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Early Learning and Child Care Conference 2018

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Early Learning and Child Care Conference at Conestoga college. It was amazing day that started with a wonderful panel discussion on the importance of STEAM learning in the early years and beyond.

This conference was a fantastic chance to meet and network with some local independent child care providers and other educators in the early learning community. I spent the day with Lesley, Ashley, Sarah and Carly  It was so wonderful to have some time to collaborate and chat with these incredible professionals!




There was also an expo with lots of amazing STEAM inspired activities!



I attended the workshop Natural Born Investigators after the expo. It really helped me to understand how to incorporate the foundational elements of STEAM in to my program in a way that was inclusive for even my youngest learners. What a fantastic day!

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