Earlier this year, the teams from Early Learning and Outside School Hours Care combined in a professional development day to engage and reflect on educational practices.

Professional development is a critical part of life as an educator and YMCA Canberra Children’s Services is proud to be able to support high quality opportunities for educators to come together and learn.

This year’s conference focussed on three themes – professionalism and values based practice, supporting children’s behaviour and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Highly regarded guest speakers were asked to present and contribute to thinking with our main speakers, Toni and Robin Christie (Childspace) coming in from New Zealand.

The 150 participating educators provided feedback on the conference which overall was very well received and has led to beginning planning for our next conference in early 2020.