Welcome to the EYPDC

The Early Years Professional Development Committee consists of representatives of provincially funded Training Institutions and Support Sites. Committee members share their insights, needs assessment observations and professional development plans in order to coordinate, communicate and deliver quality professional development for all early childhood educators and other early years professionals in Nova Scotia.

Upcoming Workshops

Information about professional development workshops is shared by participating Early Years Professional Development Committee members. All registrations are processed by the individual sites. Please contact hosting site directly to register for your session.
April 2, 2020
  • The Amazing World of Reggio Emilia Workshop Series

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    April 2, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    NSCC - Pictou Campus, 39 Acadia Ave, Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0, Canada

    Description:Workshop #7 (of an 8 part series)
    This workshop will look at curriculum planning.Participants will be introduced to invitations, provocations, zones of investigation and common projects. They will be challenged to re-think their own curriculum planning keeping in mind that children are fully capable of directing their own learning and that teachers serve children best when acting in a facilitator capacity.

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April 3, 2020
April 4, 2020
  • Inspiring Spaces & Environments bus tour  (6 PD hours)

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    April 4, 2020  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Presenter: Liz Hicks

    This full-day workshop (lunch included) will introduce the participants to principles of inspiring spaces & a chance to talk with Centre Staff about their values in the classrooms & listen to a presentation from Staff that will feature their thought processes about their environments as well as explain & talk about their passions for their practice. Discussions & ideas on ways in which environments could inspire children, parents & the community will occur before the tour & during the tour. 

    Mawio’mi Child Care Centre, 80 Mawiomi Place, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5 https://www.nscece.ca/lab-schools/mawio%E2%80%99mi-child-care-center/ for 47 children for 4 months to 5 years of age. “Mawio’mi Child Care Centre is a non-profit childcare centre located at the Dartmouth Ivany Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.   We are a demonstration site for students who are enrolled at the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education & provide priority placement for students & staff of NSCC. We believe in providing families with high quality child care for their children & in doing so, we support children in their growth & development.”

    Halifax Grammar School, Jnr Primary Programs, 945 Tower Road, Halifax, NS  B3H 2Y2 - https://www.hgs.ns.ca/academics/prep-school The centre is licensed for 40 from age 3 years – 5 years.

    “… follows the Emergent Curriculum model, with a team approach to teaching & learning…The nurturing academic development begins with our Junior Primary teachers. Students are encouraged to ask questions & to explore newly discovered ideas. In a warm, supportive Prep School environment, the children receive the individual attention they need to journey confidently through the Prep School.”

    Willow Creek Children’s Centre, 1702 Sackville Dr, Middle Sackville, NS B4E 3A9 - http://www.willowcreekcc.ca/ This Centre is licensed for 96 children  serves children from 5 months to 12 years of age. “Willow Creek Children’s Centre recognizes the importance of working together with our families, our staff & the community of Middle Sackville to provide quality care to our children. Resources are drawn from existing relationships as well as those newly forged. We are bigger than our four walls & work to make our centre a place where community members are welcomed, & experiences are shared.”

     

    We go in all weathers & so you do not miss the outdoor spaces please be prepared for rain, etc.

    (participants will be provided with a box lunch, & will be bussed to the centres, departing & returning to MSVU)   

    Objectives:

    ·  Increased understanding of what makes an environment inspiring   

    · Demonstrated how intentional design of environments are important to children’s development

    · Provide strategies to take & apply these  ideas to your own environment    

     

    $85
    Location:  Evaristus Hall room 304
    6 PD hours

    $85

    Registration for our MSVU workshops, along our PD brochure with full workshops details, descriptions and presenter bios is found online    www.msvu.ca/earlychildhoodworkshops          

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April 7, 2020
  • Working with Parents : (2.5 PD hours)

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    April 7, 2020  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Presenter:  Amy Sullivan


    Do you find some parents challenging at times? Are you unsure how to assist parents experiencing challenges? This 2.5 hour workshop provide participants with an opportunity to explore various parenting styles; Jelly fish or Brick Wall, and the potential impact this has on children. Based on this information it will give you a greater understanding of the importance of our role as the educator. We will work through some typical scenarios to find solutions with the new knowledge we have gained. There are three main objectives to this workshop; to increase our awareness of various parenting styles, to reflect on our role as the educator and to apply this knowledge in our practice. 

    Presenter Biography: Born & raised in Atlantic Canada, Amy Sullivan thrives in the Maritime environment. With her two teenagers, she lives happily on the shore of St Margaret’s Bay, enjoying hiking local trails & exploring other Nova Scotian locales.

      After 15 years in early childhood education, in 2016 Amy successfully completed a program qualifying her as a Registered Professional Counsellor. Since then, she received instruction & training in Critical Incident Stress Managements with Paul Mackenzie & Vision Therapy training with Dr. Angela Dobson working with patients diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury. Currently, Amy is the Co-Director at a local Early Learning Center in Tantallon. Amy has also worked assisting women recently released from institutions, individuals with psychiatric diagnoses living in group home settings & with individuals living in low income accommodations.  Through her private practice, Life Counselling Services, Amy provides individually tailored multidimensional support for her clients. For a wider audience, Amy developed & facilitates workshops in Early Childhood Education, & in the broader topics, Compassion Fatigue, Stress Reduction Techniques & Caregivers’ Series; support for caregivers.

     


     Location: 

    Evaristus Hall Room 304  2.5 PD hours

    $30

    Registration for our MSVU workshops, along our PD brochure with full workshops details, descriptions and presenter bios is found online    www.msvu.ca/earlychildhoodworkshops    

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  • The Amazing World of Reggio Emilia Workshop Series

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    April 7, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    H&R Military Family Resource Centre, Windsor Park Location, 6393 Homefire Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Description:Workshop #7 (of an 8 part series)
    This workshop will look at curriculum planning.Participants will be introduced to invitations, provocations, zones of investigation and common projects. They will be challenged to re-think their own curriculum planning keeping in mind that children are fully capable of directing their own learning and that teachers serve children best when acting in a facilitator capacity.

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  • Cooking with young children

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    April 7, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    NSCECE, 6208 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A3, Canada

    April 7 (7 to 9 PM)
    $40

    Cooking with youngchildren

    Makingand sharing of food has the power of bringing people together. In our busy dailylives when families often eat “on the go”, we have a chance to bring thecomfort of home-made meals and delicious smells into our classrooms. We willdiscuss healthy eating habits, nutrition benefits, and classroom-proof recipes thatcan be easily incorporated in your daily routines. The best part? You willnever have a shortage of helpers!

    OlhaKhaperska is a learningenvironments consultant behind Beautiful Classrooms, a service that helps teachingteams implement positive changes in their classroom design and layout. She hasbeen working as an Early Childhood Educator since 2013 and recently she enjoysdelivering workshops on learning environments and curriculum as well asfacilitating NS Learning Framework sessions. 

    Olhahas a degree in Management, an ECE diploma, and an Early ChildhoodAdministrator Certificate. She currently works as a Lead ECE in the Pre-Primaryprogram, where she shares her love for making things with an amazing group of4-year-old children.

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  • NSCC Marconi Campus - Capable, Confident & Curious Leaders Module 5

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    April 7, 2020  5:30 pm - April 8, 2020  8:30 pm
    NSCC - Marconi Campus - 1240 Grand Lake Road - Sydney, NS B1P 6J7 - Canada

    Please note that this is a four- part series and you must attend all sessions in the Module to get your certification.  Dates are as follows: April 7th , 8th, 15th, 16th

    For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-marconi-campus-program-leaders-module-5-tickets-93134181845

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April 8, 2020
  • Winter is a Magical Time for Children's Outdoor Play-Second Session

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    April 8, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    Children’s outdoor play in the winter is magical.The more they run, jump, slide, climb and experiment with rain, snow, ice and frost, the more opportunities they have to embrace the beauty of the season.  Outdoor play in the winter inspires children to become explorers and discover many things such as animal tracks, what makes crunching sounds, and how snowflakes and snow feel on mittens and tongues.  This session will provide practical ideas for making outdoor play magical in the winter and highlights how math, science, language, physical literacy, and dramatic play is inherent in winter play.

     Facilitator Biography: Dr. Beverlie Dietze has been researching aspects of children's outdoor play for more than 20 years. She has published three textbooks related to children's play and learning and is currently a lead researcher and facilitator on outdoor play funded through the Lawson Foundation. Beverlie has been involved in a number of outdoor play projects and presentations in Nova Scotia.

     April 8, 2020     Online              Cost: $23.00 (tax included)              2  PD hours

    Preregistration required-submit ECDSC registration form (attached) along with payment by April 1st.

    Required: computer, internet, access to email (we will send you the link), headset with microphone as you are required to participate, Skype for Business (as this is the method we use to deliver the workshop). Log-in before the session to make sure there are no issues.                   

    It is the participants’ responsibility to make sure their equipment, including headphones, will work with the session.

    WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FILLED OUT ON YOUR  REGISTRATION FORM SO THAT WE CAN SEND YOU THE LINK. 

    Limited space, register early! We can only accept 30 individuals into these online workshops.  

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