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 28, 2022
  • CAPENÉ (French) -Capable, confiant et curieux- Module 8

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    May 28, 2022  9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Module 8: Relations avec les familles et la communauté

    Les enfants nous viennent de familles et de communautés diverses et nous voulons qu'ils se sentent accueillis, à l'aise et compris. Comment accueillir toutes les familles et collaborer avec elles pour que chacun soit inclus dans nos milieux? Que signifie développer des relations authentiques? Les parents ont-ils une place dans la prise de décision au sein de nos milieux? Comment établissons-nous des relations et des collaborations avec nos villes et nos villages et comment cela nous profite-t-il tous?

    Dans ce module, nous prendrons connaissance des récits d’éducateurs qui ont développé, grâce à des approches variées, des relations solides et respectueuses avec les familles et les communautés.

    Les participants pourront:

    • Examiner l’idée d’ « établir des relations » et à quoi cela ressemble dans la pratique• Partager « ce qui a fonctionné » en termes de collaborations authentiques

    • Comprendre le cheminement relatif à l’établissement de relations au fil du temps et les avantages de prendre le temps de le faire: le développement de la confiance, la compréhension des points de vue de chacun, la collaboration en termes de développement de programme.

    • Prendre en compte « l’image du parent » et ses répercussions.

    *Cette session en ligne de 4 heures sera offerte le samedi 28 mai 2022 de 9h à 13h

    Pour toutes questions ou inscription, communiquez avec Nathalie George : nathalieg@capene.ca

    Inscription sur Eventbrite:

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/capene-french-capable-confiant-et-curieux-module-8-tickets-225253919537

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  • NSCECE Trauma Informed Care - Adapted for Early Childhood Educators

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    May 28, 2022  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    NSCECE, 6208 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A3, Canada

    Sat, 28 May 2022

    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM ADT


    $63.25
     

     
    Learn about intergenerational and cultural trauma for families and discuss strategies for providing support as early childhood educators.

    Join Emily Martinello and SJ Jones for this interactive workshop offers information about the categories of trauma with a focus on intergenerational and cultural trauma, effects of trauma on children and families, attachment theory, microaggressions, and our role as Early Childhood Educators as supports. Together, participants will map out the far reaching effects of trauma in family units to help us better understand our own biases. Participants will understand how intergenerational trauma can impact parenting and discuss the role of Early Childhood Educators in supporting children and families who have experienced trauma.

     

    REGISTRATION LINK 

     https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/trauma-informed-care-adapted-for-early-childhood-educators-tickets-329651194597

                  

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May 30, 2022
  • NSCC Marconi: Capable, Confident, Curious: Module 5

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    May 30, 2022  5:30 pm - June 1, 2022  7:30 pm

    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.

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

    November 29 5:30-7:30 & November 30 5:30-7:30*

    Please contact kathy.milburn@nscc.ca for more details.

    To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-marconi-capable-confident-curious-module-5-tickets-319006716677

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May 31, 2022
  • NSCECE Mindfulness in Early Years: Practices for Educators & Children

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    May 31, 2022  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

     Mindfulness in Early Years: Practices for
    Educators & Children

    Part 1: Tue, May 17, 7-9pm
    Part 2: Tue, May 31, 7-9pm
    Total PD hours: 4 hours
    Location: Interactive Online Zoom Sessions

    Facilitator: Lisa Harrietha-Benson

    The goal of the workshop is to help reduce educator stress and create calmer environments, to introduce
    children to coping techniques and self-care routines at an early age and to promote well-being in teachers and
    students.

    “The premise of mindful education is that all human beings are born with the seeds of the most beneficial
    universal qualities, such as compassion, creativity, integrity, and wisdom. From this perspective the ideal
    education is to teach in such a way that fosters these beautiful latent qualities.

    - Daniel Rechtschaffen – Author of The Way of Mindful Education and founder of the Mindful Education Institute Learning Objectives:

    1. To learn more about mindfulness practices.
    2. To become present and aware in our daily lives and when teaching others while developing mindful
    practices to apply in our lives and to share with the children we work with.
    3. To become familiar with various types of meditation practices (Focusing on breath, mindful walking,
    mindful eating, gratitude practice, loving kindness, mindful based stress reduction).
    4. To learn how to introduce mindfulness to children and youth and discuss simple practices to use in the
    classroom to create a more mindful environment.

    Facilitator’s Bio:

    Lisa has been working with children and youth for over fifteen years. She holds a Bachelor as well as a Master’s
    degree in Child and Youth Study from Mount Saint Vincent University. Over the past five years Lisa has taken time developing a regular mindfulness practice of her own. She has completed a 6-week mindfulness course as well as a mindfulness teacher facilitation course and a course specifically created for mindful educators. Lisa has also obtained a certification in Kids Life Coaching and in the MindBe Preschool Curriculum.

    After overcoming anxiety and facing fears Lisa became very enthusiastic about sharing mindfulness with others
    especially with children in hopes that teaching skills early would lead to less stress later in life.

    REGISTRATION LINK 

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/nscece-early-years-community-development-centre-30660638542

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  • Understanding the Pyramid Model

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    May 31, 2022  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Online via Zoom

    The pyramid model has been around now for a few years inNova Scotia (since 2018) but for those people who have not had directinvolvement with it, there are lots of questions.  So as a result, we decided to put on aworkshop that would dive into the what, the why and the how of the Pyramid Model;

    -What is the vision/mission of the Pyramid Model?

    -Why implement the Pyramid Model in NS?

    -What are the benefits of the Pyramid Model practices?

    -How is it currently being implemented?

    -Who is involved?

    Our facilitator for this workshop is AngelaFitzgerald. Angela has  been with thePyramid as an Inclusion Coach since the first round of coaches were hired in2018.  She is currently the Coach TeamLead for Chignecto Central Region. 

    Cost $30.00

    If interested contact Jane MacKenzie at
    jane.mackenzie@janenorman.ca 

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June 2, 2022
  • NSCECE - Capable, Confident & Curious: Module 5 (Session 1)

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    June 2, 2022  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

     NSCECE - Capable, Confident & Curious

    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.

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

    June 2nd, 7:00pm to 9:00pm and June 16th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at circulation@nscece.ca. 

    To register for this module, please visit:
    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscece-capable-confident-curious-module-5-2-part-online-tickets-295286719527

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June 4, 2022
  • NSCECE Yoga and Mindful Movement for Young Children

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    June 4, 2022  9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    NSCECE, 6208 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A3, Canada

    Sat, 28 May 2022

    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM ADT

     

    $46         


     
    Join Julie Coleman to learn the tools, techniques and strategies for sharing yoga and mindful movement in an an early learning environment.

    An introductory workshop that provides participants with tools, techniques and strategies for sharing yoga and mindful movement in an early learning environment. Practices include affirmations, breath, story and movement.

    Participants will learn accessible breathing techniques to relax, feel calm and quiet their mind. Participants will practice yoga and mindful movement for physical, mental and emotional health.

    Please bring a yoga mat or request a mat during the checkout. 

     

    REGISTRATION LINK

     https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/yoga-and-mindful-movement-for-young-children-tickets-329312842577

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  • MSVU Leading the Way; Early Learning & Care Program Administration Workshop Series Session 1

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    June 4, 2022  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Date: Saturdays 9am– 3 pm Cost: $220 full 4 part series, or $65 each session Total PD hours: 20 PD hours full series, or 5 PD hours per session Location: face to face at MSVU, Halifax (conditions permitting) Presenter: Susan Willis *There is a discount for those who wish to register for all four sessions; $210 for the complete 4 part series.
     

    Session 1:  Leading the Way: Organizational Culture and Employee Engagement  Saturday June 4, 2022 Time: 9am-3pm Cost: $65 Total PD hours: 5 hours Location: IN PERSON Presenter: Susan Willis

    Description:
    The Leading the Way workshop series will provide an overview of the administration of early learning and care programs and the role of the administrator. The competence of the administrator is integral to the success of the organization. The skill and leadership ability of the administrator in a variety of disciplines is critical to the optimal and efficient functioning of the organization
    This series will be of interest to those Early Childhood Educators interested in, or currently working in administration positions. The series may be taken inclusively or as single day sessions.
    A range of topics related to effective leadership, management and administration in early learning and care pro-grams will be covered.

    Session 1: Leading the Way: Organizational Culture and Employee Engagement Saturday June 4, 2022 Time: 9am-3pm Cost: $65 Total PD hours: 5 hours Location: IN PERSON Presenter: Susan Willis
    An early learning and care program is all about relationships. The leadership of the administrator is critical in establishing the culture of the organization. In this session we will focus on how to create a healthy organization-al culture and examine how this contributes to employee engagement and impacts retention and recruitment.

    Presenter Biography: Susan Willis recently retired as the Executive Director of Point Pleasant Child Care Cen-tre, a position she held for over forty years. She believes that early education and care is the foundation for later success in life and has dedicated her career to ensuring that children benefit from an intentional, enriched and caring environment delivered by highly qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff.

    In addition to her position at PPCCC Susan was part time faculty at the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education; President of Willis & Associates: Early Learning and Care Consultants and is Course Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education Administrator Certificate Course at Mount Saint Vincent University. Throughout her career she has been involved in countless organizations and committees and always remains a passionate advocate for quality in programs for young children.

    Location: IN PERSON 

    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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June 7, 2022
  • NSCC Cumberland-Capable, Confident & Curious Module 3

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    June 7, 2022  6:30 pm - June 9, 2022  8:30 pm
    Online via Zoom

    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.

    You must attend both evenings to receive a certificate.

    To register, click the link:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nscc-cumberland-capable-confident-curious-module-3-tickets-310684685257

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