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Deconstructing Circle Times

What does circle time mean to you? Come and explore all the different possibilities that group time can offer. Learn how to incorporate science, math and dramatic play experiences, embrace emergent learning opportunities, transition ideas, and build resources.

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The Reasons Why

What Does Circle/Group Time Mean to You?
 

  • How do we define what is a circle or group time?

  • What is your team’s philosophy around group times?

  • Areas of curriculum that your team typically covers at circle time are

Making Circle/Group Time Inclusive
 

  • Using props

  • Activities that promote peer-to-peer interaction

  • Incorporate activities that encourage the children’s participation

  • Looking at your group dynamic

  • Hands of opportunities

  • Inquiry based learning  

The Seven Principle of Circle/Group Time
 

  • Early Literacy

  • Songs and Finger Plays

  • General Discovery

  • Art Experiences

  • Math Concepts

  • Dramatic Play

  • Science

Setting Group/Circle Time Up for Success
 

  • Is the area where you are having group times distracting or overwhelming?

  • Is a scheduled group time near a meal/nap time?

  • Would small groups be beneficial over larger ones?

Workshop Fees

Fees vary depending on number of participants, combinations of workshops, travel expenses and personal consultation services.

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In-Person

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$290

$325

(1-15 People)
(16-30 People)

Travel allowances may be added depending on the location.

In-Person

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$475

$525

(1-15 People)
(16-30 People)

Travel allowances may be added depending on the location.

ZOOM

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$275

$295

(1-15 People)
(16-30 People)

ZOOM

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$425

$485

(1-15 People)
(16-30 People)
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Julie Hansen, Early Childhood Educator, Consultant and Author

Julie Hansen

Early Childhood Educator, Consultant and Author

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I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 20 years, having received my Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Douglas College. Since then, I have gained experience in a variety of areas within the field of Early Childhood Education: Director of a preschool, supervisor of after-school care as well as 3-5 and Infant Toddler programs and centre management. My primary focus has evolved to encompass team leadership, management training and program development. I have had articles published in provincial and national ECE journals on the topic of emergent curriculum and leadership. My goal as an Early Childhood Educator and facilitator is to support fellow educators and early years professionals in providing high-quality early learning experiences for children and families.

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ECE Publications

Canadian Child Care Federation
Canadian Child Care Federation
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Urban Baby & Toddler Magazine
The Early Childhood Educator BC
The Early Childhood Educator BC
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Testimonials

Management and leadership courses offered by an Early Childhood Educator truly is a gift in this line of work. Julie Hansen’s insight and understanding of childcare and early learning dynamics developed my skills and confidence as a manager. Her ideas are innovative, thoughtful and easy to implement for myself and my team. I enjoyed my one to one coaching calls, team workshops and leadership series I have taken with Julie. I recommend her to any new or veteran ECE or ECE Manager.

JENN CARMAN
Manager
À:lmèlhàwtxw Early Education Centre - Stó:lō Service Agency

We were blown away by how amazing Julie's Skype workshop was! She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about early childhood education.

JEN DIDORA
Assistant Director
Oakbank Kids Korner Co-op Inc.

I would recommend Julie Hansen, Inspired ECE to anyone in the Early Childhood Education field! Julie has been a positive influence in my life with all of her workshops and resources. Julie has so much knowledge of all of the areas of Early Childhood Education and quality early learning experiences. I always walk away with something new and many ideas to take back to my own programs after attending a workshop with Julie . I've also done a consultation with Julie regarding recruiting ECE's and she had so much advice to offer. Thanks to Julie's advice, I was able to hire not one but TWO Educators for my center. If you're looking for professional development opportunities and/or professional consulting, I highly recommend connecting with Julie! 

BRIANNA WINTERS

Owner/Operator
Early Childhood Educator
Colour My World Childcare

Thank you Julie for sharing your wisdom, time and resources with me.
I truly appreciate it.

LORRAINE SKELTON
Early Childhood Educator