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 as set forth through The Alberta Association for the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services.

Interactive & Incusive Environments

February 03, 2020

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. 

Physical Literacy & the Brain

March 07, 2020

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.

Trauma Informed Communications

June 17, 2020

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

Brain Architecture

September 01, 2020

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?
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