Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

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Wait List: My Smart Hands: Basic Baby Sign Language - Level 1

This is a multi-day workshop. Please ensure you are available for all the dates listed below:

8 Online sessions - Wednesday and Fridays August 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 & September 2, 2022 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Note: This is a multi-day workshop with 12 hours online and 4 hours self-study. Ensure you are available on all dates listed. Participants will receive a 16 hour certificate of participation, upon successful completion of all sessions.

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Babies begin to gesture at a fairly early age; putting their hands in the air to be picked up, pointing at things they want etc. They quickly learn that these movements will elicit a reaction from their parents and caregivers. Taking that natural gesturing to the next level, parents / caregivers have started to teach their children specific signs that they can use to communicate their needs. MySmartHands uses signs taken from a real sign language such as ASL in North America. By using ASL signs with babies you are not teaching them the actual language, you are simply using the exact sign for the exact English word. Creator Laura Berg designed this program with fun interactive activities and songs that can be taught in an adult / baby playgroup atmosphere or in a more adult friendly setting.

There are 3 levels to the full program:

  1. Level 1 starts with the basics of sign language, such as the alphabet and simple words completely tailored to the words young children use when they first start communicating.

  2. Level 2 expands on these words.

  3. Level 3 moves into using more words and simple sentences and is intended for an older, preschool and early school audience.

All levels are completely interactive and participants learn many songs and rhymes.

This course is Level 1. 
It includes a workbook, which is mailed to participants through Canada Post.

Living Inquiries: 

  • Communication and literacies.

  • Well-being and belonging.


  • Multiple model of communication.

  • Language and communication.

  • Vocabulary, symbols.

  • Joy in relationships with other people.

  • Individual differences

  • Every child is a gift.

Suitable for students and novice early care and learning professionals working with children of all ages, from infants/toddlers to school age children, including children with extra support needs.

Facilitator(s): Kimberly Williams

Kim has been an ECE for over 25 years, with Special Needs and Infant/Toddler training. She also presents training for educators, teachers and parents at the Berry Patch CCRR, offering Positive Discipline, Responsible Adult/Good Beginnings, and My Smart Hands: Basic Baby Sign Language, as well as many workshops tailored to Child Care providers, Strong Starts and Head Starts. Kim has also owned and managed a child care center with both, group multi-age and before and after school programs.

  1. Requests for cancellations must be received at least 3 business days prior to the workshop/course date to get a refund, minus any Administration Fees.
  2. All refunds are subject to a $10 Administration Fee, except for workshops/courses that are $100 or more, which have a $25 Administration Fee.
  3. No monies will be refunded or credits offered once the workshop/course starts, or if it’s missed.
  4. Westcoast may cancel a workshop/course at any time. Registrants will be notified and receive a full refund.
  5. If a class is missed, registrants forfeit their fee and there will be no refund or credit.

By registering for a workshop / course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with these policies.

  1. It is the participants’ responsibility to read the workshop/course description and objectives and make sure the training selected is suitable for their learning needs.
  2. Only Vancouver CCRR Registered LNRs or Vancouver Licensed Family Child Care Providers qualify to pay the FCC Fee and will need to state this when they create their account on our website and be approved for this access. When you are an approved CCRR Registered LNR or Vancouver Licensed Family Child Care Provider, these reduced fees will automatically be applied to your registration for all applicable workshops.
  3. Participants must be 19 years of age to work with children.
  4. Minimum Grade 8 high-school English understanding, written and oral skills or equivalent are necessary to actively participate in class.
  5. Participants must stay for the full workshop/course to receive a certificate.
  6. Doors close 15 minutes after start time in respect to the presenter and participants.
  7. We are unable to accommodate children during workshop/course time. Please make childcare arrangements.
  8. Payment must be made at the time of registration to confirm a seat.
  9. Receipts are available on your account at wccrc.ca/login
  10. Handouts (if any) are sent by email.
  11. Certificates can be reprinted or downloaded from your account at any time after you complete the full workshop or course.
  12. Everyone in the class must abide by the Classroom Code of Conduct.
  13. These are non-credit workshops/courses, meaning they cannot be applied towards the completion of a university or college certificate, diploma or degree.
  14. If you have questions about a certificate being accepted by the ECE Registry, please contact them at 1-888-338-6622 or look on their website here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/early-learning/teach/training-and-professional-development/become-an-early-childhood-educator/renew-maintain-ece-certification

By registering for a workshop / course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with these policies.

We are all guests in the training room. In an effort to maintain a safe and welcoming environment, we ask that we follow these guidelines:

  1. Respect people’s choices, experiences and feelings.
  2. One person speaks at a time.
  3. Participate actively by including your voice and make space for other voices to be heard.
  4. Respect confidentiality, what is said in the group, stays in the group. Speak in private with the instructor if necessary.
  5. Assume the best intent. This is a space to learn and sometimes that means making mistakes.
  6. Take care of yourself, whatever that may look like.
  7. Mute your microphone to reduce background noise and unmute it for group discussions, to comment or ask questions.

By registering for a workshop / course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with these policies.

By registering for a workshop/course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with all policies.

In keeping with our eco-conscious goal of reducing paper use, handouts, resources and certificates will be sent by email. In this way, participants will have a resource that can be saved and viewed across various devices, shared and printed anytime.

We may take some photographs (including a Zoom group picture) during workshops/courses with the purpose of promoting our training. By registering you consent to allow us or others attending to take your photograph. If it’s okay with the facilitator, you may photograph materials, slides, books, etc., but not film the workshop.

Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) require a minimum of 40 hours of professional development to renew a certificate to practice. Select topics you would like to expand on or that you’re passionate about.

Registered Family Child Care Providers (RLNR) are required to complete at least 4 hours of professional development before their annual renewal date.


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Professional Development Team
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
604-709-5661 EXT 221