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Leadership in Action

On-Site ECD Professional Development

This full day session is for seasoned and new early childhood professional. This is an opportunity to engage in professional reflection and an opportunity to energize with professional tools related to leadership, questioning and influence. This session is built to "support a culture where everyone feels they are leaders regardless of what they do and appreciate that what each one of us does has an impact". (Kouzes & Posner, 2012).

Using the process of participatory engagement we will cover the topic areas using a variety of communication techniques.

  • Personal Leadership Identity
  • Current Potential for Influence and Responsibility
  • Communication – Leadership is about Qualities and Values rather than Position
  • Complex, Dynamic Opportunities for Leadership
  • Leadership is about Purpose – Pedagogical Leadership
  • Personal Leadership Growth Plan

Currently in Alberta less than 50% of young children are entering school developing appropriately in all areas of development. (social, emotional, language, physical & general knowledge). (ECMAP, 2014) This information is a clear opportunity for early childhood professionals to expand their leadership influence within work, home, community and policy. This session explores how to become a voice for our young children within any environment.

Cost of this session is $2100.00 plus GST (mileage may be applicable) if held at your facility or a facility of your booking.
All print materials and evaluations are included.


  • Alberta Education, Early Child Development Mapping Project (2014). How are our young children doing? Final report. www.ecmap.ca
  • Berger, W. (2014). A More Beautiful Question, The power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas, Bloomsbury, New York, New York.
  • Child Care Human Resource Sector Council. (2013). You Bet We Still Care! A survey of centre based early childhood education and care in Canada: Highlight report
  • Early Childhood Australia. (2014). What Does Leadership Look Like in Early Childhood Settings?, www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au
  • Kouzes, J., Posner, B. (2012). The Leadership Challenge, fifth edition, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, California.

Loose Parts Play

Motivention has created a session around Loose Parts and the positive impact loose parts have on children. This workshop can either be a half day conference or a full-day conference depending on your requirements. This conference is applicable for childcare, preschool, school age care, early learning, parent link, parks & recreation as well as parents.

What are Loose Parts?

When working with young children loose parts means alluring, beautiful found objects and materials that children can move, manipulate, control and change while they play. Children can carry, combine, redesign, line up, take apart and put loose parts back together in almost endless ways. The materials come with no specific set of directions, and they can be used alone or combined with other materials. (Daly, Beloglovsky 2014 p.3) Loose Parts are Open-Ended - The unlimited opportunities that exist with the use of loose parts are both captivating and limitless when combined with the freedom of play and imagination. A rock can be a car, a fence or a special ingredient in a magical soup. It is the process of play with these types of materials that children develop their internal understanding of how the world works around them as well as their potential to influence that world.

Key Learning Opportunities with Loose Parts

  • Loose Parts promote active learning (healthy development is supported when children can actively manipulate, experiment, and interact with materials)
  • Loose Parts deepen critical thinking (critical thinking investigates, analyzes, questions and contests beliefs, facts actions and information of all kinds, loose parts support children's abilities to challenge assumptions and devise solutions)
  • Loose Parts promote divergent and creative thinking (To meet the challenges and opportunities of the future, today's children must become critical and creative thinkers, intelligent problem solvers and good communicators. These skills develop when they tinker with loose parts.) (Daly, Beloglovsky 2014 p.8)
  • Loose Parts are developmentally inclusive (children of all ages, abilities, skill levels, culture and gender can use loose parts successfully - because there is no right or wrong way to work with them)
  • Loose Parts promote a wide range of play (loose parts support complex play it is self-motivated, imaginative and free of adult goals)
  • Loose Parts are sustainable and economically feasible (materials gathered to be used as loose parts are collected by reuse, renew and recycle items e.g. lids, buttons, boxes etc.)
  • Loose Parts can be used inside and outside (loose parts including branches, rocks, wood, dirt, water, sand and bark support play and provide unending creative exploration in an outdoor environment)


  • Daly, L., Beloglovsky, M. (2015). Loose Parts - Inspiring Play in Young Children, Redleaf Press
  • Nicholson, S. (1971). How NOT to Cheat Children: The Theory of Loose Parts, Landscape Architecture

Each participant will receive their own Loose Parts kit.

Please contact Laurie MacDonald at 587.832.2512 or email for a quote.

Community Awareness Events

Community Awareness Event – Sharing the Play Challenge

Motivention works to support awareness related to the importance of the early years. We have learned from talking with busy parents and community members that the best way to share information with parents is to "follow the strollers"!

It is this philosophy that supports our Community Awareness Events specific to the value of adult's interaction during children's play and well as key messages related to child development.

If you are having an event and would like to "Share the Play Challenge", Motivention will provide:

  • Multiple open-ended play experiences that children and parents/adults can engage in, hosted by play coaches that share tidbits of research and child development related to what they see during play.
  • Opportunity for parents to engage in conversation related to child development based on the Alberta Benchmarks Survey results, which identified that less than half of Alberta's parents were correctly able to recognize developmental milestones for children ages 0-5 years of age. Link: http://research4children.com/data/documents/What_Albertans _Know_About_Child_Development_-_The_2013_Provincial_Benchmark_Survey.pdf
  • Participants will be given the opportunity to share their insights or knowledge about how play and developmental knowledge helps them as a parent and play partner with their child or children. This information will be available on the Motivention website two weeks after the event.
  • Information handouts will be available for participants related to child development and the value of play.

If you book our team to participate in the event we will need to ensure the following support is in place:

  • Approximately 250 cardboard boxes of varying sizes are available at the venue 2 hours prior to the start of the event.
  • A large space to set up boxes as supporting activities (5 additional play opportunities)
  • 2 volunteers to help with set up 1 hour prior to event set up and 1 hour to help clean up after the event.
  • Lots of happy children and adults ready to play and explore!

Here are a few pictures from some of our events!

We would love to be part of your event, if you have questions or ideas, we would be happy to customize parts of the experience to enhance the vision of the event.

For more information or to book Motivention please contact:

Laurie MacDonald
Business Manager – Motivention

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