Out of School Care

With our many years of experience developing and offering workshops, Creative Childcare Consulting is pleased to bring you the following professional development workshop for Out of School Care programs. Please refer to our Workshop Page for funding and registration information.

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Children’s Play is Risky Business!!!

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

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.

Just Press Play

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Pressing Play on those early dismissal and non-schools days is a critical component to healthy child development. Years of research clearly demonstrate that child directed play fosters the development of the whole child, contributes to school success, and is a necessary and important part of every child's life.

Pop-Up play opportunities provide out of school care settings with the opportunity to enable children to be experts in their own play by creating their own play experiences. Participants will learn how to support children’s interests through offering a variety of open ended play opportunities, provide a variety of materials that inspire creativity and the critical role of the OOSC leaders in providing and enabling children to experience these play opportunities.

Building Play Teams: An introduction to the UK Playwork Principals

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 ,2 and 4

This workshop is based on the 8 Playwork Principals (Playwork Principles Scrutiny Group, Cardiff 2005) that Playworkers in the UK have agreed are central to what they do. The Playwork principals establish the professional and ethical framework for playwork and as such must be regarded as a whole. The principles describe what is unique about play and playwork and provide the playwork perspective for working with young children and people.

 This workshop will provide an overview of the Playwork Principles. International resources as well as links to local experts will be provided to each participant.

Connecting with School Age Children

Duration 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

"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. 

My Skills Inventory: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 4

School age children learn from everyone. As school age care workers, we need to evaluate our own strengths and personal knowledge and skills. This interactive workshop will help school age care workers reflect on their own personal resources, how those skills can be used to influence positive outcomes for the children they work with, and how those skills match up with the different interests and developing characteristics of the school age child.

Developing and Implementing Program Rules: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Most school age programs have pre-set program rules. This workshop will provide participants with the tools to get children’s buy-in to rules and expectations by involving children in the rule making process. But, it doesn't stop there, we will discuss how children can be involved with logical consequences and can develop a self-monitoring program.

Every Child Belongs

Duration: 2 – 4 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

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.

Dealing with Conflicts: School Age Style

Duration: 2 – 4 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

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.

Discipline in School Age Programs

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

This workshop will challenge you to rethink your attitude about behaviours and child discipline for school age children. "Control the Climate not the Child". We will guide you through the examination and evaluation of your behaviour management and provide simple tips on how to generate appropriate behaviours while creating an environment all children feel safe in.

Developing Appropriate Practices in School Age Programs

The Influence of Staff and the Importance of Peers (Part 1)

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Developing Appropriate Practices in school age programs ensures characteristics and needs of school age children are met. We will explore the impacts that caring staff has on school age children as well as the importance of peer relationships and how this effects social development. Adult and peer interactions are core components in a Developmentally Appropriate environment.

Developing Appropriate Practices in School Age Programs

Environments and Routines

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Developing Appropriate Practices in school age programs ensures that the environments are created to meet the needs of a variety of age groups as well as small or larger group activities. Schedules and routines are predictable but flexible. We will design our spaces and evaluate our routines to ensure we are maximizing school-agers

Developing Appropriate Practices in School Age Programs

Characteristics and Developmental Stages of School-Agers (Part 2)

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Developing Appropriate Practices in school age programs incorporates knowledge of developmental characteristics of school age children. In school age programs, age appropriate really means stage appropriate. Part 2 of this workshop will focus on school age children’s brain development, characteristics and developmental stages and how this impacts the activities and experiences that you offer within your school age environment.   

Effective Supervision in School Age Programs

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Effective supervision is an essential element in the safe provision of child care. Supervision, together with thoughtful design and arrangement of children’s environments, can prevent or reduce the likelihood of accidents and the severity of injury to children. Out of school care professionals need to actively supervise children to identify risks and therefore minimize injury. Workshop participants will examine strategies and principles of active supervision that ensure children’s play is enjoyable and learning opportunities are promoted in a safe environment.

Transitions: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

School Age children experience numerous transitions at home, at school, and in the after school program. A transition is defined as simply moving from one activity to another. Join us as we evaluate our current transitions, discuss how to make them better, and learn some new transition tricks.

The Politics of Bullying

Duration 2-6 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2, and 3

Bullies feel the power! Children bullied are hurt and scarred. Bystanders watch, join in, or walk away, and adults don't always listen or believe. Having conversations with children and parents about what is happening can actually change the culture of a strong community. This workshop will provide participants with hands the facts on Bullying and the hidden impact on children.

The Politics of Bullying: What kids want you to know

Duration 2-6 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2 and 3

What can we as adults do to prevent and stop bullying? Bullying does not need to be a normal part of childhood. Having conversations with children and parents about what is happening can actually change the culture of a strong community. We will share real stories on how children feel who are bullied, and stories from bullies' themselves. This workshop will provide participants with the tools and components to develop an effective Bully Prevention program.

The Politics of Bullying: I can have fun changing things!

Duration 2-6 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

What can we as adults do to prevent and stop bullying? Provide fun engaging activities that will support a Bully Free culture! Join us in this exciting wrap up of fun activities to engage your school age children to become involved, have fun and create change!

Activities that Build Skills and Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship

Duration:  2 hours per workshop up to 12 hours (Total 6 workshops)

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

During the middle years school age children begin searching for learning opportunities outside of the family unit. As professionals working with these children you are in a position to influence their skills building and support them in developing their characters and social values. Join us for 6 sessions on skill building, lead skill-building activities, and develop a plan on how you will implement these skills builders. Each skill builder is a 2-hour session.

Team Building Games and Challenges for School Age Children

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

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.

Everything I know about Friendships I learned on the Playground

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

During the Middle Years (5-12 year olds) children begin to look outside of their immediate family and towards the larger world to shape their core morals and values. The playground is where school- agers learn to form friendships and relationships by developing important social skills like sharing, negotiating and risk taking. These are critical life skills and can be developed through engaging program planning implemented by enthusiastic staffing teams. Join us as we explore the characteristic traits of social-emotional development and how you can incorporate activities into your program.

Strategies for ADHD Children in the School Age Environment

Duration: 2 – 4 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Having ADHD is only one small part of who a child is, and yet it is the part we focus on the most. The most critical message we can give a child is that every part of them is acceptable to us including their ADHD. This workshop will provide some activities to support your children, support you and support parents to empower ADHD children.

When Two Worlds Meet: Developing good relationships with leasing organizations

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 3,4,5 and 6

Many out of school care programs operate in schools, community centres, churches and even strip malls. A good relationship with your leasing organization can be critical to your organizations' success. This workshop will bring Operators, Executive Directors and Site Supervisors together to reflect on some of the opportunities and challenges of working with leasing organizations. We will develop a strategy to build bridges and partnerships with leasing agents that will support quality after school care for community children.

Building School Partnerships: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 3,4,5, and 6

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 Director collaboration.

Parent and Family Relationships: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 3 amd 4

Parents of school age children are often quite busy and on the run. This workshop not only shares proven techniques for engaging parents as partners, it facilitates the development of tools to create a family friendly environment. A brief skit, on a parking lot conversation amongst 3 parents will help us to broaden our perspectives on parent needs.

A Place for Every Child: Inclusive Child Care

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Early learning and childcare programs are often challenged by the many complex and diverse needs of children and families. All children are unique, yet have much in common. This makes it imperative for ELCC educators to adopt and follow a philosophy of inclusion that includes Designing services around children and their families, rather than fitting them into existing services. 

Workshop participants will examine their core values and reflect on their current inclusionary philosophy and practices. They will explore strategies for including all children and establishing a good foundation. Facilitators will guide participants through activities that will allow them to identify with their own ethical responsibilities and help them overcome barriers to inclusion.

A Place for Every Child: The Learning Environment

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2, 3 and 4

The classroom environment is the child’s home away from home as well as the learning environment. It must be warm and inviting and packed with learning opportunities for all children as they learn new concepts and practice developing old ones. This workshop will guide participants through an evaluation process to assess the effectiveness of their inclusive classroom environment and identify which if any changes need to be made. They will explore and share ideas on how to set up classrooms that are visually appealing, offer choices to all children, have logically arranged centres, and are safe places to learn.

A Place for Every Child: Curriculum and Standards of Practice

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2 and 3

Developing a program that meets the needs of all children is a difficult task at best. Curriculum involves decisions about how children learn, when learning takes place, and what is to be learned. It requires ELCC practitioners to "Implement curriculum that is thoughtfully planned, challenging, engaging, developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically responsive, comprehensive, and likely to promote good outcomes for all young children." (NAECY, 2003).

This workshop is designed to help participants identify with the many elements of an inclusive, comprehensive curriculum. It will guide them through developmentally appropriate standards of practice. Through hands-on activities participants will explore strategies to set the stage for individualized learning and the importance of establishing schedules, routines and transitions.

Building Tween Leadership Skills: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1,2,3 and 5

As older children move towards independence they are increasingly interested in assuming responsibility for how they use their free time. They enjoy being resourceful and getting involved in activities and projects that are important to them. Join us as we walk through the joys of supporting tweens as they develop their leadership style and skills.

Lead 4 Tomorrow: L4T Leadership program for out of school care

Duration: 4 hours (can be split into 2 sessions)

Accreditation Standards: 1,2,3, and 5

Children of all ages can take leadership roles. In this 2-part workshop “L4T Leadership Club“ will provide out of school care programs with a framework that supports children to engage in age appropriate leadership opportunities. Implementing a leadership program provides children with the opportunity to explore options of interest outside of the school environment, connect children to the greater local and global community, all while supporting skills and real-life experiences.

Leadership is about mutual respect and trust between children and adults.  It is about being part of a larger team to accomplish mutual goals that benefit children and the larger community.

Participants will link leadership opportunities to child developmental milestones, provide opportunities for families to have input into the leadership program, conduct observations and reflect on the implementation and outcomes of the leadership program.

Developing a Practical Step-by-Step Plan for implementing Loose Parts Play

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2, and 4

Implementation of Loose Parts materials in any setting can take longer than expected. Taking the time needed to work through potential challenges that often arise will provide a solid foundation to implement loose parts play.

This workshop provides participants with the tools to help minimize potential risks factors, educate staff and parents on the benefits of loose parts play. We also show you how to develop ongoing management plans on the implementation and maintenance of loose parts materials.

Team Building Games and Challenges for School Age Children

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

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.

Creating Clubs and Committees Using School Agers Input

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

The more children are involved in the program planning, activities and projects, the more invested and engaged they will be. This workshop will go through the steps on how to truly involve children of all ages and what important skills development is met when clubs and committees are well planned and followed through on.

Global Issues and Service Programming: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Through hands-on activities school age programs can open the doors to the world for our children. Understanding the impact of global issues, a better understanding of cultural diversity and community service projects builds compassion and allows children to better understand the issues facing their immediate communities. This workshop will provide the ideas and tools to implement these topics into your everyday program delivery.

Open Ended Activity Centres: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2 and 4

Environments in school age programs can be one of our biggest challenges. Activity centres are a great way to involve children's ideas for equipment and when creating portable spaces. Participants will not only have the opportunity to explore some portable activity centres, they will have the opportunity to be involved with groups to plan some portable activity centres. A fun, interactive workshop!

Intentional Programming in Out of School Care

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2 and 4

The key to successful programming is to have a vision of where the activities are going as a way to challenge the children and add to their skills and social development. This interactive workshop looks at pro-active group management by; creating structure, building rapport, developing rules and consequences, bridging the gap and dealing with anger. 

Project Based Programming: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Project based programming experiences often miss the opportunity to be real life changing experiences for children. This workshop will help participants turn important issues that children truly care about into opportunities for children to build on their abilities and learn new skills. Participants will leave with working templates on; group roles, project planning guides, and project planning review sheets.

Creating a Reading Rich Environment: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

After school is the perfect time to encourage children to read. Workshop participants will engage in literacy activities school age style, review developmental stages and grade levels as they relate to literacy and explore fun ways to incorporate literacy projects in everyday activities creating a reading rich environment.

The Rhythm of Music: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

It is common practice to set up Interest Areas in out-of-school program environments. Interest Centers are organized around areas that children like to explore such as Art, Science and Nature, Building and Construction, Board and Table Games, Cooking, or Dramatic Play.  But we don’t usually organize Music centres. Join us for this fun workshop that will set your feet a tapping!

We All Smile in the Same Language

(a multi-cultural celebration of the season)

Duration: 3 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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 which 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.

Grossology?!

Duration: 2-3 hours

Accreditation Standard: 2

It's gross that’s why they love it! If you thought that science was dull, here’s a workshop that will change your mind. There are so many things that peak the senses and get the giggles going, from awful ooey gooey sensory experiences to disgusting smells, gross songs, and stories. Throughout this hands-on interactive workshop participants will roll up their sleeves for some serious mess making, exploring all that is gross.

Physical Activities: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1 and 2

Canadian children and youth are sitting idle indoors during the after-school period of approximately 3 to 6 p.m., getting a mere 14 minutes, out of a possible 180, of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity. The Report Card also tells us that fifty-nine per cent of the after-school time period is spent engaged in sedentary pursuits. Learn ways to engage children and support staff members in all kinds of fun physical activities School Age Style.

Creating Fun, Portable Outdoor Environments: School Age Style

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2 and 4

After school time and non-school days are the perfect time for staff and children to create new environments by setting up portable outdoor centres! Enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors, enjoy new physical environments and allow children the space and fresh air to learn and grow through natural play experiences. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to assess outdoor play spaces and plan to set up outdoor activity centres. We will focus on engaging children to participate at different levels as well as having different activities available for children to have choice. This is a fun, interactive workshop! Make sure you are dressed in comfortable as well as for the weather!

Summer Sun and Physical Fun

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2 and 4

Non-School days and summer camp is the perfect time for staff and children to create new environments, enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors, and explore new physical challenges. This workshop provides participants with opportunities to plan and lead non-school day activities that include; field trips, outdoor play spaces, and physical activity. We plan to have fun, dress comfortably and for the weather.

Family and Community Partners

Duration: 5 hours

Accreditation Standards: 3 and 5

Maximizing experiences for children and families requires healthy, collaborative partnerships between all stakeholders. This workshop not only shares proven techniques for engaging parents, families and community it will guide participants through a process of how to open channels of communication and facilitate the development of tools to create a family/community friendly environment.

We All Smile in the Same Language

(a multi-cultural celebration of the season)

Duration: 2 hours

Accreditation Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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.

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