Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning


Providing Child Care

Providing early care and education for young children is a commitment that must be carefully considered. Quality early care and learning professionals are needed more than ever before. It is important to understand what type of work you want to do and how you want to be educated or trained.

  • What age of children do you want to work with?
  • Do you want to provide care in your home or do you want to work for someone else?
  • Are you interested in child care as a business or as a non-profit, community based service?

There are many choices in front of you. View the resources below and the services available to child care providers through WCCRC to help you make these determinations.

If you don't live in Vancouver, please visit the CCRR website for a list of other Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) centres across BC.

Administration & Management for Child Care

Our 40-hour Administration & Management for Child Care: Instructor-Guided online course and our self-paced 12-hour Administation and Management for Child Care: Self-Guided online course, are now open for registration in the EYPDHub. Enroll in the 40-hour course to take advantage of the professional development $500 bursary available until 2024.

WCCRC Administration & Management for Child Care Knowledge Base is a comprehensive online information database for ECE leaders, with detailed guidance on all areas of child care leadership. Available by yearly subscription.

WCCRC Services For Professionals

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Different Types of Child Care Providers

If you are looking at a profession in the early childhood care and education field, below you will find the different types of provider options available:

To be qualified to work as a certified early childhood educator (ECE) in B.C., you are required to complete a basic early childhood education training program from an approved training institution.

Care for up to 7 children in the licensee’s personal home and where the licensee personally provides the care.

Care for 2 unrelated children, in addition to their own, OR 1 sibling group, at any one time. You must at least 19 years of age.

An adult over 19 years of age who has experience working with children, has completed at least 20 hours of training, & can provide care and mature guidance to children.

2018 Child Care Wage Survey Report

An online survey was sent to all staff working in centre-based child care programs in Vancouver in April and May of 2018 through funding provided by the City of Vancouver. The findings are now available in the published report entitled "2018 Wages and Working Conditions Survey: Vancouver-Centre Child Care Programs".  An Executive Summary is also available.



Westcoast Early Learning Library

With nearly 12,000 items available on a broad range of topics from ECE theory and program planning to diversity and anti-bias education, the WELL carries everything from children's board books to music and sensory kits.

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Upcoming Workshops & Training Opportunities

13 Jul
Jul 13th, 2024

Children love to dance! This workshop will take educators through age-appropriate movement elements and show you how to incorporate dance into your day. The first portion of the workshop will get…

16 Jul
Jul 16th, 2024

Come ready to sing and to share your favourite and unique songs, rhymes and fingerplays! Signing, music, rhymes and fingerplays help children develop listening skills and hear the rhythms and rhymes…

25 Jul
Jul 25th, 2024

This presentation assists parents and caregivers in gaining a deeper understanding of their child’s experience of anxiety. We address such questions as: What is anxiety? How does anxiety impact…