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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. 

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

Chatham-Kent Early Years Professional Development has moved into a new registration system. Chatham-Kent Early Years Professional Development (CKEYPD) participants will be required to set up a new OneHSN account (using the OneHSN CKEYPD Portal button below) to register for upcoming workshops

We kindly ask that you create an account (see instructions below for support). Staff are available for additional support at 1-866-720-7975 or


Workplace Stress: From Burnout to Balance (presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association)

Virtual Workshop

  • Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This workshop explores what is meant by, and the differences between empathic strain and vicarious trauma and burnout experienced by helping professionals. Participants will review factors and characteristics (such as organizational culture, role clarity, ambiguity, overload and conflict etc.) that can contribute to and/or alleviate workplace stress and empathic strain. Participants will be provided with some practical strategies and resources to create personal safeguards in practice. 

Supporting Change Through Professional Friendship Part 2 (presented by Diane Kashin)

Virtual Workshop

  • Thursday, June 2, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

The journey of professional friendship continues! Come prepared to share the experiences that you had with your thinking partner/professional friend! This 1.5-hour interactive webinar will help you to continue to think deeply and reflect on practice as you look to growing your professional friendships from a basis of trust, respect, and support! 

Difficult Conversations (presented by Tina Szymczak)

Virtual Workshop

  • Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Tina has the empirical and anecdotal evidence to share with workers in the child care field to equip them to handle delicate situations with families and build strong center-family relationships. The presentation of Difficult Conversations includes:

  • types of communication
  • preparing for the conversation
  • steps for effective communication 
  • examples
  • tips to building strong parent-partner relationships


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!