Training & Event Registration

Niagara Early Learning & Child Care "New to Early Learning" Network - Online

The New to Early Learning network is the latest community of practice to be offered by the ECCDC. The network will provide opportunities for Early Childhood Educators who have graduated within the last 3-years to come together to connect and engage in conversations with other recently graduated early learning professionals from across Niagara. The inaugural meeting will take place in December 2021, and participants will be invited to engage in conversations to vision the direction of this new network.

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

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Price: No Charge C$0.00

Date: December 6, 2021

Webinar - Technology Strategies to Support Family Engagement

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$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: December 8, 2021

Webinar - Rough and Tumble 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$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: December 9, 2021

Webinar - Making Children's Learning Visible

Educators can become co-learners with children and families through valuing children’s experiences and valuing both children’s and families’ perspectives. How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years is encouraging educators to move beyond simply providing activities for children and families. We are being asked to think deeply about the context and meaning behind children’s and families’ experiences, thinking and learning in a more complex way. So how can Educators make children’s learning visible with families? How can pedagogical documentation support the shift and highlight the intentionality?

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  • Niagara Educators (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: December 10, 2021

Webinar - Reflecting on Pedagogical Leadership Journey

As a follow up to ECCDC’s Pedagogical Leadership series, participants are invited to join fellow pedagogical leaders for lively dialogue chronicling their journey. Participants will have opportunities to reconnect with educators, to reflect on and reconsider the evolution of their role as pedagogical leaders. During the session there will be time to engage in informal and facilitated conversations with fellow pedagogical leaders; to celebrate successes, and share thoughts, ideas and strategies that have inspired their thinking and practice on their journey thus far. Participants will then shift into considering new theories, materials and resources to support the continued impact of their role as a pedagogical leader.

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  • Niagara Educators (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: December 10, 2021

Webinar - Canada Through the Seasons: Part 3, Canadian Winter

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

Date: December 13, 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$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$25.00)

Date: December 14, 2021

QCCN Community Conversation Café Online: Supporting Your Early Learning Environment

The environment is often referred to as the “third teacher” due to its importance in early learning. In this café we will discuss how a positive environment that is rich in a variety of experiences, materials and opportunities can support a children’s learning and the development of the whole child. Join the QCCN Team as we highlight tools and resources that can provide us with strategies for increasing quality in our environments.

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Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: December 15, 2021

Webinar - What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and How Can I Best Support Children in a Child Care Setting?

Join Kim McAlpine, Service Navigator with Autism Ontario, for this new presentation. In this workshop you will gain knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), strategies that can be easily implemented in a child care setting to help promote children's success, the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP), and resources that you will be able to share with families.

Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: December 21, 2021

Webinar - Anti-Racism for Early Childhood Educators

This is an interactive, virtual training session. Educators will be encouraged to participate through voice and video in order to collaborate with each other and to practice skill development. In this workshop educators will learn how to facilitate an anti-racist lens in the classroom.

Participants will:
• Gain an understanding on how to communicate anti-racism within a team dynamic
• Connecting anti-racism within your learning environment
• Address situations that arise in the classroom and explore strategies

Facilitator Natalie Royer is a learning strategist at Saroy Group and will facilitate this workshop. Natalie has more than 15 years’ experience working with children and families in various settings across Toronto. Natalie’s experience ranges from working in Volunteer resources at Bloorview Kids Rehab from working in the Genetic Counseling department at the Hospital for Sick Children to facilitating adult workshops for parents to teaching in ECE departments across Toronto.

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

Date: January 11, 2022

Story Sacks - In Person or via Live Stream

Story Sacks were developed by a UK elementary school principal, Neil Griffith, in 1995 as a response to research that indicated that half the number of children were being read a bedtime story as compared to their parents’ generation. Story Sacks can be used in early learning and child care environments to jazz up story-time, support preliteracy skills, stimulate language development and can encourage older children in telling their own stories. Story Sacks are a wonderful tool to enhance engagement between the program and the child’s home as well as inter-age range engagement.

This interactive session will identify links to other curriculum areas and focus on how educators can develop their own Story Sacks and how utilizing them in their programs reflects both the four foundations of How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years and the Kindergarten Programs four frames. Educators will be asked to bring their favourite storybook to practice developing a Story Sack.

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  • Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$15.00)
  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$15.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In Person (C$45.00)

Date: January 13, 2022

Implementing the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and Our CPL Program into Daily Practice (4 Sessions) - In Person or via Live Stream

This series is set to support Registered Early Childhood Educators navigate their continuous professional learning plan while weaving their plan into daily practice. We will explore the purpose and meaning of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as it relates to our work. What can you be doing, what might your plan look like, how can ECCDC support your learning – these are all questions that we will be reflecting upon throughout the four part series.

The first session will be laying the foundational pieces and connecting the dots of your plan, available support, ways to learn, and engaging in conversation with fellow colleagues on their journey.

As we move through Parts 2 – 4 we will be breaking down each Standard of Practice, reviewing the Principles, Knowledge, and Practice. As we review each Standard, we will be accessing a variety of resources such as videos, articles, research, books, etc., that will provide opportunities to connect the dots. Through this process educators will have an opportunity to further examine how each Standard links to their practice and research ways to implement them into their continuous professional learning plan.

Registration includes all 4 sessions in this series:
Session 1: Connecting The Dots - January 18, 2022
Session 2: Standard I: Caring and Responsive Relationships and Standard II: Curriculum and Pedagogy - February 1, 2022
Session 3: Standard III: Safety, Health and Well-Being in the Learning Environment and Standard IV: Professionalism and Leadership - March 31, 2022
Session 4: Standard V: Professional Boundaries, Dual Relationships and Conflicts of Interest and Standard VI: Confidentiality, Release of Information and Duty to Report - April 19, 2022

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  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$0.00)
  • Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In Person (C$40.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$40.00)

Date: January 18, 2022

QCCN Community Conversation Café Online: Building a Reflective Program

Research on quality practices encourages educators to regularly reflect on their practice and to share and discuss their reflections with other educators and the families in our programs to support quality. Join the QCCN Team as we examine how reflective programming can support us in many aspects of our work including building effective and authentic partnerships with colleagues and families, guiding children’s behaviour and how to utilize these reflections in our program.

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Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: January 19, 2022

Treasure Baskets for Infants & Toddlers - In Person

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play affords infants and toddlers open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects. This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore the origins and the simplicity and sophistication of Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play. Participants will investigate the sensory possibilities of Treasure Baskets and the discovery opportunities of Heuristic Play as well as develop a Treasure Basket using interesting everyday household items and items from nature, followed by an opportunity to Mess About with it.

Please note this session is also open to centres without infants and toddlers. While the focus of the training is using the treasure basket materials with infants and toddlers, the materials are very open-ended and many of the strategies offered within the workshop will be transferable to other age groupings.

Niagara Educators/Programs Only. No charge for training session or Treasure Basket Materials (this session has been generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara)

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Price: Niagara Educators Only C$0.00

Date: January 20, 2022

Treasure Baskets for Infants & Toddlers - In Person

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play affords infants and toddlers open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects. This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore the origins and the simplicity and sophistication of Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play. Participants will investigate the sensory possibilities of Treasure Baskets and the discovery opportunities of Heuristic Play as well as develop a Treasure Basket using interesting everyday household items and items from nature, followed by an opportunity to Mess About with it.

Please note this session is also open to centres without infants and toddlers. While the focus of the training is using the treasure basket materials with infants and toddlers, the materials are very open-ended and many of the strategies offered within the workshop will be transferable to other age groupings.

Niagara Educators/Programs Only. No charge for training session or Treasure Basket Materials (this session has been generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara)

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Price: Niagara Educators Only C$0.00

Date: January 25, 2022

Webinar - Provoking and Extending Children’s Learning through Outdoor Experiences; Session 3 in Pandemic Reflections Series for Administrators

As part of the ECCDC’s Pandemic Reflections Series: Learning Journey

The early learning and child care field has experienced a unique year that has presented itself with unique challenges and exciting opportunities. In reflecting upon the year, we have learned so much that has changed our daily practice. In this series we will be exploring the ideas that link into Community Strategies for Engaging Families, Documentation for Early Learning Environments, Provoking Children’s Learning through Outdoor Experiences, and Considerations for Unique Program Design.

Prices:
  • Niagara Administrators (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Administrators (C$25.00)

Date: January 27, 2022

Treasure Baskets for Infants & Toddlers - In Person

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play affords infants and toddlers open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects. This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore the origins and the simplicity and sophistication of Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play. Participants will investigate the sensory possibilities of Treasure Baskets and the discovery opportunities of Heuristic Play as well as develop a Treasure Basket using interesting everyday household items and items from nature, followed by an opportunity to Mess About with it.

Please note this session is also open to centres without infants and toddlers. While the focus of the training is using the treasure basket materials with infants and toddlers, the materials are very open-ended and many of the strategies offered within the workshop will be transferable to other age groupings.

Niagara Educators/Programs Only. No charge for training session or Treasure Basket Materials (this session has been generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara)

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Price: Niagara Educators Only C$0.00

Date: January 29, 2022

Treasure Baskets for Infants & Toddlers - In Person

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play affords infants and toddlers open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects. This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore the origins and the simplicity and sophistication of Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play. Participants will investigate the sensory possibilities of Treasure Baskets and the discovery opportunities of Heuristic Play as well as develop a Treasure Basket using interesting everyday household items and items from nature, followed by an opportunity to Mess About with it.

Please note this session is also open to centres without infants and toddlers. While the focus of the training is using the treasure basket materials with infants and toddlers, the materials are very open-ended and many of the strategies offered within the workshop will be transferable to other age groupings.

Niagara Educators/Programs Only. No charge for training session or Treasure Basket Materials (this session has been generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara)

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Price: Niagara Educators Only C$0.00

Date: February 2, 2022

What Does Indoor Risk Look like for Child Care? - For Educators, In Person or via Live Stream

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years highlights the importance of providing children with interesting opportunities for a reasonable degree of risk taking and as educators we have become familiar and confident with supporting children’s risk taking in play. However, much risk taking for children tends to take place in our early learning and child care program during active outdoor play and often focuses on physical risk taking. This session will explore all forms of risk-taking during children’s play; physical, emotional and social risk and how educators can facilitate experiences during indoor play for all age groups.

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  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$0.00)
  • Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In Person (C$25.00)

Date: February 3, 2022

What Does Indoor Risk Look like for Child Care? - For Supervisors, In Person or via Live Stream

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years highlights the importance of providing children with interesting opportunities for a reasonable degree of risk taking and as educators we have become familiar and confident with supporting children’s risk taking in play. However, much risk taking for children tends to take place in our early learning and child care program during active outdoor play and often focuses on physical risk taking. This session will explore all forms of risk-taking during children’s play; physical, emotional and social risk and how educators can facilitate experiences during indoor play for all age groups.

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  • Niagara Supervisors, In Person (C$0.00)
  • Niagara Supervisors, via Live Stream (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Supervisors, In Person (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Supervisors, via Live Stream (C$25.00)

Date: February 4, 2022

Treasure Baskets for Infants & Toddlers - In Person

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play affords infants and toddlers open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects. This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore the origins and the simplicity and sophistication of Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play. Participants will investigate the sensory possibilities of Treasure Baskets and the discovery opportunities of Heuristic Play as well as develop a Treasure Basket using interesting everyday household items and items from nature, followed by an opportunity to Mess About with it.

Please note this session is also open to centres without infants and toddlers. While the focus of the training is using the treasure basket materials with infants and toddlers, the materials are very open-ended and many of the strategies offered within the workshop will be transferable to other age groupings.

Niagara Educators/Programs Only. No charge for training session or Treasure Basket Materials (this session has been generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara)

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Price: Niagara Educators Only C$0.00

Date: February 5, 2022

Treasure Baskets for Infants & Toddlers - In Person

Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play affords infants and toddlers open-ended opportunities to explore the world around them through their senses and exploration of everyday objects. This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore the origins and the simplicity and sophistication of Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play. Participants will investigate the sensory possibilities of Treasure Baskets and the discovery opportunities of Heuristic Play as well as develop a Treasure Basket using interesting everyday household items and items from nature, followed by an opportunity to Mess About with it.

Please note this session is also open to centres without infants and toddlers. While the focus of the training is using the treasure basket materials with infants and toddlers, the materials are very open-ended and many of the strategies offered within the workshop will be transferable to other age groupings.

Niagara Educators/Programs Only. No charge for training session or Treasure Basket Materials (this session has been generously sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara)

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Price: Niagara Educators Only C$0.00

Date: February 7, 2022

Sensory Play for Children - In Person or via Live Stream

As children move through their lives, they use their senses to try to make sense of the world around them. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a young child’s senses. Children learn and retain information when they engage their senses. Providing opportunities and experiences for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world is crucial to brain development. Think about, as an adult, a memory triggered through a smell, song, or taste. Through sensory play children are interacting with the world through taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing, and movement. Sensory play supports children’s self-regulation and builds skills for mindfulness. This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interactions, and problem-solving skills. The session will provide interactive experiences and identify links to other curriculum areas and focus on how educators can incorporate daily sensory experiences within their program while reflecting upon the four foundations of How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.

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  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$0.00)
  • Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In Person (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$25.00)

Date: February 8, 2022

Webinar - Supporting Wellness in Early Learning Settings through Offering Plant Based Menu Options

Join Valerie Trew, Director of the University of Guelph Child Care and Learning Centre, for this webinar that will be of interest to educators, administrators, and child care cooks. In this webinar you will learn about the 2019 Canada Food Guide and the many benefits of a plant-based menu in child care, including safety, efficiency, nutrition, cost, and sustainability. Participants will receive a free resource for child care centres to transition to a plant-based menu created by our chef and a recent graduate of the BASc (Nutrition) program. It will include 4 weeks of menus, large volume recipes, and nutritional analysis, along with some information on how a plant-based menu connects with other considerations in early learning.

Valerie Trew is the director at the University of Guelph Child Care and Learning Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Valerie has spent 20 years working in children’s services through postsecondary education, regional government, early intervention, and early learning and child care.

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Price: General Admission C$0.00

Date: February 10, 2022

Expanding Children's Block & Construction Play Series (all 3 sessions) - In Person or via Live Stream

In our classrooms we ensure that children have a large, open area filled with different blocks, small world items and props that link to children’s interests, experiences, and developmental skill sets. In having these materials available, children are developing their problem solving, mathematic, continuity and permanence skills.

Session 1: Tuesday February 15, 2022; 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Session 2: Tuesday March 1, 2022; 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Session 3: Tuesday March 29, 2022; 6:30 to 9:00 pm

All Sessions Presented In Person in Niagara

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  • Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$0.00)
  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In-Person (C$50.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$50.00)

Date: February 15, 2022

Expanding Children’s Block and Construction Play Series, Session 1 - In Person or via Live Stream

Participants will have an opportunity to explore and reflect upon the research, resources and connect with other educators to share experiences, ideas, knowledge and develop an understand the principles of children’s block and construction play.

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  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In Person (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$25.00)

Date: February 15, 2022

QCCN Community Conversation Café Online: Starting Conversations Through Interacting & Connecting

We know relationships are at the very heart of early learning. In this Café, we will look at how children learn through their relationships with the three teachers (families, educators, and environment). Strategies will be explored that we can incorporate into our practice to build and strengthen these connections through our daily conversations and interactions.

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Date: February 16, 2022

Makerspace for Schoolagers - In Person or via Live Stream

A Makerspace is a place where educators can gather tools and materials to support children with creating, inventing, tinkering, designing, fabricating, or otherwise enabling children to make something. It is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play, and open-ended exploration for all. A Makerspace is child-led and does not have to be expensive or include large tools. The session will explore the concepts of space, tools, materials, organization, documentation, display, and inspiration. A makerspace reinforces the theories of Tinkering and STEAM while empowering children through affording them a voice and providing choices in the school age environment, thus supporting their growing need for responsibility and autonomy.

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  • Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$0.00)
  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In Person (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$45.00)

Date: February 17, 2022

Webinar - Courageous Conversations with Parents

There are times when we are confronted with courageous conversations with parents whether you are a supervisor or a RECE in the classroom. During this seminar you will discover strategies to assist when interacting with parents challenging concerns. Among the strategies you can learn the ever so useful ‘sandwich technique’. You will look at how to suitably plan the important parent meetings that address arising issues. You can leave this session knowing you have mastered skills to help address parental concerns appropriately.

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

Date: February 22, 2022

Webinar - Considerations for Unique Program Design; Session 4 in Pandemic Reflections Series for Administrators

As part of the ECCDC’s Pandemic Reflections Series: Learning Journey

The early learning and child care field has experienced a unique year that has presented itself with unique challenges and exciting opportunities. In reflecting upon the year, we have learned so much that has changed our daily practice. In this series we will be exploring the ideas that link into Community Strategies for Engaging Families, Documentation for Early Learning Environments, Provoking Children’s Learning through Outdoor Experiences, and Considerations for Unique Program Design.

Prices:
  • Niagara Administrators (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Administrators (C$25.00)

Date: February 24, 2022

Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership Institute: Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality, with Susan MacDonald - In Person

Friday February 25 2022:
Evening Reception; 6:30 pm Registration
Dinner, and Keynote - The Upward Spiral: Key Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality; 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Saturday February 26 2022:
Full Day Workshop - Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Strategies to Ignite Passion and Possibility; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Prices:
  • Niagara Educators (C$180.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators (C$190.00)

Date: February 26, 2022

Expanding Children's Block and Construction Play Series, Session 2 - In Person or via Live Stream

Building upon the principles of children’s block and construction play, participants will consider the materials, items, props, and environment to support children’s learning linking to How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.

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  • Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$0.00)
  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In Person (C$25.00)

Date: March 1, 2022

Tips for Designing and Facilitating an Engaging Parent Evening - In Person or via Live Stream

Educators are invited to join this session to discuss and share some new ideas for sparking curiosity and imagination when designing Open Houses and other parent events. Ideas and strategies will be connected to How Does Learning Happen? and participants will receive some supportive templates to empower them to have the tools and ideas in place to plan an engaging event for families.

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  • Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$0.00)
  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$25.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In Person (C$25.00)

Date: March 3, 2022

Navigating Your New Supervisory Role (3 Sessions), for Supervisors - In Person or via Live Stream

Exploring the principles, knowledge and practice to navigate your journey as a Supervisor in supporting your team to engage in conversation around accessibility and un-disabling environments, risk versus hazard considering risk-benefit analysis by utilizing a collaborative decision-making approach. Participants will have an opportunity to explore resources, research and guiding documents to support their role as they navigate the ever-changing early learning landscape.

Session 1 - March 4 2022
Principle of it All: Participants will have an opportunity to reflect upon the research and theory behind the current and emerging concepts that early childhood educators are incorporating within their daily practice and environments. A collaborative decision-making process will be explored to actively support and engage educators in the implementation of practice and protocol.

Session 2 - April 22 2022
Knowledge of Knowing: Participants will have the opportunity to consider the why behind the requests that they are receiving from educators regarding current and emerging practices. Thought will be given to what program staff at all levels within the organization need to know and understand behind current and emerging early learning practices and how a pedagogical decision-making approach can be utilized.

Session 3 - May 27 2022
Let’s Practice: Participants will have an opportunity to contemplate how they can support educators in bringing to life the program’s vision, principles and objectives that have been developed using a collaborative and pedagogical decision-making lens. At the same time, working in collaboration with the team to connect the principles and knowledge based on resources, research and guiding documents.

All sessions take place from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

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  • Niagara Supervisors, via Live Stream (C$0.00)
  • Niagara Supervisors, in Person (C$0.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$55.00)
  • Outside Niagara Supervisors, In Person (C$55.00)

Date: March 4, 2022

Webinar - Canada Through the Seasons: Part 4, Canadian Spring

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

Date: March 8, 2022

Speaking to Families about Unstructured Play Experiences: Dispelling the Myth - 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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  • Niagara Educators (C$0.00)
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Date: March 10, 2022

Vicarious Trauma: Strategies for Resilience - In Person or via Live Stream

Offered through The Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute

Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of a helper’s own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experiences and become aware of the signs of both vicarious trauma and vicarious growth. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a personalized plan to repair negative effects as well as accelerate their resilience.

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  • Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$45.00)
  • Niagara Educators, In Person (C$45.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, via Live Stream (C$55.00)
  • Outside Niagara Educators, In Person (C$55.00)

Date: March 22, 2022

Building a Peaceful, Joyful and Calm Early Years Classroom - In Person

As an Educator, being able to spot indicators of stress and meeting a child’s needs to reduce that stress is your superpower. Meeting those needs in FUN ways that feel relaxed and connective while maintaining physical distancing is your secret ingredient for creating a light classroom environment. Now, more than ever, it is important for children to develop their sense of spatial awareness and how they move within their world. We all need to take a collective deep breath and do whatever we can to bring peace, joy, and opportunities for calm in our programs. Join Lisa Clarke for this session which is filled with mindfulness practices for self-awareness & fine motor development, as well as mindful movement opportunities through yoga, storytelling, and dance.

Lisa Clarke has played various roles in the Early Childhood Professional community over the course of her life. As the daughter of an RECE and Childcare Operator, she has seen all sides of the industry and brings a unique perspective when it comes to owning your role as a role model within it. In 2015, Lisa founded laLa wellness, a yoga and mindfulness-based program for children in their early years. Through laLa, Lisa has trained Early Childhood Professionals all over Ontario and the United States and has made her way onto the bookshelves in Early Childhood Classrooms through her children’s book, I’m a Growing Yogi.

Lisa is now the owner of The Aura House, a multi-modality studio space in the heart of Downtown Brampton, offering yoga, meditation, dance, breathwork, pilates, reiki & crystal healing practices in-studio and online

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Date: March 24, 2022

Online Book Study: Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes?, by Rusty Keeler

Through his book, Rusty Keeler invites us to examine the cage of boundaries that we have created for ourselves and our children. He challenges us to rattle our cage and discover where the lines are movable. In our role as educators and caretakers, when we allow children to play and confront risk on their own terms, we see them develop, hold their locus of control and make choices on how to navigate the bumpy terrain of a situation. This book contains many inspiring photos, anecdotes and information that are sure to motivate you to consider “what is your yes?”! Through this book study, we will engage in discussion and reflection on each section of the book, as we share thoughts and ideas surrounding risk and play that challenges. Need the book? Be sure to check out our E-Store to purchase your copy in advance of the first session!

This book study will be broken down into four sessions:
Session 1: Play Manifesto - Monday March 24, 2022
Session 2: Ways to Support Risky Play - Monday April 25, 2022
Session 3: Provocatives - Monday May 30, 2022
Session 4: Program Tour & Extra Stuff - Monday June 27, 2022

All Sessions 6:30 to 8:00 pm

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Date: March 24, 2022

Cultivating a Caring Culture: Tips for Executive Directors, Program Managers & Supervisors, with Debbi Sluys - In Person

A sign of a positive workplace culture is laughter. How much laughter do you hear at your workplace?
This workshop guides Organizational Leaders through important steps to take to make their workplace a better place to be…for everyone. The “Cultivating Culture Through Consideration” illustrates how simple “considerations” can revitalize your workplace and make it like a second, pleasant home to your employees. Debbi shares tips that will make:
• Hiring Practices and Policies more appealing
• Leadership Communication more intentional and positive
• Generating fresh ideas easier and more rewarding

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Date: March 25, 2022

Expanding Children's Block and Construction Play Series, Session 3 - In Person or via Live Stream

The final session in the series will give participants the opportunity to put into practice the principles and knowledge gained in sessions 1 and 2. They will engage in hands-on experiences while considering the benefits, developmental skills, and experiences they can offer children in their block and construction play areas.

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Date: March 29, 2022

Webinar - Opening the Culture Door: Embracing Diversity & Different Cultural Perspectives, with Barbara Kaiser

Implicit bias and racial inequity have existed for a long time. Families are children’s first teachers. Children begin to construct their identity—to understand who they are—from understanding their own culture and by responding to how others see and relate to them. This workshop will help early childhood educators to recognize their own implicit bias and implement culturally and linguistically relevant strategies that enable all children to feel valued and successful.

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Date: April 7, 2022

Reaching In - Reaching Out - In Person or via Live Stream

RIRO Resiliency Skills Training is an evidence-based, two-part program for educators who work with children from birth to eight years. The training uses a relationship-based, cognitive-behavioural and social problem-solving approach to prevent depression and promote resilience in children under eight years. Adapted from 35 years of research by Dr. Martin Seligman and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, the RIRO program is designed to help adults help young children steer through life’s inevitable bumps in the road and make use of opportunities for optimal growth and development. Research shows that children as young as two years begin to copy how adults in their lives respond to daily stresses, serious challenges, and opportunities for growth. When adults use the RIRO skill set in their own lives, they become role models for children by demonstrating effective thinking and coping strategies in response to both adversity and opportunity.

Part 1 - Tuesday April 12, 2022 AND Tuesday April 26, 2022
introducing adults to key resiliency research and skills that enhance self-regulation skills and promote a “resilient” perspective and flexible approach to handling conflict, problems and everyday challenges.

Part 2 - Tuesday May 10, 2022 AND Tuesday May 24, 2022
Helping adults apply the resiliency skills directly with children by: increasing their understanding of children’s thinking and behaviour, supporting children’s development of seven critical abilities associated with resilience, introducing child-friendly approaches using children’s literature, puppets, and resilience-building activities.

*Attendance at both sessions in Parts 1 and 2 is required. All 4 take place from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

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Date: April 12, 2022

Expanding Children’s Imaginative and Dramatic Play Series (all 3 sessions) - In Person or Live Stream

Have you ever watched a child pick up an object and pretend it is a zooming car or put on a cape and become someone else? In imaginative and dramatic play children are using objects to represent something else while giving it an action or motion. The process of pretending builds many skills such as language, emotional intelligence, and thinking.

Session 1 - April 14, 2022
Participants will have an opportunity to explore and reflect upon the research and resources and connect with others to share experiences, ideas, knowledge, and develop an understand the principle of children’s imaginative and dramatic play as well as study the social stages of play, play types, and play personality.

Session 2 - April 28, 2022
Building upon the principle of children’s imaginative and dramatic play, participants will consider how children use objects and environments to represent their thoughts and ideas. There will be opportunities to explore materials, items, props, and environments to support children’s learning, for all ages, along with the links to How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.

Session 3 - May 12, 2022
The final session in the series will put into practice the principles and knowledge gained in sessions 1 and 2. Participants will engage in hands-on experiences while considering the benefits, developmental skills, and experiences they can offer children in their imaginative and dramatic play areas.

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Date: April 14, 2022

Expanding Children’s Imaginative and Dramatic Play, Session 1 - In Person or via Live Stream

Have you ever watched a child pick up an object and pretend it is a zooming car or put on a cape and become someone else? In imaginative and dramatic play children are using objects to represent something else while giving it an action or motion. The process of pretending builds many skills such as language, emotional intelligence, and thinking.

Session 1 - Participants will have an opportunity to explore and reflect upon the research and resources and connect with others to share experiences, ideas, knowledge, and develop an understand the principle of children’s imaginative and dramatic play as well as study the social stages of play, play types, and play personality.

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Date: April 14, 2022

Supporting Positive Health and Well Being through Inquiry Based Outdoor Learning - In Person

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss and explore how the outdoors are not just for physical development but have immense benefits for mental health and social-emotional development (for children and teachers alike). We will dive deeper into the benefits of nature for specific mental health disorders including nature deficit disorder. The course will conclude with tips for bringing inquiry-based learning to the outdoors and how simple games and discussions with students can foster a great interest and appreciate for nature!

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Date: April 21, 2022

Expanding Children’s Imaginative and Dramatic Play, Session 2 - In Person or via Live Stream

Have you ever watched a child pick up an object and pretend it is a zooming car or put on a cape and become someone else? In imaginative and dramatic play children are using objects to represent something else while giving it an action or motion. The process of pretending builds many skills such as language, emotional intelligence, and thinking.

Session 2 - Building upon the principle of children’s imaginative and dramatic play, participants will consider how children use objects and environments to represent their thoughts and ideas. There will be opportunities to explore materials, items, props, and environments to support children’s learning, for all ages, along with the links to How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.

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Date: April 28, 2022

Expanding Children’s Imaginative and Dramatic Play, Session 3 - In Person or via Live Stream

Have you ever watched a child pick up an object and pretend it is a zooming car or put on a cape and become someone else? In imaginative and dramatic play children are using objects to represent something else while giving it an action or motion. The process of pretending builds many skills such as language, emotional intelligence, and thinking.

Session 3 - The final session in the series will put into practice the principles and knowledge gained in sessions 1 and 2. Participants will engage in hands-on experiences while considering the benefits, developmental skills, and experiences they can offer children in their imaginative and dramatic play areas.

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Date: May 12, 2022

Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes?, Rusty Keeler - In Person

Go to the heart of risk-taking and children. As parents and educators working with young children, we all have boundaries and feelings around what risky play should be allowed. Examine the cage of boundaries that we have created for ourselves and our children. Challenge each other to rattle our cage and discover where the lines are movable. In our role as educators and caretakers, when we allow children to play and confront risk on their own terms, we see them develop, hold their locus of control, and make choices on how to navigate the bumpy terrain of a situation. What better teaching tool for life is there?

Free Webinar to Be Offered this Winter - All registrants will be invited to attend a free webinar with Rusty during the winter months in anticipation of his Spring Visit to Niagara. Date to be Announced. Additionally, his book will be available for purchasing separately and an online Book Study following Rusty’s appearance in Niagara will be offered through the ECCDC Training Team as a follow up experience.

Registration fee includes the full day workshop and an individualized boxed lunch.

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Date: May 14, 2022

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