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 6, 2022
  • NSCECE - Capable, Confident & Curious: Module 3 (Session 1)

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    October 6, 2022  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    NSCECE - Capable, Confident & Curious

    Module 3: 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. 

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

    October 6th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm & October 13th, 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-3-tickets-407571446167

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October 12, 2022
  • MSVU Creating Community: Socio-Emotional Inclusion for Preschoolers With & Without Diagnosis

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    October 12, 2022  6:30 pm - October 19, 2022  9:00 pm
    Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6, Canada

    Date: Wednesday October 12 AND Wednesday October & 19, 2022 Time: (6:30 pm– 9 pm both dates )
    Cost: $65 Total PD hours: 5 hours Location: ONLINE Presenter: Marly Nauss

    Description: This workshop is an introduction to inclusion specifically focused on including children with socio-emotional differences. There is a focus on strategies to include children in all parts of the day & schedule. Topics include disability identity, community building, emotional literacy & socially inclusive behaviour management. Socio-emotional inclusion is a holistic practice & this workshop will provide tools for participants to help build their own community-based classroom. objectives are :
    1) To gain a fundamental understanding of social inclusion.
    2) To learn strategies to build community within the classroom and amongst peers.
    3) To understand the concept of disability identity

    4) To gain confidence in ECE ability to work with children with diverse socio-emotional abilities.


    Presenter Biography; Marly Nauss has a Bachelor of Child and Youth Study from MSVU and is in her final year of her Masters of Child and Youth Study. During their Masters they have spent much time studying the factors behind pre-school expulsion and the benefits of mindfulness curriculums. Marly has spent five years co-creating a re-integration curriculum for preschoolers and five year old’s who had been previously asked to leave their group care settings.

    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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  • Teaching Self Help to Toddlers with a Focus on Potty Training

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    October 12, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online (Microsoft Teams)

    Self help skills are one of the single most important things we can facilitate for young children. We will talk about the importance of self help skills, how to teach them (at school and at home) using practical methods, and spend a large portion of our time discussing potty training. We will look at learning and potty training using a behavioral approach, using small steps and positive                     reinforcement for effective and efficient learning.

    Cost: $23.00 (tax included)

    See the attached flyer.

    To register, fill out the online registration form: https://form.jotform.com/62624288764264

     

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October 13, 2022
  • Art Therapy: Building Capacity

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    October 13, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online via Zoom

    Art therapist (Evie Dunville) and Early Childhood Educator (Kelly Mowat) will be delivering on online workshop that offers insight and strategies for navigating stress and building capacity through a guided creative process promoting wellness. Building capacity fosters compassion for yourself, other staff, and the children and families in your care from the lens of stress, burnout and compassion fatigue. This integrative experience will examine the multisensory language of expression through creativity, allowing for the development of an appreciation for the process as success. The session will encourage connecting with your inner creativity in an accessible, sustainable and intentional way while learning to recognize the difference between selfishness and self-sufficiency.

    Items participants are encouraged to bring along;
    -paper
    -mark making tool of your choice such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels or even just a pen or pencil will work.

    Optional items;
    -an item you could hold in your hand that has meaning
    -a tea light or candle
    -a cup of tea:)

    In order to register please contact Jane MacKenzie
    at jane.mackenzie@janenorman.ca

    Cost - $30.00

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  • Empowering ECEs to Understand and Work with Kids on the Autism Spectrum Part 1

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    October 13, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Online

    This multi session workshop will provide ECEs with a deep understanding of the autism spectrum disorder. It will empower them with knowledge about different aspects of ASD, as well as how to support kids on the spectrum for optimal growth and learning.

    The workshop includes a total of three sessions. The first two sessions are two hours long and are offered online. A third session will be 3 hours long and offered in-person. This allows one to put in practice what was learned in previous sessions via interactive hands-on activities.

    Over the three sessions you will learn about: 

    • perplexing behaviours associated with ASD — exploring root causes and how to best respond
    • recognizing signs of stress
    • accommodating for an early learning environment that is as “least challenging” as possible
    • engaging with children who seem to be in their own world
    • how to use play to support learning
    • theory about the developmental steps of communication
    • some playful activities that can be used individually or in a group to support regulation and development
    • how to set teaching goals and optimize teaching strategies for optimal learning
    • video reviews

    This workshop will be packed with hands-on experiences, live interactive chats and videos, therefore will require full participation! Bring your smiles.

    This workshop will take place over three sessions. You must attend all three sessions to receive PD credit.

    October 13th - Online via Microsoft Teams - 6:30 to 8:30 pm

    October 18th - Online via Microsoft Teams - 6:30 to 8:30 pm

    October 22nd - In person at NSCC Kingstec - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


    Facilitator: Nancy Ceulemans, Heather Cukierski

    Fee: $80.00 

    Deadline to register: September 29, 2022

    This workshop will be facilitated online and in person at NSCC Kingstec Campus – 236 Belcher St. Kentville, NS 

    Parts of 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* https://www.nscc.ca/ecdsc/professional-development/kingstec-guidelines.asp

    Registration Opens August 10

    To Register: http://bit.ly/kingstecreg

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  • NSCECE - Capable, Confident & Curious: Module 3 (Session 2)

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    October 13, 2022  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    NSCECE - Capable, Confident & Curious

    Module 3: 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.

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

    October 6th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm & October 13th, 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-3-tickets-407571446167

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October 15, 2022
  • MSVU Leading the Way; Early Learning & Care Program Administration Workshop Series Session 4

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    October 15, 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 4: Leading the Way: Planning to Leave Saturday October 15, 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 4: Leading the Way: Planning to Leave Saturday October 15, 2022 Time: 9am-3pm Cost: $65 Total PD hours: 5 hours Location: IN PERSON Presenter: Susan Willis
    Succession planning is an important strategic initiative for any organization. You don't have to be planning to leave to have a plan for leaving. The loss of key personnel can leave your organization vulnerable and especially so when it is the leader of the organization. Whether it is an unanticipated temporary absence or the final good-bye, there will be challenges to overcome. In this session we will explore the many components of executive suc-cession planning that will result in a successful leadership transition while maintaining organizational stability.

    Presenter Biography: Susan Willis recently retired as the Executive Director of Point Pleasant Child Care Centre, 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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  • NSCC Burridge - Understanding Trauma workshop

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    October 15, 2022  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    This workshop for Educators will include trauma informed care and key behavioural strategies
    The Impact of Complex Trauma 
    Relationship Building and Trauma 
    Trauma and Self-Regulation 
    Trauma and Professionals

    Facilitator: Julie Jaillet, BA, BSW, RSW, MEd (student) Adult Protection
    Social Worker.
    When: Saturday October 15, 2022
    Time: 9-4 (1 hour lunch on own)
    Where: face to face at NSCC Burridge Campus, 372 Pleasant St, Yarmouth, NS
    Cost: $65
    Register https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=etmbxRtLq02JrKCrao5ENaToxpM6ssVLr6wXXLp_xatUOVhRRkpFT0dPT0ZSOFI4VFAxQkVOS0pWMi4u

    For more information
    melissa.vail@nscc.ca or ann.muise@nscc.ca
    902-742-7832

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