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April 17th, 2021, 9am – 11am

Diversity and the BC Early Learning Framework

Presented by Ana Valle Rivera

Working in a diverse world requires educators to think ethically and critically about each pedagogical choice they make. Through exploring some of the inquiries, pathways and critically reflective questions in the BC Early Learning Framework participants will be asked to think about social responsibility . Part of this learning will include insights into better understanding what it means to be culturally competent and what it means to create culturally safe early years spaces.

Since earning a Diploma in ECE (2010), Ana has worked in various early years settings. Ana is currently completing a degree in Child and Youth Care and is the founder of Early Years Workshops and Training. Ana has many aspirations but her current focus is to inspire positive change in the early year’s field through speaking, writing and sharing a vision of social wellness and social justice.


May 15th, 2021, 9am – 11am

Original Learning and the Play Ecosystem

Presented by Suzanne Axelsson

The complexity of play, learning and teaching, is something we need to embrace rather than sort into tidy boxes. The Original Learning Approach explores how the play-ecosystem is integral to children’s well-being and learning. Wonder is not just in play, but in math and literacy and science. Curiosity can be found in play but also motivates learning. Joy, knowledge, imagination, interaction, risk, reflection and listening are all words we need to furnish the play-ecosystem with; and this presentation will explore some of the why’s and how’s of weaving play, learning and teaching together to create an educational approach for now and the future.

Originally from the UK, Suzanne has been based in Stockholm, Sweden since 1992. With a Masters in Early Childhood Education, she has been working as a consultant in preschools and schools around the world – holding presentations, play workshops and consultation. Suzanne also works at Stockholm University teaching the preschool teacher training course – Transdisciplinary approach to outdoor play and learning spaces, and transdisciplinary interactive museum visits.


May 29th, 2021, 9am – 11am

Who am I in the Lives of Children?

Presented by Enid Elliot

As educators in programs for small children we touch their lives, as well as their families’ lives. It is indeed a privilege to touch those lives. We are companions with parents and children at the beginning of the journey together. I don’t have answers but perhaps some questions, suggestions and thoughts. Perhaps we can begin to think together about our responses and responsibilities to families and children and to ourselves. Come with questions and wonderings.

Enid has been an early childhood educator for many years now and worked around the world. She is continually surprised, intrigued and delighted by the children, families and early childhood educators with whom she is engaged. Babies and toddlers have been a particular source of interest, inspiration and joy. Doing doctoral work helped her to develop different perspectives on that inspiration and her dissertation resulted in a book, We’re not robots: Listening to the voices of daycare providers. Recently she has begun to investigate the influence of outdoor natural settings on children’s experiences. Currently she is an adjunct professor at University of Victoria, British Columbia and on faculty at Camosun College, Victoria, BC.