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.
November 19, 2019
  • Inclusion in Action: Embracing Inclusion in Today's World (Part One)

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    November 19, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    NSCECE, 6208 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A3, Canada

    Part One Tuesday Nov 19
    Part Two Tuesday Dec 3
    7 - 9 PM     $80


    An introduction to inclusion through a modern lens to accompany the Quality Matters process. We will explore how to identify and promote inclusion in your classroom with practical steps and smart goals. A guide to creating an inclusion bulletin board and tools for success are included in this workshop to support continuous quality improvement and bring inclusion into action.

    Presenter: Pam Archibald- Pam has been working in the childcare field for over 25 years in a variety of settings. She is a motivated and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educator with a passion for supporting families. She has extensive practice in the field and is an experienced leader and collaborative team player. She is a lifelong learner with a desire to inspire others while striving to contribute and advocate for children and families. She was self-employed for many years as a previous owner of a childcare center and is currently a director of a center in Bedford.

    Presenter: Sonia Hage-Cameron has a been working in the childcare field for over 20 years in a wide variety of capacities. After graduating with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Child and Youth Studies, specializing in Special Needs, she held a variety of positions including working at the IWK, NSCECE and HRSB. Her roles have included Developmental Coordinator, college instructor at NSCECE, Community Outreach Worker with HRSB and Child Mental Health Worker at the IWK. For the past several years, Sonia has been the owner/operator of childcare centres in Bedford and Wedgewood.

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  • NSCC Marconi ECDSC Capable, Confident & Curious - Leader Session 3 Module 6

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    November 19, 2019  5:30 pm - November 20, 2019  8:30 pm
    NSCC - Marconi Campus - 1240 Grand Lake Road - PO Box 1042 - Sydney, NS B1P 6J7 - Canada

    For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-marconi-ecdsc-capable-confident-curious-leader-session-3-module-6-tickets-75166014573

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November 22, 2019
  • Capable, Confident & Curious: NS Early Learning Curriculum Framework

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    November 22, 2019  8:30 am - November 23, 2019  4:00 pm
    Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus, 39 Acadia Ave, Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0, Canada

    Modules 5 & 6 (Leaders) Room C119

    Module 5:
    Observation for Decision-Making Purposes
    In our daily work, we observe children all the time – but how are we observing, and for what purpose? Knowing what to look for, and the possibilities for responding to what we see and hear, is a crucial part of inquiry-based curriculum, play-based practice, and the building of responsive and meaningful teaching and learning.
    In Module 5, educators and leaders will:
    • Learn about ‘ways of noticing’ that are useful and useable during our daily work, together with varied methods of taking notes and photos.
    • Think through what we are looking for, and how to use the information that we have collected.
    • Connect these approaches to the framework in natural and authentic ways, using our relationships with children as one of the cornerstones of our work.
    Additionally, leaders will learn how to support this type of observation, develop systems that work, and model the development of responsive programming.

    Module 6:
    Reflective Practice and How it Applies to Daily Practices with Children.
    In Module 6, participants will explore how reflective practice connects to the curriculum framework, how to use the Reflective Planning Cycle as a useful tool in our daily lives with children, as well as how to include families in this cycle.
    Educators and Leaders will:
    • Work through the Reflective Planning Cycle in order to understand its practicality as a tool for reflection in our everyday lives with children
    • Reach an understanding of the difference that Reflective Practice can make in the quality of our programmes.
    Additionally, leaders will learn how to develop and support this type of practice within their settings through modeling and scaffolding.

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November 23, 2019
  • NSCC Kingstec | ECDSC Capable, Confident & Curious - Staff Session 3

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    November 23, 2019  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus, 236 Belcher St, Kentville, NS B4N 0A6, Canada

    Observation for Decision-Making Purposes (Module 5)


    In our daily work, we observe children all the time – but how are we observing, and for what purpose? Knowing what to look for, and the possibilities for responding to what we see and hear, is a crucial part of inquiry-based curriculum, play-based practice, and the building of responsive and meaningful teaching and learning. 

    In Module 5, educators and leaders will:
    • Learn about ‘ways of noticing’ that are useful and usable during our daily work, together with varied methods of taking notes and photos.
    • Think through what we are looking for, and how to use the information that we have collected.
    • Connect these approaches to the framework in natural and authentic ways, using our relationships with children as one of the cornerstones of our work.

    Reflective Practice and How it Applies to Daily Practices with Children (Module 6)


    In Module 6, participants will explore how reflective practice connects to the curriculum framework, how to use the Reflective Planning Cycle as a useful tool in our daily lives with children, as well as how to include families in this cycle.

    Educators and Leaders will:
    • Work through the Reflective Planning Cycle in order to understand its practicality as a tool for reflection in our everyday lives with children
    • Reach an understanding of the difference that Reflective Practice can make in the quality of our programs.

    This module is being hosted by NSCC Kingstec Campus/ Early Childhood Development Support Centre
    Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more details.

    To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-kingstec-eypdc-capable-confident-curious-staff-session-3-tickets-69418870711

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  • NSCECE | EYCDC Capable, Confident & Curious Program Staff Session 3

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    November 23, 2019
    NSCECE, 6208 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A3, Canada

    9:00 to 4:00 PM; light lunch provided

    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 program 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.

    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.

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November 26, 2019
  • Sculpture -Yes! Cookie Cutters -No!

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    November 26, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    NSCECE, 6208 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A3, Canada

    Tuesday, Nov 26   7 - 9 PM    $50


    Have you ever shaped clay and felt its cool, smooth, moist texture take form? Have you casted your clay in plaster and then painted your creation? Older preschoolers and school age children love this multi-sensorial process and project! Join artist and educator Priya Andrade as she guides you into turning a boring lump of clay into a beautiful sculpture. No art experience necessary! You will leave with a finished product and knowledge of a process you can share with children.

    Presenter: Priya Andrade is a Goan-Canadian mother and artist who delights in children’s imaginations. She incorporates the Reggio pedagogy in her art classes and maintains her own art practice. You can follow her on [email protected]

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  • NSCC Marconi ECDSC Capable, Confident & Curious - Leader Session 3 Module 6

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    November 26, 2019 - November 27, 2019  

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November 29, 2019
  • Capable, Confident & Curious: Nova Scotia's Early Learning Curriculum Framework

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    November 29, 2019 - November 30, 2019  
    Quality Inn Halifax Airport, 60 Sky Blvd, Goffs, NS B2T 1K3, Canada

    Friday November 29 9:00-4:00
    Saturday November 30 9:00-4:00
    Lunch Provided
    Session 3 (leaders)

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