Training & Event Registration


Preschool Network

We would like to invite educators who work directly with Infants/Toddlers, Preschoolers or School Agers to attend our newly formed, age group specific network meetings. Based on feedback from the early learning community, ECCDC would like to start offering age specific networking groups.

Price: Network Registration C$0.00

Date: April 24, 2019

Available Spaces: 56

NEW VENUE - 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: 56

NEW DATE - Into the Weed - How to Manage the Impact of Recreational Marijuana Legislation in the Workplace

On October 17, 2018 the recreational use of marijuana became legal in Canada. Employers need to amend their workplace policies and practices related to the recreational use of drugs and alcohol to include the use of recreational marijuana.

Price: Workshop Registration C$75.00

Date: May 2, 2019

Available Spaces: 56

Toronto Venue - Elements Series: Introducing Water Activities into an Early Learning and Child Care Setting (LKG)

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.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: May 3, 2019

Available Spaces: 24

Oshawa Venue - Rethinking Your Infant and Toddler Environment

Part of Nurturing Brilliant Minds - a Professional Learning Series for Educators of Infants and Toddlers.

This thought-provoking workshop will support educators in considering new ways of setting up stimulating and innovative environments for the youngest children in their care. Join us to discover the many and varied ways in which educators may design environments and materials to enhance the curiosity and wonder of infants and toddlers.

Price:   Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: May 6, 2019

Available Spaces: 94

Oshawa Venue - Embedding Participation and Consultation within Your School Age Pedagogy

Part of the Speaking the Languages of School Age Children Series.

This workshop will investigate how Educators can involve young people, through genuine participation and consultation, within their school age programming to truly give them a voice.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: May 7, 2019

Available Spaces: 99

Nurturing Brilliant Minds: Creative Art Experiences for Infants and Toddlers

Are you caring for infants and toddlers and would like inspiration regarding creative art experiences for them? Are you looking for innovative engaging experiences to offer? If so this workshop is for you. Join the ECCDC’s Early Learning and Child Care Trainer Ginette Wilson for this interactive session that will include lively discussion, inspiring ideas and an opportunity to explore a variety of hands-on experiences.

Price: Workshop Registration C$55.00

Date: May 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 71

Creative Arts Experiences in a Home Child Care Setting

The next session in our professional learning series, especially designed for home child care providers, will consider how we can provide creative arts experiences in a home child care setting.

Price: Workshop Registration C$25.00

Date: May 9, 2019

Available Spaces: 78

Teaching and Learning from Young Children; Feature Presentation with Teacher Tom

Creating Community within Early Childhood Environments: Educating Citizens Through Play in the Early Years; Speaking with Children to Support their Thinking; and Reading and Discussion around Teacher Tom's book, Teaching and Learning from Preschoolers.

Price: General Admission C$110.00

Date: May 11, 2019

Available Spaces: 91

Connecting the Read Aloud With Invitations for Learning

In this interactive session, we will explore how a Read Aloud can be used to spark children’s innate curiosity and inquiry in our youngest learners. From STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) challenges to culturally diverse literature, participants will walk away with ideas and resources that they can implement immediately in their early learning environment.

Prices:
  • Niagara educators (C$5.00)
  • outside Niagara educators (C$10.00)

Date: May 14, 2019

Available Spaces: 71

Early Learning and Child Care Supervisors Network

Niagara’s Early Learning Supervisors are invited to tour Strive Welland Parent Child Care Centre where they support young parents embarking on their journey in becoming parents. During the evening the Supervisors will have an opportunity to engage in conversation as well as receiving updates from Ministry of Education, Niagara Region Children’s Services, Niagara Region Public Health, and Quality Child Care Niagara. A supervisor focused reflective article will be reviewed and discussed along with round table ideas.

Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: May 15, 2019

Available Spaces: 68

Reggio Inspired Light Experience

Reggio Emilia introduced the Ray of Light Atelier in 2005 based on experiences explored with children and educators. The Atelier is open for children and educators alike to explore the properties of light. Children are invited to investigate their theories on light while educators reflect on how these concepts are stimulating children’s learning.

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: May 21, 2019

Available Spaces: 79

Lost Art of Music and Movement in Early Childhood

Children in today’s society are living more sedentary lives and their opportunities to engage in open music and movement activities are lessening. Come and join in to bring back the lost art of music and movement to the classroom.

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: May 22, 2019

Available Spaces: 74

An Intro to All Things Kids Yoga

Are you curious about what yoga and mindfulness look like for kids? Learn the most popular yoga poses for children aged 2-6 and how you can create ‘yoga moments’ for your classroom.

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: May 25, 2019

Available Spaces: 35

Fort and Den Building for Older Children

Do you remember the pleasure of building forts and dens as a child? Would you like to incorporate this with into your early learning and child care setting or would you like to build on your current fort and den building experiences?

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: May 28, 2019

Available Spaces: 79

Toronto Venue - Nurturing Brilliant Minds: Creative Art Experiences for Infants and Toddlers

Are you caring for infants and toddlers and would like inspiration regarding creative art experiences for them? Are you looking for innovative engaging experiences to offer? If so this workshop is for you. Join the ECCDC’s Early Learning and Child Care Trainer Ginette Wilson for this interactive session that will include lively discussion, inspiring ideas and an opportunity to explore a variety of hands-on experiences.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: May 29, 2019

Available Spaces: 99

Infant/Toddler Network

We would like to invite educators who work directly with Infants/Toddlers, Preschoolers or School Agers to attend our newly formed, age group specific network meetings. Based on feedback from the early learning community, ECCDC would like to start offering age specific networking groups.

Price: Network Registration C$0.00

Date: May 29, 2019

Available Spaces: 62

NEW DATE - Toronto Venue - Nurturing Brilliant Minds: Supporting Risk and Challenge

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: May 30, 2019

Available Spaces: 60

Niagara Nature Alliance Network

The Niagara Nature Alliance network will be touring the Fort Erie Regional Child Care Centre naturalized playground. Fort Erie Regional Child Care Centre was part of the Naturalized Playground Initiative children, families and educators in nature here in Niagara. As a next step the network will also be reviewing the hot-dotting exercise from the Fall meeting to move the network forward. A review of currently available websites and documents to support educators in their move to a nature-based program, conversation around the message of what the Nature Alliance is all about and sharing of resources from programs.

Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: May 30, 2019

Available Spaces: 72

Toronto Venue - Elements Series: Introducing Fire Activities into an Early Learning and Child Care Setting (LKG)

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.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: May 31, 2019

Available Spaces: 22

Oshawa Venue - Invitations to Play for Infants & Toddlers

Part of Nurturing Brilliant Minds - a Professional Learning Series for Educators of Infants and 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: June 3, 2019

Available Spaces: 98

Oshawa Venue - Physical Literacy in School Age Programs

Part of the Speaking the Languages of School Age Children Series.

Adults assume that young people are naturally active; however, current research is indicating that this is not always the case as they are now engaging in high levels of sedentary behaviours and low levels of physical activity.  Levels of physical activity in the early years are indicators of physical activity in later life and health, and are the foundation for physical literacy.

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: June 4, 2019

Available Spaces: 98

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: June 6, 2019

Available Spaces: 64

North Bay Venue - Pedagogical Leadership Series for Child Care Centre Supervisors

This special new series with the ECCDC Coaching and Mentoring Team has been designed especially for Child Care Supervisors to support their ongoing and ever-evolving role that has shifted and changed with the implementation of How Does Learning Happen?

Price: Series Registration C$150.00

Date: June 6, 2019

Available Spaces: 100

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.

Price: Network Registration C$0.00

Date: June 6, 2019

Available Spaces: 80

North Bay Venue - From Product to Process

Are you trying to come to grips with the move towards creative arts and away from traditional crafts?  If so, join us for this hands-on, interactive workshop. The session will look at the importance and benefits of a process focused approach to the arts rather than a traditional product based crafts approach and how this aligns with current thinking and Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks.

Price: Session Registration C$85.00

Date: June 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 100

North Bay Venue - 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$85.00

Date: June 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 100

North Bay Venue - Nurturing Brilliant Minds: 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’? If so, join the ECCDC’s Early Learning and Child Care Program Consultant, Ginette Wilson, for this interactive workshop that will consider the role of ‘schema play’ and offering experiences that cater to all the senses.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: June 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 100

North Bay Venue - Speaking the Languages of School Age Children: Embedding Participation and Consultation within Your School Age Pedagogy

This workshop will investigate how Educators can involve young people, through genuine participation and consultation, within their school age programming to truly give them a voice.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: June 8, 2019

Available Spaces: 100

Oshawa Venue - Fort and Den Building for Older Children

Do you remember the pleasure of building forts and dens as a child? Would you like to incorporate this with into your early learning and child care setting or would you like to build on your current fort and den building experiences?

Price: Workshop Registration C$70.00

Date: June 11, 2019

Available Spaces: 98

Reggio Inspired Planning and Documentation

Educators within Reggio Emilia reflect on their planning and documentation with several different lenses. The use of planning and documentation shows children and families a shared construction of meaning within the environment, a shared responsibility towards learning, offers an evaluation of both the environment and self.

Price: Workshop Registration C$45.00

Date: June 11, 2019

Available Spaces: 74

Barrie Venue - Pedagogical Leadership Series for Child Care Centre Supervisors

This special new series with the ECCDC Coaching and Mentoring Team has been designed especially for Child Care Supervisors to support their ongoing and ever-evolving role that has shifted and changed with the implementation of How Does Learning Happen?

Price: Series Registration C$150.00

Date: June 13, 2019

Available Spaces: 88

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: June 15, 2019

Available Spaces: 49

Barrie Venue - 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$85.00

Date: June 15, 2019

Available Spaces: 95

Barrie Venue - Nurturing Brilliant Minds: 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’? If so, join the ECCDC’s Early Learning and Child Care Program Consultant, Ginette Wilson, for this interactive workshop that will consider the role of ‘schema play’ and offering experiences that cater to all the senses.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: June 15, 2019

Available Spaces: 90

Barrie Venue - Speaking the Languages of School Age Children: Embedding Participation and Consultation within Your School Age Pedagogy

This workshop will investigate how Educators can involve young people, through genuine participation and consultation, within their school age programming to truly give them a voice.

Price: Workshop Registration C$85.00

Date: June 15, 2019

Available Spaces: 100

Barrie Venue - From Product to Process

Are you trying to come to grips with the move towards creative arts and away from traditional crafts?  If so, join us for this hands-on, interactive workshop. The session will look at the importance and benefits of a process focused approach to the arts rather than a traditional product based crafts approach and how this aligns with current thinking and Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks.

Price: Session Registration C$85.00

Date: June 15, 2019

Available Spaces: 96

Trauma-Informed Care - Building a Culture of Strength

Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including our clients and colleagues. Compassionate and trauma-informed care is essential to providing effective support and building sustainable services. This workshop explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a workplace setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$80.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$85.00)

Date: September 21, 2019

Available Spaces: 74

Talking to Kids About Death & Dying and Promoting Self-Care Through Self-Compassion

Back by Popular Demand!

Have you ever wondered what do I say to a child who is grieving? How can I support them as they transition back to the classroom setting? Or what is typical behaviour to a death from a developmental stance?

Prices:
  • Niagara educators (C$5.00)
  • outside Niagara educators (C$10.00)

Date: September 24, 2019

Available Spaces: 72

25 Ways to Boost your Board

This session is part of the ECCDC's 25th Anniversary Workshop Series.

This lively workshop will highlight 5 key board principles and 5 related practices to help boost your board’s effectiveness, engagement and enjoyment. A variety of tools and resources will be shared. In celebration of ECCDC’s 25th Anniversary, participants will receive a link to the Principles and Practices Checklist© to help your board assess their governance strengths and challenges.

Complimentary Workshop thanks to Gay Douglas’ sponsorship in honour of ECCDC’s 25th Anniversary!

Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: September 26, 2019

Available Spaces: 29

Reaching IN...Reaching OUT Resiliency Skills Training (2 Day Series)

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

Prices:
  • Series Registration, 2 Saturdays - Niagara educators (C$80.00)
  • Series Registration, 2 Saturdays - outside Niagara educators (C$85.00)

Date: September 28, 2019

Available Spaces: 59

Supporting Infant Mental Health in the Early Years through Attachment

Back by Popular Demand!

Research has shown that children who have emotionally available caregivers develop: secure attachments, school readiness, healthy emotional development, strong problem-solving skills, and emotional regulation.

Prices:
  • Niagara educators (C$5.00)
  • outside Niagara educators (C$10.00)

Date: October 10, 2019

Available Spaces: 70

Passing the Torch: Succession Planning for Organizational Success, with Gay Douglas

Over the next 5 years Canadians will be retiring at a pace unparalleled in human history. The biggest demographic wave in the country’s history is hurtling into retirement. The baby boomers – that massive bubble of people born in the two decades following the Second World War - have begun the transition from employment to retirement.

Prices:
  • Niagara educators (C$75.00)
  • outside Niagara educators (C$80.00)

Date: October 24, 2019

Available Spaces: 75

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.

Price: Network Registration C$0.00

Date: October 24, 2019

Available Spaces: 80

As Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach: Using Children’s Books to Invite Multiple Perspectives with Dr. Diane Kashin

Books can be an invitation to think deeply, opening children’s minds and eyes to the complexities of their world. The Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education inspires educators to think differently and see different perspectives.

Prices:
  • Niagara educators (C$55.00)
  • outside Niagara Educators (C$60.00)

Date: October 29, 2019

Available Spaces: 75

Educators as Protagonists in Documentation, with Ann Pelo

Documentation practices in early education typically focus on children’s learning; educators are present in documentation only as observers – whether enthusiastic or neutral, their role in documentation is to report on what children have done, and said, and accomplished.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$150.00)
  • Educators outside Niagara (C$155.00)

Date: November 2, 2019

Available Spaces: 92

Behaviour Awareness and Self-Regulation

Back by Popular Demand!

In this workshop you will gain knowledge to identify the function of behaviour, understand the importance of data collection, and develop strategies to help promote student success. This workshop will also cover Self-Regulation: What it is, why it’s important, signs of it and what we can do in child care settings to promote positive self-regulation skills.

Prices:
  • Niagara educators (C$5.00)
  • outside Niagara educators (C$10.00)

Date: November 7, 2019

Available Spaces: 73

Mindfulness Through the Senses

Are you looking for ways to cultivate mindfulness practices in your daily lives and in the daily experiences that you offer to young children? By mindfully observing our senses, adults and children can become more proficient at sharpening our attention and using sensory experiences to enhance relationships, creativity, and memory. The ability to notice important details and distinguish among scents, sounds, visual images, and other sensory details your brain receives can benefit in responding to people and the surroundings around us.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Out of Niagara Educators (C$20.00)

Date: November 26, 2019

Available Spaces: 26

Play Therapy - Tools for Helping Children and Youth

Children express themselves, learn about their world, and feel most at ease when playing. This interactive workshop focuses on how to use play therapy strategies to help children and youth positively cope and work through stressful life experiences.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$80.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$85.00)

Date: November 30, 2019

Available Spaces: 72

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.

Price: Network Registration C$0.00

Date: January 16, 2020

Available Spaces: 80

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