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.
December 8, 2021
  • NSCC Burridge - Capable, Confident & Curious: Module 4 (2 of 2)

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    December 8, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Module 4: The Learning Environment and how it Supports Children’s Thinking, Ideas, and Engagement

    This module will examine not only the physical environment (i.e. materials, furniture and space) but also the ‘non-visible’ aspects of the spaces where we work with children. How does an environment help to build relationships? Include all children and their interests and diversities? Encourage innovative thinking, for both children and adults? How does it make our philosophies visible?

    Educators will consider all these questions with the goal of adjusting both indoor and outdoor environments in response to children, providing invitations that scaffold their thinking and learning, considering the role of beauty in our environments, and developing inquiries with children where the environment plays the important role of ‘third teacher,’ along with their families and their communities.

    Leaders will consider the same topics, while also considering ‘whole centre’ aspects of the environment, how to include families and community, and how to develop an environment that supports a culture of reflection and innovation for their staff.

    **this is a 2 evening online session, you must attend both in order to receive a certificate**

    December 1 6:30-8:30 & December 8 6:30-8:30*

    Please contact  ann.muise@nscc.ca or melissa.vail@nscc.ca for more details.

    To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-burridge-capable-confident-curious-module-4-tickets-168603143541

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December 9, 2021
  • Jane Norman College - Capable, Confident & Curious - Module 8 - 2 of 2

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    December 9, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Module 8: Relationships with Families and Community

    Children come to us from diverse families and communities, and we want them to feel welcomed, comfortable, and understood. How can we welcome and collaborate with all families so that everyone is included in our settings? What does it mean to develop authentic relationships? Do parents have a place in decision-making within our settings? How do we build relationships and collaborations with our cities and towns and how does this benefit all of us?

    In this module, we will hear from educators who have developed, through varied approaches, strong and respectful relationships with families and communities.

    Participants will:

    Examine the idea of ‘relationship building’ and what this looks like in practice

    Share ‘what has worked’ in terms of authentic collaborations

    Understand the journey of building relationships over time, and the benefits of taking the time to do this: The development of trust, understanding of each others’ viewpoints, collaboration in terms of programme development.

    Consider the ‘Image of the Parent’ and its impact.

    *this is a 2 evening online session, you must attend both in order to receive a certificate*

    December 7 6:30-8:30 & December 9 6:30-8:30

    This module is being hosted by Jane Norman College / Early Years Support Centre. 

    Please contact jane.mackenzie@janenorman.ca for more details.

    To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jane-norman-college-capable-confident-curious-module-8-tickets-167890201111

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December 13, 2021
  • Jane Norman College - Capable, Confident & Curious - Module 8 - Extra Hour

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    December 13, 2021  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Module 8: Relationships with Families and Community Extra Hour for Leaders

    During this session you will discuss the transcript and PowerPoint that will be sent to you in your confirmation email.

    *Please note this is an additional one hour evening session for Leaders only- you must have attended the full 4 hour module 8 to register.  *

    This module is being hosted by Jane Norman College / Early Years Support Centre. 

    Please contact jane.mackenzie@janenorman.ca for more details.

    To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jane-norman-capable-confident-curious-module-8-extra-hour-for-leaders-tickets-167890953361

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December 14, 2021
  • The Leading Edge (virtual community of practice)

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    December 14, 2021  9:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Leading Edge (virtual community of practice)

    Free (Online event)

    This new professional learning community is designed for early childhood program leaders interested in developing skills and deepening their understanding by investigating practice using the Whole Leadership Framework developed by the McCormick Centre.

    Member learning and inquiry will focus on following questions arising in their own workplaces to explore Leadership Essentials and their roles as pedagogical and administrative leaders. The group meets virtually on the second Tuesday of the month.

    A focus on Capable, Confident and Curious: Nova Scotia's Early Learning Curriculum Framework and Quality Matters will help members bring those tools to life within their programs. Other topics for exploration could include employment standards, cultural competence in the work-place, shared services, and family engagement.

    The group is facilitated by Carrie Melsom, EYCDC Program Services Coordinator. Members include Directors and others at any level of program-wide leadership. There is no charge to participate.

    Members gain:

    • Increased knowledge and awareness of leadership issues
    • increased awareness of personal leadership strengths and areas for growth
    • Increased personal awareness of one's own values, beliefs, perspectives, motives, and interpersonal needs
    • Practical tools, supports and links to shared resources
    • A network of supportive colleagues

    A community of practice is a special kind of professional development where the questions that are explored come from the participants and their own work experiences. Sessions are highly interactive and focused on supporting each other in our best thinking. Topics will ebb and flow over the 10 sessions and we will likely re-visit some topics many times digging a little more deeply each time. If this sounds like something you are interested in please join us.

    Multiple dates, including:
    Tues., Oct. 12th 9am - 11 am

    Tues., Nov. 9th 9am - 11 am

    Tues., Dec. 14th 9am - 11 am

    Tues., Jan. 11th 9am - 11 am

    Tues., Feb. 8th 9am - 11 am

    Tues., Mar. 8th 9am - 11 am

    Tues., Apr. 12th 9am - 11 am

    Tues., May. 10th 9am - 11 am

    Tues., Jun. 14th 9am - 11 am

    Tues., Jul. 12th 9am - 11 am

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  • NSCC Kingstec - Capable, Confident & Curious - Module 3 - 1 of 2

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    December 14, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Module 3: Exploring our Early Years Practices and Connecting them to Capable, Confident and Curious: Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework.

    Early years practices vary widely across our province, and yet we all have something in common: A desire to provide the best programme possible for all our children. What does the Framework say about putting our good intentions into practice? What does this look like in our everyday work?

    In this module, educators will examine six aspects of the Framework: Responsiveness to Children, Intentional Teaching, Relationships with people, materials and the world, Connecting our Image of the Child to what we do, Play as a way of Learning, and the Role of Families, Community and Culture. These aspects can be tied in concrete ways to our everyday work with children, and we will use activities and dialogue – including the Reflective Planning Cycle - to assist with making these topics come to life.

    Leaders will also engage with these topics, but in addition will have the opportunity to consider how to support such practices in the workplace, how to bring families into decision-making processes, the development of communities of practice as a support system, and the role of pedagogical leadership as our classroom practices begin to shift and adjust.

    **this is a 2 evening online session, you must attend both in order to receive a certificate**

    December 14 6:30-8:30 & December 16 18 6:30-8:30*

    Please contact  sara.graves@nscc.ca for more details.

    To register:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-kingstec-capable-confident-curious-module-3-tickets-167751496241

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December 16, 2021
  • NSCC Kingstec - Capable, Confident & Curious - Module 3 - 2 of 2

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    December 16, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Module 3: Exploring our Early Years Practices and Connecting them to Capable, Confident and Curious: Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework.

    Early years practices vary widely across our province, and yet we all have something in common: A desire to provide the best programme possible for all our children. What does the Framework say about putting our good intentions into practice? What does this look like in our everyday work?

    In this module, educators will examine six aspects of the Framework: Responsiveness to Children, Intentional Teaching, Relationships with people, materials and the world, Connecting our Image of the Child to what we do, Play as a way of Learning, and the Role of Families, Community and Culture. These aspects can be tied in concrete ways to our everyday work with children, and we will use activities and dialogue – including the Reflective Planning Cycle - to assist with making these topics come to life.

    Leaders will also engage with these topics, but in addition will have the opportunity to consider how to support such practices in the workplace, how to bring families into decision-making processes, the development of communities of practice as a support system, and the role of pedagogical leadership as our classroom practices begin to shift and adjust.

    **this is a 2 evening online session, you must attend both in order to receive a certificate**

    December 14 6:30-8:30 & December 16 18 6:30-8:30*

    Please contact  sara.graves@nscc.ca for more details.

    To register:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-kingstec-capable-confident-curious-module-3-tickets-167751496241

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