Throughout this conference Early Childhood Educators will be challenged with new ways to explore risk in outdoor play. As ECEs we have chosen to work in a profession that affords young children the opportunity to develop and learn through play based outdoor exploration. We hope that participants will be inspired to reflect on their values and beliefs regarding outdoor play as to:
- How they can develop their outdoor environment;
- How they can facilitate meaningful outdoor play experiences for young children and
- How they can obtain a deeper understanding of how their values and beliefs around outdoor play impact children and their families.
BEVERLIE DIETZE is the Director of Learning and Applied Research at Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC. Prior to joining Okanagan College, Beverlie held teaching positions at universities in Nova Scotia and Ontario that focused on early childhood education and adult education and she has held senior leadership positions in colleges in New Brunswick and Ontario. She holds a BEd. from the University of New Brunswick, a Masters of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Leadership) from the University of Toronto. Beverlie is the author of several articles on outdoor play, programming, and staff development, and co-author of four early childhood education textbooks. She is the lead researcher on a number of projects that support advancing outdoor play designs and programming. She attributes her passion and interest in outdoor play to her childhood in the woods and fields of New Brunswick.
Over the past 20 years, RUSTY KEELER has worked with hundreds of community, school, parks, university, and childcare leaders to dream, design, and construct beautiful outdoor environments for children in more than 30 states and throughout Canada, Europe, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He is one of the pioneers in the movement to reconnect children to nature and his designs reflect his sincere desire to create a more beautiful world in which to grow and explore. His passion and inspiration for outdoor play spaces has made him a popular and frequent keynote speaker and presenter at conferences, communities, and colleges worldwide. Rusty has authored a number of books including, “Natural Playscapes: Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the Soul” and “Seasons of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder” both of which will be available for purchase at the conference or pre-order.
We invite you to attend and share in this exciting opportunity to be inspired by our keynote speakers Beverlie Dietze and Rusty Keeler. We think you will find the four breakout sessions being offered on Saturday equally engaging, inspiring and informative. We hope you will join us for this year’s conference and look forward to seeing you in June!
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN STILL REGISTER FOR THE GALA RECEPTION!
The Nova Scotia Child Care Association (NSCCA) is a non-profit membership based society with the goal of professional recognition of its members, who are early childhood educators (ECE’s) in Nova Scotia. NSCCA recognizes that ECEs are the key ingredient in determining quality in early childhood learning and child care programs.
- Educate and facilitate the ethical practice of our members;
- Educate and facilitate the use of standards of practice by our members and
- Advocate for and support our members in their provision of quality early learning and child care.
NSCCA provides ongoing professional development, conferences, and resources to members and the early learning and child care (ELCC) sector.
This dialogue paper is to encourage conversation among individuals and groups in the early learning
and care field.
Le présent document de travail a pour but de favoriser le dialogue entre les individus et les groupes
relevant du secteur de l’éducation de la petite enfance et de la garde d’enfants.