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Chatham-Kent Early Years Professional Development Upcoming Events, Workshops & Seminars


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Infant and Toddler Series (Virtual):

Rethinking Your Infant and Toddler Environment, Monday October 5, 2020, 6:30pm-8:00pm

This thought-provoking workshop will support educators in considering new ways of setting up stimulating and innovative environments for the youngest children in their care. Workshop attendees will discover the many and varied ways educators may design environments and materials to enhance the curiosity and wonder of infants and toddlers. Participants will gain strategies for facilitating open ended experiences that will engage infants and toddlers and support them in taking appropriate risks to maximize learning and how this aligns with How Does Learning Happen?

Invitations to Play for Infants and Toddlers, Tuesday October 27, 2020, 6:30pm-8:00pm

How do you take the interests of infants and toddlers and link them to provocations for learning and invitations to play? This interactive workshop will have participants considering the role of Schema Play and offering experiences that cater to all senses. This session will take an in depth look at the concept of Messing About developed by David and Frances Hawkins and will explore how it supports educators to provide meaningful, developmentally appropriate experiences for infants and toddlers. This workshop will also consider the importance of trying out activities before offering them to children.

Supporting Risk and Challenge for Infants and Toddlers, Tuesday November 24, 2020, 6:30pm-8:00pm

As Educators, we are becoming more and more aware of the need for children to take healthy risks and the benefits that go with healthy risk taking that challenges children. But what does this look like for infants and toddlers and how do we provide experiences that afford risk and challenge for younger children? If this is something that you have been wondering about and is something that sparks your curiosity, then come and join fellow like minded educators to reflect on current practice and engage in thought provoking conversations that may push your boundaries. The session will revisit the importance of children taking healthy risks and show we engage parents and colleagues in these conversations. Discussion will take place around practical ways that Educators can afford infants and toddlers opportunities to experience healthy risk and challenge.

Treasure Baskets for Infants and Toddlers, Tuesday December 15, 2020, 6:30pm-8:00pm

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 discover the opportunities of heuristic play.

Infant and Toddler Conversation Café, Tuesday January 12, 2021, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Series wrap-up session. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the concepts previously covered.

School Age Series (Virtual):

Session One: Theories of Play, Thursday October 1, 2020, 6:45pm-8:15pm

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-let agenda. Participants will be introduced to the "Playwork Principles" and the "Play Types" as tools to support practice and playfulness.

Session Two: Removing The Barriers to Play, Thursday October 29, 2020, 6:45pm-8:15pm

In session two, participants will be introduced - in a playful way - to some of the underpinning theories of Playwork. These will include flexible environments, intervention strategies to facilitate the play process, and responding to children’s play cues to support free play and to remove barriers to play.

Session Three: Including the Voices of Children within your Pedagogy, Thursday November 26, 2020, 6:45pm-8:15pm

Do children have a voice in your program? Do you engage children in the ways you have learned from their voices or do you plan experiences based on what you feel is best for them? If you would like to gain strategies on how to truly involve children within your program, then this fun, interactive workshop is right for you. The session will look at the importance of empowering children and how this is underpinned by Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Participants will develop a knowledge base of innovative ideas and activities, including consultation methods that children can use with each other, which afford them meaningful opportunities for participation. The session will also look at how children can be involved in planning experiences that are based on their interests.

School Age Conversation Café, Thursday January 14, 2021, 6:45pm-8:15pm

Series wrap-up session. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the concepts previously covered.