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.
Gathering Our Medicine - A Relational Approach to Strengthening Relationships
Marla Klyne Kolomaya
Online Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Marla Klyne Kolomaya from Gathering Our Medicine in an exploration of nature’s wondrous design for children’s growth and development. Together, we will explore shared understandings of human development found within the wisdom traditions of many Indigenous and ancient cultures, providing a hopeful framework that centres relationships for all.View Workshop Details
Discover the Outdoors in Autumn
Online Wednesday October 11 and Thursday October 12, 2023 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Back to school and back to the great outdoors! Come and explore with us what beautiful nature has to offer in the fall. Hundreds of birds are starting to migrate south on the Pacific Flyway. Resources are starting to decline for pollinators and leaf crunching season has opened.View Workshop Details
Webinar - Mysterious Mixtures
Online Wednesday October 18, 2023 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This webinar will focus on Mysterious Mixtures and is suitable for 3-5 year olds as well as school age children. We will explain how everyday kitchen ingredients can be used to begin an inquiry into concepts like dissolving, mixtures, and separating.View Workshop Details
ECE Networking: 'Let Them Eat Dirt' - Movie Night!
In-Person - Friday, October 20, 2023 from 5:10 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
If you like popcorn and films, come and join us in-person, to meet other early years’ educators, socialise and relax after work at Westcoast.View Workshop Details
Exploring BC’s ELF - Community of Practice
Online 6 Tuesdays, October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2023 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Familiar, curious, or have no idea what the updated BC Early Learning Framework is all about? This six-week community of practice is for you! All levels of experience are encouraged to participate, share insights, raise questions, and offer support as we explore the BC Early Learning Framework’s call to ‘live and learn together’.
Special Back to School fee! Bring 1 colleague or another educator friend to join for free.
After you register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, ‘Exploring ELF - Bring one for free’ with your colleague or friend’s full name and email address.
Your colleague or friend will receive an invitation link with a code, to register free of charge. They must have or register for a free WCCRC account before enrolling.
Same process applies for group registration. Contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
‘Free’ spaces will not be automatically reserved.
Only registered participants will be admitted into the training.
If a paid participant cancels their registration, their colleague or friend's will also be cancelled.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
All other workshop policies apply.
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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.