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Workshops

Please see a sample of our workshop offerings below. Our hosted workshop schedule for 2017 will be available soon - we are also available to present off-site at your childcare facility or organization. Please get in touch via email if you would like to book an SFU Childcare Society workshop!



Children and Planks: A Tale of Movement

This workshop is aimed at providing insight into a year-long project with children in an Infant and Toddler centre at Simon Fraser University. The project focused on children's bodily movements in regard to environment and materials.

Participants will learn about:

1. The process of long-term projects
2. How to deeply observe and record
3. How to enable children to challenge their bodily movements

Presenter: Sadaf Soheilsayar
Sadaf is a current Capilano University student working towards her degree in ECE. She has spent the past two years working at Simon Fraser University Childcare Society. A primary focus during this time has been investigating children's gross motor movements in regard to their environment. This workshop is a result of her commitment and dedication to the children's interests and curiosities.



Nurturing Leadership

SFUCCS believes that each of our educators have skills and the ability to lead in their area of expertise. Through the nurturing of collaborative relationships, eduactors grow in their capacity to engage with new and old philosophies. 

Participants will learn about:

1. The areas of leadership opportunities that can be nurtured
2. Examining the role of ongoing mentoring with educators, long after practicum and licensing hours are satisfied
3. Creating a plan to foster leadership in your own program/facility

Presenter: Jacqueline Ewonus
Jacqueline is a Program Director at SFU Childcare Society, overseeing six infant/toddler programs. She has a longer relationship with the childcare field in different capacities over the past 25 years. Most recently, she worked as a Child Care Licensing Officer before coming to SFUCCS three years ago to support educators in their relationships with children.
 



Infant-Toddler Studio: Creating Spaces that Inspire

Nita and Lina will share their journey of providing a creative space that honoured children under three. They will share through their observations that children have rich ideas, voices, and with the right environment, if we listen carefully, their creativity will reveal itself. 

Participants will learn about:

1. Typical toddler art experiences, and comparing the work infants and toddlers can do when given rich and beautiful materials
2. The importance of providing a space that inspires and how a pedagogical narration is used to support the studio space

Presenters: Nita Pedersen and Lina Brasil Do Couto
Nita and Lina are both senior educators in infant/toddler programs at SFU Childcare Society. Their work with children exemplifies the Society's vision that states "SFUCCS values children as the heart of our respectful, collaborative and reflective community by providing them with an environment to develop their potential through freedom to explore."



Rethinking Weapon Play: an Example of Reflective Practice

This workshop will present a story of how a 3 to 5 program struggled with how to handle weapon play, and the evolution of our policies and principles around this play. It details the process we took and our use of reflective practice in handling this complex issue. Pedagogical documentation on the weapon play in our program and educator reflections on this area are included in the presentation.

Participants will learn about:

1. What reflective practice looks like, and how it can benefit your program
2. How our program's policies on weapon play evolved through our use of reflective practice

Presenter: Rebecca Sung
Rebecca has been an ECE with SFU Childcare for the past three years. She has a passion for outdoor learning, and completed a practicum at a Forest Kindergarten in Scotland. She has participated in the Community Facilitators Project with UVic for two years, and has previously presented at Capilano U's Leading the Way conference. She was also the 2015 recipient of the Margaret MacDonald professional development grant.

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