Professional Development

Agency staff arrange on-going training for our day home educators in a variety of ways including: in their homes, at monthly meetings, conferences, and in office training opportunities.

Our Family Day Home Educators are expected to achieve, at a minimum, their Child Development Assistant Certificate within one year of contracting with the Agency.  They are encouraged to pursue their Child Development Worker and Child Development Supervisor Certification during their career with our Agency.

As part of an Educator’s commitment to professionalism in the field it is expected that Educators will attend training sessions, conferences, and agency meetings to meet requirements for professional development.

Playing with Wooden Alphabets

June 3, 2021

Communication with Families Using the ASQ

Regular Ages & Stage Screening (ASQ) provides a fast and helpful look at how children are doing in important areas like communication, social skills, motor skills, and problem-solving skills. Screening can identify a child’s strengths, uncover new milestones to celebrate, and reveal any areas where a child may need support. It helps parents and educators understand a child’s development and know what to look for next.

The great thing about ASQ is that it’s strengths-focused—the emphasis is really on what a child can do. It’s the perfect way to keep track of milestones and celebrate them as a child grows and develops.  And, it helps parents work with doctors and educators to plan next steps when it makes the most difference — a child’s critical first years of life.

ASQ is a screener, not an assessment tool, so it does not diagnose a disability. It can help determine if a child needs further assessment or support in one or more areas. A big benefit of ASQ is that it helps catch potential delays or issues early — so if a child does need some extra support, follow-up, or intervention, they can get it now, when it makes the most difference.

Homework Help

November 24, 2021

Diversity and Inclusion

Everybody can benefit from communicating more effectively, however, when 20% of Canada’s population is foreign-born (and much higher in urban centres), communicating with the cross-cultural advantage is arguably one of the most important types of communication to understand and benefit from in the 21st century. Any organization with a culturally-diverse client base or increasingly multicultural workforce would benefit greatly from this topic.


What Attendees Will Learn

  • Cultural differences in communication: Indirect vs. direct speaking styles

  • Individualistic and collective cultures: How values change the way we communicate

  • Effective day-to-day communication when English is a second language

  • Non-verbal communication: Why the “unspoken” word is the most important of all

  • How global companies lose millions in revenue due to a lack of understanding of cultural differences

Join us and Speaker Tina Varughese as she helps us increase positivity, profits, and purpose in our organization.

Mother and Baby on Floor

June 17, 2021

Pedagogical Partners - Learning Stories

Everything children do has meaning for them. Curriculum decisions in early learning and child care begin with children. These goals help early learning and child care educators think about and describe what children are experiencing in the early childhood environment and consider further possibilities that can enrich children’s care, play, learning, and development.

The four holistic play-based goals can be used to reflect on and interpret the experiences of children, including infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Each goal is expanded into three facets—aspects of the broader goal. Each goal facet is further expanded into a list of descriptors. Goal descriptors can be used to describe what children are doing in their care, play, learning, and development. In this way, educators can begin to talk to one another and to families about children’s experiences using a common language.

Beaded Bracelet Collection

February 16, 2022

Impact of Residential Schools

The Innisfail & Area Family Day Home Society is partnering with other licensed family day home agencies in central Alberta to bring to our educator team this information session on the impacts of Residential Schools on Indigenous and First Nations Children in Canada.

Truth is an imperative piece in the reconciliation process. The intent of listening is to learn the truths necessary to engage in meaningful conversations with the Indigenous community. To the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, reconciliation is about “establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.”


We ask our educators to join us in listening and learning with Wesley Scott, who will give us a historical overview of residential schools. 

We are honoured to then listen to the story of residential school survivor and Elder, Gertrude (Gertie) Pierre, who will share her story and her truth.

We would like to thank the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and both presenters in advance for entrusting us with their stories.


September 21, 2021

Pedagogical Partners - Family Engagement

A practice of relationships supports educators to work with children, families, and others in the early childhood community to co-construct continuity in transitions for the benefit of each child and family’s well-being and learning.

It takes time to build new relationships. As educators support and respect each child’s relationship with his or her family, they help each child to build new and trusting relationships within early childhood communities. Thoughtful and unrushed transitions have the potential to foster positive relationships in the way that people meet and exchange information.

Join us and our ARCQE pedagogical mentor to dicuss the ideas outlined in Flight and Supporting Children and Families Through Change.

Diverse Kindergarten

March 24, 2022

Making Happiness Happen

Through this session we will take time to learn and understand specific characteristics or elements in a child’s lifethat most contribute to resilience.


Developing these resilient tendencies will give a child the essential life skills needed to cope with challenges, adopt a positive perspective, and develop self-confidence and self-worth — all essential ingredients for happiness.

By the end of this training, you will be able to:
1. describe the 7 characteristics and elements that contribute to a child’s resilience.
2. differentiate between  encouragement and praise.
3. list at least 5 ways to support children’s development in nurturing resilience.