Sexual Health In The Early Years One-Day Seminar

“Sexual Health In The Early Years”

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 8:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Nova Scotia Community College – Truro Campus, Forrester Hall (36 Arthur Street, Truro, NS)

5.5 Professional Development Hours

Sexual Health in the Early Years Agenda for the Day

8:00 – 8:30 Registration (2nd Floor Forrester Hall)

8:30 – 10:15 Morning sessions (Forrester Hall)

10:15 – 10:35 Nutrition Break

10:35 – 11:45 Morning sessions continue

11:45- 12:45 Lunch (Cafeteria)

12:45 – 2:00 Afternoon sessions (Forrester Hall)

1:55 – 2:05 Nutrition Break

2:05 – 2:55 Afternoon sessions continue

3:00 – 3:30 Plenary (Cafeteria)



Sexual Health In The Early Years One-Day Seminar
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 8:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Nova Scotia Community College – Truro Campus, Forrester Hall


Morning Sessions ~ 8:30 am –11:45 am
Afternoon Sessions ~12:45 – 2:55

All four sessions will be offered in the morning and again in the afternoon. You may select one session to attend in the morning and a different session to attend in the afternoon. Sessions will be assigned on a first come first served basis. (30 – 40 ppl per session)


Where do babies come from? How did the baby get in mommy’s tummy? How will the baby get out? When it comes to talking to children about sex, pregnancy, and birth, simple, age-appropriate descriptions are best. Marcie McKay will share real-life examples and resources to position you as an “askable” adult, ready and willing to provide answers to these common, healthy, normal questions.

Marcie holds a Masters in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. She currently works as a Health Promoter within the health system


Empowering children with the ability to recognize appropriate behaviour and boundaries when it comes to human touch is a critical aspect of our roles as early childhood educators. On a much broader scale, discussions that take place in the preschool years are shown to reduce sexual violence in our communities. Join Heather Plumridge, whose health care background makes her the perfect person to refresh our memories around naming body parts and who will share proactive tools for educators and families to encourage body safety and healthy relationships.

Heather is a skilled facilitator and an engaging Public Health Practitioner. Heather has spent the last 11 years as an Early Years Public Health Nurse, working with families and children in Cape Breton to achieve better health outcomes and overall wellness.


Understanding and supporting family diversity can be abstract and a very new way of thinking about parental roles. Blair Hill will walk us through the many different ways of being a family and provide some relevant tips and tools to ensure all families are reflected in your classroom. Explore and break down common myths such as: “Allowing a little boy to play with dolls and wear dresses will “make him gay” or “It’s just a phase” and “there are no diverse families in my Centre” or “how a person acts should match the parts they were born with”.

Blair has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years and holds diplomas in Early Childhood Education, Adult Education and is currently working towards his BACS degree at Cape Breton University.


The support children receive (or don’t receive) between two and four years of age sets the stage for gender identity formation. That means, as early childhood educators, we have an obligation to nurture and encourage children across the gender spectrum, including transgender youth. Karen Jacobs will support you in recognizing and reducing gender stereotypes as well as providing tips, resources, and activity ideas to help you interact with children and their families in a way that models acceptance of all people regardless of gender traits.

Karen is the Coordinator of the Early Childhood Development Support Centre located at the NSCC Marconi Campus and Provincial Facilitator for Capable, Confident, and Curious: Nova Scotia’s Early Years Curriculum Framework. She holds a BCS & BEd-Mount Saint Vincent; Diploma Office Admin – Saint Mary’s; Certificate Adult Education – Dalhousie; MEd Curriculum & Instructional Design (minor in Early Childhood Education) from Concordia.



The Nova Scotia Community College is located at 36 Arthur Street in Truro.

The conference will take place mainly in Forrester Hall, Rooms 229, 224, 226 and 220 with the plenary session at the end of the day in the Cafeteria Building. Wi-Fi will be available in the rooms during the sessions. The is free parking available on the campus.


There will be a morning and an afternoon nutrition break and coffee, tea juice and a snack will be provided. You will be given a complimentary lunch ticket which you can use at the cafeteria buffet.


If you are travelling and plan to spend the night, there are two hotels in the area.

The Willow Bend Motel is a small boutique style venue with 29 rooms and the Best Western Glengarry is a larger hotel and convention centre.


To contact the main switchboard for the NSCC campus please call 1-902-893-5385.

  • Refreshments will be provided for the morning and afternoon nutrition breaks and each participant will receive a complimentary meal ticket for the cafeteria.
  • Parking at NSCC for the day is free.
  • Please arrive early for registration and to pick up your name tag at 8:00 am
  • In the event of a pending storm the seminar will be rescheduled to Saturday, February 29th and registrants will be notified by email one week in advance.
  • The Plenary Session is open to all and will take place in the Cafeteria from 3:00 – 3:30

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