Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

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Wait List: Integrating Nature and Caring for Children

This is a multi-day workshop. Please ensure you are available for all the dates listed below:

Online Wednesday & Thursday September 28 & 29, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Join us in an interactive workshop as we expand our ideas on how to connect with children outside in nature in a safe and fun way. We intend to create a space for dialogue and idea sharing on the topics of:

  • The benefits of children's outdoor learning and play, 

  • Nature and the benefits to our well-being and children's mental, emotional and spiritual development.

  • Mindsets to carry when supporting children's outdoor learning and play.

  • Common challenges to prepare for overcoming.

  • Selected sample of outdoor learning/play activities, and resources to find out more.

Living Inquiries: 

  • Well-being and belonging.

  • Engagement with others, materials, and the world.

Pathways:

  • Joy in relationships with people, place, materials and ideas.

  • Safety and respect.

  • Nourishment, sleep, and physical activity.

  • Emotions, thoughts, and views.

  • Spaces, objects, and materials.

  • Reconnection to land, place.

  • Time for engagement.

Suitable for students, parents, novice and intermediate early care and learning professionals working with preschool age (3-5 years old) and school age children, including children with extra support needs.

Facilitator(s): Ashley Tyler and Rebecca Clapperton Law

Nature has always been a huge part of Ashley’s journey. You will find her immersed within it daily, sharing her love of nature with her two children as they explore their local trails, making sure to get their hands dirty and jump in the puddles! Ashley and her husband run a nature-based outdoor homeschool program that invites children to learn through hands-on exploration and discovery. She is currently working through her Forest Practitioner Certification with the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada. Ashley is excited to be a part of the NatureKids community and share her love of nature with families across BC.

Rebecca is Mother of three middle school kids and there is no end to the playful adventures in Nature that the family shares. Rebecca has had a longstanding commitment to not-for-profit leadership and board governance and has served as volunteer director and executive with multiple community organisations including S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Services, Minerva Foundation of BC, Leadership Vancouver, Mount Pleasant Family Centre, Reconciliation Canada, Family Services of Greater Vancouver Foundation and Community Volunteer Connections.

  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 to state this when they create their account on our website and be approved for this access. When you are an approved CCRR Registered LNR or Vancouver Licensed Family Child Care Provider, these reduced fees will automatically be applied to your registration for all applicable workshops.
  3. Participants must be 19 years of age to work with children.
  4. Minimum Grade 8 high-school English understanding, written and oral skills or equivalent 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 are available on your account at wccrc.ca/login
  10. Handouts (if any) are sent by email.
  11. Certificates can be reprinted or downloaded from your account at any time after you complete the full workshop or course.
  12. Everyone in the class must abide by the Classroom Code of Conduct.
  13. These are non-credit workshops/courses, meaning they cannot be applied towards the completion of a university or college certificate, diploma or degree.
  14. 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.

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