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May 04 2024 - Jun 29 2024




In Person

Strengthening Play-Based Learning, Understanding Play Pedagogies, and Working on Play Skills

The main objective of this professional development course is to strengthen Early Childhood Educators’ understanding of play-based learning and play pedagogies that reflect best practices in British Columbia. By integrating play-based learning, inquiry-based curriculum, and trauma-informed care, Ana hopes to support educators and teachers in creating inclusive and nurturing classroom environments that foster children’s learning, curiosity, social-emotional growth, and resilience.


Outcomes for this Professional Development Course:

– Gain a deeper understanding of play-based learning and inquiry-based curriculum.

– Gain a deeper understanding of inclusive practices and trauma-informed care.

– Foster a sense of community and appreciation among educators in the group.

– Get an overview of the BC Behaviours in the Early Years Position Statement.

– Get an overview of the BC Play Today handbook and the BC Early Learning Framework.


Topics in this course:

– Exploring Our Image of the Child, Educator and Learning

– Cultivating Exploration and Self-Expression

– Exploring Pathways to Play and Stages of Play with Infants/Toddlers and Preschool-Age Children

– Making the Most of Play: How to be a Play Partner

– A Trauma-Informed Approach to Honoring Play

– Play Partnering Outside of Your Comfort Zone: Honouring All Types of Play

– Growing Gardens with Young Children

– Enhancing Play Relationships & Pro-social Learning


12 hours of professional development!


  • Wednesday, May 15th, 7:00-9:00PM
  • Saturday, May 4th, 9:30AM-2:00PM (30 min lunch break)
  • Wednesday, May 29th, 7:00-9:00PM
  • Wednesday, June 12th, 7:00-9:00PM
  • Wednesday, June 19th, 7:00-9:00PM


Participants are to attend all sessions.


Refreshments will be served at each session.


Ana is a proud mother of three, a public speaker, a consultant, and the founder of Early Years Thriving. Since 2007 Ana has worked with children and families with complex needs using inclusive and trauma-informed approaches. Ana has a background in ECE, a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care, and is completing a Master’s in Professional Education in ECE.       


Suitable for child care providers, child care workforce, and parents.   


Professional Development Certificate: Yes, 12 hours.


Online Registration Link:

  • Capacity: Spaces Available
  • Is this a single event or an ongoing course?: Ongoing Course

The event is ongoing.

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