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


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Infant and Toddler Series (Virtual):

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 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.

Back to Basic Series (Virtual):

T.I.M.E., Saturday January 23, 2021, 10:00-11:30am

Take Individual Moments Everyday. Our schedules are full and time is of the essence, so how can we be mindful of our time? What do we need to consider for change? A journey to reflect on our schedules, tasks and daily practice to create a holistic action plan. A variety of hands-on tools and tricks will be explored throughout the session offering you time to see what fits your lifestyle.

Environment, Saturday February 20, 2021, 10:00-11:30am

Environments as the third educator - what do we need to consider? Take a step back and reflect on your environment. Does it reflect those living in the space? Can children lead their own play? Moving from a structured play to unstructured play, can the children extend and plan their play while engaging in a variety of hands-on materials? Come join us for an opportunity to rethink your current space and redesign the environment to support learning.

Play - What Is It All About?, Saturday March 27, 2021, 10:00-11:30am

How do we define play? What do children learn through play? What does lay consist of? 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 centers? How do we engage parents in the conversation about intentionality behind play? We will have an opportunity to engage in discussion and reflect on different theories as well as look at how to communicate the message to families through documentation.