Training & Event Registration

Toronto Venue - School Age Series 2, Session Two: Removing the Barriers to Play (am)

In session two of the Playworker series, participants will be introduced - in a playful way - to some of the underpinning theories of Playwork. These will include flexible environments, intervention strategies to facilitate the play process, and responding to children’s play cues to support free play and to remove barriers to play.

Playwork and the term Playworker are commonly used terms in the United Kingdom and in many parts of the world, and is rapidly spreading throughout North America....

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: October 17, 2018

Available Spaces: 21

How Schema Play Supports Children’s Learning and Development

Do you ever wonder about children’s repeated patterns of behavior? Why they do things over and over again? Why children play longer with a box rather than the toy that was in the box? Or why toddlers love to hide behind the coats in the cubby area? Or why a child completely covers over the painting they have spent ages creating?

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: October 18, 2018

Available Spaces: 69

NEW VENUE - Understanding, Preventing & Responding Effectively to Challenging Behaviour, with Author Barbara Kaiser

Have you ever continued to respond in the same way to a child’s challenging behaviour even though you knew your approach wasn’t working?

Morning Workshop: Understanding Children’s Behaviour
You can respond effectively to a child’s challenging behaviour when you have the appropriate knowledge, strategies, and skills....

Price: Full Day Registration C$75.00

Date: October 20, 2018

Available Spaces: 27

Toronto Venue - School Age Series 2, Session Two: Removing the Barriers to Play (pm)

In session two of the Playwork series, participants will be introduced - in a playful way - to some of the underpinning theories of Playwork. These will include flexible environments, intervention strategies to facilitate the play process, and responding to children’s play cues to support free play and to remove barriers to play.

Playwork and the term Playworker are commonly used terms in the United Kingdom and in many parts of the world, and is rapidly spreading throughout North America.....

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: October 22, 2018

Available Spaces: 75

Toronto Venue - Back to Basics Series: T.I.M.E.

T.I.M.E. - Take Individual Moments Everyday. Our schedules are full and time is of the essence, so how can we be mindful of our time? What do we need to consider for change? A journey to reflect on our schedules, tasks and daily practice to create a holistic action plan.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: October 22, 2018

Available Spaces: 70

Burlington Venue - Nurturing Brilliant Minds: Session 2 - Invitations to Play for Infants & Toddlers

Are you trying to get to grips with taking the interests of children, particularly infants and toddlers, and linking them to ‘provocations for learning’ and ‘invitations to play’?

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: October 24, 2018

Available Spaces: 79

Speaking the Languages of School Age Children Series: Utilizing Shared Spaces in School Age Programs

Back by Popular Demand with New Time Slot!

Are you ‘living out of a cart’ and trying to provide sufficient, appropriate materials to enhance the play experiences that you offer to the young people in your school age program?

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: October 25, 2018

Available Spaces: 65

School Age Series 2 - Session Two: Removing the Barriers to Play

Back by Popular Demand!

In session two of the Playwork series, participants will be introduced - in a playful way - to some of the underpinning theories of Playwork. These will include flexible environments, intervention strategies to facilitate the play process, and responding to children’s play cues to support free play and to remove barriers to play.

Playwork and the term Playworker are commonly used terms in the United Kingdom and in many parts of the world, and is rapidly spreading throughout North America....

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: October 25, 2018

Available Spaces: 66

Implementing Ontario's Early Learning Frameworks into Daily Practice for EarlyON Teams, Session 8: Making Children’s Learning Visible

The teams of EarlyON Centres have the wonderful privilege of not only working with the children in their programs but also in partnering with families along the journey as their children grow and learn.

Price: Workshop Registration C$25.00

Date: October 26, 2018

Available Spaces: 50

Beyond the Visual Schedule: A Workshop for Individuals Working with Children

With Linda Bell, Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech Services Niagara

We all use visuals, from looking at icons on our phones to ‘reading’ street signs. We routinely rely on a combination of written materials, pictures or images as well as messages that we hear to function throughout our day.

Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: October 30, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Continuous Professional Learning Portfolio RECE Peer to Peer Sharing Session

Are you beginning your Continuous Professional Learning Portfolio Cycle and have questions or want to connect with your peers to brainstorm goal setting ideas?

Price: Workshop Registration C$0.00

Date: November 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 43

Better Business Practices Series - Progressive Discipline

Effectively dealing with performance challenges can be fraught with difficulties in today’s work climate. Participants will learn techniques to identify the cause of an employee’s poor performance and how to successfully manage their performance. They will learn how to use discipline to deal with improper workplace behaviour, including how to discipline, what level of discipline to apply, proper documentation, and completing the discipline notice.

Price: Workshop Registration C$75.00

Date: November 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 62

Early Learning and Child Care Executive Directors Network

Executive Directors are invited to attend this network to connect about issues and opportunities to share strategies, suggestions and best practices with their colleagues. This meeting will feature guests from Pathstone Mental Health sharing ideas for helping to support staff and children through grief and family friendly policies that may be considered for supporting families. Network Member Angela Carter will also be sharing at this meeting. Angela has been working on new innovative performance management strategies based on her experience with her Team at a local Francophone Centre and looks forward to sharing her learning.

Please hold the following dates for the upcoming Executive Directors Meetings: February 7, 2019 and April 11, 2019

Price: Network Registration C$0.00

Date: November 1, 2018

Available Spaces: 70

Documenting Children’s Voices through an Approach of Consultation and Democracy

With Claire Warden, International Education Consultant and Author, Founder of the International Association of Nature Pedagogy, and CEO of Mindstretchers Ltd.

Claire has developed her approach to nature pedagogy and experiential learning through a variety of experiences including primary teaching, advisory work, lecturing in further education and development of the award winning Auchlone Nature Kindergarten in Scotland. Claire works with governments around the world to create high quality, nature-based models of education for children furthered by the art of learning with nature inside, outside, and beyond.

Price: Full Day Regsitration C$75.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Available Spaces: 44

Toronto Venue - Implementing Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks into Daily Practice for Staff of EarlyON Centres: Making Children's Learning Visible

The teams of EarlyON Centres have the wonderful privilege of not only working with the children in their programs but also in partnering with families along the journey as their children grow and learn.

Price: Afternoon Session C$45.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Available Spaces: 99

Toronto Venue - Implementing Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks into Daily Practice for Staff of EarlyON Centres: What does How Does Leaning Happen? Look like with Families?

The teams of EarlyON Centres have the wonderful privilege of not only working with the children in their programs but also in partnering with families along the journey as their children grow and learn.

Price: Morning Session C$45.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Available Spaces: 98

Toronto Venue - Implementing Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks into Daily Practice for Staff of EarlyON Centres, Day 2 (both sessions)

The teams of EarlyON Centres have the wonderful privilege of not only working with the children in their programs but also in partnering with families along the journey as their children grow and learn.

Price: Day 2 (2 sessions) C$75.00

Date: November 10, 2018

Available Spaces: 95

Nurturing Brilliant Minds, Infant & Toddler Series: New Session - Supporting Risk and Challenge

Building on the highly successful first three sessions in Nurturing Brilliant Minds, the ECCDC is pleased to offer this new session in the series!

As Educators we are becoming more and more aware of the need for children to take healthy risks and the benefits that go with healthy risk-taking that challenges children. But what does this look like for infants and toddlers and how do we provide experiences that afford risk and challenge for younger children?

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: November 12, 2018

Available Spaces: 69

Niagara's Early Learning & Child Care Awards of Excellence 2018, Table of 10

Please join us as we celebrate our roots and cultivate the spirit of collaboration! Join Niagara’s early learning and child care community at a garden party themed gala!

Price: General Admission C$450.00

Date: November 15, 2018

Available Spaces: 399

Niagara's Early Learning & Child Care Awards of Excellence 2018; Individual Tickets

Please join us as we celebrate our roots and cultivate the spirit of collaboration! Join Niagara’s early learning and child care community at a garden party themed gala!

Price: General Admission C$45.00

Date: November 15, 2018

Available Spaces: 400

Toronto Venue - Elements Series Part 1 - Introducing Air into an Early Learning and Child Care Setting

Air is all around us! This two hour interactive workshop will give participants an opportunity to discuss, share and learn about new activities that incorporates air in an early learning and child care setting.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: November 20, 2018

Available Spaces: 68

Reflective Practice Network

Reflecting upon where we’ve been, where we are and where we would like to go. The Reflective Practice Network is an opportunity for educators to come together in a community of practice to reflect on their observations, documentation, tools and best practices. To continue the conversation participants are asked to bring with them their documentation, to share their journey and reflect on next steps. A variety of examples, resources and kits will be available to explore.

Price: Network Regsitration C$0.00

Date: November 21, 2018

Available Spaces: 69

Toronto Venue - Nurturing Brilliant Minds, Infant & Toddler Series: New Session - Outdoor Play

Building on the highly successful first three sessions in Nurturing Brilliant Minds, the ECCDC is pleased to offer this new session in the series!

Outdoor Play will consider how educators can look to provide cost-effective outdoor play experiences for the youngest children in their care. During the workshop, Educators will look at how they can enhance their existing outdoor environments by incorporating the four natural elements to support sensory rich experiences that will enhance play, promote exploration, and provide a sense of wonder for both mobile and non-mobile children.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: November 21, 2018

Available Spaces: 61

Work-Life Balance - Dream or Reality? Strategies for Stress Management and Work-Life Balance

From morning to night, our days are filled with demands and competing commitments from work and our own personal life. Stuck between wanting to tend to all the demands and our own needs, our stress levels go through the roof, our health is jeopardized and our relationships strained.

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: November 22, 2018

Available Spaces: 73

Burlington Venue - Nurturing Brilliant Minds: Session 3 - Treasure Baskets for Infants & Toddlers

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play are the ultimate in Loose Parts play for infants and toddlers and affords them open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects that they encounter in their daily lives.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: November 22, 2018

Available Spaces: 78

Screen Time and Our Environments – Finding the Balance

Technology is ever present in our lives and learning environments. How do educators balance tech and the early learning environment? The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) has released their new screen time recommendations for children from birth to five years. April Shaw, Emergent Literacy Consultant, will share these new recommendations and lead the discussion on how technology can support and impact emergent literacy in your environment. Join her for an informative and engaging evening of discussion.

This session has been subsidized by Speech Services Niagara

Price: No Charge Registration C$0.00

Date: November 27, 2018

Available Spaces: 40

Toronto Venue - Back to Basics Series: Environment

Environments as the third educator - what do we need to consider? Take a step back and reflect on your environment. Does it reflect those living in the space? Can children lead their own play? Moving from structured play to unstructured play, can the children extend and plan their play while engaging in a variety of hands-on materials?

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: November 28, 2018

Available Spaces: 77

The Seven Life Areas Vision Board Workshop

You carry many titles: committed professional, spouse, parent, daughter, son, friend.  But a title doesn’t reflect what’s inside. Through the process of developing a Vision Board, you will reveal the unique personality within you. What you were organically meant to be in this world. You will identify what will fulfill you, inspire you, make you content. Find it. Reveal it. Declare it. Dare to Declare with Debbi Sluys.

Price: Workshop C$55.00

Date: November 29, 2018

Available Spaces: 74

Better Business Practices Series - Understanding the Duty to Accommodate Under the Human Rights Code for Mental Health, Disability, and Medical Marijuana

All Child Care Executive Directors, Supervisors, Owners, and Boards of Directors should have a clear understanding regarding their roles and responsibilities related to requests for accommodation in the workplace. Over the next few years organizations will continue to face significant challenges to meet legislative changes related to the duty to accommodate under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and accessibility in the workplace. As a best practice, organizations should be proactive in developing policies and strategies for addressing staff requests for medical marijuana, disability, and mental health accommodations.

Price: Workshop Registration C$75.00

Date: December 6, 2018

Available Spaces: 72

Toronto Venue - Back to Basics Series: Play - What Is It All About?

How do we define play? What do children learn through play? What does play consist of? What is involved in play? Structured vs. unstructured. So many theories and ideas are floating around about play and its role in children’s lives. Play is a right of every child and all children need time and space for free play every day. What does that look like in our centres?

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: December 12, 2018

Available Spaces: 77

Reaching IN...Reaching OUT Resiliency Skills Training - Saturday Series

RIRO Resiliency Skills Training is an evidence-based, two-part program for service providers who work with children from birth to eight years.

Price: Series Registration, 2 Saturdays C$80.00

Date: January 19, 2019

Available Spaces: 62

Supporting Young Children's Self-Regulation, with Dr. Susan Hopkins

A Full Day Institute with Dr. Susan Hopkins, Executive Director of Stuart Shanker's organization, the MFHRIT Centre (TMC)

Morning Workshop - Self Regulation and the Early Years
It has been shown that a child’s early years are a crucial time for brain development. During this period, young children are confronted with unique stressors across all five domains of the Shanker Self-Reg® model.

Price: General Admission C$125.00

Date: January 26, 2019

Available Spaces: 83

Toronto Venue - Elements Series Part 2: Introducing Earth Activities Into Your Early Learning and Child Care Setting

Children love getting dirty and contrary to popular belief, this is actually good for them! This two-hour interactive workshop will discuss the research, benefits, and importance of introducing earth into everyday activities. Participants will develop a portfolio of resources and activities that utilize the earth, in its many forms, to spark adventure and discovery in children.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: February 5, 2019

Available Spaces: 69

Toronto Venue - Nurturing Brilliant Minds, Infant & Toddler Series: New Session - Supporting Risk and Challenge

Building on the highly successful first three sessions in Nurturing Brilliant Minds, the ECCDC is pleased to offer this new session in the series!

As Educators we are becoming more and more aware of the need for children to take healthy risks and the benefits that go with healthy risk-taking that challenges children. But what does this look like for infants and toddlers and how do we provide experiences that afford risk and challenge for younger children?

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: February 6, 2019

Available Spaces: 67

Facilitating a Culture of Mindfulness: Supporting Well-being and Stress Management

As a leader, one of your responsibilities is to shape the culture of your organization. It is now well researched and known that organizations that are committed to supporting their employees in a compassionate way and that embrace a culture of mindfulness are successful workplaces, where employees are less stressed, more productive, and actually enjoy their work more.

Price: Workshop Registration C$55.00

Date: February 7, 2019

Available Spaces: 73

Supporting Children’s Mental Health in the Early Years; with Dr. Jean Clinton

Reducing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Children’s Toxic Stress through Developing Strong, Nurturing Relationships.

Join Dr. Jean Clinton, renowned clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University for this one-day institute exploring strategies for supporting children’s mental health through developing strong, nurturing relationships with children.

Price: Workshop Registration C$95.00

Date: March 2, 2019

Available Spaces: 56

Toronto Venue - Elements Series Part 3: Introducing Water Activities into an Early Learning and Child Care Setting

There’s more to water play than floating and sinking! Find out why one of the best resources in an early learning and child care setting is a tap. During this two-hour interactive workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss and explore new and innovative ways in which to utilize water to spark inquiry. This is a hands-on session during which educators will have the opportunity to participate in practical activities that will foster curiosity, experimentation, and imagination in children. Come and see how to incorporate flowing water into activities and how everyday household items can create waterfalls, water flows, watercourses, and much more.

*Registration fee includes all materials and nutrition break

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: March 5, 2019

Available Spaces: 69

Toronto Venue - Elements Series Part 4: Introducing Fire Activities into an Early Learning and Child Care Setting

The fourth and final thought-provoking session of this series will include discussing the research regarding the benefits of utilizing fire, in its various forms, in an early learning and child care setting and what this means in practice. Activities for all comfort levels will be included; from making candles, to dream boats, to cooking with fire using barbecues and campfires. It will dispel the myths around fire and support educators to feel comfortable utilizing fire in their practice. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the concept of risk-benefit analysis. So, let us help you to explore your ‘fire comfort zone’ and push your boundaries.

*Registration fee includes all materials and nutrition break

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: April 2, 2019

Available Spaces: 69

Navigating Change as a Leader in Early Education

Leadership Workshop Series with Dr. Heather Beaudin

Early education and care is rapidly changing across North America. With each change that the sector experiences, leaders in early childhood education (ECE) are called to guide their teams through the change process. Whether small or large, course-plotting for change is a complex and challenging task. Each day ECE leaders are called to support and play many different roles as they simultaneously lead change.

Price: Workshop Registration C$55.00

Date: April 11, 2019

Available Spaces: 75

Inquiry Based Learning Environments; Session and Book Launch; with Susan Stacey

What does it mean to inquire? Grownups would say it means to question, to search for information, or to finding out about a topic of interest. For children in an early childhood classroom, the definition is no different. From the time of their birth, children want to know how the world works and actively seek out information. How educators respond to their questions is what this book is all about.

Price: General Admission C$135.00

Date: April 27, 2019

Available Spaces: 95

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