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 26, 2021
  • Exploring Documentation pt 2

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    October 26, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    A deeper dive into some forms of pedagogical documentation with some practical ideas for getting started.

    Facilitator: Theresa MacLeod

    Fee: $50

    Deadline to register: October 26, 2021

    This workshop will be facilitated online through Microsoft Teams.
    Requirements:

    • Internet
    • PC (Desktop or laptop)
    • Access to email (we’ll send you a link to the session)
    • Headset

    Registered participants will receive detailed instructions and be invited to a practice session to test your technology prior to the first session.

    It is the participants’ responsibility to make sure their equipment, including headphones, will work with the session. As per our policy, refunds will not be issued less than two weeks before the workshop.    

    Payment options: 

    • Credit card or VISA Debit payment over the phone. (Staff from Kingstec Student Services will contact you.) 
    • Prepayment via eBill payment through your electronic banking. Student ID# required. Contact us to confirm your NSCC student ID. 
    • Cheque mailed to -- Student Accounts – NSCC, Kingstec Campus, 236 Belcher Street, Kentville, NS, B4N 0A6  
    • Not permitted: cash or walk-in payments. 

    Please contact  sara.graves@nscc.ca or justine.macdonald@nscc.ca  for more details.

    *please keep our workshop guidelines in mind*

    To Register: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=etmbxRtLq02JrKCrao5ENRtRNi3yiihOrGerNrmGqnpUODJaQzNCWENXOEpHR0pBUkZOQVExTDNTVi4u 

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  • Jane Norman College - Capable, Confident & Curious - Module 6 - 1 of 2

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    October 26, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    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.

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

    October 26th 6:30-8:30 & October 28th 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-6-tickets-167889127901

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October 28, 2021
  • Jane Norman College - Capable, Confident & Curious - Module 6 - 2 of 2

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    October 28, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    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.

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

    October 26th 6:30-8:30 & October 28th 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-6-tickets-167889127901

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October 30, 2021
  • MSVU Understanding Positive Child Guidance, Workshop Series session 4:Positive Intervention Strategies

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    October 30, 2021  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Date: Saturday October 30, 2021  Cost: $35 Total PD hours: 3 hours Location: ONLINE Presenter: Kathy Black

    Many early childhood educators in Nova Scotia continue to seek answers and support to effectively guide children’s behaviors. This workshop series will assist participants to understand their current challenges and explore new ideas and strategies to prevent future challenging behaviors in their programs. The workshop series will consist of lectures, videos, collaborative dialogue, and hands on learning opportunities. Sessions 1-4 will be held online, with session 5 on campus at MSVU, pandemic restrictions permitting. Otherwise it will also be held online. 


    Kathy is offering a free 2 hr. observation session throughout the series (M-F 9:30-2:30) for those who are interested. kathymaeblack@gmail.com

     You can register for any single sessions, or discount when registering for all of this series.
    *If you register for all sessions, 1-4, there is no cost to attend the final Saturday November 13, 2021 session.


    Materials for Session 5 will be supplied to participants. Participants MUST pick up these materials from MSVU before the 5th session if the session remains online. If this session is able to be held in person, materials will be supplied on site. 

    Session 4 Saturday October 30, 2021 Positive Intervention Strategies 9 am– 12 noon 
    Discuss how “mistaken goals” often meet emotional needs 
    How to effectively ignore, redirect, shape and prevent persistent behavior 
    Using ABC charts to identify the function of a behavior 

    Presenter Biography: Kathy Black graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Child Studies. Kathy worked several memorable years as an early childhood educator, supporting families and nurturing children 4 months – 12 years of age. While working at the MSVU Child Study Centre Kathy gained knowledge and confidence that lead her to the role of Early Childhood Development Officer (ECDO) with the Nova Scotia Provincial Government. Kathy continued along her ECE journey and is currently a faculty in the Early Childhood Education program at the Nova Scotia Community College. Kathy's purpose in life is to empower others to nurture and guide young children and families. 
     

    Location: ONLINE

    3 PD hours

    $35

     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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November 2, 2021
  • MSVU Learning Outdoors: Building Relationships with Nature, Workshop Series Session 2: Relationships with Nature

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    November 2, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Date: Tuesday November 2 & 9, 2021 7-9pm both evenings  Cost: $50 Total PD hours: 4 hours Location: ONLINE Presenters: Bernadette Fegan & Olha Khaperska  

    Description:   
    This reflective series of interrelated workshops will invite you to examine your personal concept of “nature” & 
    “learning outdoors”, reflect on benefits of outdoor play & discuss the changing play landscape in the modern times. We will expand our views by exploring the Mi’kmaw concepts of relating to the land & bringing together the Western & Indigenous knowledge about the natural world. Together, we will work on creating mission statements that cap-ture your commitment to supporting children’s relationships with the natural environment as well as a commitment to the environment itself. The final part of the workshop is focused on brainstorming ideas & how they can be implemented in our daily practice. We will create SMART goals that will support the planning & accountability for this process.  
    The sessions are designed to support educators through the entire process with enough time in-between to reflect & engage in further learning. However, you can choose to sign up for a few or just one session to deepen your knowledge on the topic of interest. All sessions will be held online via Zoom platform.  


     Presenter Biographies: Olha Khaperska is a learning environments consultant behind Beautiful Classrooms, a service that helps teaching teams implement positive changes in their classroom design, layout, & materials selec-tion. She has been working as an Early Childhood Educator since 2013 & she shares her passion for early learning with fellow educators through delivering workshops on learning environments as well as facilitating NS Early Learning Curriculum Framework sessions on behalf of EECD.  
    Olha has a degree in Management, an ECE diploma, & an Early Childhood Administrator Certificate. She is finish-ing her Master of Education degree, Studies in Lifelong Learning/Adult Education, at MSVU. She currently works in the Pre-Primary program & enjoys spending entire days outdoors with her amazing & curious students.
    Bernadette Fegan has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 25+ years & has become an advocate for nature-based learning in the last ten years after connecting with Claire Warden & visiting Auchlone Nature Kindergarten in her native Scotland. She currently works as a Mentoring Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters & enjoys her work as a facilitator for NS Early Learning Curriculum Framework. 
    Bernadette has a Master of Arts in Child & Youth Studies, an Early Childhood Administrators Certificate & a Level 3 certification. She has expended her knowledge & understanding of the benefits of nature-based play by attending conferences & workshops in Nova Scotia, Ontario & New Brunswick. In the past year she has volunteered at the South Shore Waldorf School accompanying the G1/2 children to the farm. 

    Location: ONLINE

    4 PD hours

    $50

     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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November 3, 2021
  • Article Club - "Aware is Halfway There"

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    November 3, 2021  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Online - Via Zoom (If interested contact Jane MacKenzie at jane.mackenzie@janenorman.ca

    Article Club  - "Aware if Halfway There" 

    We will on the following dates (Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Jan. 5, Feb. 2 & Mar. 2) 

    Come join us for article club.  We will be reading and discussing an assortment of articles on a variety of topics from sexism, to stereotyping, to racism, to white privilege, etc.  We all have biases that have formed, as a result of our various lived experiences.  Research shows us that children acquire biases very early on in life, in fact as young as toddlers.  By taking the time to look at our biases and to bring them into our awareness, we are less likely to pass them onto the children in our care. 

      

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  • The Extraordinary in the Lives of Infants and Toddlers!

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    November 3, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Date: Wednesday Nov 3 & Wed Nov 10 2021 7pm-9pm  Cost: $50 Total PD hours: 4 hours Location: ONLINE  Presenters: Liz Hicks & Dawn Gerin

    Description: In this presentation we will explore our beliefs about & our practice with infants & toddlers, using as a ref-erence the Nova Scotia Early Learning Curriculum Framework. Plus, delve into some inspiring theories to study & reflect on how our care, connection to & learning with these little humans will give them confidence for life.
    First part:;Brief discussion/exploration of participants image of & values for infants & toddlers. 
    We will connect theories & inspirational practices to our own practices 
    Our triggers, attitudes & dispositions – how do children & Families see us? 
    Reflect on where & how children play throughout the day – time spent in areas/with materials/care, etc. 
    Homework: Observe environment, send photos back to us to use in next workshop. 
    Reflect & get ready to share ideas in the second workshop. 
    Second part:; Re-visit the ‘homework’ – discussion, etc. 
    A deeper dive with materials, activities, etc. , Heuristic play, Songs/story telling, Activities – art, explorations, The out-doors, More ideas…  


    Presenter Biographies; Liz Hicks, elementary teacher from England, ECE diploma, 40 plus years in early childhood, in various capacities, & at present a private consultant working in early childhood education in NS, providing professional development in a variety of topics, consultations & pedagogical leadership. I believe in lifelong learning for all (especially myself!) & want to help people provide the best environments & experiences for ALL children that encourage awe, won-der, learning & excitement in discovery. 


    Dawn Gerin, an Early Childhood Educator from Winnipeg Manitoba, 30 plus years in Early Childhood, has experience with Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, & School Age children, has worked in Manitoba, Ontario, & Nova Scotia. For the past 12 plus years has worked in an Infant room. I am passionate about pedagogical leadership, Infant & Early Childhood mental health & the importance of quality care for all young children.  

    Location: ONLINE

    4 PD hours

    $50

     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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November 4, 2021
  • All Together Now! Inclusion Support Group (virtual community of practice)

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    November 4, 2021  9:00 am - 11:00 am

    All Together Now! Inclusion Support Group (virtual community of practice)

    Free (Online event)

    The All Together Now! Inclusion Support Group meets online the first Thursday of every month from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM. We share strategies, insights, and challenges as part of a learning community dedicated to improving our capacity to support the inclusion of children with disabilities and developmental delays in early childhood programs.

    The group is facilitated by Carrie Melsom, EYCDC Program Services Coordinator. All Together Now! members include administrators and inclusion resource/teachers in Early Childhood Programs, and anyone who is interested in supporting the inclusion process.

    Members gain:

    • Increased knowledge and awareness of inclusion 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 from 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:
    Thurs., Oct. 7th 9 am - 11 am
    Thurs., Nov. 4th 9 am - 11 am
    Thurs., Dec. 2nd 9 am - 11 am
    Thurs., Jan. 6th 9 am - 11 am
    Thurs., Feb. 3rd 9 am - 11 am
    Thurs., Mar. 3rd 9 am - 11 am
    Thurs., Apr. 7th 9 am - 11 am
    Thurs., May 5th 9 am - 11 am
    Thurs., Jun. 2nd 9 am - 11 am
    Thurs., Jul. 7th 9 am - 11 am

    Click here to register for Thurs. Oct. 7th date

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  • MSVU Supporting Communication and Learning in Early Childhood Settings Using Visual Supports

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    November 4, 2021  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Date: Thursday Nov 4 & Thursday Nov 18 2021 6:30pm-9pm  Cost: $65 Total PD hours: 5 hours Location: ONLINE  Presenters: Heather Bartholomew & Debbie Thompson  

    Description: This workshop will explore the value of using visuals within early childhood settings. We will consider who benefits from use of visual supports and the numerous opportunities for a wide variety of visual formats. The fa-cilitators will focus on the many ways these tools can support learning play skills, create smoother transition times, pro-mote positive behaviour and support peer interaction. We will discuss finding the most efficient and effective supports and other considerations such as teaching their meaning, age appropriateness and fading them out over time. 
    Three learning outcomes 
    1. Understand how visual supports can be used to support individuals and classroom-wide learning
    2. Learn variety of formats for visual supports, including many alternatives to printed, laminated visuals
    3. Learn support options for various routines throughout the day


     Presenter Biographies: Heather Bartholomew graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Child and Youth Study) and in the twenty plus years since then, has been working with preschoolers. She has worked as an Early Childhood Educator, one-to-one support staff and as a resource teacher. For five years, she served as Resource Teacher at the Mount’s Child Study Centre, supporting children with identified special needs and, in particular, delivering programming to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Heather has worked as a Program Implementer in Halifax’s Early Intenisive Behavioural Intervention program for the past sixteen years. She has developed and facilitated workshops on a variety of topics, most frequently relating to Inclusion. Heather is passionate about facilitating positive inclusion experiences and finding effective and efficient strategies to support individual and classroom-wide learning.


    Debbie Thompson is a graduate from Mount Saint Vincent University with the Degree in Child & Youth. Debbie started her journey in ECE at Wee Care Developmental centre working as a Developmental teacher in an integrated setting. It was there that she knew she wanted to focus her attention on working with children with special 
    needs. Debbie also developed the Resource position at Wee Care & was responsible for developing & implementing plans for children with special needs. Debbie now works at the IWK as a Program Implementer for the Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention program (EIBI) working with children with Autism. Through her job at the IWK she continues to work closely with preschool teachers consulting & providing feedback in various programs. Debbie also teaches regularly at Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education & Mount Saint Vincent University on various topics including challenging behaviour & Inclusion.     

    Location: ONLINE

    5 PD hours

    $65

     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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November 8, 2021
  • NSCC Cumberland-Capable, Confident & Curious-Module 4

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    November 8, 2021  6:30 pm - November 9, 2021  8:30 pm
    Online-via Zoom

    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.

    You must attend both evenings to receive a certificate.


    To register, click on the link https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-cumberland-capable-confident-curious-module-4-tickets-167067331887

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