Creative Childcare Consulting
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WHEN:  NOVEMBER 2nd, 2019

FROM:   9:00 to 2:45

WHERE: HEARTLAND AGENCY – MAYLANDS HEIGHTS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

LOCATION:1625, 18th Street NE Calgary, Alberta




Great Beginnings for Infants and Toddlers

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.

Sensory Fun: Get Out the Goop (Infants and Toddlers)

Sensory activities provide children with a meaningful avenue for learning. Sensory tables or tubs rotated regularly with wondrous sensory materials are worthwhile investments for hours of learning, exploring, and fun. Because children learn best by having "hands on" experiences with materials, providing an environment rich in sensory experiences is vital to children's learning and development.

This hands-on interactive workshop will explore why sensory play is important for infants and toddlers. Facilitators will introduce participants to many fun and stimulating activities to enhance sensory experiences in early learning environment.

Stop Biting in its Tracks

Why do toddlers bite? How can we as educators give them guidance and tools to deal with their big emotions? By diving into child development, temperament, environment as well as speech and language, we can assemble tools to deal with this behavior that is very distressing for children, educators and parents.

Facilitators will lead participants in discussion to create an awareness and understanding of what prompts biting. Participants will train to use tools that evaluate the child’s behavior and to develop strategies that will bring peace back to the classroom.

Child Development: Children with Challenging Behaviours (part 1)

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)

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.

The Learning Environment as the Root to Challenging Behaviours (part 3)

Dealing with challenging behavior in preschool children can be a daunting task. Before we can address challenging behavior, it is necessary to look at the classroom environment and what coping strategies are needed.

Children’s behaviours communicate their needs, if they are exhibiting challenging behaviours, it can mean that their needs are not being met. This interactive workshop identifies strategies that ELCC educators can apply to interpret children’s behaviours and understand what they may be communicating about their classroom environment. Participants will explore ways to adapt classroom environments and revise practices to lessen challenging behaviours.

Getting Back to Nature: Inspiring Nature Play in the ELCC Classroom

Everything around us is connected to nature. Nature inspires, refreshes, and nurtures us. When experiences with nature are embedded in the early learning curriculum and daily routines, children benefit physically, emotionally, and intellectually as they have new experiences, exercise their bodies, and enjoy the feeling of freedom that comes from being connected to the natural world.

Let’s Get Physical

Yoga and Movement, Creating Ease Throughout the Day. In this workshop we will learn about yoga and movement and the benefits of a daily practice for children and adults. We will also explore calming meditation exercises to do with children, fun and easy movement games and how to weave Yoga throughout the day for both the caregiver and the child. Yoga not only supports physical fitness but also the inner emotional world and a daily practice can support children’s over all fitness and emotional wellbeing.


We All Smile In the Same Language

Let’s celebrate! As we think of this time of the year (December) we begin to realize that people everywhere in the world are celebrating. What are they celebrating? This workshop is a celebration of celebrations in recognition of the rich cultural diversity of our country and the cultures around the world. Participants will be engaged in cultural activities that can be easily introduced to the children in their programs and will provide networking opportunities to share their own cultural backgrounds and traditions around this festive season.

Every Child Belongs

This workshop will support school age professionals in setting all children up for a successful and fun after school. We will discuss strategies on how to support children to live within the program rules, take responsibility for their actions and to develop tolerance and respect for peer temperaments.

Building School Partnerships: School Age Style

Research clearly demonstrates that a healthy, collaborative relationship with the schools we provide service to, leads to better overall positive outcomes for our children. This workshop will guide participants to open up channels of communication, recognize and be respectful of the roles each partner has in the school and provide tips that support School Principle/Program

Dealing with Conflicts: School Age Style

Wide ranges of circumstances or conditions may result in conflict and behaviour problems amongst school age children. Join us for strategies to support children and support your team. You will have the chance to evaluate the environment as well as your conflict management style.


Planning Effective Staff Meetings

We’ve all sat through bad meetings. A lot is said, but nothing gets accomplished. No one leaves with action items they can work on, and employees are just as confused on what’s next as they were before the meeting. If this happen too often, your team members will begin to tune out.

Staff meetings need not be monotonous or dull gatherings; they can and should be opportunities to move the organization forward. They should provide a forum to build interpersonal relationships that help promote teamwork and collaboration, and reduce the potential for miscommunication and misunderstanding. Regularly scheduled staff meetings can create a sense of inclusion among staff making everyone feel like they are part of a cohesive team.  With some preplanning and effort, you can make staff meetings fun for the participants and productive for the team. Facilitators will lead participants through discussion and hands on activities, introducing tips and techniques to breathe new life into staff meetings and unlock the door to self and team improvement.

Understanding Relationships

This session will provide hands on activities that foster building open, honest and trustful relationships. The focus is active listening, respectful peer interactions and awareness of others individuality and how that impacts teams. Participants will gain an understanding of how to better support diverse needs and communication styles.

Creating a Gossip Free Workplace

What is gossip? What is the difference between that and rumors? How does gossip impact professionalism and the care we provide?

Gossip is talk that is somehow "juicy," meaning it deals with subjects that are shocking or personal. Gossip is usually about things like love and relationships, or private things that people don't talk openly about. Gossip is passing along information that’s not relevant to anyone doing their job effectively. Gossip in the workplace has a negative on teamwork, professionalism and confidentiality.

Facilitators will lead participants in discussion to create an awareness and understanding of “Gossip” and how it applies to the early learning and child care profession. What is the definition of gossip and why is it different from rumors and slander? Why do individuals’ gossip? What are the negative impacts on the children and families we serve and on our workplace environments? Participants will engage in self-reflection to identify what they can do personally and professionally to improve their practice in dealing with gossip in the workplace.






9:00 TO 10:30

Great Beginnings for Infants and Toddlers

Sharon Ness

Child Development: Children with Challenging Behaviours (part 1)

Shannon Heinrich

Getting Back to Nature: Inspiring Nature Play in the ELCC Classroom

Dawnn Kondracki

OSC: We All Smile in the Same Language

Diane McKean and Marjorie Cole

Leadership: Planning Effective Staff Meetings

Traudi Kelm

10:30 to 10:45

Movement Break


10:45 to 12:15

Sensory Fun: Get Out the Goop (Infants and Toddlers)

Dawnn Kondracki

Child Development: Behaviour Management Strategies (part 2)

Shannon Heinrich


 OSC: Building School Partnerships: School Age Style


 Diane McKean

OSC: Every Child Belongs

Marjorie Cole

Leadership:Creating a Gossip Free Workplace

Sharon Ness

12:15 TO 1:15



Join us in the cafeteria over the lunch break

There are a number of restaurants in the area or brown bag

1:15 to 2:45

Stop Biting in its Tracks

Sharon Ness

The Learning Environment as the Root to Challenging Behaviours (part 3)

Shannon Heinrich

Let’s Get Physical: Yoga and Movement Creating Ease Throughout the Day

Tone Indbryn

OSC: Dealing with Conflicts: School Age Style

Diane McKean and Marjorie Cole

Leadership: Understanding Relationships

Traudi Kelm






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

One Session

Two Sessions

Three Sessions




All workshops will be subjected to GST and Eventbrite Fees 

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

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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 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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
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                                                                      Diane McKean

                                                 Early Learning Specialist                                                 Out-of-School Care Specialist                                   

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                Phone: 403-818-9305                                                          Phone: 403-607-3133

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