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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 an OneHSN account (using the OneHSN CKEYPD Portal button below) to register for all upcoming workshops


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

Chatham-Kent Early Years Professional Development Workshops: 

Let's Talk: Challenging Behaviour (presented by Tina Szymczak and Tina Blemings)

(Virtual Workshop)

This presentation focuses on:

  • discussion around all behaviour being communication
  • best practices for supporting self-regulation
  • what impacts a child's presentation in a classroom
  • examples of challenging behaviours and opportunities to work through

Tina Szymczak is a speaker, writer, and advocate with an undergraduate degree is Psychology and certificates in Social Work (General & Child Abuse). She has worked in the field of children's mental health and development for 20 years.

Tina Blemings is an occupational therapist with special interest in sensory processing and self-regulation. Tina has been consulting with families and community professionals for over a decade. 

  • Thursday, February 9, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

3 Mindsets of Resilience (presented by Sara Westbrook)

(Virtual Workshop)

It's time to embrace a new mindset in order to connect, collaborate and communicate effectively. Throughout this presentation Sara Westbrook shares three mindsets of resilience to help you move through change and challenges as a team. Together you are stronger!

Sara Westbrook is a professional speaker, author, and Emotional Resilience Strategist. She has spent the last 16 years researching and presenting on the topic of emotions and the impact they have on choices, well-being and resilience in both adults and children.

  • Thursday, February 23, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Chatham-Kent Community Workshops: 

Métis 101 & MNO Early Learning and Child Care Programs and Services

(Virtual Workshop)

Session Objectives:

  • Build educators' awareness and knowledge of Métis history, culture and way of life
  • Information sharing about Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) services for Métis children and families.
  • Wednesday, February 22 (option 1: 10:00 - 11:00 am, option 2: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, option 3: 6:30 - 7:30 pm)


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!