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If you would like to register for a workshop please contact  Annette Fertuck at 604 982 3324 or Fariba Aghdassi at 604-982-3314 to complete registration over the phone. 

But Licensing Says…

We plan to debunk myths regarding licensing requirements and discuss the realities related to the provision of quality child care. Focused discussions related to sleep, snack/lunch, circle time, and medication administration will address the sometimes difficult task of complying with the Child Care Licensing Regulations. There will be the added opportunity to brainstorm with colleagues to determine various manners in which the intention of outcome based regulations can be met related to each of the topics. Options and methods will not only be presented but group work will also be facilitated regarding the importance of policies and procedures and when and how to submit plans to licensing related to health and safety issues. Time permitting, the topic of exemptions and how and when these can be applied for will be also discussed.

Bio: Cindy Devlin is a child care licensing officer who has worked in a variety of child care settings providing direct care prior to over 14 years of service as a child care licensing officer.  At previous North Shore and ECEBC conferences this topic was launched within an interactive setting. The session allowed for the collective exploration of the areas of routines and practices that tend to result in higher incidents of non-compliance, complaints, and investigations.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Communication Through Art

Whether we are focusing on a science project, a collective community project, or simply through play, art plays an integral role. We will share how to use art organically through a program and how to embed it in the curriculum. We will offer materials to consider using, to open dialogue with children and suggest the possibilities available for considering art as a tool for communicating with children. Participants will learn how to set up an inviting and provoking environment. Also, how to incorporate natural, inexpensive and readily available materials to inspire beautiful art processes. In this workshop, educators will come to understand the value of using the arts as a means for children to express themselves.

Bio: Sue and Caren both ran family child care. Sue founded Childgarden Preschool in 2007. Caren began teaching at Childgarden in 2012 and has almost 20 years of experience with children. Both have been awarded the Prime Minister’s Award of Excellence in Teaching.

Saturday February 1, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30 pm


Exploring Invitations and Provocations

Creating meaningful and intentional programs should involve observation, discussion and both invitations to play and/or provocations. What are the differences? What are the similarities? Let’s explore why we need to consider both provocations and invitations to play and discuss the benefits they have within your programs. How is your environment used as a third teacher and why is that so important when setting up the children with opportunities to explore and investigate? Discussions trigger a deeper connection to what the children are curious about and therefore provoke further need to create a curriculum involving the children. We are preparing our children to be leaders and critical thinkers. I invite you to come and share with us!

Bio: Paula Milbradt has over 25 years experience serving children from birth to adolescence. After fostering 4 boys, aged 9, 10 and 12; she began to support parents and educators with the important of healthy attachment and brain development. Paula has created meaningful workshops that help expand the Early Learning Framework and has designed her workshops to give tools and techniques that will allow educators the opportunity to feel as though they are facilitating and supporting health child development.

Thursday, February 6, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Gender Differences in Learning & Behavior

Females speak up to 10 times as many words in a day as males – how come? 70% of learning and behavioural disability designations are boys- what does this tell us? Are girls emotionally stronger than boys? What is the best way to deal with a boy who is upset? A girl who is upset?Based on the work of Dr. Michael Gurian and his book Boys and Girls Learn Differently, the above questions and others will be answered:

• Learn how boys and girls minds are different
• Examine ways for meeting the needs of both boys and girls
• Introduce the main findings on brain development, age-related differences, and acculturation of boys and girls

Bio: Bruce is currently an Associate Professor and the Professional Year Coordinator in the School of Education at Trinity Western University, Langley BC. Bruce has been an educator for over 40 years. He is a certified trainer with the Gurian Institute and has conducted over 75 sessions for schools, districts, community groups, and parents on the topic of How Boys and girls Learn Differently. Bruce has a wealth of experience presenting to large and small organizations and has conducted an additional 85 workshops throughout North America on positive youth development.

Saturday February 15, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30 pm


Managing Big Feelings

This presentation will assist parents, teachers and other supportive adults in gaining a deeper understanding of the emotional world of a child, in order to assist with emotion regulation and coping.

Bio: Michelle Srdanovic is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. For 15 years, Michelle has worked with families, couples and children using expressive, cognitive-behavioural and emotion-focused therapeutic practices, as well provided community education on the topics of trauma and anxiety. Her private practice work is focused on supporting families who struggle with anxiety. Additional information about Michelle can be found on her website at

Thursday February 20, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Exploring Lights and Shadows 

Lights and Shadows are magical to children. Come and foster your own awareness of “light” and learn new strategies on how to use light tables, shadow screens and overhead projectors in your environments and projects. The Reggio Emilia approach values using light as a material or a language to help support investigations and different learning styles. This workshop will offer endless opportunities to invent, imagine, wonder and problem solve with children. Come and explore the magic.

Bio: Wendy has worked for over 15 years as an Early Childhood Educator, in addition to 14 years as a Special Education Assistant. She was nominated for the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Wendy is extremely passionate about the Reggio Emilia Approach, with many years of experience as a practicum supervisor and mentor in assisting others in implementing this approach.

Saturday March 7, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30 pm


Deconstructing Circle Time

What does circle time mean to you? Come and explore all the different possibilities that group time can offer. Learn how to incorporate science, math, and dramatic play experiences; embrace emergent learning opportunities; transition ideas, and build resources.

Bio: I became an Early Childhood Educator in the year 2000. Since then, I have gained experience in a variety of areas within the field of Early Childhood Education: director of a preschool, supervisor of after-school care as well as 3-5 and Infant Toddler programs. My primary focus has evolved to encompass team leadership, management training and program development. I have had articles published in provincial and national ECE journals on the topic of emergent curriculum and leadership. My goal as an Early Childhood Educator and facilitator is to support fellow educators and early years professionals provide high quality early learning experiences for children and families.

Thursday March 12, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Praise VS. Encouragement

In this interactive workshop we will explore the differences of using praise, encouragement and bribery in our day to day interactions with children.   We will focus on building positive relationships with children.  We will discuss how to establish clear and consistent limits when dealing with behaviours and share ideas on conflict resolution and giving choices.

BIO: Kim has been working in the Child Care field for 30 years.  She has Diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Adult Education.  Throughout her career, she has worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children with exceptionalities and adolescences.  She has been presenting informative workshops to Early Childhood Educators and Parents for a number of years. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Reviewing our Positive Guidance Strategies

All of us in the ECE field, would agree that the most challenging element of our work is guiding children’s behaviour in the most positive, proactive way we can!  Join us to review, refresh and maybe learn some new strategies for interacting in ways that are both prevention and intervention oriented as we move forward in our efforts to provide the very best quality care and learning for the young ones in our programs.”

BIO:  Gyda Chud is a lifelong early childhood Advocate, and has served as ECE Instructor. Retired Dean of Continuing Studies at Vancouver Community College. Over her career, she has been a Board member of numerous provincial and national early childhood organizations, was the founding Chair of the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council and continues to facilitate workshops and conference presentations.

Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Outdoor Learning Through Loose Parts Play

Cones, clay, leaves: there is so much to play with right outside your door. Discover the delight of playing and learning from loose parts play in nature! Engage with a variety of loose parts in this hands-on workshop and reflect on your play experiences. We'll also share examples of loose parts creations and projects to inspire your practice.

BIO: As a small child, Tricia Edgar loved to sit outside and look into the branches of the cherry tree in her backyard watching the flowers drift to the ground. As an adult, she plays in the mud with her children, plants flowers and food, and shares her enthusiasm for science curriculum, outdoor education, local food and gardening with others. She is a long time outdoor educator, with over 20 years of experience developing outdoor and science education curriculum. She teaches all ages, from toddlers to adults. Tricia is the program director of Fresh Air Learning, a society that brings all

Thursday May 7, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Making Music Fun

Let’s jump into spring with a wonderful collection of songs and poems. Come join Chris as she shares spring inspired music through song, movement, instrument play and drama. Come ready to move, sing and play. You will receive a song booklet.

Bio: Christine Roskelley an ECE with over 30 years’ experience. For the past 24 years she has worked as a self-employed music enrichment teacher primarily at UBC Child Care. Along with her work with children she instructs the music components in the ECE training programs at Burnaby Continuing Education and Delta Continuing education.

Thursday May 21, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Truth & Reconciliation ECE & the new Early Learning Framework

The current BC Early Learning Framework and current BC Curriculum call for the addition of Canadian Indigenous Knowledge and Ways of Learning into all BC classrooms as part of the Truth and Reconciliation process.  What are the Indigenous Ways of Learning and how can teachers introduce them into the classroom? How do you introduce and talk about the history and current experiences of Indigenous People with preschoolers in ways that are meaningful and respectful? Learn about how to find culturally appropriate resources to use in your classroom and what it means to decolonize your classroom.

  • Explore what is “Truth and Reconciliation”?
  • Discuss why is it important for ECE teachers to understand and introduce the concepts in their classrooms.
  • Learn how can we do so in ways that are meaningful and respectful and find where to obtain more information or resources for sharing Indigenous culture and stories in our programs.

Bio:Cassidy is a Librarian and Educator who has spent the last decade working in various educational library settings, teaching ESL, tutoring, and as an ECE-A. Cassidy is a curious soul who loves learning and sharing her knowledge with others. She also loves her family, cats and honeybees. When she isn't in the Library at WELL, you can find her in her backyard tending bees or on a long walk in the woods..

Saturday May 30, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:30 pm


Fostering Program and Family Connections

Creating opportunities and experiences that bring program staff and families together is very important. Discover how to create a welcoming, nurturing environment. Learn how to host family fun events, brainstorm interactive documentation opportunities and celebrate daily activities with open consistent communication.

Bio: Julie became an Early Childhood Educator in the year 2000. Since then she has gained experience in a variety of areas within the field of Early Childhood Education: director of a preschool, supervisor of after-school care as well as 3-5 and Infant Toddler programs. Her primary focus has evolved to encompass team leadership, management training and program development. She has had articles published in provincial and national ECE journals on the topic of emergent curriculum and leadership. Her goal as an Early Childhood Educator and facilitator is to support fellow educators and early years professionals provide high quality early learning experiences for children and families.

Thursday June 4, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


BC Early Learning Framework & Child Care Providers: Is This Important to Me?

This information session is designed to focus on the needs/interests of Child Care Providers, those responsible for the direct education and care of young children (and their families!).  Discussion will include an overview of the BC ELF (2019), the renewal process and key changes, some of the key ideas presented in the document and how/if this supports the values and beliefs of child care providers, families, and young children.

Bio: Alison is an experienced leader in the Early Years sector.  Her career has been inclusive and progressive, spanning front-line child care work, family support and outreach, community development and social change, research and public policy initiatives, project management, organizational development, facilitation, and post-secondary faculty work.  She remains committed to investing in the emerging and established leadership of the Early Years sector in BC and Canada.

Thursday June 18, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Zones of Regulation

Based on Zones of Regulation by Leah M. Kuypers, during this workshop participants will gain the tools to help children of all ages gain skills in the area of self-regulation. Self-regulation is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions. Learn how to help children recognize when they are in the different zones as well as how to use strategies to change or stay in a zone.

  • Define and discuss the 4 different zones.
  • Explore tools to help children of all ages gain self-regulation skills.
  • Learn how to help children recognize when they are in the different zones.
  • Identify how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in.

Bio: Sandra has been working with children aged 3 months to 12 years old and their families in the Child Care field for over 25 years. She is the Manager of Learning for The YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

Saturday June 27, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm


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