Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning


Responsible Adult In Child Care Settings Course

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

Online Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm and 5 Saturdays, February 24, March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2024 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (4 hours each session plus 1 hour lunch break)

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Welcome to 2024! But let’s turn back time to 2020, with an ‘old’ fee of $150 for this course! 

Course Requirements:

  • Be at least 19 years of age at time of registration.

  • All participants must have grade 8 English written and oral skills (or equivalent) to actively participate during class.

  • Read and understand the ‘Refund and Cancellation Policies’, ‘Workshop/Course Policies’, ‘Classroom Code of Conduct’ and the ‘At Our Workshops’ section at the bottom of the course page.


This course was developed by Westcoast to meet the requirements for 20 hours Responsible Adult training as stipulated by the Child Care Regulation. Through online sessions, it covers concepts about child development from birth to 12 years of age, child guidance, health, safety and nutrition and programming. This is a basic course meant for people starting their career in child care. This course is not suitable for those requiring professional development to renew an ECE or ECEA certificate.

Suitable for adults starting their career in child care. It is recommended that participants who want to open a family child care program, also take the 16-hour Administration for Family Child Care Course (AFCC) in addition to Westcoast’s 20-hour Responsible Adult Course, to learn about family child care as a business. This course is not suitable for those requiring professional development to renew an ECE or ECEA certificate.

Employment Possibilities
Responsible Adults are qualified to work in:

  1. School Age Group Child Care (licensed before and after school care).
  2. Occasional Child Care (licensed).
  3. As a replacement (substitute/casual on call) for an ECE Assistant (for less than 30 days) in a licensed group child care centre (a Responsible Adult may not replace a fully qualified early childhood educator).
  4. Open a licensed family child care or registered licence not required (RLNR) child care.*
  5. Summer camps.

Requirements to be a Responsible Adult in child care settings

According to BC’s Provincial Child Care Licensing Regulation, a Responsible Adult must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age.
  • Be able to provide care and mature guidance to children.
  • Have completed at least 20 hours of training in child development, guidance, health and safety or nutrition and,
  • Have relevant work experience.


Facilitator(s): Vesna Krcmar

Vesna is an Early Childhood Educator, as well as a certified Positive Discipline instructor and experience facilitator. She has worked as a Vancouver CCRR Child Care Services Consultant at Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre and currently she is their Outreach Professional Development Coordinator. She brings a rich background in working with 0–5-year-old children in both family child care and group care settings and as a Westcoast’s facilitator for various courses and workshops. 

  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. Camera's must be on during the workshop to receive a certificate.
  3. 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.
  4. Participants must be 19 years of age to work with children.
  5. Minimum Grade 8 high-school English understanding, written and oral skills or equivalent are necessary to actively participate in class.
  6. Participants must stay for the full workshop/course to receive a certificate.
  7. Doors close 15 minutes after start time in respect to the presenter and participants.
  8. We are unable to accommodate children during workshop/course time. Please make childcare arrangements.
  9. Payment must be made at the time of registration to confirm a seat.
  10. Receipts are available on your account at wccrc.ca/login
  11. Handouts (if any) are sent by email.
  12. Certificates can be reprinted or downloaded from your account at any time after you complete the full workshop or course.
  13. Everyone in the class must abide by the Classroom Code of Conduct.
  14. These are non-credit workshops/courses, meaning they cannot be applied towards the completion of a university or college certificate, diploma or degree.
  15. 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 1221