Date(s) and Time(s)
Lethbridge College

The Incomparable Learning Environment, Outdoor Play: There’s Nothing Else Like It 

Presented by: Child Care Directors’ Association of Southwest Alberta

Fees: $125

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March 23

2 to 4 p.m. Directors’ Session – Joanne Keilty presents: The Alberta Curriculum Framework Project: Next Steps.

March 24

8 to 8:30 a.m. IB Theaters - Check in and coffee
8:30 to 8:45 a.m. IB Theaters - Welcome message
8:45 to 10 a.m. IB Theaters -  Bora Kim presents: The Story of Outdoor Play
10 to 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 to 11:45 a.m. IB Theaters - Julia Kunz presents: Loose Parts: A Constructivist Approach
Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch
1:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Select your session of choice:

  • Session A – Frederick’s Theatre (CE1365) - Sabrina Nesbit presents: Back to the Yard Again
  • Session B – IB Theaters - Dr. Oluwagbohunmi A. Awosoga and Dr. Jon Doan present: Health Status of Childcare Workers Project
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – IB Theatre - Wrap up


Dr. Oluwagbohunmi A. Awosoga is an applied/consulting statistician with over 25 years of post-secondary teaching experience. He completed his graduate studies at the Central Michigan University (MA) and Western Michigan University (M.Sc., PhD). Olu is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. He is currently the principal investigator on the project Caring for Caregivers: Investigating the Health Status, Wellbeing, and Quality of Life of Health Care Workers in Long Term Care Facilities in Southern Alberta.

Dr. Jon Doan is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Lethbridge and principal investigator in U of L’s Engineering and Human Performance Laboratory. Jon completed his undergraduate degree in biological engineering at the University of Guelph, his master’s degree in biomechanical engineering and ergonomics at Queen’s University and his PhD in behavioural neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. Jon’s research investigates the mechanics of human movement inside work and leisure environments, including physical activity behaviour and ergonomics in small or non-typical workplaces.

Bora Kim is an instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in child and youth study. Bora is an outdoor play researcher, advocate and educator. Bora was a co-researcher in the East Hants Outdoor Play Project and developed an assessment tool in support of creating children’s outdoor play with Dr. Beverlie Dietze.

Sabrina Nesbit is an early childhood educator. She has a diploma in early childhood education from Medicine Hat College. Sabrina has been in the early learning field for over 12 years. She is an outdoor play advocate and enthusiast. When she is not engaging in her preschool classroom or attending workshops, you can find her on the lake, reeling in the catch of the day.

Joanne Keilty has been a member of the field of early childhood education for 36 years. For the largest portion of her career, she was an instructor at Lethbridge College in the Early Childhood Education program. Before and during her time as an instructor at the college Joanne was involved with group and family child care programs, kindergarten programs and out-of-school programs. She is passionate in her belief that early learning programs are foundational to our community and society and educators have a significant role to play in children’s learning, family support and development, and the health and well-being of our communities.

Julia Kunz has practiced as an early childhood educator in group child care, family day homes, pre-schools and Parent Link centres since 2007. She is a proud alumna of the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. She enjoys sharing her practical and theoretical knowledge with others by presenting at workshops for parents and other educators. She currently is a practicum supervisor, casual instructor and the lab coordinator for the ECE program at Lethbridge College.


The Alberta Curriculum Framework Project: Next Steps: For the past four years the new Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework: Play, Participation and Possibilities has been piloted with early learning programs throughout the province. The project is now moving into the beginning stages of implementation. In this presentation, we will explore the process of the pilot project, what participants in this region have learned and the possibilities of next steps.

The Story of Outdoor Play: Once upon a time, people in southern Alberta came together to talk about outdoor play at the ECE conference. They all had stories to share and tales to tell. As they engaged in discussions with other playful people, new outdoor play stories arose. In your outdoor play story, you are the main character that can change the plot of the story. How do you want your outdoor play story to be read? We will explore stories of the outdoor play movement in Canada and how they can transform your own story.

Loose Parts: A Constructivist Approach: Loose parts in your environment empowers young children and encourages creativity. When we use a constructivist approach, children are able to construct their knowledge and tell their own stories. Come join our discussion about loose parts – what they are, how to use them and where to get them.

Back to the Yard Again: The Great Granular Wall, Simple Sorting Stumps and Noises in Nature Sounds Centre – having a creative and stimulating outdoor play environment in your backyard is easier than you think. This session is designed to support professionals in discovering how repurposed materials can be used for cost effective DIY backyard projects. Come and learn how the DIY backyard projects can provide children, as well as you, with endless learning possibilities.

Health Status of Childcare Workers Project: This presentation aims to reveal current health issues among child care providers and define further directions for research on the effect of exercise on child care workers’ health status on the quality of services they provide. This is a particularly appropriate employee group for intervention, as physical and mental demands are high, work schedules are challenging and turnover can be frequent. At-work exercise has the advantage of eliminating two of the biggest barriers to participation, namely time and money.