Professional Development

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

Our Family Day Home Providers 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 a Provider’s commitment to professionalism in the field it is expected that Providers will attend training sessions, conferences, and agency meetings to meet requirements for professional development.

February 3, 2020

Interactive & Inclusive Environments

C.A.R.E. provides Cultural Awareness training for organizations and businesses in Central Alberta, building a higher level of Cultural Competency within the organization as a whole.  Cultural Awareness Training builds cross cultural communication, an understanding of differences, and an appreciation of cultural diversity. 

October 1, 2020

Trauma Informed Communications 

How to have those hard conversations with compassion, empathy, and trauma informed responses.

Come prepared to learn:

  • How to have conversations with compassion

  • How to flip the perspective

  • How to recognize your own triggers and recognizing triggers in others

  • How to offer support without overstepping professional boundaries

Shauna Philip

March 7, 2020

Physical Literacy & the Brain

Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are not Physical Education teachers but they do understand the importance of learning through play for preschool children. So we designed the APPLE Model to show the relationship between active play and physical literacy.  The goal with APPLE Seeds is to support ECEs who may not yet have the confidence and competence to provide stimulating physically literate environments for preschool children. Each activity in APPLE Seeds builds on the previous one and includes an introductory activity to help build context for the children, an adult-led activity, and lots of time for unstructured play.

November 2, 2020

Kids Have Stress Too! ® 

​Even the most nurturing home and school environment includes a range of stressors that can both challenge and motivate children. While stress is a necessary part of development and learning, it’s clear that Canadian families now face more stress than ever before.

Kids Have Stress Too!  Provides a comprehensive introduction to key aspects of early childhood and brain development, as well as the crucial role caregivers and educators play in helping children learn effective stress-management strategies. Designed to meet the needs of early childhood educators and kindergarten teachers, the program contains practice and curriculum-based strategies to help young children learn how to manage stress.

September 1, 2020

Brain Architecture Game

The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development – what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society.

Your goal is to build a brain that is as tall as possible, which represents functionality, and as sturdy as possible, which represents the ability to withstand stresses.  After the initial period of early childhood brain development, weights must be hung from the structure of the brain when life hands out stressors.  Will the foundation withstand these weights, or will it collapse?

December 1, 2020

Utilizing the PLOT Survey to Inform Planning

The Physical Literacy Observation Tool (PLOT) is used as a guide for observing early years fundamental movement skills to enhance program planning, activities, and play-based environments.  

PLOT is not a child development assessment tool, rather a tool to support Fundamental Movement Skills that are necessary prerequisites to being physically active for a life time.

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