Austin Child Care Training Conference
This Training is approved by the State of Texas and TECPDS for 5 In-Person Training Hours
This conference is 5 hours (8:00 am to 1:00 pm) and will cover 4 separate training courses. A detailed breakdown of each training is listed below. There is limited seating, so register early! Participants will receive a conference handbook containing all learning materials from each course, an official certificate, and a free bag! The seminar ends at 1:00. Lunch will not be served, but feel free to bring snacks and beverages. Coffee and water will be provided. No refunds are allowed, but substitutions may be permitted. Doors open at 7:15 am, come early for good seats! The Austin Marriott South is a beautiful venue that will help you enjoy this conference to the max!
We’ve included all of these trainings, so you don't need to choose!
The Importance of Play
During this 2 hour training you’ll learn why play is essential to a child’s development, additional benefits children experience during play, the six stages of play from Parten’s theory, and Marten’s 16 types of play. With this information you’ll be equipped to recognize and implement appropriate play activities calibrated for your children’s age group. You’ll also be prepared to teach parents the importance of their children’s play and the important place it holds in their environment. The training will culminate in 20 inexpensive and easy ways to implement play activities. Oh, and it’ll be hands-on. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone you’ll be playing at the training conference!)
Music and Movement
During this 1 hour training you’ll learn the benefits of using music and movement in your classroom. We’ll discuss specific tools to facilitate fun and educational music sessions like shaker eggs, ribbons, scarves, and another secret tool you’ll have to come to see. You’ll discover many songs, movements, exercises, and activities for use with these tools and create a lesson plan based on them. Finally, we'll discuss modifying these methods for use with babies, toddlers, and children with special needs. It'll be a blast!
During this 1 hour training you'll learn ten practical tips for handling toddler tantrums. We'll discuss the best ways to pass this information along to parents so they can better handle tantrums at home, as well as how to distinguish tantrums from meltdowns caused by sensory issues, autism, or other factors. Reminder: your instructor will not be performing a tantrum demonstration.
Creating Positive Relationships with Parents
During this 1 hour training we'll discuss dealing with difficult parents. You'll learn how to handle a variety of different personality types including "My Child Can do no Wrong," "You're Supposed to Parent my Child," and "I can Teach Better than You!" We will also discuss tips on building cooperative partnerships between parents and teachers to help your rapport go from just ok to absolutely fabulous!
Dr. Magdalena Battles
Dr. Magdalena Battles has a PhD in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Psychology. Her post graduate studies were completed at Harvard. She is a writer and conference speaker. Her specialties include parenting, child development, family relationships, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She shares her real life experiences and professional insights on her website Living Joy Daily and on LifeHack.org, where she was named one of their top 10 writers. She and her husband reside in Texas where they are raising their three young children. Dr. Battles has two books on child development. One of them, The Importance of Play, was released September 2019. She may seem all business, but in her spare time she enjoys camping with her family, visiting national parks, reading non-fiction, decorating, organizing (parties, closets, etc…), shopping, spending time with extended family, and incubating/raising Silkie chickens. She is an active volunteer in her community and church (Gateway Church) in Southlake, Texas.