Creative Childcare Learning Event Edmonton Alberta

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202, 6562 170 Ave NW

Edmonton, AB T5Y 3X6


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Join us for a day in the community for Early Childcare Learning and Engagement

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Great Beginnings for Infants and Toddlers: 1:15 to 2:45 Sharon Ness

A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three—producing more than a million neural connections each second. The development of the brain is influenced by many factors, including a child’s relationships, experiences and environment.This workshop explores how the human brain grows and how early experiences in the first three years of life can dramatically shape and support brain development. Facilitators will challenge Educators to identify the crucial role they play in nurturing healthy brain development, answer frequently asked questions and lead participants in some fun “brain-building” activities that can be immediately implemented with the children in their programs.

The Magic of Music and Finger Play: 10:45 to 12:15 Shellina Cusack

Music can magically change children’s experiences and the atmosphere of any classroom. It provides an outlet for creativity, self-expression and individual uniqueness. Music and finger play are wonderful tools for teaching and enhance programs for all children. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to a variety of techniques and a wide selection of favourite children’s songs and finger plays. Participants will leave with a tableau of new ideas ready to implement in their programs.

Open-Ended Art Experiences; “Art at Work” :9:00 TO 10:30 Shellina Cusack

Open-ended art is about the experience of creating, not the end result. It is a wonderful way to encourage artistic expression in young children. Open-ended art allows them to explore art materials to express their thoughts, observations and feelings through the creative process without being told what to create or what materials to use. Children who self-select and self-direct creative activities learn to solve problems and initiate actions, which are useful traits in adulthood.Workshop participants will explore open-ended art activities where children are free to follow whatever idea catches their fancy and create works of art that have meaning to them personally.

Best Practices in Program Planning: 1:15 to 2:45 Shellina Cusack

Designing and implementing an age appropriate and interesting program for children 0 -5 years of age is one of the most exciting challenges that face Early Childhood Educators. This hands-on workshop challenges participants to look at their own practice, share ideas and to think out of the box. Participants will be introduced to age appropriate activities related to various topics and celebrations. Strategies to plan based on children’s interests will be presented as well as a tableau of fresh programming ideas that can be implemented immediately.

Child Development: Children with Challenging Behaviours (part 1) 9:00 TO 10:30 Sharon Ness

Young children exhibit challenging behaviour for a variety of reasons. They may experience difficulty in their initial transition into an ELCC program, with communication, or with a convergence of delays and environmental factors. As a result of these many contributing factors, young children with challenging behaviour may pose significant disruptions for the entire classroom. These behaviours may compromise the learning and/or safety of other children. (Tuge, Odero, Hogan, & Etz, 2003; Hamre & Pianta, 2001)

Child Development: Behaviour Management Strategies (part 2): 10:45 to 12:15 Sharon Ness

Once it has been determined that a child has challenging behaviours and information has been gathered what are the next steps. What triggers the behaviour? What skills does the child need? What responses maintain the challenging behaviour? And most importantly what is the purpose or function of the behaviour? Once these questions have been answered it is time to select strategies based on the problem and the purpose of the challenging behaviour.


Team Building Games and Challenges for School Aged Children 9:00 TO 10:30 Diane McKean

Team Building Games and Challenges encourage children to mix with different peers and explore possibilities for solving challenging problems. Each task has an amazing amount of flexibility so children will learn teamwork, how to overcome communication challenges, negotiation skills, creative problem-solving skills and how to be creative with the use of materials. The opportunity to solve these challenges in countless ways make these activities fun for all involved.This interactive workshop will have you meeting new peers, facing team challenges, and participating in some team building energizers.

Children’s Play is Risky Business :10:45 to 12:15 Diane McKean

Play is Risky!! While society has changed over the years, children’s needs have not. All growing bodies need real challenge. When children learn how to identify and manage risks they become more independent and have a greater respect for boundaries and social expectations. Risky Play also builds confidence, resilience and improves social skills.Participants will take a deeper look at why we need to provide children with opportunities to take risks, the benefits of those risks, how to introduce risk into children’s play and participants duty of care while supporting child development. The 16 different types of play will be used as a framework for discussions.

Connecting with School Age Children:1:15 to 2:45 Diane McKean

“Connecting” with school age children means your interactions matter! Research shows that children who connect with positive adult role models feel more secure, confident, are willing to take risks, feel safe to explore, discover and build on their life skills. Learn some fun ways to connect with our school age children.


Part 1: Leading Your Team 9:00 TO 10:30 Traudi Kelm

What makes a great leader? Leaders recognize the value of their employees and their importance in achieving organizational goals. This session leads participants through hands-on activities to recognize and enhance their leadership skills.

Part 2: Effective Communication:10:45 to 12:15 Traudi Kelm

Communication is a process by which we interact with others and seek out information. This interactive session explores communication styles and engages participants in reflective activities that will identify effective strategies as well as barriers to communication with families, children and co-workers.

Part 3: Creating a Positive Work Environment: 1:15 to 2:45 Traudi Kelm

Creating a positive work environment takes trust, faith, teamwork and courage to move things forward. Everyone knows that teamwork is a good thing; in fact, it’s essential. But how does it really work? What makes a winning team? Why do some teams go straight to the top, seeing their vision become reality, while others seem to go nowhere?



Pick one, two or three sessions pay only for those you attend.

One Session: $40.00 plus applicable fees and taxes

Two Sessions: $80.00 plus applicable fees and taxes

Three Sessions: $120.00 plus applicable fees and taxes

All workshops come with handouts and a certificate of completion

Professional Development Funding

PD Funding is available to eligible registrants to cover the costs of all Creative Childcare workshops and conference registrations up to:

• $500/year for Child Development Assistants and Child Development Workers

• $200/year for Child Development Supervisors.

Child Development Assistants (lv 1) and Child Development Workers (lv 2), please apply to:

Alberta Human Services Child Care Accreditation Funding Program

Sterling Place, 9940 – 106 Street

Edmonton, AB T5K 2N2

Fax: 780-427-1258

For further information call 1-800-661-9754

Email: hs.accredfunding@gov.ab.ca

For application forms, please use Supplementary Form B (and Form A if applicable) under Accreditation Funding.

Child Development Supervisors (lv 3)

AECEA still has funding left! If you are a Child Development Supervisor (formally level 3) and you work in a licensed daycare, out-of-school care, or family day home agency you can qualify for up to $200 towards workshops and conferences. If you haven’t used all of your grant dollars this is a perfect opportunity to spend them. The current grant ends on March 31, 2019. Complete the application form on the AECEA website at https://aecea.ca/webform/grant-application-form. Applications must be submitted PRIOR to the start date of the course. Applications received after the course has started will not be approved.

If you have any questions on the granting program, please contact AECEA at (780) 421-7544 or info@aecea.ca

Professional Development

Creative Childcare Consulting offers Professional Development opportunities to the Early Learning and Childcare community. The CCC team is commitment to work collaboratively with early learning and child care programs to strengthen adult capacity by developing the knowledge, skills and commitment needed to support children’s early learning.

Workshops are highly interactive and designed to meet the professional development needs of early learning educators working in childcare centres, preschool settings, family child care and out-of-school care programs. They provide participants with innovative strategies and practical tools which support continuing education and motivate educators to become active participants in their own learning experiences. All of our workshops come with a certificate of completion to use as evidence of continuous learning.

Consultations are provided by specialists in Early Learning and Out of School Care. CCC consultants have experience and expertise as license holders, with new start-ups and expansions, accreditation supports, leadership, policy development, training manuals and site assessment. We have the ability to relate to programs in a non-judgemental way and provide a hands-on approach to training, coaching, and mentoring.

We invite you to view our website for a complete list of services provided

and Our menu of workshop options for onsite and/or community delivery

If you have any questions or would like to request an onsite workshop, please contact:

Traudi Kelm

Early Learning Specialist



Phone: 403-818-9305

Diane McKean

Out-of-School Care Specialist



Phone: 403-607-3133

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