Professional Development

Discussion evenings, workshop seriesexpert guest speakers, and conferences are offered to the child care community through the Quality Child Care Initiative. Costs are minimal, with many events free of charge.

Current ideas and emerging themes in the field of early learning and care as well as opportunities for professional growth in the areas of supervision and management are just some of the areas of focus. If there is a topic that you would like to see included in our training or workshop offerings, please let us know!  All QCCI training events and workshops require registration. You can now register online for these events.  Click on the Events Calendar, the event that you are interested in attending, and then register in the window provided. Leave us your email address if you are interested in having emails and updates sent to you directly.

Events supported by other agencies, including Our Children, Our Future will still require registration online. Website information will be provided in the Events Calendar.


Environment Rating Scales (example:ECERS-R, ITERS-R)
  • If you are interested in learning how to apply one of the rating scales in your program, training in the following instruments is available upon request:

    • - Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ECERS-R)
    • - Infant Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ITERS-R)
    • - The School Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS)
    • - Family Child Care Rating Scale (FCCRS)
    • - SpeciaLink Child Care Inclusion Practises Profile and Principles Scale, used for assessing the quality of  inclusive practices. (SpeciaLink) 


Our Children, Our Future
  • A wide variety of workshops are available as a result of the partnership among several organizations, including Canadian Mental Health Coalition Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health, KidsAbility, QCCI, Ontario Early Years, and local Child Care Centres.

    These workshops are open to all Child Care providers as well as individuals who work or care for children in any capacity. Workshops are scheduled for Guelph and Mount Forest. Please check our events calendar for future dates and topics.

Reaching In,Reaching Out
  • A program that promotes resiliency in young children. The 12 hour training session can be delivered in one full day, 2 half days, 4 evenings, or a combination of these. Call QCCI for upcoming dates or check our calendar.

Family Child Care Training Program
  • QCCI offers workshops and networking opportunities specifically designed for home child care providers. Workshops will provide participants with knowledge of child development, early learning and care and identify skills for managing challenging behaviour, planning curriculum, and many other topics.

Inservice Workshops

Have you identified training needs that are specific to your staff team? The QCCI coordinators are      available to provide training and professional development workshops tailored to the needs of your centre. With flexibility to meet your programming and staffing challenges, QCCI staff will work with you to determine the best time and location for the workshop, including presentations at ‘All Staff Meetings’, over a lunch period, or after regular work hours. Call 519-821-6638,ext 201 or 210 to discuss this training opportunity and schedule a workshop.