A list of resources to support the online professional development ECE Workshop – Supporting and Working with Children with Exceptional Needs.
In October 2017, 37 Early Childhood Educators gathered for The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat in Tsawwassen, BC.
Together they had 648 years ‘ of experience in the field.
We asked them what one piece of advice they would have for a fellow Early Childhood Educator. Here’s what a few of them had to say.
Ask an ECE #1 – The Voices of 648 Year’s #ECE Experience
One Piece of Advice for Early Childhood Educators from BC ECEs.
Our next ECE Retreat will be held May 26 & 27, 2018 in the training rooms of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in Burnaby, BC. It is being hosted by the rbKids Child Care Program.
Supported Child Development Programs play an important role in supporting children with exceptionalities who may require additional services and supports in preschool and child care programs in British Columbia. Below is a listing of examples of Supported Child Care Programs that are located in several different areas of BC. Click through on the list to find out more about what each program offers and the areas that they provide services.
Recently we prepared a listing of resource materials related the topic of “Red Flags” and early intervention.
As an extension of The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat, ECE Workshops is delighted to be hosting:
ECE Saturday Evening of Creativity & Connection on October 21, 2017 at The Cammidge House in Tsawwassen, BC.
The Cammidge House is located in Metro Vancouver’s Boundary Bay Park. The address is 498 Boundary Bay Road, Delta, BC. Parking is available onsite. The ECE Saturday, October 21, 2017
This gathering is designed to be an evening of creativity, reflection and connection related to early learning & care plus there will also be a casual dinner. This event is open to retreat attendees as well as people who are not registered in the retreat.
The ECE Saturday Evening of Creativity & Connection includes:
An opportunity to connect and network with colleagues and professionals working in the field of Early Childhood Education plus attendees and speakers who are part of The Reflect & Recharge Retreat.
Activities related to creativity, reflection and connection in the field. Attendees who complete and submit 4 of the interactive activities will receive a 1 hour professional development certificate via email after the event.
A casual dinner which will include a selection of healthy food choices.
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
5:30 to 6:30 PM – Appetizers, Conversation & Connection
6:30 – 7:00 PM Welcome, Introductions and Overview of Interactive Activities Available During The Evening
7:00 – 8:30 PM Casual Dinner Available via Buffet
7:00 to 9:30 Interactive Creative, Reflective & Connection Activities Available for ECE’s to Participate In.
Tickets for the ECE Saturday Evening of Creativity & Connection are $35.00 per person and can be purchased online.
Register now and join us for this evening of creativity, reflection and connection!
Dear fellow ECEs,
At ECE Workshops & 45 Conversations we have been busy putting together all kinds of incredible professional development opportunities for you and your colleagues. I’m just so excited about everything that is happening!
As you may be aware, we are running an incredible ECE Retreat, this coming October. It will be held in Tsawwassen at the Cammidge House – which is located very close to the Boundary Bay Beach. We still have a few spaces left — so would love you to join us. You can learn more by visiting ECERetreats.com
We are also have a great ECE Workshop that you can complete online that is worth 6 hours of professional development! You can register at ECEWorkshops.com. Our current workshop — It’s Not About Easy — It’s About Following The Child — receives raves reviews from fellow ECEs. If you have not yet completed this workshop — please do!
In the coming months, we will be releasing a pretty amazing line up of unique online ECE workshops and courses. They will be quite different than anything you currently have access to. And truly — I think you are going to LOVE them! I’m collaborating with colleagues in three countries to put them together!
One of our new ECE Workshop series will be very much focused on ways to deeply reflect on your ECE practice. I’m personally very excited about them because we will be incorporating stories from my dear friend, colleague and master teacher Liz Strauss, who is based in Chicago. As teachers go — Liz is unequivocally one of the very best. She’s worked with 5 year olds through adults for pretty much her whole life. Liz is also an incredible author and for more than 10 years ran some of the most amazing conferences that brought together authors, educators, entrepreneurs and brands — to work together, learn and collaborate. In fact, that’s exactly how I met Liz — by attending one of her conferences.
And so — having said all of that — I want to share with you a very special opportunity. Last year, I worked with Liz Strauss as the Story Editor of her recently published book — Anything You Put Your Mind To. I also wrote the Foreward of the book. It’s an eclectic adventure in remembering that we decide the stories that decide our lives. While it doesn’t directly have anything directly to do with ECE — the reality is that I believe it has everything to do with ECE. You see, it’s very much a story that reminds us how important it is to believe in ourselves, how much the stories we tell ourselves are in fact the stories that shape our lives. Now — if you ask me — that’s exactly what our work is all about with young children. So — if you are looking for a good read this summer, something that will take you on a colourful adventure — I encourage you to buy Liz’s book. And — if you do — and you email or PM me a copy of your purchase receipt from Amazon — before the end of August, I will email you (in September) a discount code that will provide you with $10 off EVERY ECE Reflection Workshop that we release in the Fall of 2017 and the Winter and Spring of 2018 that include stories by Liz! And we plan to release at least 6 (or more) workshops that have Liz stories in them — so this is an opportunity to significantly save on all of these upcoming online ECE Workshops. I expect the prices of them to range between $40-60 for 3-6 hours of professional development.
So — that’s all for tonight. Keep doing the good you do with children and families. I admire you. And I appreciate you. I’m totally focused on a great many ways to support the valuable work you do every single day — through unforgettable professional development opportunities.
Loris Malaguzzi is an important figure in the development and history of the field of early childhood education. Loris Malaguzzi is responsible for developing one of the world’s most popular educational approaches to date and that is the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.
Malaguzzi developed the Reggio Emilia educational approach shortly after World War II at a time when many Italians felt children needed a new and progressive way of being educated. In the 1940’s after taking degrees in pedagogy and psychology, Malaguzzi began his career as an elementary school teacher. In 1963 with the help of the municipality of Reggio Emilia, Loris Malaguzzi participated in the creation of the first municipal preschools and simultaneously aided in the creation of several infant-toddler centres within the community.
Malaguzzi’s Reggio Emilia style of education was revolutionary and unique in the way that it understood that young children are individuals who are independent and are capable of doing whatever it is they set their mind to. Malguzzi believed that all children are resourceful and intelligent. He understood and incorporated these beliefs into his teaching philosophy and into the development of one of the world’s most popular educational approaches, the Reggio Emilia approach.
Elements of the Reggio Emilia approach:
- Children are driven by their instincts to learn. children are resourceful and intelligent.
- Educators and teachers are mentors or guides who facilitate a child’s learning process.
- Children’s learning processes and thoughts are documented by teachers to reflect upon and conceptualize the progress and development of the child.
- Children are communicators and are encouraged to use language to ask questions and discuss their observations.
- Children learn about themselves and their place in the world by socializing and interacting with others around them.
- Play and learning are not separated. Children express their understanding and application of the things they learn through their play and creative modes of expression (language, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, pretend play or modelling and music. In the Reggio Emilia approach this is called the “100 Languages of Children”.
Interesting facts about the Reggio Emilia approach:
- Reggio Emilia is a town and it’s surrounding areas located in northern Italy
- Reggio Emilia is not a method, but is an approach that can be altered and developed to fit the needs of a particular school or a given community.
- There are no international schools where educators can train in the Reggio Emilia approach
- Schools are not Reggio Emilia schools, but instead are “Reggio inspired” as each school and community is different, thereby influencing the educational approach to be unique to a particular school area or community.
45 Conversations offers online ECE workshops so that early childhood educators can complete their professional development hours easily. Several of the workshops incorporate learnings related to Reggio Emilia.
An Early Childhood Educator studies about things like peekaboo. And a million other little details related to the growth and development of young children.
An Early Childhood Educator is a professional. They do work that makes a difference. That matters. And — they know what they are doing — because they are both trained and qualified.
Early Childhood Educators play peekaboo, sing songs, dance, paint, nurture, inspire and create with young children all the time. They do this to help them grow and develop into capable, self directed human beings who can make a difference in the world.
Early Childhood Educators know a whole lot about children.
At 45 Conversations & ECE Workshops we design, develop and offer professional development workshops, retreats and learning experiences for Early Childhood Educators. We do this because we believe in the importance of the work of Early Childhood Educators.
Child care is an important and essential service that children and families throughout British Columbia depend upon. Every day families utilize high quality child care programs to provide care for their children while they participate in the paid labour force, attend school, and/or contribute to their communities in a variety of ways. Beyond this, child care programs and other community based programs and supports designed for children and their families, provide a range of educational experiences specific to children and their developmental needs.
BC Government Proclaims May as Child Care Month
The role of child care providers and early childhood educators is vital in every community. Child care contributes to the growth and stability of the economy as well as to the quality of life and educational development of children.
It is good to see the BC provincial government recognizing the importance of the work child care providers and early childhood educators by proclaiming May as “Child Care Month”.
The government of British Columbia has once again proclaimed the month of May, 2017 as “Child Care Month” along with proclaiming May 18th, 2017 as “Child Care Provider Appreciation Day”. These two proclamations are intended to honour and show appreciation to child care providers and educators for the critical roles they play in helping families and children learn, develop, and grow, while allowing parents to become apart of or remain in the paid labour force.
The Child Care Crisis – One Example
Throughout BC affordable and available child care is a major issue, a crisis even. Waitlisting for child care has become a nightmare and the price of child care is costing BC families in more ways than one.
A recent situation in Coquitlam serves as yet one more example as to the challenges associated with the operation of child care services. Several already existing and privately owned child care programs are faced with having their leases ended by the Coquitlam school board. This is due to an increased need for classroom space in Coquitlam public schools. As a result, parents are scrambling for ways to provide child care for their children in the interim, some resorting to quitting their jobs to take up being stay at home parents. For families who require dual incomes to survive, this change is catastrophic. Not only are these families losing child care for their children, they face loss of work and income as well as changes to their lifestyles, ability to afford housing and other basic needs.
This reallocation of privately owned day care and child care facility space back into classrooms space for public schools creates even more of a shortage of available space for child care. Situations such as the one in Coquitlam are just the tip of the iceberg — in reality many communities face tough challenges when it comes to the operation of and access to child care services.
May is Child Care Month and Election Month
According to a recent Vancouver Sun article written by Kevin Griffin on the crisis, the issue of child care is an important topic for debate or discussion in the upcoming provincial election and one that crosses over political boundaries. In the scramble to get votes and appease parents and young families who are desperate for affordable child care, the NDP, Liberal and Green Parties are proposing a variety of solutions.
May Election and Child Care Crisis Solutions
The NDP has proposed the following:
- $10-a-day child care (46% surveyed support this proposal as opposed to 29% who oppose it, and 25% said they were unsure)
- 22,500 new child care spaces by 2020
- $7 a day for part time care
- No parent fee for families earning under 40, 000 per year
- Increasing wages for child care workers to $25 an hour
The Liberal party says $10 a day is not cheap enough and that space is the issue, they propose:
- 13, 000 new day care spaces by 2020
- With 5,000 of those new child care spaces being created in 2017
- 41,00 new licensed day care facilities
- 1,000 after school spaces
The BC Green party says it will:
- provide free preschool for 3 and 4 year olds
- free day care for children up to 3 whose parents work
- and $5oo for families who have a stay at home parent and a child up to age 2
With so many BC families and children in need of quality, affordable child care and with May being Child Care Month it will be interesting to see what the outcome of the upcoming provincial election is and when and what changes will be implemented.
Maria Montessori is one of the most influential names in the history of the development of early childhood education.
Maria Montessori was born August 31st, 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy. Educated in Rome, Maria became one of Italy’s first ever female physicians and graduated from the University of Rome’s medical program, focussing on psychiatry. However during this time she also developed a keen interest in pedagogy, education and educational theory which would help her create an innovative way of teaching young children and would also spur her to open up the first ever Montessori school called the Casa dei Bambini or Children’s House. Maria is famous for having developed a school of thought and method of teaching, named after her, whose main tenets centre around a young child’s natural curiosity and inclination to learn.
This style of teaching in early childhood would become known as the Montessori method and is a style of teaching that focusses on auto-education or a child’s innate intrigue in self-taught learning. Within the Montessori method, children are given the space and resources to learn at their own pace and in ways which are natural and less structured. With the ability to have up to three grade levels within a single classroom, Maria Montessori incorporated this aspect of integration into the Montessori method, after making the observation that children can learn from each other and can be taught by each other just as easily as adults teach children.
Facts about the Montessori Method:
- Class sizes are often large
- Classes are often calm and quiet
- Classes often include mixed age groups of up to 3 grade levels
- Montessori educators usually hold a college degree and Montessori training
- Classes focus on a child’s natural learning process and innate curiosity to educate itself.
To this day Montessori schools and early childhood education centres and facilities are very popular for their childcentered approach to learning.
Did you know?
- The Montessori method has been in use for over a hundred years.
- Maria Montessori opened the first Montessori school called the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House—in Rome on January 6, 1907.
- There are over 22,000 Montessori schools across 110 countries around the world.
- Montessori is one of the fastest growing forms of education in the world.
The effect Maria Montessori has had on and continues to have on ECE programs and schools throughout Canada and across the globe is unprecedented and growing in popularity. And although Montessori died in May 6th, 1952 she left behind a legacy so great in the field and study of ECE that the Montessori name has not only become a household name in the field of ECE, but a symbol by which many people associate good quality early childhood education.
The online ECE workshop called “It’s not about easy–it’s about following the child” has been developed by 45 Conversations to support early childhood educators in easily obtaining their professional development hours. This workshop incorporates a lot of early learning practices based on the Montessori method. You can join this workshop now and begin learning about Maria Montessori right away. Register today!