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Supporting a New Culture of Educators using the revised BC Early Learning Framework (2019)

Supporting a New Culture of Educators using the revised BC Early Learning Framework (2019)

What is in a culture?

In my opinion, language is at the heart of a culture and Early Childhood Education is a culture of its own. The revised BC Early Learning Framework (2019) is rich in theories, and new language that can seem intimidating to many Educators.

City Farmer: Bringing nature to the city!

City Farmer: Bringing nature to the city!

“Children develop a sense of place when they connect with their local communities and outdoor environment.” (BC ELF, 2019) 

The brand new BC Early Learning Framework (ELF), released at the end of September, highlights the importance of outdoor play and learning to child development. Finding ways to provide this for the children in your care can be challenging in the city, but City Farmer can help!

The Need for Quality Care

The Need for Quality Care

"Building a child-care system is more than a labour market strategy. Sure, we need spaces. But we need quality spaces. Building for quality starts with a well-paid, well-educated workforce and age-appropriate environments." Our Executive Director, Pam Preston on the need for quality child care. 

The Lydia Cerrano Albert Child Care Support Fund: Helping Children to “Experience the World”

The Lydia Cerrano Albert Child Care Support Fund: Helping Children to “Experience the World”

Excursions are intended to provide children with opportunities to “experience the world.” 

It is well documented that young children learn through play and the fun and excitement of a day outside the classroom can be a catalyst for real engagement, not only with learning topics but also with their community, the world around them and each other.

Advice and Resources for Parents

Advice and Resources for Parents

Advice and Resources for Parents

Finding child care can be confusing, especially in a city like ours where over 16,000 additional spaces are needed. 

Each year, our Parent Services Team respond to over 7,000 requests from parents in Vancouver and help over 1,600 families to apply for financial assistance to help them pay for their child care. 

We have full lists of child care providers and vacancies around the city, and can help you understand your options and work out what type of child care will work best for your family. 

More than spaces; more than babysitting.

More than spaces; more than babysitting.

Yesterday there was an important announcement about a partnership between the Province of BC and the City of Vancouver to develop 2,300 new child care spaces in public buildings such as schools and community centres. This announcement is in line with the Province's Child Care BC initiative to build the components of a publicly funded system for early learning and care. 

National Indigenous Peoples

National Indigenous Peoples' Day: The power of stories and storytelling.

 

“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” Ursula K. Le Guin

The Westcoast Early Learning Library (WELL) is celebrating National Indigenous People’s Day this year by highlighting the power of stories and storytelling.

Conference Season is here!

Conference Season is here!

Conference Season has arrived and staff at Westcoast have already had the privilege of attending, speaking and hosting tables at three conferences this spring. 

 

Supporting children living with anxiety

Supporting children living with anxiety

Back in February, Angel Li and Sandy Yip from WCCRC had the opportunity to join the Early Years Centre workshop Fear & Anxiety in Early Years, by Dr. Deborah Bell. Read their article to learn how to identify and provide support for anxiety in young children. 

Working with LGBTQ2S+ Children and Families

Working with LGBTQ2S+ Children and Families

In June 2017, Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre and QMUNITY received funding from the Social Planning and Projects division of the City of Vancouver, to work together on a pilot project to raise awareness amongst early learning practitioners on inclusion of trans, gender variant and Two-Spirit children and families in their programs. Read our article about WCCRC's involvement in the project and connect to a range of resources for working with LGBTQ2S+ children and families.

Kids Have Stress Too...

Kids Have Stress Too...

Recently, our CCRR staff had an opportunity to attend two Kids Have Stress Too! workshops during our annual Vancouver Coastal Regional CCRR training event offered at North Shore Community Resources. The workshops were delivered by Vikki Lepper and Susan Foisy from the Psychology Foundation of Canada.

WCCRC Child Care Wage Survey Report Available

WCCRC Child Care Wage Survey Report Available

A survey on the wages and benefits of educators and administrators working in licensed centre-based child care facilities in Vancouver was undertaken in April and May of 2018 and the report is now available!