- Enhance understanding of the impact infant and toddler play has on learning, and discover why play throughout the day is possible, and essential.
- Discover the importance of caring and joyful connections and ways caregiving professionals can create playful opportunities during caregiving routines.
- Learn to create a positive environment to enhance natural learning opportunities where infants and toddlers can play, learn and thrive.
- Promote networking, collaboration, and resource sharing among institute participants.
The workshop sessions will be presented by highly qualified infant and toddler specialists and infant and toddler behavior consultants from nine regions across the state. As part of their work with the VA Infant & Toddler Specialist Network, they provide professional development and coaching to early care providers.
Building Caring and Joyful Connections
Infants and toddlers thrive when caring and joyful connections are created and nourished. Discover ways to build those connections during all stages of early development, birth through 36 months. In this workshop, participants will define caring connections and the importance they play in the development of infants and toddlers. We will discover the use of everyday materials to create engaging opportunities for infants and toddlers and discuss ways to incorporate playfulness into interactions during routines and activities.
Creating Playful Environments
Infant and toddler care is more about feeding and diapering. Room set up, the items you choose and the activities you plan can have an impact on development. Learn how to create a positive (playful) environment where children can explore and learn. Participants will learn to assess and modify infant and toddler environments, and discover developmentally appropriate activities and materials for playful learning. Resources for improving infant and toddler classroom environments will be shared.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, registration is on first-come, first-served basis.
Provider Registration Fee: $30; $20 for VQB5 programs.
February 25, 2023
New College Institute
191 Fayette St.
Martinsville, VA 24112
March 4, 2023
Lynchburg Grand Hotel
601 Main St.
Lynchburg, VA 24504
March 25, 2023
Doubletree by Hilton Norfolk Airport
1500 N. Military Highway
Norfolk, VA 23502
April 22, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton Charlottesville
990 Hilton Heights Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22901
May 6, 2023
Washington Dulles Airport Marriott
45020 Aviation Dr
Dulles, VA 20166
Participants will receive:
- Training certificate
- Resource materials that include children’s books and toys, as well as provider resources, related to the institute topic
The Virginia Infant and Toddler Specialist Network is supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $5,350,000 with 100% funded by ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACF/HHS, or the U.S. Government.