Training & Event Registration

Webinar - Tinkering with Wood

Have you been hearing about ‘Tinkering’, ‘Tinker Labs’, ‘Tinker schools’ and so on, and wondered what all this Tinkering is about? Well if so, this three-part ‘Tinkering Series’ is for you. The series will provide opportunities for educators to explore what tinkering is (chances are that you are already doing it) and how educators can intentionally incorporate tinkering into your early learning and child care programs.

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

Date: December 9, 2020

The Nature Principle Book Study Online

Join our staff for a compelling and thought-provoking journey through this fun and interactive book study! Reflective questions will be provided in advance and a link will be sent the day prior to the session. This is a free series; however, participants must have their own book. 

Part 1: Nature Neurons - Intelligence, Creativity and the Hybrid Mind; Dec 17, 6:30 - 7:30
Part 2: Vitamin N - Tapping the Power of the Natural World for our Physical, Emotional, and Family Fitness; Jan 7, 6:30 - 7:30
Part 3: Near is the New Far - Knowing Who You Are by Knowing Where You Are; Feb 4, 6:30 - 7:30
Part 4: Creating Everyday Eden - High Tech/High Nature Design Where We Live, Work, and Play; Mar 18, 6:30 - 7:30
Part 5: The High Performance Human - Making a Living, a Life, and a Future; Apr 22, 6:30 - 7:30

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Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: December 17, 2020

Blocks 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.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$30.00)

Date: January 13, 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.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: January 19, 2021

Webinar - Engaging Families in the Early Years in Authentic Ways

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.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: January 20, 2021

How to Get Second Language Learners Talking - In Person

Join Katherine Grainger, Speech Language Pathologist, French Emergent Literacy Consultant with Niagara Children’s Centre for this session. Oral language skills are one of the building blocks of emergent literacy. A preschooler’s ability to talk about something that has happened, describe what they see and maintain a conversation is a big part of what helps them be able to read and write in the future. But what happens when the child is being exposed to English or French for the first time in the daycare setting? How can we help these children with these skills when we may not even speak their home language? This workshop will quickly take you through what to expect of second language learners and then will be a hands-on look at how we can use current provocations and incorporate new ones to encourage these learners to increase their vocabularies and develop their oral language skills. Led by a Speech-Language Pathologist and Francophone Emergent Literacy Consultant, content will be aimed at those working in either an English or French child care setting.

*If this session is unable to happen in person, it will be offered as a webinar

No Cost, this session is sponsored by Niagara Children's Centre

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Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: January 26, 2021

Webinar - Taking Care of Me to Take Care of You - Supervisor Wellness Session

During the session Supervisors will have an opportunity to explore the key aspects of workplace wellbeing that can support not only their well being but also that of their staff team.  The participants will engage in discussions on returning to the workplace post pandemic sharing their journey and tips and tricks they have discovered. 

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: January 27, 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$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: January 28, 2021

Niagara's Early Learning & Child Care Supervisor Network - In Person

Supervisors are invited to connect for conversation and collaboration.

**if this network can not happen in person due to gathering restrictions, it will take place through webinar

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: February 1, 2021

No Small Matter Movie Night - In Person

No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for change today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humour, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for families.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$20.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: February 2, 2021

Webinar - Natural and Found Loose Parts for all Ages

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$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: February 3, 2021

Niagara Early Learning & Child Care Cook's Network - In Person

Niagara’s Cooks will be exploring local resources to support their ongoing learning in providing healthy meal options for the children and families they serve.

**if this network can not happen in person due to gathering restrictions, it will take place through webinar

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: February 5, 2021

Niagara Early Learning & Child Care Infant/Toddler Network - In Person

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

**if this network can not happen in person due to gathering restrictions, it will take place through webinar

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: February 9, 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$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: February 10, 2021

Workplace Wellness Series for Administrators - Finding Your Happy - In Person

An Introduction to the 16 Guidelines to Transform Your Life and Relationships
Join Elizabeth Skronski for this new session. Many of us search all our life for our Holy Grail to happiness and well-being, yet the answer often lies within us. Drawing on proven techniques from modern psychology, ethics, cognitive behavioural approaches, and centuries-old Eastern philosophy, 16 Guidelines is a holistic approach to increase our emotional resilience, confidence, and overall well-being.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$60.00)

Date: February 11, 2021

Workplace Wellness Series for Educators - Finding Your Happy - In Person

An Introduction to the 16 Guidelines to Transform Your Life and Relationships
Join Elizabeth Skronski for this new session. Many of us search all our life for our Holy Grail to happiness and well-being, yet the answer often lies within us. Drawing on proven techniques from modern psychology, ethics, cognitive behavioural approaches, and centuries-old Eastern philosophy, 16 Guidelines is a holistic approach to increase our emotional resilience, confidence, and overall well-being.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$60.00)

Date: February 11, 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$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: February 16, 2021

Webinar - Laying the Foundation to Start the Journey

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$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: February 18, 2021

Niagara Early Learning & Child Care Preschool Network - In Person

Educators are welcomed to engage in reflective practices using a variety of tools and resources. The networks are encouraged to share their ideas and pedagogical documentation they have created throughout their journey. discussion.

**if this network can not happen in person due to gathering restrictions, it will take place through webinar

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: February 23, 2021

Webinar - Reflecting Upon Your Work in the Early Years and Keeping Your Passion Lit in Uncertain Times

This presentation will inspire reflection and deep conversation to support educators in recognizing the valuable contributions they make, the importance of resiliency during times of significant change and strategies for considering how to include joy, enthusiasm, and fulfillment in our daily practice. The session will also include a fun, interactive quiz and a plan for including self-reflection into our work as part of an ongoing motivational and mindfulness practice. A resource listing will be provided to participants of tools and resources they might consider for their self-reflection as well as kits and resources available for loan or purchase from ECCDC.

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Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: February 24, 2021

Webinar - Block & Construction Play

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$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: February 24, 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$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: February 25, 2021

Niagara Early Learning & Child Care School Age Network - In Person

Educators are welcomed to engage in reflective practices using a variety of tools and resources. The networks are encouraged to share their ideas and pedagogical documentation they have created throughout their journey. discussion.

**if this network can not happen in person due to gathering restrictions, it will take place through webinar

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: March 2, 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$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$50.00)

Date: March 3, 2021

STEAM in Outdoor Environments - In Person

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$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 4, 2021

Strengthening Your Leadership Skills by Building Balanced Empathy - In Person

A NEW session in our Leadership Series

As much as we like to think we are independent, the reality is that we are all inter-connected. This inter-dependence can make many of us feel emotionally overwhelmed, leading to an emotional disconnect towards others. But this inter-dependence also creates an opportunity to develop and embrace the quality of empathy, not only towards others but also ourselves.

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

Date: March 5, 2021

Deepening Emotional Resilience through Building Balanced Empathy - In Person

As much as we like to think we are independent, the reality is that we are all inter-connected. This inter-dependence can make many of us feel emotionally overwhelmed, leading to an emotional disconnect towards others. But this inter-dependence also creates an opportunity to develop and embrace the quality of empathy, not only towards others but also ourselves.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$35.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$40.00)

Date: March 6, 2021

Niagara Nature Alliance Network - In Person

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.

**if this network can not happen in person due to gathering restrictions, it will take place through webinar

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: March 8, 2021

Webinar - Naturalizing your Indoor Early Learning & Child Care Environment

As educators we have become familiar with the term ‘the environment is the third educator’ and we are moving away from traditional, brightly coloured environments that have an abundance of synthetic materials towards natural indoor environments.

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: March 9, 2021

Webinar - Where to Begin: The Technical Basics

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$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: March 10, 2021

Webinar - Imaginative & Dramatic Play

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$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 11, 2021

Simple Strategies for Stressed Educators - In Person

Join Patrice Palmer, teacher, trainer and writer for this workshop based on her book: The  teacher Self Care Manual.

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

Date: March 23, 2021

Webinar - What’s Your Story: Enhancing our Observation and Documentation Skills through lens of How Does Learning Happen?

What’s Your Story will offer educators a chance to document their journey to share back with the children, families and educators they work with.  During the session participants will have an opportunity to share their story, reflect on their journey and investigate tools and resources to support their observation and documentation skills.  What is our story links to the Four Foundations within How Does Learning Happen?

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: March 24, 2021

Technology Strategies to Support Family Engagement - 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$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 25, 2021

Webinar - Reflecting on Inclusive Practices

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$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: March 29, 2021

Constructing a New Pathway - 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 Educator (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 30, 2021

Rough and Tumble 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 Eduators (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$30.00)

Date: March 31, 2021

Webinar - Constructing a New Pathway

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$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$25.00)

Date: April 1, 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: April 6, 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: April 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: April 7, 2021

Sudbury - Lost Art of Music & Movement in Early Childhood - In Person

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. Educators will have an opportunity to engage together in joyful and fun activities that relate to music and movement to support children in healthy physical, mental, and emotional development. The session will look at the theory behind why music and movement are an important part of children’s lives and why it is being lost in today’s technology-based society. Educators will take away research, tools and experiences to share with the children and families in their program to reignite the passion for music and movement.

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Price: Workshop Registration C$50.00

Date: April 7, 2021

Workplace Wellness Series for Educators - Mindful Goal Setting - In Person

Join Elizabeth Skronski for this new session. Have you ever set goals and found that you were not as committed to them as you thought? Or perhaps these goals were really set by someone else for you? Of course you have!

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$55.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$60.00)

Date: April 8, 2021

Workplace Wellness Series for Administrators - Mindful Goal Setting - In Person

Join Elizabeth Skronski for this new session. Have you ever set goals and found that you were not as committed to them as you thought? Or perhaps these goals were really set by someone else for you? Of course you have!

Prices:
  • Niagara Educator (C$55.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educator (C$60.00)

Date: April 8, 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: April 8, 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: April 8, 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: April 9, 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: April 9, 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: April 13, 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: April 13, 2021

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