Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning

Introduction to Forest & Nature School

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, all our upcoming in-person workshops and courses are CANCELLED.

People who have registered will remain enrolled at this time. We are looking into offering remote professional development opportunities and rescheduling workshops.

We will contact you via the email address provided during registration with any updates. If a workshop or course cannot proceed, full refunds will be issued to registrants.

If you have any questions, please email pro-d@wstcoast.org.

 

Location: Marpole Neighbourhood House at 8585 Hudson St. Vancouver, BC.

Come and learn about the philosophy and practice of Forest and Nature School in Canada. We will discuss outdoor activities, risk-management, how to be prepared and comfortable in all weather. We will explore some hands-on skills to deepen your practice and will explore shelter building, knot tying/rope-play, learn some common local plants and explore oral storytelling.

Objectives:

  • Learn about the history and philosophy of Forest and Nature Schools.

  • Discuss risk management.

  • Explore shelter building, rope-play, and knots.

  • Identify some common local plants (edible and non-edible).

  • Explore oral storytelling.

Suitable for parents, students, adult instructors/administrators, novice, intermediate and experienced early learning child care professionals working with preschool to school-age children, including children with extra support needs.

Facilitator: Cara Agro. Cara is the lead facilitator of both Fresh Air Learning and Out and About Adventures.  She feels fortunate to be able to spend most of her time engaged in open ended, child-led, place-based play with children both in Pacific Spirit Park and Trout Lake.  Cara has completed her ECE at VCC and holds a B.A. in English and Cultural Studies.

  1. Requests for cancellations must be received at least 3 business days prior to the workshop / course date to get a refund, minus any Administration Fees.
  2. All refunds are subject to a $10 Administration Fee, except for workshops / courses that are $100 or more, which have a $25 Administration Fee.
  3. No monies will be refunded or credits offered once the workshop / course starts, or if it’s missed.
  4. Westcoast may cancel a workshop / course at any time. Registrants will be notified and receive a full refund.
  5. If a class is missed registrants forfeit their fee and there will be no refund or credit.

By registering for a workshop / course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with these policies.

  1. It is the participants’ responsibility to read the workshop/course description and objectives and make sure the training selected is suitable for their learning needs.
  2. Only Vancouver CCRR Registered LNRs or Vancouver Licensed Family Child Care Providers qualify to pay the FCC Fee and will need the Promo Code received by email to register. Use the promo code when registering, as no fee adjustments can be made after registration is confirmed. The Promo Code is not applicable for courses which are $100 or more.
  3. Participants must be 19 years of age at the time of registration.
  4. The equivalent of Grade 8 high-school English understanding, written and oral skills are necessary to actively participate in class.
  5. Participants must stay for the full workshop/course to receive a certificate.
  6. Doors close 15 minutes after start time in respect to the presenter and participants.
  7. We are unable to accommodate children during workshop/course time. Please make childcare arrangements.
  8. Payment must be made at the time of registration to confirm a seat.
  9. Receipts and handouts (if any) are always sent by email.
  10. There is a $15 charge to reprint a certificate or receipt for up to 1 year from the workshop / course date.
  11. Everyone in the class must abide by the Classroom Code of Conduct.
  12. These are non-credit workshops / courses, meaning they cannot be applied towards the completion of a university or college certificate, diploma or degree.
  13. If you have questions about a certificate being accepted by the ECE Registry, please contact them at 1-888-338-6622 or look on their website here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/early-learning/teach/training-and-professional-development/become-an-early-childhood-educator/renew-maintain-ece-certification

By registering for a workshop/course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with these policies.

We are all guests in the training room. In an effort to maintain a safe and welcoming environment, we ask that we follow these guidelines:

  1. Respect people’s choices, experiences and feelings.
  2. One person speaks at a time.
  3. Participate actively by including your voice and make space for other voices to be heard.
  4. Respect confidentiality, what is said in the group, stays in the group. Speak in private with the instructor if necessary.
  5. Assume the best intent. This is a space to learn and sometimes that means making mistakes.
  6. Take care of yourself, whatever that may look like.
  7. Mute your microphone to reduce background noise and unmute it for group discussions, to comment or ask questions.

By registering for a workshop / course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with these policies.

By registering for a workshop / course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with all policies.

In keeping with our eco-conscious goal of reducing paper use, handouts, resources and certificates will be sent by email. In this way, participants will have a resource that can be saved and viewed across various devices, shared and printed anytime.

We may take some photographs (including a Zoom group picture) during workshops/courses with the purpose of promoting our training. By registering you consent to allow us or others attending to take your photograph. If it’s okay with the facilitator, you may photograph materials, slides, books, etc., but not film the workshop.

Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) require a minimum of 40 hours of professional development to renew a certificate to practice. Select topics you would like to expand on or that you’re passionate about.

Registered Family Child Care Providers (RLNR) are required to complete at least 4 hours of professional development before their annual renewal date.

Questions?

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Event Info

Date: Apr 15, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Duration: 2 Hours
Fee: $35
FCC Fee: $20

Contact Info

Professional Development Team
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
pro-d@wstcoast.org
604-709-5661 EXT 221

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