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 Vancouver Early Years Training Collaborative.
Search upcoming professional development opportunities from all members of VEYTC.

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.


Advancing Children's Rights in the Early Years

Margie Sanderson

Online Wednesday May 25, & Thursday May 26, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Online

Together we will explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and how the concept of rights and responsibilities takes shape in childcare and early learning settings. 

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Wait List: Celebrating Child Care Providers

Gyda Chud

Online Tuesday May 31, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Online

May is Child Care month! Join Gyda Chud for this FREE workshop celebrating YOU and your important work as child care providers and educators.

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

Kimberly Williams

8 Online sessions - Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 31, & June 2, 7, 9, 21, 23, 28 & 30, 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.
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 and defeat they sometimes feel when the use they are using are not understood by those they are communicating to, as well as giving them a sign when they do not yet have the words.

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Bringing STEM in Early Childhood Programs with Loose Parts

Pooja Kalsi

Online Wednesday June 1 & Thursday June 2, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Online

STEM teaching is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where children learn and apply concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In this workshop the participants will learn how to plan provocations that invite children to observe, explore, investigate, problem-solve, experiment, and design.

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Beginners Drawing Skills and Drawing with Young Children

Kathleen Tonnesen

In-Person Saturday June 11, 2022 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm *This will be an in person workshop only, at Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, located at 2772 East Broadway, in Vancouver, BC. V5M 1Y8. It is not available online. There will be a ½ hour lunch break. Bring a bag lunch. Face masks are required. Kindly refrain from eating, drinking or cell phone use during class time.
Location: Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Every line, every mark on a creation, tells a story. Learning to draw enhances an educator's communication skills, using the visual language of art to create dynamic teachers.

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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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