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Early Years Professionals

​The Heartwork 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. 

Chatham-Kent Heartwork Professional Development OneHSN Training Portal 

Chatham-Kent Heartwork Professional Development participants are required to set up an OneHSN account (using the OneHSN Heartwork PD Portal button below) to register for all upcoming workshops

OneHSN Heartwork PD Portal

All of our Heartwork PD workshops are FREE and are intended for all professionals working with children in Chatham-Kent early years settings.

Chatham-Kent Heartwork Professional Development Workshops: 

Lisa Murphy on . . . . PLAY! (presented by Lisa Murphy)

(Virtual Event)

This is the workshop version of the content contained in Lisa Murphy's book "on… PLAY". In this session Lisa will identify the seven things we need to do with children each day that makes up the foundation that supports the house of higher learning. You do not need to be an architect to know that if you build where there is no foundation, the house will come crashing down! By making time to create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read and play we are getting children ready for life!

*Registration Required

  • Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Book Tasting Party: Early Literacy Workshop (presented by Carrie Myers)

(In-Person Event)

Treat yourself to this fresh and delicious Book Tasting Party! Reserve your spot at the table and sample an all-new menu of BOOKS! You'll be sure to go home with a take-out bag stuffed full of fun ideas!

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

*Registration Required 

Please Note: this workshop is for those who did not attend the previous session on November 29, 2022. Anyone who registers and has attended the previous session will be waitlisted.

Location: Linck (495 Grand Ave. W., Chatham)

  • Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Empathetic Strain, Secondary Traumatic Stress & Burnout: Strategies for you and your workplace (presented by CMHA)

(In-Person Event)

In this bite sized 60 minute session, participants will learn about the risks associated with chronic stress and burnout and learn strategies to reduce the impact of secondary traumatic stress (STS) and support wellness in staff. Participants will leave the session with new strategies for wellness and connection with colleagues. Enjoy some snacks, engage in a breathing exercise and join a one-minute dance party.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

*Registration Required

Location: Chatham-Kent Health and Family Services (435 Grand Ave. W., Chatham, Room 301 A/B)

  • Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

 Discovery Professional Learning 2023 (presented by Karen Eilersen RECE, Jessica Holder RECE)

These professional development and mentorship opportunities have been created for Early Years administrators, Early Learning professionals, ECE students and EarlyON staff.  These opportunities will focus on building relationships, co-learning, and professional growth, connecting us to the four foundations of well-being, belonging, engagement, and expression. 

Discovery Professional Learning Website

*Please Note: Your registration information for these events will be shared with Discovery Professional Learning.

Discovery Professional Learning Virtual Communities of Practice: Seasons of the Educator

(Virtual Event)

Join this online community of educators from across Ontario (similar to a closed Facebook group).

  • receive weekly resources, tools and ideas
  • develop relationships while engaging with others
  • give and receive support
Names will be added to the group the 15th of each month from March to November.
*Registration Required

Discovery Professional Learning How Does Learning Happen 101 Series

(Virtual Event)

If you are new to the field of early learning and want to understand the foundations of the pedagogical framework and how it can give meaning and belonging in your day-to-day practice, this is for you!

  • Why is this document valuable?
  • How can we achieve the goals outlined?
  • What are some practical ideas about what to do in practice
Virtual Community Gathering:
  • Thursday, June 1, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
*Registration required (limited spaces available)

Discovery Professional Learning Leadership Series

(Virtual Event)

This is intended to support leaders and aspiring leaders who are looking to gain new strategies to support the balance of pedagogy and compliance and find ways to insert values, passion and transformation. Through this, leaders and aspiring leaders will create a community of people who are committed to supporting the mission of a sustained and supported early learning workforce. 

  • leading from values and intention
  • cultivating culture
  • understanding accountability and compliance
  • pedagogical leadership
Module Release:
  • Pedagogical Leadership: Monday, June 26
Virtual Community Gathering:

  • Understanding Accountability and Compliance: Thursday, June 8, 22, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Pedagogical Leadership: Tuesday, September 19, October 3, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
*Registration required (limited spaces available)


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 are welcome!