Join Island Health's Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Richard Stanwick and Shelley McClure, Regional Manager, Community Care Facilities Licensing and other experts in a free, public virtual roundtable series on outdoor programs for preschool-aged children.
Policymakers, practitioners, researchers and families are invited to participate.
A growing number of outdoor programs for preschool-aged children have been established in British Columbia following models from Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and the UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health recommendations encourage British Columbians to go outside to reduce transmission risks. COVID-19 combined with the mounting research on the importance of outdoor play for children’s learning, development and health has meant that outdoor early childhood programs are gaining momentum. Under the provincial Community Care and Assisted Living Act, licensed child care requires an indoor facility and Outdoor-based early childhood programs must operate independent of current Child Care Licensing Regulations. Amidst a second wave of COVID-19 and new growth in the outdoor-based early childhood field, now is the time to re-examine this.
There are three sessions available in this series:
September 24 - Why Early Childhood Education Outdoors is Needed Now
October 1 - Paths to Early Childhood Education Outdoors
October 8 - What’s Next? Actions for Early Childhood Education Outdoors
All roundtables begin at 7:30 a.m.