Presentation AECENL Provincial Conference, St. John’s, NL

McLean, C. & Battle, M. (2012) So What? Putting Professional Development into Practice Joint Plenary, ECDA of PEI Fall Conference, Charlottetown, PEI

McLean, C. (2012) The Role of the ECE in Play-Based Learning Conference Presentation: Early Childhood Development Association of PEI

Fall Conference Charlottetown, PEI

McLean, C. (2011) P.L.A.Y. Keynote Address; Canadian Child Care Federation National Conference Saint John, NB

McLean, C. (2010) Promoting Play in a Child-Centred Classroom Keynote Address: Braiding our Resources Conference, Fredericton, NB

McLean, C. (2010) Emerging Literacy Conference Presentation: Braiding our Resources Conference, Co-sponsored by ECDA of PEI and NBECEAssociation Fredericton, NB McLean, C. (2010) The Importance of Block Play Conference Presentation: National Gathering for Inuit ECEs, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

McLean, C. (2008) Using Documentation in Family Child Care Presentation to Family Child Care Providers Sponsored by: Family and Child Care Connections St. John’s, NL

McLean, C. (2007) Emergent Curriculum as a Tool for Inclusion Keynote Address Opening the Door Project, Provincial Conference on Inclusion Fredericton, NB

McLean, C. (2006) Emergent Curriculum Conference Presentation: Leading the Way to Quality National Conference Co-sponsored by: Alberta Child Care Network Association & Canadian Child Care Federation, Calgary, AB

McLean, C. (2003) The Nature of an Advocate Plenary Address: BC Coalition of Child Care Advocates AGM Vancouver, BC

SDGs for Christine McLean: Good Health and Well-being; Quality Education