Workshops & Training
Professional Development for Certified Early Childhood Educators
Westcoast courses and workshops support the implementation of the BC Early Learning Framework, Schedule G of the BC Child Care Licensing Regulation and the Early Childhood Educators of BC Code of Ethics.
Westcoast is a member of the BC Early Years Professional Development Hub.
For Child Care First Aid courses, register through The Vital Link.
Introducing Storypark: Empowering Family Communication and Engagement in Early Childhood Education
As Westcoast continues to seek fresh ways to assist our valued community we have forged a partnership with Storypark. Our shared purpose and values make this collaboration a perfect match, and it brings exciting new opportunities for our members to access the Storypark platform.
With Storypark, effortlessly elevate the quality of early childhood programs, enhance family engagement, and empower educators. It's another resource for seamless communication and engagement in the world of child care.
To view previous and upcoming workshops, visit our calendar page.
Before registering, check our Workshop FAQ's, Policies and Online Workshop Basics for more information.
Registrations for upcoming workshops will be available here, unless they are hosted on the EYPDHub.
Webinar - Oral Story Telling an African Tradition
Online Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
If you attended the in-person workshop on February 10, ‘Storytelling From the Heart of Africa’, this workshop is the same, except with a focus on oral storytelling. We will reflect on the benefits of oral storytelling in children’s learning and explore how it can bring experiences to life without using expensive materials or props.View Workshop Details
Webinar - Keeping Your Brain Healthy On The Job
Online Saturday March 2, 2024 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Are stress and anxiety affecting your work performance? Discover practical solutions for maintaining a healthy and efficient brain on the job, while avoiding the fight or flight response.View Workshop Details
Webinar - Softening Defences: Helping Children Face Vulnerability and Gain Resilience
Online Wednesday, March 06, 2024 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
It is essential for a child’s heart to remain soft, for emotions to be felt and expressed, for tears of sadness and disappointment to be shed in order for a child to develop and mature. This workshop will focus on ways adults can soften a child’s heart so that the tears can be restored, lowering frustration and anxiety. As a family therapist and mother of sensitive children, Patti Drobot will discuss how to restore the ability for a child to feel, attend, grieve, and attach.View Workshop Details
Beginners Magic Tricks for ECEs
In-Person Wednesday March 13, 2024 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
A myriad of skills is homed in the domain of magic play: Children develop critical thinking skills by observing magic tricks and they extend their language vocabulary as well as dramatic skills while performing magic tricks under your guidance - without you giving the trick away! Join us and learn how.View Workshop Details
Early Learning Framework: Rethinking Learning and Practice
Online Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In this workshop we will consider how a pedagogy of listening, critical reflection, collaborative dialogue and pedagogical narration can be incorporated into our practice, wherever we are with children. We will explore how these practices can enhance learning, see how these work together, and think about how they can enhance our professional practice.View Workshop Details
Administration & Management for Child Care Course
The online Administration & Management for Child Care Course (AMCC), provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of leadership development.
This 40-hour online course is delivered and guided by expert instructors with years of experience in child care, and has been especially designed to support and strengthen innovative practices in leadership. Each one of the 8 e-learning modules features fully interactive content including training videos, reflection opportunities, quizzes, live Zoom sessions, group work and a whole Knowledge Base of resources including downloadable templates and sample forms.
To support the Administration & Management for Child Care Course, we have also created the Administration & Management for Child Care Knowledge Base, a comprehensive online information database for ECE leaders, with detailed guidance on all areas of child care leadership.
Find out more about our Knowledge Base here.
In addition, there is a 12-hour Self-Guided version of this same course, with no deadline to register or a limited number of spaces, so you can register and study anytime at your own pace. Follow the link below for more information and to register for the Administration & Managment for Child Care: Self-Guided Course always open for registration.
Are you a facilitator offering training in Early Learning and Child Care?
We welcome proposals to deliver professional development training on a wide range of topics related to early childhood education and care, for people working with children from 0-12 years of age, including:
- Family Child Care Providers
- Early Learning and Child Care Professionals
- School Age Child Care Workers
- Others working with young children and their families
To submit your proposal, fill out the facilitator workshop proposal form below, or contact Natasa Guzina at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.