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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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ECCDC: 2021 Summer Educator Recharge (Virtual Workshop)

The past 16 months have presented many challenges for educators' mental health and well-being. Chatham-Kent Early Years Professional Development Committee invites you to attend the Summer Educator Recharge, as a way for educators to wind down and refresh their body and mind using the summer season as inspiration. 

The sessions will offer educators an opportunity to explore the theory of "Messing About" with experiences meant to recharge your well-being! In addition, educators will have time for reflection on how to weave the experiences and ideas into daily practice with the children and families they support.

How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years speaks to educators providing environments and experiences where children can explore ideas, investigate theories, and interact in play as well as provides ongoing opportunities to engage in critical reflection and discussion with others about pedagogy and practice to support continuous professional growth. The series will offer opportunities for educators to reflect, discuss and practice pedagogical strategies to incorporate into their early learning programs with the goal of enhancing the quality of environments, experiences and interactions.

Part 1: Invitation to Mess About with Loose Parts

Part one of the summer recharge will focus on the many open-ended and creative properties of loose parts. As well, the benefits for both educators and children and how incorporating loose parts into our programs can support the four foundations as outlined within How Does Learning Happen? This session will support educators in reimagining the ways in which they incorporate loose parts into their daily program. Educators will have an opportunity to reflect upon the ways in which they can curate loose parts within their program while "Messing About" with loose parts of their own.

  • Thursday, July 22, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Part 2: Exploring and Connecting with Clay

Part two will support educators in considering how they can encourage and enhance children's creativity. Participants will use clay combined with natural and found loose parts in order to gain strategies for introducing the medium to children. Participants will be invited to collect loose parts, which can be transitioned into their programs with children. Through the experience, educators will discover more about sensory connections between clay and the natural world and reflect on how the use of clay can be woven into early learning programming both indoors and outdoors.

  • Thursday, August 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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!