Upcoming Training Sessions

STEAM in Outdoor Environments

Part of our NEW STEAM Series!

Educators will have opportunities to reflect on how outdoor environments provide real world natural experiences that spark curiosity, encourage exploration, challenge children, and encourage them to ask questions and test theories. There will be opportunities to Mess About with natural materials that develop a sense of wonder and joy of STEAM experiences.

Date: March 4 2021 (New Date)

Location: ECCDC Conference Room - New Location!
3550 Schmon Parkway
Thorold, Ontario
L2V 4Y6

Cost: Niagara Educators $45; Outside Niagara $50

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Did you know this series can be delivered by webinar or in-person anywhere, for your own staff team or early learning community? Contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or eccdc@eccdc.org for more information or to request a quote.
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Garden Soils, Critters and Ecology, with Garden Jane

Session Two of the New Fostering Lifetime Gardeners and Naturalists Workshop Series!

Date: April 27 2021 (New Date)

Location: ECCDC Conference Room - New Location!
& Niagara Region Naturalization Area
3550 Schmon Parkway
Thorold, Ontario
L2V 4Y6

Cost: Niagara Educators $45; Outside Niagara $50

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Garden Planning, Programming and Play, with Garden Jane

Session Three of the New Fostering Lifetime Gardeners and Naturalists Workshop Series!

Join us in a hands-on design workshop, where you can learn about and plan for including young children in food garden design and growing food.

Date: May 18 2021 (New Date)

Location: ECCDC Conference Room - New Location!
& Niagara Region Naturalization Area
3550 Schmon Parkway
Thorold, Ontario
L2V 4Y6

Cost: Niagara Educators $45; Outside Niagara $50

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Exploring Nature Through Creative Experiences

This outdoor, hands-on workshop will explore how educators can incorporate creative opportunities and nature-based experiences into their early learning and child care environments and utilize the readily available gifts that Mother Nature has afforded us. This workshop will support educators to connect with the outdoor environment and minimize the impact that materials, children, and educators have on the environment. Participants will have an opportunity to discover how the natural outdoor environment acts as the Third Educator and develop a range of activities that will engage children and encourage them to respect the natural world all around them.

Date: You decide!

Location: Your choice!

Cost: TBD

Did you know this session can be delivered by webinar or in-person anywhere, for your own staff team or early learning community? Contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or eccdc@eccdc.org for more information or to request a quote.
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The ECCDC's Top 20 Strategies for Naturalizing Your Early Learning Environments

This workshop is specially designed to support educator teams in designing innovative indoor and outdoor environments. Participants will receive 20 of our best strategies in bringing natural, open-ended materials into early learning environments. Additionally, the workshop will provide opportunities for educators to consider how to plan and set up environments that foster child centred learning both indoors and outdoors while incorporating the values of the children, families and staff.

Date: You decide!

Location: Your choice!

Cost: TBD

Did you know this session can be delivered by webinar or in-person anywhere, for your own staff team or early learning community? Contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or eccdc@eccdc.org for more information or to request a quote.
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Bringing Nature Education to Your Playground: A Four-Part Professional Learning Series

Session One – Educators will explore the benefits of children having opportunities to engage in outdoor experiences, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter, play types, the difference between an experience and an activity, theory of Loose Parts, Messing About, and Higher Order Thinking Prompts through practical, hands-on experiences that educators can utilize in their early learning settings.
Session Two – Educators will have conversations around the importance of risk in play and risk-benefit analysis, knowledge to share when speaking to licensing, playground inspectors, linking the four foundations to the outdoor space, extending the use of children’s interests, and engaging families and fellow educators on the transition to a naturalized play space through practical, hands-on experiences that prompt educators’ thinking.
Session Three – Educators will engage in experiences linked to air and earth, two of the four natural elements, through Messing About, utilizing Higher Order Thinking Prompts and A Thinking Lens,® for Reflection and Inquiry, hands-on experiences, dispelling myths, identifying skills developed through play types, and health and safety concerns.
Session Four – Educators will engage in experiences linked to water and fire, the remaining two natural elements, through Messing About, discussion of comfort levels with offering experiences, reflecting on current experiences offered, reviewing risk-benefit analysis, and a whole group experience reflecting on series learning.

Date: You decide!

Location: Your choice!

Cost: TBD

Did you know this series can be delivered by webinar or in-person anywhere, for your own staff team or early learning community? Contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or eccdc@eccdc.org for more information or to request a quote.
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Forts and Dens for Infants and Toddlers

Part of our Nurturing Brilliant Minds Series for Infants & Toddlers!

Do you remember the great pleasure of building forts and dens when you were a child? This hands-on, practical workshop will look at how this concept can be adapted for infants and toddlers within an early learning and child care setting, the links to Schema Play, and the role of the educator within this process. Participants will consider a range of inexpensive resources and materials that can be utilized both indoors and outdoors to construct forts and dens.

Date: You decide!

Location: Your choice!

Cost: TBD

Did you know this series can be delivered by webinar or in-person anywhere, for your own staff team or early learning community? Contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or eccdc@eccdc.org for more information or to request a quote.
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Outdoor Play

Part of our Nurturing Brilliant Minds Series for Infants & Toddlers!

Outdoor Play will consider how educators can look to provide cost-effective outdoor play experiences for the youngest children in their care. We will also explore how educators can enhance their existing outdoor environments by incorporating the four natural elements to support sensory rich experiences that will enhance play, promote exploration, and provide a sense of wonder for both mobile and non-mobile children. The session will also look at the role of schema play in outdoor environments and how to include experiences that reflect schema play. Participants will have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions with fellow Educators and to go outside and explore materials to utilize with infants and toddlers in the great outdoors. Be prepared with clothing appropriate for the weather
forecast and come play and explore with us outdoors.

Date: You decide!

Location: Your choice!

Cost: TBD

Did you know this series can be delivered by webinar or in-person anywhere, for your own staff team or early learning community? Contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or eccdc@eccdc.org for more information or to request a quote.
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Introducing the "Elements" into your Early Learning & Childcare Environment

Research has highlighted the importance of children having contact with the natural environment. Find out what this means in practice and how you can incorporate it into everyday activities. This four-part series will look at how educators can incorporate
the four ‘non-living’ elements: Air, Water, Fire, and Earth into an early learning and child care setting and how this aligns with Ontario’s Early Learning Frameworks: Early Learning for Every Child Today and How Does Learning Happen? Within each session, participants will have an opportunity to explore the concept of “messing about” and will gain strategies related to reflective practice using A Thinking Lens® for Reflection and Inquiry.
Introducing Air Activities: Air is all around us! This interactive workshop will give participants an opportunity to discuss, share, and learn about new activities that incorporate air in an early learning and child care setting. Participants will develop an innovative list of activities which incorporate air to utilize in their setting for both activities for children and the environment. There will also be an opportunity, utilizing loose parts, to make and try out the activities.
Introducing Earth Activities: Children love getting dirty and contrary to popular belief, this is actually good for them! This interactive workshop will discuss the research, benefits, and importance of introducing earth into everyday activities.
Participants will develop a portfolio of resources and activities that utilize the earth, in its many forms, to spark adventure and discovery in children. Participants are asked to bring a small amount of soil from their backyards to this session.
Introducing Water Activities: There’s more to water play than floating and sinking! Find out why one of the best resources in an early learning and child care setting is a tap. During this workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss
and explore new and innovative ways in which to utilize water to spark inquiry. This is a hands-on session during which educators will have the opportunity to participate in practical activities that will foster curiosity, experimentation, and imagination in children. Come and see how to incorporate flowing water into activities and how everyday household items can create waterfalls, water flows, watercourses, and much more.
Introducing Fire Activities: The fourth and final thought-provoking session of this series will include discussing the research regarding the benefits of utilizing fire, in its various forms, in an early learning and child care setting and
what this means in practice. Activities for all comfort levels will be included; from making candles, to dream boats, to cooking with fire using barbecues and campfires. It will dispel the myths around fire and support educators to feel comfortable utilizing fire in their practice. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the concept of risk-benefit analysis. So, let us help you to explore your ‘fire comfort zone’ and push your boundaries.

Date: You decide!

Location: Your choice!

Cost: TBD

Did you know this series can be delivered by webinar or in-person anywhere, for your own staff team or early learning community? Contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or eccdc@eccdc.org for more information or to request a quote.
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Creating Outdoor Learning Programs

Educators across Ontario have been embracing the move from traditional playgrounds to naturalized outdoor play spaces that amaze and inspire children, educators, families and communities. If you are looking to bring further intentionality to your space by creating a unique outdoor learning program that truly connects children to nature, this three part series, based on Eric Nelson’s book Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms is for you. These engaging sessions will offer opportunities to participate in conversations and share ideas with fellow educators, and engage in a variety of hands-on experiences. Whether you have a newly renovated outdoor space or you are working in a traditional outdoor space, a variety of strategies and tips will be offered in this workshop to support you on your journey.

Part 1: Philosophy and Approach
The first session will look at what Outdoor Classrooms are, their benefits, and the role of the outdoor classroom in early childhood education. Participants will explore philosophies and approaches to support Outdoor Learning Programs.
Part 2: Curriculum and Content
The second session will look at the role of the educator in developing the curriculum and content of Outdoor Classrooms to ensure that a full range of rich learning experiences are available for all children.
Part 3: Implementation
The third and final session will look at implementing Outdoor Classrooms and will include strategies to evaluate current practice, how to build upon it and embed a rich Outdoor Learning Program which supports the flow between indoors and outdoors.

Date: You decide!

Location: Your choice!

Cost: TBD

Did you know this series can be delivered by webinar or in-person anywhere, for your own staff team or early learning community? Contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or eccdc@eccdc.org for more information or to request a quote.
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Naturalizing Your Indoor Early Learning & Child Care Environment

As educators we have become familiar with the term ‘the environment is the third educator’ and we are moving away from traditional, brightly coloured environments that have an abundance of synthetic materials towards natural indoor environments. This workshop will consider how educators can enhance their existing early learning and child care environments by bringing ‘the outdoors indoors’ to create aesthetically attractive natural environments that spark the curiosity and sense of wonder for children and adults. The session will consider how educators can actively engage children and families in the naturalization of their indoor environments. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions with fellow educators and engage with a variety of natural materials that they can add to their indoor environments.

Date: You decide!

Location: Your choice!

Cost: TBD

Did you know this series can be delivered by webinar or in-person anywhere, for your own staff team or early learning community? Contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or eccdc@eccdc.org for more information or to request a quote.
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