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Past Events, 2017

Inspiring Your Team to
Build Strong Relationships

Build Strong Relationships

Treasure Baskets &
Heuristic Play

Treasure Baskets

Supporting Self-Regulation &

Supporting Self-Regulation

Supporting Unstructured Outdoor
Play in Early Years Settings

Unstructured Play

Moving from Theory to Practice –
Family Support Teams

Theory to Practice

Implementing HDLH in
Innovative Ways

Implementing HDLH

Leadership Workshop Series

Leadership Workshop Series

Connection is Key

Connection is Key

Pedagogical Leadership Series,
Child Care Supervisors

Pedagogical Leadership Series

Communicating Children’s Learning,
Pedagogical Documentation

Communicating Children's Learning

The Hundred Languages:
Mini Studio Experience….

The Hundred Languages

Implementing HDLH:
Learning Conversations Series

Learning Conversations Series

Leadership Workshop Series

Leadership Workshop Series

Theories of Play and
The Principles of Playwork

Theories of Play

Bus Tour –
Niagara’s Naturalized Playgrounds

Bus Tour Niagara

Speaking the Languages
of School Agers

Languages of Schoolagers

Health & Wellness
Professional Learning Series

Health and Wellness Series

Family & Community Involvement

Family Involvement

Speaking the
Languages of Art

Languages of Art

Moving from Theory to Practice:
Early Learning Frameworks

Theory to Practice

Winter Creativity
& Conversation Recharge

Winter Recharge

Fall 2017 Esteem

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play; November 14 2017

  • “I loved making our own starter kit baskets!”
  • “This professional learning opportunity provided me with ideas for natural items to add to the treasure baskets.”
  • “The most meaningful part of this session was how the material links to How Does Learning Happen?
  • “I definitely want to take some plastic toys away and try the treasure baskets.”
  • “I will be able to utilize the baskets in an ongoing way to observe development and interests.”

Moving from Theory to Practice Professional Learning Institute: Implementing Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks into daily Practice for Family Support Teams, Exploring Reflective Practices; November 10 2017

  • “This session exemplified how valuable reflective practice is, as well as documentation.”
  • “The most informative part of this professional learning opportunity were the discussions about communicating more eflectively with families.”

Leadership Workshop Series: Risk Management for Not for Profit Organizations & Quiet Conversations – Supporting Staff During Situations of Grief; November 7 2017

  • “The most meaningful parts of the sessions were the risk management charts and grief support resources.”
  • “I will be incorporating some of the applications into our program’s policies.”

Executive Directors Network Meeting; November 7 2017

  • “These are great networking ideas to bring back to our organization for reflection.”
  • “The presenter asked great questions to enhance dialogue and bring forward thought provoking discussion.”

Supporting Unstructured Outdoor Play in Early Years Settings; October 28 2017

Niagara’s Naturalized Playgrounds Bus Tour; October 14 2017

Grocery Store Tours; October 12, 14, 18 & 28 2017

  • “I feel more informed and aware of good food choices.”
  • “I can now explain and help the children to choose healthy food in my daily practice.”

Ridiculous Rules in Early Learning Programs; September 26 2017

  • “We will be having a discussion about some of the rules we have that can and should be changed.”

Speaking the Languages of School Age Children: Utilizing Shared Spaces in School Age Programs; September 21 2017

  • “I will be able to use the new ideas for storage and collaboration in my daily practice.”
  • “I use a cart everyday; this information will be useful all the time!”

Learning Conversation Part One: Fostering Effective Communication with Colleagues and Community Partners; September 20 2017

  • “I will use this information to continue to grow as a professional – to be able to support families and other professionals effectively.”
  • “The most informative part of the session was the suggestion to build leadership in all staff, not just supervisors.”

Coaching & Support Services

The ECCDC can provide your early learning program with a variety of coaching and support services at your location: indoor and outdoor design, including naturalized play spaces; play- and experience-based pedagogy and curriculum; implementation of authentic observation and documentation; creating a mentoring culture and reflective practices; parent engagement strategies; technology and software support; and more. Visit the Coaching & Support section of our website for more information.

Niagara’s Natural Playgrounds Initiative

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the exciting Naturalized Play Space and Training partnership between Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds and the ECCDC. We are working together to support Niagara’s early learning and child care programs to transform traditional playgrounds into naturalized play spaces.
Click here for more information.

ECCDC Professional Learning E-Bulletin; Cultivating Natural Spaces

The ECCDC was thrilled to host the third session of the Cultivating Natural Spaces that Nurture Children’s Wonder and Curiosity Workshop Series.  We are excited to share learnings from the workshop below. Stay tuned for new sessions that will be offered within this series this coming fall and winter.

New Naturalized Playground Design and Training Service

If you are interested in learning more about the costs associated with a new playground design and training service being offered through Bienenstock and the ECCDC, please contact the ECCDC at



Cultivating Natural Playgrounds that Nurture Children’s Curiosity and Wonder, a 3-part Series

Today’s children and families often have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment. Children spend more time indoors watching  television or using computers than they do being physically active outside. In the past decade, research has demonstrated the important benefits of children connecting to nature. Collectively, this body of research shows that children’s emotional, social, and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature. Join the team from Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds for an informative series that will provide you with strategies for designing, maintaining and planning for young children’s curiosity in naturalized play spaces. You’ll also learn about outdoor programming and documentation techniques for outdoor activities.

Attending all sessions in the series is not mandatory, but is highly recommended. Please note a new date for the first series session. Click here to view full flyer.

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