Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning


Workshops & Training

Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

Westcoast workshops and courses 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.

Customized training and workshops are available. Find out more below.

Please note: We are unable to accommodate children during workshop/course time. Please make childcare arrangements so that children are not present.

Upcoming Workshops

Registrations for upcoming workshops in 2022 will be available directly through the WCCRC website unless they are hosted on the Hub. This will allow you to view your upcoming and previous workshops, access certificates and view your transaction receipts. Sign in or create an account to get started.


Addressing Accessibility for Newcomer Children

Nadia Rabierad

Online 2 Wednesdays October 12 & 19, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

In a world defined largely by norms and averages, there exists inequity. Studies have found that traditional forms of care exclude the needs of many children.Particularly when paired with the challenges immigration, language barriers and a whole new environment can pose.

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The Neuroscience of Self-Care and Why It Matters

Dr. Kathryn Patten

Online 2 Thursdays October 13 & 20, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

This workshop focuses on personal well-being. It addresses issues, (such as childhood trauma, familial dysfunction, and epigenetics) and how they affect the way we react to people, our environment and events.

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We All Belong: Anti-Bias Literacy

Cassidy Taylor

In-Person Saturday October 15, 2022 from 9:30 pm - 2:00 pm (including a 1/2 hour break)
Location: Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

This in-person workshop will provide participants with information, resources, and practice creating circle times that make visible and support all children in their care.    

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My Smart Hands® Level 2 - Basic Baby Sign Language

Kimberly Williams

Online Mondays and Wednesdays October 17, 19, 24, 31, November 2, 7, 9 and 14, 2022 for 8 sessions, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm Prerequisite: Participants must have completed My Smart Hands® Level 1
Location: Online

There is great research which proves that a child who can sign at a young age, is capable of learning to speak sooner and with more success. By teaching small children to sign while giving them the words simultaneously, we reduce the frustration they sometimes feel when not understood by those they are trying to communicate with, as well as giving them a sign when they do not yet have the words.

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Webinar - Little Bodies, Big Emotions: Understanding and Nurturing Children's Emotional Well-Being

Michele Maurer

Online Webinar Monday, October 24, 2022 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Little is being taught about the nature of emotion or the implications for caregiving. To make sense of emotion is to make sense of children and adults alike. Join us to gain insight, and working and playing knowledge of the science of emotion.

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Administration & Management for Child Care

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Administration & Management for Child Care course - a comprehensive online training program that explores all aspects of leadership development.

Our 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 e-learning module features fully interactive content including training videos, reflection opportunities, quizzes, live Zoom sessions, group work and a whole Knowledge Base of resources including 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.

Our self-paced 12 hour Administration & Managment for Child Care Self-guided course is now also open for registration.

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Are you a facilitator offering training in Early Learning and Child Care?

We welcome proposals for training workshops on a wide range of topics for:  

  • Parents
  • Early Learning and Child Care Professionals
  • Others working with young children and their families

For further information please fill out the facilitator workshop proposal form or please contact Nora Mejia at 604-709-5661 ext 245 if you have any questions.

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