Seminar Series

Parent and Child Caregiver Seminar Series

Seminars will be hosted at the following community centers 

          Webster Recreation Center
          1350 Chiyoda Dr.
          Webster, NY 14580
           (585) 872-7103

To register  click here and type “parent” into the keyword search field

In this series of Seminars we discuss the power of self-directed play in the life of a child. We will explore the research, evidence and the benefits of different types of play in the life of a child. We will see how children benefit from Self-directed play and learning, STEAM activities and Loose Parts play, Process oriented art, and Rough house play. Each month this fall we will explore a different topic. This Seminar series is great for parents or caregivers of young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

Each seminar meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

Rough and Tumble, Tough and Rumble

In Webster: Monday, Dec. 17th 7-9pm or Thursday, Dec. 27th 7-9pm (activity number 336011)

Children love rough house play! It is the foundation of all other forms of play. All mammals take part in some form of rough house play. Come hear about the research into and the benefits of rough housing with your children. Children benefit tremendously from rough house play but it is often immediately stopped by adults, and it’s a shame. In this presentation we discuss the benefits of allowing rough house play, the research on the subject, and some good techniques to use while facilitating this type of play. This presentation is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This seminar meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

*Aspire Registered Trainer

Winter/Spring 2019

Behavior Management 

In Webster: Monday, January 14th 7-9pm

In this workshop we discuss common behaviors found among our children and in our classrooms, and how we might go about managing them. This might mean a completely different approach than we have previously undertaken. It might mean changing our own perspective and perception of children and their behavior. It might mean just tweaking our practice slightly. We discuss all of this along with child development, meeting children’s needs, and providing appropriate guidance.This workshop is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

Circle Time 

In Webster: Monday, February 11th 7-9pm

In this workshop we discuss how to keep “Circle Time” (or whatever you call it) Developmentally Appropriate, engaging and fun for the children. We learn some songs and fingerplays and get silly! Participants also get to act out a circle time “gone bad”, and if they can stifle their laughter long enough, we discuss strategies on how to improve the experience for the children and their teachers. This workshop is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

STEAM Activities and Loose Parts

In Webster: Monday, March 11th 7-9pm

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and Loose Parts play are so important for children and are linked with innovation, creative thinking, problem solving, and success! This workshop explains why STEAM and loose parts, and growth and development, we discuss how to use Loose Parts as STEAM activities and to create new STEAM materials using loose parts, and participants will get to work creatively with loose parts provided during the workshop. There will be a slide show presentation that may inspire you with new ideas while working with your children or children in your care. This workshop is great for parents or caregivers with young children, childcare, preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets OCFS criteria for 2 hours training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.

Generation Joy!

In Webster: Monday, April 15th 7-9pm

In this workshop we discuss how self-directed play increases Joy! We discuss the research about the decline in play and the rise in childhood mental disorders and the science of joy. Then we discuss how to increase joy at home, in our classrooms, among the children in our care, and within ourselves. If we keep play and joy the center of our work with children we will successfully help raise “Generation Joy”! This workshop is great for parents or caregivers with young children, child care/preschool staff, and anyone with a young child in their life!

This workshop meets the OCFS criteria for 2 hours of training credits for child care providers and preschool teachers. A certificate will be given for 2 hours of training credits in OCFS training topic areas 1 and 3.