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​Incorporating Rough and Tumble Play into Childcare Programs

During this workshop you will gain a better understanding of how to incorporate elements of safe risk play into early years environments. Review strategies and ideas for including rough and tumble and superhero play into early childhood education curriculum.


The Reasons Why

Safe Risk Play

  • Risky play is a natural part of children’s play and development 

  • During play children will often seek out opportunities for challenge, testing limits and exploring boundaries 

  • Are we providing opportunities for safe risk play in our programs?

  • Do our inside and outdoor environments support safe risk play?

  • By offering children the opportunity to explore safe risk play we are supporting critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as large motor skill development

How Can Educators Raise Awareness About Safe Risk Play With Families?

  • The key is for a teaching team to share the same point of view and approach to safe risk play within a program

  • Demonstrating a consistent approach and open communication will support families in understanding the important role of safe risk play in early childhood

  • Creating a well-managed and supportive environment that creates opportunities for discovery and exploration that supports a child’s overall development

Superhero Play

  • Superhero play is a form of imaginative play

  • Children use figurines, costumes and or props to imitate and celebrate superheroes that they admire

  • Young children can be influenced by media (T.V. and/or movies) and may reenact what they have seen in their play

  • Most children understand that these characters are pretend

  • Some children need assistance with this understanding what pretend vs real mean


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ECE Workshops for Individuals

Inspired ECE understands that not everyone can participate in our professional development workshops as part of a group or team. We do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs. Periodically, we run ECE workshops for a group of individuals when we have enough interest.

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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 24 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.


ECE Publications

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


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.

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.

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! 


Early Childhood Educator
Colour My World Childcare

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

Early Childhood Educator

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