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.

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.

Working Together

Fall 2022

Virtual Program Tours

Join us for a team mentoring night, to share your expertise and experience in setting up your family day home environment.


The third teacher is the environment—a setting designed to be not only functional but also beautiful and reflective of the child's learning. It is the child's relationship with parent, teacher, and environment that ignites learning.

Our pedagogical mentor will be reaching out to all our educators throughout September to assist in developing this project.

Virtual Tour

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.

Totem Pole

Self-Paced Learning

Indigenous Canada

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada.


From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

Public Speaker

September 13, 2022

October 12, 2022

November 24, 2022

Maximize ELCC Conference

Maximize is back this fall, in an online format! This year, educators will have the opportunity to listen to 3 speakers, over 3 months, from the comfort of their homes.

September 13, 2022, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Jody Carrington, “Educators these days” 


October 12, 2022, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Tina Geers “Playful Planning”

November 24, 2022, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Laura Doan “Mentoring Leadership”


This training series has been approved for Professional Development Funding by Alberta Children’s Services

Brain Sketch

Self-Paced Learning

Brain Story Certification & Theory-to-Practice Sessions For ECEs

With the support of the Government of Alberta and in partnership with the Palix Foundation, the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) is excited to provide ECEs with an opportunity for continued professional learning on the scientific underpinnings of early brain development and the important role ECEs play in brain development in the early years. The professional learning will be free to take and ECEs will be reimbursed for their time spent learning.

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) has developed an online course to make Brain Story science available to professionals and the public. Brain Story Certification is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health. The course is also designed for professionals seeking certification in a wide range of fields.