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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. 

Chatham-Kent Early Years Professional Development (CKEYPD) OneHSN Training Portal 

Chatham-Kent Early Years Professional Development (CKEYPD) participants are required to set up a OneHSN account (using the OneHSN CKEYPD Portal button below) to register for all upcoming workshops


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

Creating a Culture of Reflective Thinking: The Role of Pedagogical Leadership in Early Childhood Programs (with Lorrie Baird and Anne Marie Coughlin)
(In-Person Workshop)

We are living in a rapidly changing world, where we are becoming more aware of the societal and environmental challenges that impact all of us. As people who live and work with the earth's youngest humans, we make decisions every day that have an extraordinary impact on children, ourselves and our communities.  As early childhood educators and leaders, how might we start to evolve our approach to early learning and take up the work of creating inclusive, vibrant learning communities in a way that is responsive to our times?  How do we focus our teaching practices around compassion, curiosity, imagination, experimentation, collaboration, innovation, and kindness?

Lorrie Baird has been actively working in the early learning field for 30 years. Her experience ranges from classroom educator, director, college faculty, curriculum consultant, and now as the Executive Director of Pedagogy with Compass Early Learning and Care in Peterborough, Ontario.

Anne Marie Coughlin is educational director at London Bridge child Care Services (Ontario, Canada). Over the past 35 years, she has held a variety of roles in the early learning sector and served as a provincial director with the Canadian Association for Young Children and as director at large for the Ontario Reggio Association.

Location: John D. Bradley Convention Centre (565 Richmond St., Chatham)

  • Friday, September 30, Saturday, October 1, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
*Lunch will be provided and each participant will receive a copy of Lorrie and Anne Marie's book.

 "Love Builds Brains" Book Study (with Dr. Jean Clinton)

(Virtual Workshop)

You'll never look at child development the same way again. This book by Jean Clinton lays out the early years' journey of attachment, self-regulation, connection, resilience and well being, and does so with scientific explanations measured out in understandable doses. The book is full of deeply researched wisdom, offered in a conversational style. It's like having coffee and a chat with Jean as you sit at her kitchen table.

Dr. Clinton is renowned nationally and internationally as an advocate for children's issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring that children's and youths' needs and voices are heard and respected.

  • Wednesday, November 9, Thursday, November 24, Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
*The first 50 people to register will receive a FREE copy of Dr. Jean Clinton's book.



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!