Early Years and Care Providers

First Words recognizes the value of on-going professional development and wants to support Early Years and Care Providers by providing free professional development opportunities in the community.

Host a professional development opportunity for your Ottawa Early Years colleagues at your agency. Invite First Words to participate, present a workshop or facilitate training. Contact the Community Educator to discuss the possibilities.


Current Professional Development Opportunities


Visit CCPRN for more workshops and training opportunities.

You can direct interested parents to the Parent Resource Centre’s website to find free workshops in the community!


Invite First Words to arrange an information session about speech and language development for your team.

Choose a topic from the list below, or speak with our Community Educator, who can help you determine the best type of training for your centre.

The following workshops are available:

  • First Words 101 – Take the time to refresh your memory and get up to date information about First Words, the services offered and how to support families who have concerns about their children. A quick review of strategies will be provided.
  • Q&As with First Words – An opportunity to ask questions about First Words and speech and language development (0-5).
  • Talk By 2: Know the Signs, Act Early – A review of high risk indicators from birth to 2 years to help identify possible language delays.

If there’s a specific topic related to  preschool speech and language development that you don’t see listed above and you’d like to learn more about, let us know  so we can we tailor a presentation to meet your needs.

If you are hosting a conference, a Lunch and Learn, a training at your agency or looking for a guest speaker for your community meeting, remember to invite First Words!

Contact First Words by email to arrange for a workshop or presentation at your centre: k.torunski@pqchc.com