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.
May 5, 2020
  • The Amazing World of Reggio Emilia Workshop Series

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    May 5, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    H&R Military Family Resource Centre, Windsor Park Location, 6393 Homefire Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Workshop #8 (of an 8 part series)
    This workshop will further clarify invitations, provocations, zones of investigation and common projects. Participants will explore how to make learning visible through documentation. They will have an opportunity to peruse and discuss various documentation samples. Lastly we will look at how professional development is approached in the centers in Reggio Emilia.

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  • Everyday Math: Exploring Math Concepts with Young Children

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    May 5, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    NSCECE, 6208 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A3, Canada

    May 5 (7 to 9 PM)
    $40

    Picture books, mathmanipulatives, and the tasks of daily life are all great jumping-off points forexploring mathematical language and skills in early childhood. Children arenaturally drawn to activities such as sorting and classifying materials,measuring, counting and using mathematical skills to solve problems such as whohas more. In this session, participants will explore books, manipulatives, and mathconcepts and consider how to become more responsive and intentional aboutextending mathematical learning in the preschool classroom.  

    Carrie Melsom loves thenatural curiosity and sense of confident problem solving that children bring totheir early math experiences. She believes that naming these early experiences andpromoting mathematical thinking and language in early childhood will helpchildren feel positive about their math abilities when they encounter more formalmath operations in school.  

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May 6, 2020
May 7, 2020
  • The Amazing World of Reggio Emilia Workshop Series

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    May 7, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    NSCC - Pictou Campus, 39 Acadia Ave, Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0, Canada

    Workshop #8 (of an 8 part series)
    This workshop will further clarify invitations, provocations, zones of investigation and common projects. Participants will explore how to make learning visible through documentation. They will have an opportunity to peruse and discuss various documentation samples. Lastly we will look at how professional development is approached in the centers in Reggio Emilia.

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  • NSCC Marconi Campus - Capable, Confident & Curious Leaders - Module 6 - 2 of 4

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    May 7, 2020  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This 4 part session will explore how Reflective Practice and How it Applies to Daily Practices with Children

    For details, link here:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-marconi-campus-program-leaders-module-6-tickets-93142215875

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May 9, 2020
  • The Impact and Long Term Effects of Bullying In Early Childhood (6 PD hours)

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

    Presenter:   Colin Morrison & Karen Carey

    DescriptionThe Impact & Long Term Effects of Bullying in Early Childhood Description: Research confirms bullying is not a new phenomenon, that it’s been happening for a long has humans have misused their power to intimidate, abuse & hurt those who are weaker. Bullying can affect everyone, including those who are bullied, those who bully, & those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, & suicide.  The goal of our presentation is to explore & educated attendees on: How Bullying Has Changed over Time, The types of Bullying, How Kids Signal Distress, The Long-Lasting Scars of Bullying; Ways Educators Can Help Youth manage Bullies as well as Intervention & Prevention(s).  Objectives: To understand the extent, seriousness, & dynamics of bullying, To provide skills to enable educators to recognize & respond effectively to early bullying behavior, To provide skills to actively intervene, prevent & stop bullying

    Presenter Biography:

    Presenter Biographies:  Colin Morrison has over 20 years’ experience working with children,  youth & families in the mental health field. Colin has served primarily as youth care worker & case coordinator for families & children in the Child & Family Day Treatment Program at the IWK. He has extensive experience in developing & implementing skill groups with children, particularly in the area of emotional regulation, & providing supportive counselling to families. Colin is currently completing a Master of Social Worker degree at Dalhousie University, & is working on a thesis related to male childhood sexual abuse, & the impacts of "toxic masculinity" on mens' help seeking behaviours. He has a keen interest in trauma focused therapy, attachment theory, mens' health, & issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community.  Karen Carey has over 15 years’ experience working with children, youth & families as a social worker, youth care worker, case coordinator, in home support worker & direct care practitioner. Through evidence based & best practice methods, Karen is a strong advocate for the children, youth & families. Although Karen has strong roots in attachment theory, systems theory, positive parenting, trauma & resilience; her personal philosophy is to promote mental, physical & emotional health/wellbeing though a solution focused & social learning model.

    Together Colin & Karen have seen positive & long lasting benefits for children AND families when they are provided education, strategies, guidance, empathy & support. They see effective communication & open collaboration as the key ingredients in supporting positive futures for the children & families under their care.

    Location: Evaristus Hall room  401

    6 PD hours

    $75

     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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  • Inspiring Spaces & Environments bus tour  (6 PD hours)

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    May 9, 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    

     

    Location:  Evaristus Hall room 304
    6 PD hours

    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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  • NSCC Burridge Capable, Confident & Curious Educators Modules 3&4

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May 13, 2020

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