If you have 20-30 minutes…

If the curriculum for your prenatal or parenting class is already packed, all you need is 20-30 minutes to introduce key children’s environmental health concepts and practical tips by showing the video. Be sure to leave some time for discussion. Questions such as “What was the most surprising thing you heard?” can help get the conversation going. Have some fact sheets on hand, such as Fragrances and Plastics, to help you respond to questions that may arise. Consider handing out copies of the top 5 tips brochure or a set of the tip cards (or both) to reinforce learning. Oftentimes, the parents themselves will be a source of information and ideas that can be shared within the group.

If you have 1-2 hours…

After welcoming participants, start off by showing the video. It will do the job of introducing the topic for you. Encourage participants to discuss the video. Questions such as “What was the most surprising thing you heard?” or “Do you already do some of these things at home?” can help get the conversation going. Next, engage participants in the popular “Grab Bag” activity (form smaller groups, as needed, aiming for 6-10 people per group). The Grab Bag Activity sheet offers suggestions on items to put in the grab bag and why, along with guidance on how to run the activity. Use the remaining time for questions and answers and discussion. Encourage participants to consider what new actions they may take, if any, based on what they’ve learned. Provide participants with either the top 5 tips brochure or a set of the tip cards (or both) as take-away resources to reinforce learning.

If you have a full day…

As with the shorter sessions described above, starting with the top 5 tips video is a great way to kick-start your workshop. Consider engaging participants in 1-2 hands-on activities in small groups to encourage interaction and discussion, such as the Grab Bag activity, the Mercury in Fish activity or, for a workshop in a First Nations/Aboriginal community, the Medicine Wheel activity and/or the Caring for Mother Earth Checklist. The Quiz can be a fun way to enliven the workshop: ask quiz questions at various points throughout the day and provide small prizes for the correct responses. (Prizes can be thematic, such as micro-fibre cloths to go with the “bust that dust” tip theme). Be sure to allow plenty of time throughout the workshop for discussion. 

The following resources may be of use in designing the workshop:

Sample agenda – full day

Sample evaluation form

Workshop Planning, Logistics and Checklist

Collection of resources for workshops for service providers working in First Nation Communities

Provide participants with the top 5 tips brochure and/or a set of the tip cards as take-away resources to reinforce learning. Consider providing copies of the CPCHE Primer, relevant fact sheets or other resources, such as the Checklist for child care settings. All of CPCHE’s resources are available as free downloads (in English and French, and in some cases, additional languages) or can be ordered in hard copy (see CPCHE order form for descriptions and costs).