Upcoming sessions, Spring 2020

Module 3: Learning Environments (Leaders), April 4th, MSVU

Modules 5&6: Observation and Reflective Practices (Staff), April 25th, NSCC

Module 7: Pedagogical Documentation (Leaders), May 23th, MSVU

Module 7: Pedagogical Documentation (Staff), June 6th, NSCECE

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Spring 2020, MSVU

Learning Environments: Embracing Today, Excited for Tomorrow

May 2, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This full-day workshop will focus on the effects our environments have on children and adults. We will explore how our our learning environments can support (or sometimes hinder) our sense of well-being. We will discuss creating a classroom culture through predictable routines and expectations, with the focus on trust and respect. We will analyze how we can predict and manage behaviours and children’s energy levels throughout the day using a flexible schedule. Participants will be invited to examine their physical environments and reflect on the visual messages they send to children, their families, and and the larger community. In addition, we will consider the impact of the overall classroom layout and how it helps maximize opportunities for group and individual play with the focus on creating new learning centres that promote the skill set for the future.

Objectives: 1) To take a critical look at our environments with the focus on their physical components; 2) To analyze the “invisible” emotional environment that is reflected in the classroom culture and classroom management approaches; 3) To plan impactful positive changes using a SMART Goals template.

Spring 2020, NSCECE

Cooking with Young Children

April 7, 2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Making and sharing food has a power of bringing people together. In our busy daily lives when families often eat “on the go”, we have a chance to bring the comfort of home-made meals and delicious smells into our classrooms. We will discuss healthy eating habits, nutrition benefits, and classroom-proof recipes that can be easily incorporated in your daily routines. The best part? You will never have a shortage of helpers!

Gardening with Young Children

April 21, 2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Did you ever hear that “our food comes from the supermarket”? Would you like to help children dismantle this myth? Are you ready to discover how good it feels to eat the food that we grow ourselves? Join us for a fact-filled, experience-based session that will encourage you to grow something, whether you have a green thumb or not. We will share practical suggestions for creating a culture of nurturing living things around us and we will dive into deeper conversations about Eco-conscience, food security, and healthy choices for children.

Woodworking with Young Children

May 19, 2020
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a 2-hour session that will help you explore the great benefits (and some risks) of introducing various woodworking projects to children in your care. We will use a step-by-step approach to help you fit woodworking into your space and your schedule.


Early Learning Curriculum Framework,
modules delivered in 2019-2020

Module 2: The Image of a Child (Leaders and Staff)

Module 3: Early Learning Practices (Leaders)

Module 4: The Role of the Environment (Leaders)

Module 5: Observation for Decision Making Purposes (Staff)

Module 6: Reflective Practice (Staff)

Spring 2019, NSCC Burridge Campus

Learning Centres for Capable, Confident and Curious Children (2 part series)

May 3 & May 17, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a two-session workshop that will invite you to examine your classroom environments and set SMART goals for making your learning spaces more functional and beautiful. We will discuss our improvement projects during the second session, and we will look into creative and practical ways to help children build a skill set for the future.

Spring 2019, NSCECE

Early Learning Environments That Improve Well-Being (2 part series)

February 19 & March 12, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This two-session workshop offers practical tools to examine your learning environment through the lens of well-being with the goal of increasing “feel-good” factors and decreasing environmental stress. Participants will be encouraged to implement one or two goal strategies between sessions and share successes and challenges during the second session.

Learning Centres for Capable, Confident and Curious Children: Creating Strong Visual Messages that Reflect Your Values (2 part series)

April 2 & 16, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Imagine functional and beautiful classrooms that invite children to think, create, and explore… Now, let’s not imagine. Let’s make it happen! Join us for a two-session workshop filled with practical tips and support as you work on developing aspects of your learning environment.