WORKSHOPS


SESSION B

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

B1/C1 Spatial Pathology: Objects, Sounds, Pathways (Part 1)

The lecture will examine the patterns and rituals of our practice guided by perceptions of spatial stimuli with the close look at the system of objects, sounds and pathways that both directly and indirectly dictate our spatial experiences and affect our perceptions and appropriation of the designed space and circumstances.

Presenters: Ana Vojnovic


Ana Vojnovic works as an educator, artist-designer and a lecturer. Her work is an interdisciplinary response to urban conditions, and questions of how built/designed environments affect and condition human perception, and our response to designed circumstances.

B2 Perceiving Problems as Possibilities

Education that is current and concerned with “Now” is constantly engaged with the emerging challenges that we face in real world. In order for us to provide children with the skills required to navigate these everyday challenges, we must start perceiving “problems” differently. In this workshop, I will share stories of toddlers, preschool and school-age educators who took advantage of every day “problems” and looked for possibilities in them. Participants will be encouraged to think about examples in their practice and discuss possibilities in emerging challenges.

Presenters: Maryam Naddaf


Maryam Naddaf is the Director of Frog Hollow Reggio-Inspired Learning Centre. In her role, Maryam works closely with Frog Hollow educators, children, and their families in designing curriculum and takes part in professional development opportunities for Frog Hollow educators. Maryam also facilitates and organizes workshops, tours, consultation services and roundtables for the Early Childhood Education and Early Years community in Vancouver and BC. Social justice and quality of life and education has always been a great value for Maryam which has taken her to her journey in obtaining her B.A. in Community Rehabilitation Management and many years of working with infants, children, youth and adults with diverse abilities.

B3/C3 Math in the Park: How Nature teaches us numeracy (Part 1)

There is a misconception that numeracy can only be taught through rote drills and pencil/paper task, but the reality is that numeracy is all around us and freely taught by Mother Nature herself. Come spend time in a local park and see what numeracy can be found there. Note: Workshop will take place outside regardless of weather. Please dress for weather.

Presenters: Barb Mathieson


Barb Mathieson is on faculty at Capilano University and teaches within the Early Childhood Care and Education Department. She has a passion for bringing play and nature into the lives of children.

WORKSHOP CANCELLED – B4 Quality Sleep in Group Child Care

Recent social change has resulted in a greater demand for group child care for infants and toddlers. Simultaneously, sleep issues at group child care centres have become more and more prevalent among this age group – who are the most sensitive and vulnerable. The goal of this workshop is to prepare ECEs with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes as it relates to young children’s sleep in group child care settings. This workshop is based on a behavioural approach. The objectives of this workshop are: 1) Understand sleep science and sleep hygiene, 2) review some medical conditions that should be ruled out, and 3) connect to practice.

Presenters: Minnie Mossop


Minnie Mossop is a passionate infant and toddler specialist with an MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of British Columbia as well as an MA in Infant and Early Childhood Development from the Fielding Graduate University. She is currently a PhD candidate who focuses on mental health of young children and is in the process of conducting new research: “Promoting Mental Health of Young Children in Group Child Care Settings: Addressing Behavioural Mechanisms of Early Childhood Educators in Canada”. She is a faculty member of the Early Childhood Program at Douglas College. She has also supported hundreds of families and ECES in North America through online/offline consultations and group workshops. Her expertise and research interests include attachment, brain development, general development and growth, behaviour management, mental health, sleep issues (Behavioural approach), working with families and parenting issues.

B5 Literacy

In this interactive workshop you will explore BCACCS Cultural kits which were developed to support the teaching of indigenous knowledge, values and cultural practices, highlighting in particular our important relationship to land and place. Participants will discuss important considerations about protocols in sharing cultural knowledge with children, think about how to build relationships with cultural teachers in their communities and have a chance to discuss experiences for children focusing on the materials in two of our BCACCS Cultural kits.

Presenters: Maureen Black & Kirsten Bevelander


Maureen Black is an Indigenous ECE Cultural Advisory for the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS). Maureen is of Namgis/Scottish ancestry and grew upon the unceded traditional territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations. Her family teachings, being able to connect with her culture, and learn from Elders have strengthened her passion for enriching learning environments that are inclusive of Indigenous ways of knowing. She works for 25+ years at Capilano University Children’s Centre and during her time there earned both a Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education and a Business Administration Certificate for Aboriginal Learners.


Kirsten Bevelander is a provincial child care advisor for the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS). The BCACCS child care advisors are a part of the CCRR program and visit child care providers and Aborginal centres around the province providing support through training, advocacy, and sharing of resources. Kirsten has worked with children and families for over 25 years, specializing in toddler care, children with additional needs, literacy learning, and Aboriginal early child development and care. She is also an instructor for the Burnaby ECE Continuing Education program. Kirsten brings a unique perspective to her teaching as a parent of three “twice exceptional” children.

B6 Physical Literacy in the Early Years

“The early years provide a window of opportunity for developing motor skills and establishing lifelong patterns. It’s also a time of rapid growth and physical, emotional and social development. Physical activity in the first five years helps children’s brain grow and develop and improves their social skills.

Children of all ages learn through active play. Active play can be done in a number of ways including adult-led or free play, indoors or outdoors, and in groups, pairs or alone. Active play leads to children improving their movement skills and confidence.” – Healthy Families BC

In this workshop, I will provide access to resources, developmental checklists and hands-on ideas to engage children in fundamental movement skills through play.

Presenters: Deborah Wanner


Deborah Wanner is the District Principal of Enhanced Programs in the North Vancouver School District Learning Services. She is also a certified Physical Literacy coach.

B7 Decolonization and indigenous place-based pedagogy in early childhood Education

Education has long been taught through the Western dominant lens. We need to find space to invite indigenous knowledges and perspectives in. Truth and Reconciliation has become a buzzword in Canada for many years now. How do we take authentic steps towards this unless we walk eye to eye, and go forward with courage. There are hurdles, but with an open heart and an open mind we should be able to take the necessary steps to begin the process of dismantling all the systems of oppression that were, and are still currently in place in this country and globally. Bronson and Kristin will speak to their journeys as an Indigenous man and a settler ally woman walking a path of decolonization, in particular that of Early Childhood Education. Story and history is embedded in these lands on which we dwell, so it’s a good starting point to explore this in our pedagogy with the children. Bronson and Kristin both believe children are the change we all aspire to be, and that their thoughts should be taken into consideration as they hold deeper meaning which can assist in destabilizing Eurocentric discourse. This workshop opens up dialogue between presenters and participants to engage in meaningful ways we can work with children in a sociopolitical curriculum.

Presenters: Kristin Webster & Bronson Charles


Kristin Webster was born and raised in Vancouver BC. She is employed by UBC Child Care Services and supervises the Salal Multi age Child Care program. She is passionate about Land based pedagogy through a lens of Indigenous Knowledge and place. She is currently doing her Bachelor of ECED at Capilano University with plans to continue with her masters at UBC.


Bronson Charles is currently an ECED student at Vancouver Community College. He is an advocate for cultural revitalization and is of Musqueam descent.

B8/C8 But Licensing Says… (Part 1)

We plan to debunk myths regarding licensing requirements and discuss the realities related to the provision of quality child care. Depending on participants’ interests, we can have focused discussions related to sleep, snack/lunch, circle time, and medication administration to address the sometimes difficult task of complying with the Child Care Licensing Regulations. There will be the added opportunity to brainstorm with colleagues to determine various manners in which the intention of outcome based regulations can be met related to each of the topics. Options and methods will not only be presented but group work will also be facilitated regarding the importance of policies and procedures and when and how to submit plans to licensing related to health and safety issues. Time permitting, the topic of exemptions and how and when these can be applied for will be also discussed.

Presenters: Glenda Burrows & Cindy Devlin


Cindy Devlin and Glenda Burrows are child care licensing officers who have worked in a variety of child care settings providing direct care prior to collectively obtaining many years of service as child care licensing officers. At last year’s North Shore and ECEBC conferences this topic was launched within an interactive setting. The session allowed for the collective exploration of the areas of routines and practices that tend to result in higher incidents of non-compliance, complaints, and investigations.

B9/C9 Stressed Children equals Stressful Classrooms: Supporting CALM in the classroom (Part 1)

Stress in children’s lives has broad implications for young children’s health and well-being. Stress enters early childhood classrooms under the guise of over-stimulation, reduced concentration, high emotionality, among other challenging behaviours. Stressed out children create stressed out classrooms. In this workshop, participants will demystify childhood stress and learn how stress impacts the child’s brain, and thus, our early childhood classrooms. Using current research in social and emotional learning (SEL), participants will be introduced to a number of SEL practices and the HighScope Research Foundation’s 6 Steps to Problem-Solving approach that support children’s social-emotional learning, reduce or mitigate stress and anxiety in children’s lives and build calm in the classroom. The focus of Part one will be to provide a close examination of the influences of stress in children’s lives and to briefly introduce resources and practices that can support stress reduction. For a deeper understanding of how to use the problem-solving approach and practice applying the approach to support children in conflict, participants are encouraged to attend Part Two of this workshop series.

Presenters: Julia Black


Julia Black is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Psychology, at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, and an instructor in the School of Education and Childhood Studies at Capilano University. Julia is also a Field Consultant for the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, providing training in the HighScope Curriculum model to educators, locally and internationally. Julia earned a MBA at Athabasca University with a focus on change management among educators implementing new curriculum within early childhood classrooms. For twenty-one years, Julia has worked as an educator and manager in early childhood programs and as an educational and early years policy consultant. Currently her graduate research focuses on the relationship worlds of infants and toddlers with a particular interest on the influence of cultural values and beliefs on pedagogical practice.

B10/C10 Open studio: dialogues with materials (Part 1)

In this session participants will become familiar with ways of thinking about the early childhood studio and will engage together in collective studio processes. With a focus on dialogues with materials, we will explore together the vibrancy of materials, ways of attuning to the life, movements, and rhythms of materials, and engage in collaborations with each other. The session will begin with a short visual presentation illuminating central studio values, commitments, and processes and the rest of the session will be an open studio where participants may drop in for a short while or stay for the entire studio session. The session will close with a debrief of insights and experiences.

Presenters: Dr. Sylvia Kind and CapU ECCE Students


Sylvia Kind, Ph.D. is an instructor in Early Childhood Education at Capilano University and an atelierista at the campus Children’s Centre. Her work is motivated by an interest in young children’s studio practices, their lively material improvisations and collective experimentations, and in developing understandings of studio research in early childhood contexts