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Webinar - Canada Through the Seasons: Part 2, Canadian Fall

Studies have shown the importance of providing young children with physical fitness activities, connecting with nature, and the opportunity for engaging in playful experiences outdoors whatever the weather or the season.

This series will focus on each of Canada's four seasons and include thought-provoking discussions, information sharing, and tools and resources for review, as well as curriculum strategies designed to keep children active and engaged in our outdoor environments during all twelve months of the year.

This interactive series will inspire early learning and child care professionals to get outside with the children and explore the great Canadian landscape no matter the season.

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Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$15.00)

Date: September 14, 2021

Garden Soils, Critters and Ecology, with Garden Jane - In Person

Session Two of the New Fostering Lifetime Gardeners and Naturalists Workshop Series
• Insects, Bees, Birds, Bats - roles they play in the garden
• Learn about the soil food web and how to help children connect to it

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: September 16, 2021

Niagara's Early Learning & Child Care Supervisor Network - Online

Supervisors are invited to connect online for conversation and collaboration.

Please note our network sessions are currently only open to Niagara educators.

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: September 20, 2021

Niagara Nature Alliance Network - Online

Participants are invited to explore and reflect together on resources to support naturalizing their indoor and outdoor environments. The network meeting will offer an opportunity for participants to share photos of their outdoor play spaces and experiences they have offered to the children and families.

Please note our network sessions are currently open to educators in Niagara only.

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: September 20, 2021

Niagara Early Learning & Child Care Preschool Network - Online

Educators are welcomed to engage in reflective practices using a variety of tools and resources.

Please note our network sessions are currently open to educators in Niagara only.

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: September 20, 2021

Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Session 1 - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey

During the first session educators will have an opportunity to revisit their daily practices and consider the impact that this has on both educators’ and children’s behaviour. Educators will reflect on the use of language, equitability, power relationships, and best practices. The session will also offer an opportunity to explore ways in which both educators’ and children’s resiliency skills can be enhanced to support change that behaviour can bring to the classroom

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Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: September 21, 2021

Block and Construction Play - In Person

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them. Many of our programs have shifted to play based learning offerings to the children we work with to expand their learning.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: September 22, 2021

Where to Begin: The Technical Basics - In Person

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: September 23, 2021

Innovative Ways to Use Natural Loose Parts - In Person

Take it Outside! A Nature Perspective Series

This series has been created through conversation and feedback in the early learning community as educators navigate the outdoors and offering opportunities to engage with loose parts, explore in all weathers and encourage opportunities for children to challenge themselves to take a risk.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: September 28, 2021

Natural and Found Loose Parts for All Ages - In Person

What are loose parts? How do they support learning in our centres? Why is it important to implement loose parts into our curriculum? When can we introduce loose parts? Who can benefit from loose parts? Participants will have an opportunity to consider the who, what, where, when and why of loose parts while considering what implementing loose parts into the curriculum looks like at different ages.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: September 29, 2021

STEAM Rich Environments - In Person

Session 1 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: September 30, 2021

Webinar - Building Positive Strength-Based Teams (for Registrants of the Early Childhood Leadership Institute in Feb 2022)

Free Teaser Webinar with Susan MacDonald!

Children thrive in environments where the adults model positive relationships and create communities based on trust and respect. In this workshop, we will examine the impact that toxic stress in a classroom has on young children’s brain development and social-emotional skills. We will explore strategies for enhancing your professional skills to help you communicate effectively with your co-workers, as well as techniques to reduce gossip. We will use the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct as a guide to creating strength-based team relationships and a positive, supportive, respectful environment for children, and adults.

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Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: September 30, 2021

Sudbury - Empowering Parents as Partners in Their Children’s Play - In Person

Play - what is it? What do children learn through play? 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 EarlyON programs? How do we engage parents in the conversation about the intentionality behind play? We will have an opportunity to engage in conversation and reflect on different theories as well as messaging through our documentation for families.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 4, 2021

Sudbury - Engaging Families in the Early Years in Authentic Ways - In Person

This session offers invitations for learning and opportunities to discuss the authentic ways that we may engage families. If you are looking to develop deep, meaningful relationships with families, want to ensure they feel included as a partner within your program, or perhaps you are looking for ways to incorporate families’ voices in your planning to help them feel a sense of belonging, this workshop is for you.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 4, 2021

Sudbury - STEAM Rich Environments - In Person

Session 1 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

If you are one of those educators who is struggling with providing STEAM experiences in your practice or you are looking to enhance the everyday Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics experiences available in your early learning and child care centre, then this three-part STEAM series is for you!

Session 1: STEAM Rich Environments

The first session in this series will consider what STEAM is and what this can look like in an early learning and child care setting. Educators will have opportunities to reflect on how they can integrate STEAM into a variety of program areas that support and encourage inquiry-based learning. Educators will have opportunities to Mess About with materials that they can utilize to provide STEAM rich early learning environments and the links to Tinkering.

*registration fee includes training booklet and materials

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 5, 2021

Sudbury - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Session 1 - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey

During the first session educators will have an opportunity to revisit their daily practices and consider the impact that this has on both educators’ and children’s behaviour. Educators will reflect on the use of language, equitability, power relationships, and best practices. The session will also offer an opportunity to explore ways in which both educators’ and children’s resiliency skills can be enhanced to support change that behaviour can bring to the classroom

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 5, 2021

Sudbury Venue - Mark Making Schemas - In Person

From our Schema Play Series.

Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 6, 2021

Sudbury - Where to Begin: The Technical Basics - In Person

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 6, 2021

Sudbury - Block and Construction Play - In Person

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them. Many of our programs have shifted to play based learning offerings to the children we work with to expand their learning.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 7, 2021

Sudbury - Utilizing Shared Spaces in School Age Programs - In Person

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? Is storage and having to rotate spaces an issue that you are regularly faced with? Is it difficult to highlight the work of the young people in order to make their learning visible in the spaces that you work within? If you have answered yes to any of these questions and would like inspiration in moving forward, this workshop is for you. Join us to engage in reflective conversations, share ideas and gain practical strategies to use in your school age program.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 7, 2021

Ottawa - STEAM Rich Environments - In Person

Session 1 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

If you are one of those educators who is struggling with providing STEAM experiences in your practice or you are looking to enhance the everyday Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics experiences available in your early learning and child care centre, then this three-part STEAM series is for you!

Session 1: STEAM Rich Environments

The first session in this series will consider what STEAM is and what this can look like in an early learning and child care setting. Educators will have opportunities to reflect on how they can integrate STEAM into a variety of program areas that support and encourage inquiry-based learning. Educators will have opportunities to Mess About with materials that they can utilize to provide STEAM rich early learning environments and the links to Tinkering.

*registration fee includes training booklet and materials

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 12, 2021

Ottawa - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Session 1 - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey

During the first session educators will have an opportunity to revisit their daily practices and consider the impact that this has on both educators’ and children’s behaviour. Educators will reflect on the use of language, equitability, power relationships, and best practices. The session will also offer an opportunity to explore ways in which both educators’ and children’s resiliency skills can be enhanced to support change that behaviour can bring to the classroom

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 12, 2021

Ottawa Venue - Mark Making Schemas - In Person

Part of our Schema Play Series.

Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.
In the first half of the 20th century, Jean Piaget recognized organized patterns of behaviour in children’s play and developed his schema theory around how children learn and acquire knowledge through physical and mental actions. In the 1980’s Chris Athey furthered Piaget’s work by identifying clusters of play patterns and developed the concept of schematic play or schema play.

If you would like to find out more about schema play and how to support schema play in your early learning and child care setting then we invite you to participate in this engaging, interactive and fun workshop. There will be opportunities to engage in thought-provoking conversations with fellow Educators and explore a variety of materials and experiences that support schema play.

Session Two: Mark Making Schemas
This second schematic play session will look at schema play through a lens of early Mark Making, a prerequisite for the development of literacy skills, and explore how educators can introduce schema play materials and experiences to their environment to support mark making.

*Registration fee includes training booklet and all materials

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 13, 2021

Ottawa - Where to Begin: The Technical Basics - In Person

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 13, 2021

Ottawa - Block and Construction Play - In Person

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them. Many of our programs have shifted to play based learning offerings to the children we work with to expand their learning.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 14, 2021

Ottawa - Utilizing Shared Spaces in School Age Programs - In Person

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? Is storage and having to rotate spaces an issue that you are regularly faced with? Is it difficult to highlight the work of the young people in order to make their learning visible in the spaces that you work within? If you have answered yes to any of these questions and would like inspiration in moving forward, this workshop is for you. Join us to engage in reflective conversations, share ideas and gain practical strategies to use in your school age program.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 14, 2021

Ottawa - Engaging Families in the Early Years in Authentic Ways - In Person

This session offers invitations for learning and opportunities to discuss the authentic ways that we may engage families. If you are looking to develop deep, meaningful relationships with families, want to ensure they feel included as a partner within your program, or perhaps you are looking for ways to incorporate families’ voices in your planning to help them feel a sense of belonging, this workshop is for you.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 15, 2021

Ottawa - Empowering Parents as Partners in Their Children’s Play - In Person

Play - what is it? What do children learn through play? 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 EarlyON programs? How do we engage parents in the conversation about the intentionality behind play? We will have an opportunity to engage in conversation and reflect on different theories as well as messaging through our documentation for families.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: October 15, 2021

Reflecting on Inclusive Practices - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: October 19, 2021

Imaginative and Dramatic Play - In Person

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: October 20, 2021

Building and Coding with Technology - In Person

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: October 21, 2021

Taking Care of Me to Take Care of You - Supervisor Wellness Session - In Person

During the session participants will have an opportunity to explore the key aspects of workplace wellbeing that can support not only their wellbeing but also those that they support. Participants will engage in discussions on returning to the workplace post pandemic, sharing their journey and tips and tricks they have discovered. We will review the reasons for burnout and understanding ways to avoid burnout for their own career and those of their staff team. Links will be made throughout the session to Ontario's Early Learning Frameworks that can be shared with the staff team. To finish off the session, a large group brainstorm will take place exploring ways to share back with team, implement and track success.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$30.00)

Date: October 22, 2021

Outdoor Play Throughout the Year - In Person

Take it Outside! A Nature Perspective Series

This series has been created through conversation and feedback in the early learning community as educators navigate the outdoors and offering opportunities to engage with loose parts, explore in all weathers and encourage opportunities for children to challenge themselves to take a risk.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: October 26, 2021

Emotional Schemas - In Person

Part of our Schema Play Series.

Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: October 27, 2021

STEAM for Infants and Toddlers - In Person

Session 2 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$10.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$30.00)

Date: October 28, 2021

Sudbury - STEAM for Infants and Toddlers - In Person

Session 2 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 2, 2021

Sudbury - Reflecting on Inclusive Practices - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 2, 2021

Sudbury Venue - Emotional Schemas - In Person

Part of our Schema Play Series.

Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 3, 2021

Sudbury - Building and Coding with Technology - In Person

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Price: Workshop Registrations C$50.00

Date: November 3, 2021

Garden Planning, Programming and Play, with Garden Jane - In Person

Session Three of the New Fostering Lifetime Gardeners and Naturalists Workshop Series

Join us in a hands-on design workshop, where you can learn about and plan for including young children in food garden design and growing food.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: November 4, 2021

Sudbury - Imaginative and Dramatic Play - In Person

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 4, 2021

Sudbury - Theories of Play - In Person

School Age Series 2: Investigating the Theories of Play and the Principles of Playwork to Support Your School-agers

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. In the UK, Playworkers work with children and young people from 4-16 years in school-age programs, holiday programs, adventure playgrounds, on playbus’ and as play rangers. Playwork has evolved since post war Britain and is a profession in its own right. Although it shares some aspects of early learning and child care, it has philosophies, principles, and practices unique to Playwork. Play is seen as a process, not a product. Does that sound familiar? And one of the roles of a Playworker is to enrich the environment to provide ‘playable spaces’ for children, restoring play and lost experiences.

Session One: Theories of Play
During session one participants will have an opportunity to dive deeply into what play is for older children and the role of the adult within children’s play, thus supporting a move towards a child-led agenda. Participants will be introduced to the ‘Playwork Principles’ and the ‘Play Types’ as tools to support practice and playfulness.

Fee includes training booklet and materials.

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Price: General Admission C$50.00

Date: November 4, 2021

Sudbury - Supporting Risk and Challenge - In Person

How can we provide risk and challenge for a wide age range of ages and abilities while being mindful of the health, safety, and well-being of children? Educators will have an opportunity to explore ideas and experiences to support the implementation of appropriate risk within their programs.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 5, 2021

Sudbury - Sharing the Value of Unstructured Play Experiences with Families and Colleagues - In Person

As we are moving away from theme based planning to an emergent approach to learning through play, which is in line with Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks, the way that we are working with children in the early learning and child care field is changing. This workshop will support educators to explore what unstructured play is, the importance and benefits to children, and how they can communicate this to fellow educators and families. The session will look at intentional, open-ended experiences and dispel the myth of it being a ‘free for all’. Participants will have an opportunity to try out some practical, interactive ways to convey the importance of unstructured play in an early learning and child care environment.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 5, 2021

Ottawa- STEAM for Infants and Toddlers - In Person

Session 2 of the NEW -  STEAM Series

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry through to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 9, 2021

Ottawa - Reflecting on Inclusive Practices - In Person

Reconstructing the Way We View Behaviour Through Inclusive Practices Series

A new three-part series offering opportunities for educators to explore the concept of utilizing inclusive practices to support children through the ever-changing pathway of behaviour. Educators are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions as the series has been created to build upon each session.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 9, 2021

Ottawa Venue - Emotional Schemas - In Person

Part of our Schema Play Series.

Children create understanding and knowledge of their world by interacting with the environment and the ‘things’ within it. While they are doing this, we often observe them repeating actions over and over again and see repeated patterns in their play.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 10, 2021

Ottawa - Building and Coding with Technology - In Person

Integrating Technology to Enhance Daily Practice with Children and Families Series

In the age of technology, it is helpful to take time to consider how we can integrate technology into our daily practice to enhance the experiences of the children and families we work with.

Price: Workshop Registrations C$50.00

Date: November 10, 2021

Ottawa - Imaginative and Dramatic Play - In Person

Unpacking Children’s Play Series

Ever wonder why children play the way they do? In children’s play they have opportunities to explore, engage and experiment with their ideas and beliefs of the world around them.

Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: November 11, 2021

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