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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

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Navigating the Board-Staff Relationship (presented by Gay Douglas)

Part 1 - Board Governance for Supervisors and Aspiring Leaders

  • Wednesday, January 19, 26, and February 2, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Most Senior Staff in Child Care settings are responsible for reporting to and supporting boards of directors while managing operations. It's a unique working relationship that can be challenging to navigate, especially if you haven't received formal board governance training. Communications and accountabilities may be confusing.

Part One of this webinar series (presented over 3, 2-hour webinars) is targeted to the professional leadership of Child Care agencies: Supervisors. We'll explore leading practices in effective governance and the relationship of the Senior Staff and the Board of Directors.

Each attendee will complete a brief pre-webinar assessment to measure the current effectiveness of your organization's governance. Results will help customize the training to reflect the needs of attendees.

Topics include:

  • Defining board governance
  • Partnership or Hierarchy? A delicate balance
  • Legal responsibilities of the Board
  • The board as employer of the Senior Staff
  • Foundational documents – bylaws and policy
  • Governance models and role of the Board in operations
  • Reporting to the Board
  • Board Committees
  • Vital role of the Chairperson
  • Adapting to changing Board leadership

The webinar will include facilitated dynamic, solutions-oriented dialogue among attendees so we can learn from each other.

Part 2 - How Boards of Directors and Child Care Supervisors can support each other for effective governance

  • Wednesday, February 16, 23, March 2, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Effective governance is best achieved when the agency's volunteer leadership (the Board) and its professional leadership (the Supervisor) have clearly defined their authorities and responsibilities within a strong and transparent governance framework.

Part Two of this webinar series (presented over 3, 2-hour webinars) is targeted to both board members and supervisors. We'll explore leading practices in effective governance. We'll answer your questions and focus on concrete strategies for Boards and Supervisors to work in partnership and support each other.

Each participant will complete a brief pre-webinar assessment to measure the current effectiveness of your organization's governance structure. Results will help customize the training to participants' needs.

Topics include

  • Mutual expectations of each other
  • Accountability and reporting of Senior Staff
  • Maintaining healthy boundaries
  • Governance policies to clarify roles of Board and Staff
  • Managing conflict
  • Staff's role in board recruitment
  • Roles in Strategic planning
  • Effective meetings
  • Succession planning – for Staff and Board Members

The webinar will include facilitated dynamic, solutions-oriented dialogue among attendees so we can learn from each other.


Resources

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!