Events & Announcements
Take part in the StrongStart evaluation
The Ministry of Education in partnership with the Provincial Office for the Early Years has engaged the Atkinson Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto to undertake a review of StrongStart BC. The ministry is seeking feedback from parents/caregivers, school administrators, educators and community partners. The purpose of the review is to:
- Understand the impact of StrongStart BC
- Identify how StrongStart BC works with other community partners
- Provide recommendations to improve the program
ECEBC's Sector Survey
Please take 25-30 minutes to help ECEBC improve supports in the Early Care and Learning Sector. You are also welcome to share this survey with anyone in the Early Care and Learning Sector. Your feedback is important. If you complete this survey by May 31 and complete the draw information on the link at the end of this survey you will be entered for a chance to win a free 2017 conference registration and an iPad mini.
ECEBC is the provincial organization for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs), ECE students, ECE instructors, assistants and others involved in the Early Care and Learning Sector in BC. ECEBC services include training, public education, conferences and a strong public voice for children, families and the ECE workforce. Your answers will be kept strictly confidential.
Stats Can: Living arrangements of Aboriginal children aged 14 and under
This study uses data from the National Household Survey (NHS) to examine the living arrangements of Aboriginal children aged 14 and under, and includes results about Aboriginal children who lived with a lone parent, with their grandparents or in a stepfamily. The study also provides key statistics about Aboriginal foster children.
Yoga for Calming Anxiety in Children
May 26, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. This workshop will include practice and information on the principles of these highly effective yoga techniques, and the various ways we can present them in fun, safe, play-based ways to the children in our care.
Learn child-oriented and fun ways to share:
- Yoga positions to reduce tension, stress and anxiety
- Calming breathing techniques
- Relaxation, visualization and meditation
Come ready to be the child and practice the techniques yourself!
* BCACCS Call for proposals closes soon!
May 30 deadline. Consider sharing your inspiring, innovative workshops with our delegates. Workshops encourage us to grow in our practice and continue in our efforts to provide innovative tools for young children to develop strong spirits for the future.
Participation & Engagement of Children and Youth
May 31, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. This lecture will explore the current global state of practice regarding young people’s participation in the governance of their communities and cities, with examples from Canada and abroad. While most experimentation to date has tended to involve small numbers of children and youth, Dr. Hart will argue that there is the potential for large numbers of children of all ages to have engaging, authentic, roles in the many institutional settings of their lives as well as in local government.
Changing Childhood and the Creation of Child Friendly Communities
Designed for anyone concerned with the current state of children’s play and free time outside of school, including planners, designers, policymakers, and educators. June 1, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Creekside Community Centre, Vancouver, BC. $60 early bird available until May 8.
When the Worry Monster Attacks: Understanding anxiety and the surprising answer to helping your child through it
June 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. This workshop will focus on making sense of the world of anxiety for children as they experience it and direct us to land on a surprising answer for overcoming it! The goal will be to provide participants with a developmentally sensitive approach to understanding worry and transforming it into wonder.
CIRCLE Gathering - Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations
June 7-10 at the Songhees Wellness Centre (1100 Admirals Road). The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement is pleased to host a four-day gathering that will provide a venue for intergenerational learning, knowledge transmission, and relationship building among researchers, health professionals, students, youth, Elders, and knowledge holders. This year’s focus will be implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Recommendations, with particular emphasis on the focus areas of education, cultural safety, and land and art-based learning. Registration Form link here.
* FoodSafe Level 1 Course
June 10, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church (1044 St. George’s Avenue and 10th Street) in North Vancouver. There are some spaces still available at a discounted cost of $60 per person. For more information or to register, please contact Susan Cowan at 604-988-8835 or email@example.com.
Using Children’s Literature to Nurture Social & Emotional Development
June 11, 9:30 am - 12:45 pm in BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for all childcare providers. This workshop will introduce the idea of using children’s literature as a way to nurture children’s social and emotional development. In addition to book sharing, participants will learn how to create meaningful play based experiences that extended from the books they explore with children in their care.
Come Out and Play: Tools and Toys for Creative & Engaging Child Care
June 11, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Vancouver. Registration deadline is June 4, 2016.
* Join the Wellness Move-ment!
June 21! The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is a committed wellness partner for each and every First Nations person and community in British Columbia. FNHA has a vision of wellness, doing so in a manner that honours First Nations inherent teachings, values our diversity and respects traditions and culture. FNHA wants the June 21 Day of Wellness events to become an annual wellness movement for First Nations peoples in BC. There are over a 100
ways to celebrate National Aboriginal day through health and wellness events being held on June 21st.
2016 Reconciliation in Early Learning and Care Communities Summer Institute
July 13-15, 2016 at UBC Vancouver (The Institute for Early Childhood Education & Research). This IDSC summer institute is in response to the recommendations proposed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in particularly with regards to early childhood development, education and care. The institute will address and engage participants in interpretation (both theoretically and practically) of the notion of Reconciliation as it pertains to the field of early childhood and early intervention. Register by June 1, 2016.
Early Childhood Education and the Autism Spectrum Workshops
This seminar series is designed for early childhood educator and parents. The session will focus on children ages 2 - 7 years with and without autism spectrum. Each session is designed to build core understanding of best practices in support the social inclusion of children with autism, how to enhance peer socialization and play. Sessions will be held October 5, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre – New Westminster.