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Early Years Professionals

​The Early Years Professional Development Committee is pleased to offer free learning opportunities for Early Years professionals who work with and support the children and families in Chatham-Kent. 

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CK Early Years Professional Development Workshops and Seminars


Dr. Diane Kashin Workshops (Virtual)

Learning Through Exploration, Play and Inquiry

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This topic relates to one of the six pedagogical approaches of How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014). Pedagogical approaches are practices that work for learners of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. In early learning, we are all pedagogical leaders. Pedagogical approaches are the tools of pedagogical leaders. This approach is strongly linked to the responsive relationship pedagogical approach. "Evidence from diverse fields of study tells us that children grow in programs where adults are caring and responsive. Children succeed in programs that focus on active learning through exploration, play, and inquiry" (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2014, p. 4). Examining the pedagogical approach, learning through exploration, play and inquiry require coming to terms with terms. What is exploration? What is play? What is inquiry? Participants should come ready to play as we will examine the questions and theories that children might explore in their play through our own exploration, play and inquiry. This will be an interactive webinar where attendee participation is encouraged and valued. 

Begin with Curiosity: The Observation and Documentation Path

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

What piques your curiosity about children? Learn how to focus your observations on what you are curious about. Curiosity can motivate your professional learning about pedagogical documentation. This webinar will examine the process of observation and documentation while considering the collection of data (photos, videos, etc.). When we examine these artifacts through a lens of curiosity, we can narrow our choices based on visual literacy and look for meaning. Come prepared to engage with others in the chat room while we considering what makes you curious!

Community Workshops and Seminars

Dr. Jean Clinton and Lorrie McGee Baird Present: Science Meets Practice! "Bringing Visibility to the Power of Play and Self-Regulation"

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 1:00 - 2:30 pm or 6:30 - 8:00 pm


Community of Practice Facebook group is the place for early years educators to share professional development opportunities, as well as reflections from their experience. Leaders and learners welcome!