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Louisville Child Care Training Conference

This Training is approved by the State of Kentucky for 5 In-Person Training Hours

This conference is 5 hours (8:00 am to 1:30 pm with 2 breaks) 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 allowed. Doors open at 7:15 am, come early for good seats! The Mount Washington United Methodist Church is a beautiful venue that will help you enjoy this conference to the Max!

You do not have to choose. All of the following training courses will be included:

The Importance of Play (2 Hours)

Play is essential for the healthy development of children. Play is a child’s way of learning. Educators will learn why play is essential to a child’s development, the benefits of play for a child, the 6 stages of play from Parten’s theory, and the different types of play (Marten’s 16 types of play). With this information they will be able to recognize and implement appropriate play activities for different age groups. They will also be better equipped to explain to parents the importance of play for children and why it is a large part of their childcare environment. 20 inexpensive and easy to implement play activities will be presented for the audience to understand, participate, and they will engage in making some of these activities during the training. Participants will also have a deeper understanding of including all children in play activities, regardless of ability level.

Music and Movement (1 Hour)

Music and movement sessions are beneficial for the healthy development of children. Participants in this training will learn about the many benefits of music and movement activities for use in their facility or classroom. They will also learn how to use specific tools to facilitate these fun, educational, and active musical sessions; such as the use of shaker eggs, ribbons, scarves, and percussion sticks. They will then learn how to utilize specific songs, movements, exercises, and/or activities with each of these tools, so that they can begin using musical tools, songs, and movement exercises in their classroom or facility. Participants will create a sample music lesson plan. They will also learn how to modify these methods and sessions to successfully use them with babies, toddlers, and children with special needs.

Toddler Tantrums (1 Hour)

Participants will learn 10 practical tips for best handling toddler tantrums. They will also learn how to pass this information along to parents, so they can equip families to better handle temper tantrums at home. Finally, participants will learn to distinguish the difference between temper tantrums and meltdowns that are caused by sensory issues, autism, or other factors.

Creating Positive Relationships with Parents (1 Hour)

Dealing with difficult parents is discussed in session. Participants will learn how to handle a variety of different personality types including those parents whose child can do no wrong, those who expect you to parent their children, and those who seem to know how to teach better than you. Cooperative partnerships between parents and teachers will be examined with tips on making your relationships go from just ok to fabulous!

Your Instructor

Helen Nonn

Helen is a life long teacher. She started early by teaching her stuffed animals and young friends. Helen's journey has taken her from rural Venezuela, to public school special education, to in- home care. Most recently Helen has been the lead teacher in a small Waldorf inspired program inside a Montessori school. Helen is the director of The Lilac House a play based cottage school in Lexington Kentucky. Helen has a MS in Special Education and completed the Lifeways North America Training in 2016. Helen has 3 young boys and wonderful husband. Educating educators and families is a new passion for Helen and she is very excited to writing and launching courses on Play, Nature, Connection and Self Care.