Training Topics

How we see our work directly impacts how we do our work.

Trainings

It is highly recommended that all participants begin with Topic 1 before taking other trainings

Topic 1: It All Starts With You: Recognizing Your Importance in Your Work

This core training focuses on the teacher’s vital role as the foundation of the early childhood experience. Early childhood staff is invited to consider how they set the tone in their early childhood environment. Emphasis is on self-awareness and connecting with the purpose and value of the very important work they do in helping prepare infants and young children on their path to their future.

There are elements of this core training interwoven throughout all other trainings.

Key Points Include:

  • Reflective Practice and Self-awareness as our guide to how we do our work each day.
  • Stress: Effects and reduction – staying calm and joyful in the midst of your busy day.
  • Self-care: Not a “luxury” – a “must”
  • Creating Community among early childhood professionals – Why and How
  • Professional Development: Inspiring Respect
  • Team-building: When this training is for an individual program, team-building may be more directly focused on, upon request.

Topic 2: Child Development: Birth – 3 Years Old

This training helps teachers understand all domains of young children’s growth: physical, cognitive and especially how you can best promote optimal social and emotional development for infants and toddlers.

Key Points Include:

  • Infant and Toddler Development Basics
  • Brain Development
  • The teacher’s role in fostering healthy development
  • When Concerns Arise: Discussing seeking a referral with parents

Topic 3: Child Development: 4 Years – 8 Years Old

This training helps teachers understand all domains of young children’s growth: physical, cognitive and especially how you can best promote optimum social and emotional development in young children.

Key Points Include:

  • Preschool – Young Childhood Development Basics
  • Why the infant and toddler years still matter
  • The teacher’s role in fostering healthy development
  • When Concerns Arise: Discussing seeking a referral with parents

Topic 4: The Role of Attachment in Social / Emotional Development

This workshop explores the power of attachment in infancy and early childhood. It addresses how relationships with primary caregivers have the potential to impact each infant and young child’s future.

Key Points Include:

  • Attachment Theory basics
  • What healthy attachments “look” like in the early childhood setting
  • What concerning attachment behaviors “look” like in the early childhood setting.
  • Building meaningful relationships that live in each child forever.

Topic 5: Working with Challenging Children: Going From “At Risk” to Resilient

This training explores possible reasons for children’s concerning behaviors and the teacher’s role in helping children to succeed.

Key Points Include:

  • Staying calm when tension rises.
  • Important information to know about each child
  • Possible Causes: Brief and basic review of Sensory Issues, Attachment, Brain
  • Development, Trauma, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Allergies.
  • Finding ways to connect with hard to reach children.
  • Protective and Risk Factors: What’s that and where do I fit in?
  • What to do when you’ve tried everything: Discussing seeking a referral with parents

Topic 6: Recognizing and Responding to Trauma in Children Birth – Five

This workshop discusses what behaviors might indicate trauma experiences in children birth – five. It also addresses ways in which child care providers can better understand and respond to infants and young children in their care who have experienced trauma. Additionally, we will look at how self-awareness and reflection has the potential to guide our work.

Key Points Include:

  • Behaviors that may indicate an infant, toddler, or preschooler has experienced trauma.
  • The impact of trauma on the brain.
  • How you can best respond to traumatized children in the early childhood setting.
  • How to engage parents in a dialogue if you are concerned about a child.
  • How a child’s trauma may affect you.

Topic 7: Connecting And Communicating With Parents

This training explores and discusses ways to bridge and enhance relationships with parents. One primary focus is to honestly look at how we feel about parent/teacher relationship and attempt to explore ways to resolve differences.

Key Points Include:

  • Taking a look at parent/teacher relationships: The challenges and the hopes
  • Getting on Common Ground: Where to start and how far to go
  • The Role Of Empathy: Exploring the ability to accept even when we do not agree
  • Simple tips for bridging family and center by creating a welcoming environment
  • Talking over difficult topics with parents

Transformational Leadership: Trainings for Early Childhood Directors

It All Starts With You: Using Self Awareness to Strengthen Your Center

  • Using reflective practice and self-awareness as the primary method for leadership.
  • Acknowledging the challenges of being a director and recognizing your importance.
  • Building on your strengths and attributes.
  • Working with purpose and meaning – maintaining your energy and enthusiasm.

Creating a Vision for Your Center – The Foundation to Build On

  • Recognizing why this important step is so powerful to the functioning of your center.
  • Acknowledging what is important to you and bringing it to life in your center.
  • How to convey your vision to staff, parents, and community.
  • How to encourage staff to find their place within this vision.

Beyond Managing: Motivating, and Mentoring Staff

  • Promoting reflection and self-awareness in your staff.
  • Helping staff to find their place within the center vision – developing a true team.
  • Working with staff whom you feel challenged by.
  • It all ends up in the classroom: promoting positive relationships with children.

Communicating and Connecting with Parents
(this workshop is available to teachers, as well)

  • Taking a look at Parent / Director relationships – the challenges and the hopes.
  • Getting on common ground – where to start and how far to go.
  • The role of empathy – exploring the ability to accept even when we do not agree.
  • Simple tips for bridging family and center by creating a welcoming environment.
  • Talking over difficult topics with parents.