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.
January 26, 2022
  • NSCC Burridge: Capable, Confident & Curious Module 5 part 2/2

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    January 26, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    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 certification.

    Wednesday, January 19 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Wednesday, January 26 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    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-5-tickets-202980629527

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  • The People Library

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    January 26, 2022  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Come join us for our first meeting of The People Library.
    We here at Jane Norman College are doing a trial run of "our version" of The Human Library.

    The Human Library was started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000. It aimed to address people's prejudices by helping them to talk to those they may not typically meet. The organization used a library analogy of lending people rather than books.

    Our first guest will be Adam Braye. Adam is an early childhood educator who also happens to be transgender. He is an advocate for the transgender community, quality child care and access to mental health for all people. Adam will share his journey, answer questions and help to build awareness and understanding.

    No charge...

    To register contact Jane MacKenzie at jane.mackenzie@janenorman.ca

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January 27, 2022
  • CAPENÉ (French) - Capable, confiant et curieux- Module 4 (2 de 2)

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    January 27, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Module 4 : Le rôle du milieu d'apprentissage et la manière dont il favorise la réflexion, les idées et l'engagement des enfantsC

    e module examinera non seulement l’environnement physique (matériel, mobilier, local), mais aussi les aspects « non visibles » des locaux où nous travaillons auprès des enfants. 

    • En quoi le milieu contribue-t-il à mettre en place des relations? 
    • À intégrer tous les enfants, avec leurs champs d’intérêt et leurs caractéristiques dans toute leur diversité? 
    • À encourager les enfants comme les adultes à innover? 
    • En quoi le milieu rend-il nos philosophies visibles?

    Nous examineront toutes ces questions dans l’optique d’ajuster le milieu d’apprentissage, aussi bien dans la salle de classe qu’en plein air, en fonction des besoins des enfants, en les invitant à « échafauder » leur réflexion et leur apprentissage, en tenant compte du rôle de la beauté dans nos environnements et en mettant au point des processus d’exploration avec les enfants dans lesquels le milieu joue le rôle important de « troisième enseignant », après l’éducatrice elle-même et la famille et la communauté.

    *Cette session en ligne de 4 heures sera offerte en 2 soirées:

    Le 20 janvier 2022 de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30 et le 27 janvier 2022 de 18h30 à 20h30

    ** Vous devez participer aux 2 sessions afin de recevoir votre certificat.

    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-4-tickets-224055575257

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

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    January 27, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Module 2: The Image of the Child

    It is an exciting time in the N.S. early childhood field! Our new curriculum framework is here, ready to be used in ECE settings around the province. Are you familiar with it, and the many ways in which it might be used? This module - Using Your Image of the Child in Your Daily Practice - will uncover the possibilities for using the first part of the Framework, and the "whys" of being able to use your Image of the Child in practical ways. Join us for this interactive session that will be the foundation for the rest of the Framework.

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

    January 25 6:30-8:30 & January 27 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-2-tickets-167892042619

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January 31, 2022
  • Creating a Participatory Culture in a School-Age Classroom

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

    In this workshop Matthew Sampson and Kelly Mowat will discuss how to work with school-age children in a way that they feel connected, invested and empowered as members of the school-age classroom.

    Topics addressed will include;
    -the presenter's foundational philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach and Emergent curriculum as fundamental to children's authentic involvement
    -the importance of developing trust
    -taking a critical look at our image of the child
    -the significance of environmental design
    -the impact of conversations

    To register you can contact Jane MacKenzie
    at jane.mackenzie@janenorman.ca

    Cost -$30.00

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February 1, 2022
  • Relationships ‘Inside, Outside and Beyond’: How We Reflect Children’s Lives

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    February 1, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    When Families arrive at our centres, ‘What is the view from the door?’; How do they feel welcomed? Why do they want to stay?
    Then, moving beyond - connecting and explaining the curriculum of community.

    Facilitator: Liz Hicks and Theresa MacLeod

    Fee: $50

    Deadline to register: January 14, 2022

    This workshop will be facilitated online via 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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February 2, 2022
  • Article Club - "Aware is Halfway There"

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    February 2, 2022  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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February 3, 2022
  • All Together Now! Inclusion Support Group (virtual community of practice)

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    February 3, 2022  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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February 7, 2022
  • NSCC Marconi - Capable, Confident & Curious - Module 8

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    February 7, 2022  5:30 pm - February 8, 2022  7:30 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**

    February 7th 5:30-7:30 & February 8th 5:30-7:30

    Please contact ivan.heading@nscc.ca for more details.

    To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/239282519457

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February 8, 2022
  • The Leading Edge (virtual community of practice)

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    February 8, 2022  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 Burridge: Capable, Confident & Curious Module 6 part 1/2

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    February 8, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    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 programs.

    *This is a 2 evening online session. You must attend both in order to receive certification.

    Tuesday, February 8th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Thursday, February 10th 26 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    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-6-tickets-202993798917 

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  • NSCC Cumberland-Capable, Confident & Curious-Module 7

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    February 8, 2022  6:30 pm - February 10, 2022  8:30 pm
    Online-via Zoom

    Pedagogical Documentation; the What, Why, and How

    Documentation makes children’s learning, ideas, thinking and strategies visible, and serves to communicate to others – parents, colleagues, the community – not only what is happening in our setting, but how, and why the documented play or event is important. It is a crucial part of reflective practice and ongoing professional learning for educators, and also a way to revisit past events with children.
    In this module, through examples, discussion, and hands-on work, participants will:
    Be introduced to the many forms of documentation, and which type to use in which situation
    Understand the difference between display, documentation, and pedagogical documentation
    Discover tools that will assist in developing documentation as a regular part of their day
    Understand the multiple ways in which documentation can be used: Communication, Reflection, Planning-next-steps, Revisiting with Children

    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-7-tickets-167084860315
     

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