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.
October 16, 2018
  • Cancelled: Exploring Mindfulness in Early Years Settings (Part 2)

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    October 16, 2018  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    NSCECE, 6208 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A3, Canada

    Session Two: Mindfulness in The Classroom (Part 2)

    This workshop will delve into several mindfulness practices that we can do in daily life (walking, eating, listening). We will talk about introducing mindfulness to children first learning about benefits for children and benefits to having a mindful classroom and later discussing how to introduce practices to the children you work with. We will have a chance to go through some practices designed for children.

    Lisa Benson has been working in the field of early childhood education for over 15 years. She holds a MA in Child and Youth Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University. Lisa has worked with children and youth ages 1-15 in a variety of settings. She has developed her own mindfulness practice which has been life changing. She has taken online courses based on mindfulness facilitation and mindfulness in education.

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October 19, 2018
  • Capable, Confident, and Curious: Nova Scotia's Early Learning Curriculum Framework Leadership Module 1: Pedagogical Leadership

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    October 19, 2018  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Quality Inn Halifax Airport, 60 Sky Blvd, Goffs, NS B2T 1K3, Canada

    9 AM - 4 PM Lunch Provided

    ‘Pedagogical Leaders demonstrate credible knowledge of the teaching and learning process and draw on those principles to guide individuals and groups.’ (Coughlin and Woodburn, 2016)
    This module, designed for any type of leader in our field who is working in a regulated child care setting or Pre-primary Program, will focus on how pedagogical leadership supports educators in reflecting upon, and learning more about, their practices with children.

    We will address - through experiences and dialogue – the questions: What is an effective pedagogical leader? How do we work through growth and change in positive ways? How do we encourage innovative practices?

    This session is being hosted by Jane Norman College / Early Years Support Centre. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

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October 20, 2018
  • Capable, Confident, and Curious: Nova Scotia's Early Learning Curriculum Framework Leadership Module 2: Image of the Child

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    October 20, 2018  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Quality Inn Halifax Airport, 60 Sky Blvd, Goffs, NS B2T 1K3, Canada

    9 AM - 4 PM Lunch Provided

    ‘A person’s Image of the Child….is influenced by that person’s experiences, culture, values and beliefs’ (N.S Early Learning Curriculum Framework, p11).
    This statement about the Image of the Child from the curriculum framework is foundational for the practices described within the document. In this module, we will use reflection and dialogue to work through our own images of children and how these are made visible in our day to day interactions, routines, decision-making, and responses to children.

    We will address – through experiences and dialogue - the questions: What is your ‘Image of the Child’? Why does this image matter? How do our images and practices align with the Framework? What difference does it make to our daily practice? How does the Image of the Child affect the role of an educator or leader?

    This session is being hosted by Jane Norman College/Early Years Support Centre.
    Please contact [email protected] for more details.

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  • Diversity CPR - Cultural Pedagogy That is Responsive - Ron Muller

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    October 20, 2018  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Give breath and life to your framework by taking part in this interactive workshop that focuses on culturally and linguistically teaching. Learn the language and strategies required to become a more culturally proficient educator. By the end of this session, you will have more tools in your toolbox to help you transform your classroom to become more inclusive. You will also be given the language necessary to communicate with parents effectively regardless of an individual’s race, ethnicity, national origin, ability, gender, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation or personal circumstances.. This will be a safe space were participants are encouraged to reflect and engage in courageous conversations in order to advance equity for all. 6 PD hours.

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  • CANCELLED: Outdoor Play Practitioner Continuing Education Certificate (48 PD hours)

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    October 20, 2018  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    COMING THIS FALL …   A multipart, nature based, outdoor practitioner’s continuing education certificate  commencing September 2018  

    Saturdays:9am-4pm: September|October|November 2018|January|February |March|May  2019 

    The monthly session will happen on Saturdays at the MOUNT with additional online support to be provided via a learning portal. The format of this program will provide instruction in evidence based theory, along with outdoor practical, hands-on application.   Participants will investigate the benefits of child-led outdoor play based learning and the benefits of risk in play.   You will learn practical tips and approaches for facilitating meaningful outdoor experiences for children;  connecting the  principles of the curriculum framework to outdoor play philosophies ; observing and documenting learning in an outdoor classroom; how to create a natural play space in any location and reflective practices.  

    Facilitated by Bernadette Fegan, with guest facilitators each month!  


    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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October 23, 2018
  • Early Childhood Educator Professional Learning Community Study Group

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    October 23, 2018  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Facilitated by Christine McLean,  with other guest faculty and local experts 

    We invite you to join our new, monthly Early Childhood Educator Professional Learning Community Study Group. Child and Youth Study full time faculty, Christine McLean, is the Lead Facilitator for these sessions, with other local experts to be invited to host sessions in their areas of expertise.

    These monthly meetings will be a place of professional learning and sharing for early learning professionals to join together to explore, learn, discuss, reflect and support one another through a continuous professional learning process.  Participants will be encouraged to engage on a multitude of topics, share lessons learned, success from previous months session and plans for upcoming months topic and activities.  Topics would be pulled from a range of areas including participant requests, and/or current or upcoming trends in the sector.  An agenda, book chapter, or paper will be emailed out a week prior to each session for participants to prepare for the study group.  Topics will be posted prior to each month’s meeting.

    Participants can register for as many, or as few sessions as they like.  Fees include materials and light refreshments. 

    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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  • Capable, Confident, and Curious: Nova Scotia's Early Learning Curriculum Framework Pedagogical Leadership Module 1 (Part 1 of 2)

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    October 23, 2018  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    NSCC Marconi Campus, Grand Lake Road, NS B1M 1A6, Canada

    Pedagogical Leaders demonstrate credible knowledge of the teaching and learning process and draw on those principles to guide individuals and groups.’ (Coughlin and Woodburn, 2016)
    This module, designed for any type of leader in our field who is working in a regulated child care setting or Pre-primary Program, will focus on how pedagogical leadership supports educators in reflecting upon, and learning more about, their practices with children.

    We will address - through experiences and dialogue – the questions: What is an effective pedagogical leader? How do we work through growth and change in positive ways? How do we encourage innovative practices?

    This session is Part 1 of 2 being hosted by NSCC Marconi. Please contact [email protected] for further details.

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  • The Art of Cooking with Kids

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    October 23, 2018  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    NSCC Marconi Campus, Grand Lake Road, NS B1M 1A6, Canada

    This hands-on workshop is free of charge and includes a snack, workshop kit for each participant and a certificate of attendance (3 PD hours).

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  • Developing a Teaching Response to Challenging Behaviour (3-Part Series)

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    October 23, 2018  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    NSCECE, 6208 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A3, Canada

    (October 23) Session One: ABCs of Behaviour: What motivates someone to engage in a specific behaviour? How can we improve our observation skills to understand what, when, and why behaviour happens? This introductory workshop will focus on the basic principles of behaviour and participants will learn about the function of behaviour.

    (October 30) Session Two: Teaching an Alternative Behaviour: Now that we have identified the behaviour of concern and understand why it is happening and how often, we will discuss the importance of selecting, supporting, and prompting the child to complete a new alternative behaviour. We will talk about and practice fading our prompting gradually, so the child acquires the skill independently. This workshop will also discuss the importance of providing positive reinforcement for skill building.

    (November 6) Session Three: Putting it all Together: How do we incorporate these teaching moments into our classroom routine? How do we individualize a teaching program in a busy classroom? How do we track progress? These key areas of putting the pieces of positive behaviour change together will be discussed and practically applied in this workshop.

    Nicole Robinson, M. ABA has been happy to call Nova Scotia home since 2010. Originally from Ontario, Nicole moved to Nova Scotia to pursue a role as a Communicative Disorders Assistant. Her keen interest in working with young children with autism spectrum disorder led her to the position of Program Implementer with the IWK Early Intensive Behavior Intervention Program. Nicole recently completed a master’s Degree in applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism and currently provides behavioral support services as a Behavior Therapist through the business she co-founded, Reach Out Respite. Nicole is eager to share her knowledge and experience regarding teaching early learners

    Sorcha Parker, M.Sc., BCBA is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst providing evidence-based treatment services to clients with developmental delays, Down’s Syndrome & autism spectrum disorders. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Mary’s University and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The Institute for Psychological Sciences, in Arlington, VA. She completed her graduate training in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) through Pennsylvania State University. As a Certified Behaviour Analyst, Sorcha is a member of a regulated international body of practitioners adhering to strict standards of ethical and professional conduct and required to engage in ongoing continuing education to provide the most up to date, evidence-based treatment for clients.

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October 26, 2018
  • Capable, Confident & Curious: Nova Scotia Early Learning Curriculum Framework

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    October 26, 2018  9:00 am - October 27, 2018  4:00 pm
    Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus, 39 Acadia Ave, Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0, Canada

    Module 1: Pedagogical Leadership: NSCC Pictou Campus Rm C119 (Friday)-For Directors or Pedagogical Leaders
    ‘Pedagogical Leaders demonstrate credible knowledge of the teaching and learning process and draw on those principles to guide individuals and groups.’ (Coughlin and Woodburn, 2016)
    This module, designed for any type of leader in our field who is working in a regulated child care setting or Pre-primary Program, will focus on how pedagogical leadership supports educators in reflecting upon, and learning more about, their practices with children.
    We will address - through experiences and dialogue – the questions: What is an effective pedagogical leader? How do we work through growth and change in positive ways? How do we encourage innovative practices?

    Participants will:
     develop an understanding of the role of a pedagogical leader, how this role can be improved through reflection, and how this type of leadership can support the vision and goals of their setting.
     explore ideas around leading others through change and growth, while making connections to the framework, as they practice motivating, coaching, and mentoring skills.
     reflect upon what it means to be a leader in terms of curriculum decisions; how we develop programs that are play-based, intentional, and connected to the practices described in the framework.

    Module 2: The Image of the Child: NSCC Pictou Campus Rm C114 (Saturday)-For Directors or Pedagogical Leaders
    ‘A person’s Image of the Child….is influenced by that person’s experiences, culture, values and beliefs’ (N.S Early Learning Curriculum Framework, p11).
    This statement about the Image of the Child from the curriculum framework is foundational for the practices described within the document. In this module, we will use reflection and dialogue to work through our own images of children and how these are made visible in our day to day interactions, routines, decision-making, and responses to children.
    We will address – through experiences and dialogue - the questions: What is your ‘Image of the Child’? Why does this image matter? How do our images and practices align with the Framework? What difference does it make to our daily practice? How does the Image of the Child affect the role of an educator or leader?

    Participants will:
     articulate their Image of the Child, taking into account their own centre’s philosophies and values.
     understand how their own childhood experiences, family background, spiritual and cultural values, as well as experiences as an adult and educator, influence their images of children.
     improve awareness of what they see and understand in their approaches with children, and recognize how their images of children shape their ECE practices.

    9 AM - 4 PM Lunch Provided

    This session is being hosted by ECDSC. Please contact [email protected] for further details.

    https://www.eypdc.ca/learning/early-learning-curriculum-framework/program-staff-training-registration-form/

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October 27, 2018
  • Inclusion Strategies for Preschoolers with Autism (2 parts 12 PD hours)

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    October 27, 2018  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Facilitated by: Debbie Thompson & Katelyn Pronk

    This two day long workshop will provide information to early childhood educators on the updated diagnostic criteria of Autism Spectrum Disorders & describe the current process for receiving services in Nova Scotia.   Participants will spend most of the day working  through the process of identifying learning styles & developing behavioural & learning  strategies best matched to individual strengths & needs.  Presenters will provide examples of hands on teaching tools & materials & share suggestions with participants on how to customize materials based on children’s individual needs & interests.
    PLEASE NOTE: Participants should have  previous basic knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders & be comfortable working in groups sharing experiences & developing strategies.  

    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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  • Attachment Theory Into Practice: Using an Attachment-Focused Lens to Create A Nurturing and Responsive Growing Environment for Children Workshop Series

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    October 27, 2018  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus, 236 Belcher St, Kentville, NS B4N 0A6, Canada

    Workshop #2 of 3 Part Series

    This workshop will explore a practical application of attachment theory and how to integrate key principles into everyday care, group culture, policy, and maintaining a supportive care team (including strong relationship with parents). The Circle of Security Parenting Model © will provide participants with the attachment map through which we will delve into challenges facing education centers. Working from an attachment-focused lens will support educators’ efforts to establish a nurturing learning environment. This training will be offered in small group format to allow participants to discuss case examples and work through ways to apply new learning in daily life. The three part training will allow participants to build capacity around understanding behavior as emotional need, gain confidence in responding to that emotional need, reflect on special considerations for children who have experienced trauma and implications for inclusive practices.

    Register online: http://bit.ly/kingstecreg

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  • Capable, Confident, and Curious: Nova Scotia's Early Learning Curriculum Framework Leadership Module 1: Pedagogical Leadership

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    October 27, 2018
    NSCC Ivany Campus, 80 Mawiomi Pl, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5, Canada

    9 AM - 4 PM Lunch Provided

    ‘Pedagogical Leaders demonstrate credible knowledge of the teaching and learning process and draw on those principles to guide individuals and groups.’ (Coughlin and Woodburn, 2016)
    This module, designed for any type of leader in our field who is working in a regulated child care setting or Pre-primary Program, will focus on how pedagogical leadership supports educators in reflecting upon, and learning more about, their practices with children.

    We will address - through experiences and dialogue – the questions: What is an effective pedagogical leader? How do we work through growth and change in positive ways? How do we encourage innovative practices?

    This session is being hosted by NSCECE | EYCDC. Please contact [email protected] for further details.

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