About Us

Staff Training

Parents often ask us questions about staff certification as this seems the logical thing to do. As a provincially licensed Early Childhood Center and Independent School registered under with the BC Ministry of Education, parents need to know that that the regulating bodies ensure accreditation and certification and conduct regular inspections to ensure compliance. The BC Childcare Licensing Act and Ministry of Education Legislation encompasses regulation of staff qualifications and education, Criminal Record checks, First Aid, staffing ratios, immunizations, medical clearance, fire safety, emergency and security practices, Municipal regulation compliance and so on and so on….

The important questions parents need to be asking is: What ADDITIONAL and DIFFERENTIATED qualification, experience and training do the staff have? How informed are they on current developmental research and progressive practices in child development? What kind of books do we read? What resources do we use? How is this knowledge translated into practical support for the child’s journey of discovery? 

At Noah’s Ark, all the staff log many hours of highly specialized on-going professional training.  We take pride in being prepared each day to do the best work we possibly can with children.

A Brief Sample of Professional Training:

Law for Educators and Educational Leaders - November 28, 2019

Supporting Children & Families in Communities of Compassionate Practice:ACE’s Informed Practice with Dr. Linda O’Neil, Provincial Outreach- November 22, 2019

Move and Groove: Incorporating Dance and Movement into Your Play Spaces by Stefanie Tong- November 16, 2019
Child Care Resource and Reference, Surrey

Challenging Behaviours: Transformative Tools for Challenging Behaviours with Amy Eshelby & Dr. Nora McNamara - October 25, 2019
Montessori Training Centre of BC

First Nations Principles of Learning: Weaving Connections: Tswalk-nish’ with Shawn and Heather Atleo - October 25, 2019
Montessori Training Centre of BC

FitFlow Yoga Teacher Course- June 2, 2019
FitFlow Yoga

Playing with Language to Discover How Words Work: Engaging Phonological Awareness Instruction in the K-3 Classroom - May 31, 2019

FitFlow Yoga for the Kids- April 2019
FitFlow Yoga

Reflecting with Lella Gandini: In the Spirit of the Studio by Lella Gandini- February 23, 2019
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House

Engaging Plural Identities: Creating a Sense of Belonging in a Globalised World by Stephanie S. Siqueira- January 19, 2019
Children the Heart of the Matter Conference

Heart- Mind Well being: Caring for You by Jennifer Westobya- January 19, 2019
Children the Heart of the Matter Conference

More Children! More Heart! More Fun!!! by Stuart Ellis- Myers- January 19th, 2019
Children the Heart of the Matter Conference

Early Literacy (Designing Comprehensive K-3 Literacy Framework)- January, 2019

Building Capacity: Learning-Centred Design, Provincial Outreach-October, 2018
Ministry of Education & FISA BC

Creating an Oasis in Your Child Care Program: Best Practices for Working with Children Who Have Experienced Trauma- May, 2018
The City of Richmond Child Care Development Advisory Committee

Understanding Anxiety in Young Children- May, 2018
Richmond Children First

Conflict Resolution:Navigating Difficult Conversations- May, 2018
FISA, Justice Institute of BC & Ministry of Education

Coding and Computational Thinking-April, 2018
FISA & Society of Christian Schools

A Day in the Studio- March, 2018
Anna Cuomo

Living Assessment, Provincial Outreach- October, 2017

E.R.A.S.E. Bullying Level 1, 2, & 3- April, 2017

The 18th Annual Learning and the Brain Conference - April, 2017
Richmond School District No. 38

Children the Heart of the Matter 20th Annual Conference- February, 2017
Dr. Deborah MacNamara

Circles of Caring Conference- February, 2017
The Child Care Training & Professional Society of Richmond

Should I Worry? A Guide to Speech and Language Development- November, 2016
Richmond Public Health Speech & Language Program

Supporting Multilingual Development- May, 2016
Richmond Public Health Speech & Language Program

Circles of Caring Child Care Conference- February, 2016
The Child Care Training & Professional Society of Richmond

Approaching Autism- January, 2016
Richmond Public Health Speech & Language Program

Children the Heart of the Matter 19th Annual Conference- January, 2016
Maureen Wagner

Life Threatening Allergies What to do?- April, 2015
Vancouver Coastal Health, Community Care Facilities Licensing and The Early Childhood Public Health Nursing Team

Children the Heart of the Matter 18th Annual Early Learning Conference- February, 2015
Gary Anaka

Circles of Caring 2014: The Power & Wonder of Children’s Stories- November, 2014
The Child Care Training & Professional Society of Richmond

5th Kindergarten and Primary Institute: Optimal Environments for Teaching and Learning - August, 2014
University of Victoria.

Child Abuse Workshop - April, 2014
Vancouver Coastal Health, Child Care Licensing & The Ministry for Children and Family Development

Reggio Network Meeting - Materials Encounters Exhibit - March, 2014
Bev Superle and Linda Murdoch

Exploring Pedagogical Narration and Photography - July, 2013
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Selective Mutism - December, 2013
Dr. Annie Simpson

Early Development Instrument, Research to Planning Human Early learning Partnership - November, 2013

Potential - The Starting Point - November 28, 2012
Lella Gandini

Topic: Inquiry Into Wild Animals- November, 2012
Marcia MacKenzie and Roeanne Law

Fine Motor and Written Skills Workshop - April, 2012
Brian Lai, B.Sc., O.T., M.H.S.

Whole Brain Teaching - July, 2011
Chris Biffle / Maricopa County School District

“Hold on to Your Kids!” - June 11th, 2011
Dr. Deborah MacNamara

Taking Early Childhood Outside- April, 2011
Vancouver Community College

“Children’s Environmental Health”- February, 2011
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Brain Development and Learning 2010 - July, 2010
UBC Interprofessional Continuing Ed.

BC Association of Math Teachers / BCAMT - April, 2010
Regional Meeting & Professional Development
Richard De Merchant, Ministry Of Education

Sensory Processing, Self-Regulation and Stress Management - February, 2010
Marc Landry, Occupational Therapist
VSB / Vancouver Coastal Health

Boys and Girls Learn Differently - February, 2010
Bruce Ivany / Dr. Michael Gurian, Gurian Institute

The Explosive Child - November, 2009
Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and Intervention
Dr. Ross Greene

40 Developmental Assets - November, 2009
Community and Adolescent Resilience
Derek Petersen

Fluency Strategies and Assessments - October, 2009
Reading Interventions and Strategies
Jerry Johns / Roberta Berglund / LOMICRA

Social Thinking Across the School and Day - August, 2009
Michelle Garcia Winner / SFU

SMILE - Small-group Intervention for Language Emergence - August, 2009

Let’s Talk About Touching - June, 2009

Kids Are Worth It! - February, 2009

The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander
Barabara Coloroso

Understanding the Roots of Anxiety - February, 2009
Tamara Strijak, R. Psych.

HIGH FIVE-Because Every Child Deserves a HIGH FIVE - February, 2009
Kara Leier and Heather Muter

How to Grow a Child’s Brain - February, 2009
Gary Anaka

The British Columbia Early Learning Framework Implementation Project – Nov. 2008 to March 2009
University of Victoria

Child Abuse Prevention and Disclosure - November, 2008
Vancouver/Richmond Coastal Health

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention - October, 2008
Crisis Intervention Institute

Memorization of Basic Facts
Western Montessori Teachers’ College-May 12, 2008

Emergency Preparedness Training - March, 2008
City of Richmond & Vancouver Coastal Health

SAFER Suicide Intervention - November, 2007
BC Mental Health / Vancouver Coastal Health

Challenging Behavior - October, 2007
Human Resources Development Canada / Ministry for Children and Families

Learning and the Brain Conference- April, 2007

Inspired Teaching: Exploring Early Childhood Practice that Nurtures Children’s Identities and Potentials- October, 2005
Margie Carter, Deb Curtis, and Ann Pelo

Sanitation Program for Food Handlers- October, 2001
Simon Fraser Health Region