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Chatham-Kent Heartwork

​Chatham-Kent Heartwork is pleased to offer free learning opportunities for early years professionals who work with and support the children and families in Chatham-Kent. 

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


Stepping Side By Side

A Professional Learning Pathway for Early Childhood Educators

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In Chatham-Kent, we know that Early Years professionals pride themselves on staying current with information on early childhood development. They strive to provide quality programming while holding the four foundations of HDLH at the core of their work with children and families.

Stepping Side By Side Chatham-Kent is a professional learning and mentoring opportunity. This initiative was created to use individually as well as in group settings to support reflection, collaboration and growth within the role of early childhood education. It is a modulated program intended for those:

  • stepping into the field of early childhood education
  • currently working in the field
  • rising leaders and leaders

Stepping Side by Side was created by ASCY for Early Learning Professionals to dig deeper into topics related to their scope of practice. Chatham-Kent is excited to partner with this initiative to support the mentorship and Professional Learning needs of our community.

Upcoming Events

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2024 Community of Practice: Seasons of the Educator 

Presented by Discovery Professional Learning

January 1 to December 31, 2024 (Virtual)

All educators in Chatham-Kent are invited to register for a free online virtual community of practice. You will have free and unlimited access to this space where we will think, reflect, and connect together with educators from all over Chatham-Kent. It is similar to a closed Facebook group where you can connect with others and share ideas all through your phone or computer. You can choose from two virtual communities: Educator or Leadership. This accessible space allows you to have 24/7 access to a community of companions at your fingertips. This offering is responding to the desire of building community, collaboration, and belonging in the sector.

What is a virtual Community of Practice?

It is a virtual space where a group of people can log on and share their interests, passions, and challenges. This space provides support and knowledge as the participants interact online.

By signing up for FREE today, you will get:

  • UNLIMITED learning
  • New relationships
  • To engage with others
  • Support
  • Access to free resources

When you sign up, your registration information will be shared with Discovery Professional Learning.

Understanding Chronic Stress, Burnout and Exploring Ways to Rest and Refuel

Presented by Canadian Mental Health Association

Tuesday, June 4 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm (In-Person Event)

Chronic stress and burnout are tackled in this workshop. Such factors and characteristics as organizational culture, role clarity, ambiguity, overload and conflict will be identified and examined – as well as their roles in contributing to or alleviating work stress – both organizationally and individually.

Key Learnings:

  • Identify the risk factors for burnout.
  • Recognize the impact and "wear & tear" on energy levels.
  • Explore evidence-informed strategies to rest and refuel.

Jenny-Lee Almeida is a trauma-informed mental health educator and mental health advocate with more than 17 years of professional experience and practice in community mental health, advocacy, and suicide intervention. She is currently employed as a bilingual mental health educator with Canadian Mental Health Association and as an affiliate SafeTALK Instructor, ASIST, Suicide to Hope trainer and mentor with Living Works and is a board member with Linck.

Building a Sensory Friendly Classroom

Presented by Tina Blemings
Tuesday, June 11 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm (In-Person Event)

This presentation will provide theories and insights about sensory processing and the challenges that a child experiences when differences in sensory processing impacts their participation in your classroom. You will walk away from this presentation with practical knowledge to evaluate a child's sensory processing needs, recognize your own sensory processing preferences, and build a sensory-friendly classroom.

Tina Blemings is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience supporting the development and well-being of preschool and school-age children. Whether it's designing sensory friendly environments, collaborating with educators, parents, and caregivers, or providing individualized support, Tina's goal is always to empower children to participate fully in their daily activities and achieve meaningful milestones.


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