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ABOUT EARLY YEARS WORKSHOPS

At Early Years Workshops, we are committed to helping Early Childhood Educators and Childcare Providers continue to develop their critical and reflective thinking.

We provide customized ECE workshops and professional development to Educators, Primary Teachers, Childcare Providers, and parents in the Greater Vancouver area and online. We also offer Certificates of Completion to all ECE workshop participants that can be applied towards their required professional development hours with the BC ECE Registry.

ABOUT ANA VALLE RIVERA:

Raised in a large and lively family in East Vancouver BC, Ana knew her life’s purpose was working with children. She began working in the childcare field in 2007. Ana has a diploma in ECE, a Bachelor in Child and Youth Care and is currently completing a Master of Professional Education in ECE through Western University. Ana is a parent, a children’s book author, and the founder of Early Years Workshops & Training.

As a facilitator, Ana works with child care programs, school districts, and the various Child Care Resource & Referral programs to engage in collaborative learning. Ana also currently works as an Infant Development Consultant and works alongside the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC on advocacy for a quality $10aDay child care system that meets the diverse needs of families and invests in educators.   

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY AND PEDAGOGICAL COMMITMENTS:

Ana began teaching Early Childhood Education courses at a local community college in 2014. In 2016 Ana was asked to create professional development for groups of Early Childhood Educators and since then Ana has continued her journey into researching and exploring the complexities of early childhood and child care policies in BC.

By combining experience in the field, graduate studies, the ECEBC Code of Ethics, and the BC Early Learning Framework, Ana supports others to think with multiple pedagogical perspectives about childhood.

Ana is commitmed to supporting educators through various modes of learning. This includes self paced workshops, online and in person workshops and communities of practices.  Ana is commited to supporting educators to improve their intuitive, social, emotional, attachment-based, trauma-informed approaches while at the same time remaining critical about the research that informs these practice approaches. 

The text ‘Deconstructing Developmental Psychology’ by Erica Burman (2017) inspires Ana to have meaningful and difficult discussions with others about taken-for-granted knowledge and practices that are embedded with Western cultural assumptions of child development. 

Ana has begun to dive deeper into thinking about how we as educators work with ethical pedagogies that are rooted in awareness and humility to create equitible spaces that are anti-racist and anti-bias and in alignment with post human and decolonizing discourses. 

Ana has many aspirations but her current focus is to inspire positive change in the early year’s field through sharing a vision of social justice and social wellness for all. 

To get in touch with Ana or request her for an upcoming workshop, visit the contact page here.