Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

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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.

10
Jan

Wait List: My Smart Hands - Basic Baby Sign Language

Kim Williams

Every Monday and Tuesday, January 10, 11,17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & February 1, 2022 (1.5 hours online x 8 sessions)
Location: Online

In collaboration with Prince Rupert CCRR - The Berry Patch

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.

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19
Jan

Promoting Imagination and Creativity in a Media-Saturated World

Kym Stewart

Jan 19, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Jan 20, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Online

Our current circumstances have made parents and educators rely on more screen time to educate and entertain young children. But, how do we find balance to promote creativity, imagination and engagement in this screen-dependent world? This workshop will examine current research on the impact of screen time on young children's development, creativity and engagement. It will also provide educators with resources to enhance young children’s imaginative capacities via the education frameworks of Imaginative Education.

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26
Jan

Webinar: Nurturing Neurodiversity

Monica Lynn Maddison

Jan 26, 2022 6:00pm to 7:00pm | Jan 27, 2022 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Online

Join this webinar with Monica Maddison, educator and Behaviour Consultant from Bloom Behaviour, while we explore neurodiversity, chat about inclusion, and identify how both educators as well as families can more effectively support children. We’ll discuss learning, processing, and engagement needs - along with the perspective shifts that encourage best practice of care in the early years and beyond.

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29
Jan

Precipitation Education: Practical Ideas for Embracing the Rain with Children

Karen Begley

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Online

Do you want to feel more excited about learning and playing outside during the rainy months? Join us for a lighthearted and practical conversation about the opportunities, challenges and logistics of programming in wet, cold, and soggy situations. We’ll talk about how to shift mindsets about the rain, how to dress to stay warm and dry, play invitations involving puddles, potential inquiry studies that may emerge when being in the rain and more.

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2
Feb

Wait List: Nourishing the Nurturer: An Embodied Workshop for Educators

Gina Miller & Lyn Sakari

Feb 2, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Feb 3, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Online

This two part session will include mindfulness games and methods for children that support awareness of body, thoughts and emotions. These techniques can help improve focus, emotional regulation, resilience and a sense of kindness for oneself as well as others. The second part is just for you, the educators! This session will provide soothing ways for educators to nurture themselves including a gentle guided meditation (no previous experience necessary). We will explore how to incorporate topics such as compassion and fear into our early learning curriculum as well as in educators' own personal practice. Participants will also be gifted a recorded meditation sent via email, to revisit time and again.

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4
Feb

Responsible Adult In Child Care Settings Course

Vesna Krcmar

Friday February 4 to Friday February 18, 2022 Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 11 weekdays, 1.5 hour sessions each, plus 30 minutes self-study per session.
Location: Online

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 basic concepts about child development from birth to 12 years of age, child guidance, health, safety and nutrition and programming. This course is meant for people starting their career in child care.

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8
Feb

The Importance of Representation in Children's Literature

Cassidy Taylor

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Online

Why do children need to see themselves in the stories we share? Come and join Cassidy, our Westcoast Early Learning Library (WELL) Librarian and spend some time exploring new books and resources which may help you continue enriching your program. Get inspired with a variety of resources, books, loose parts, ideas and the wisdom of other Child Care Providers.

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9
Feb

Setting the Foundation for Early Literacy for Young Children

Pooja Kalsi

Feb 9, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Feb 10, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Online

In this workshop the participants learn about the importance of early literacy and leave the workshop with information based on research as well as practical, creative, and inexpensive strategies to enhance literacy in a childcare setting. We will talk about how to support children who are learning additional languages by understanding sign language and phonological awareness and how music, songs and storytelling can be used to enhance these skills. The participants will also explore the important role a caregiver plays in building and supporting the literacy skills of children.

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23
Feb

Critical Literacy & Diversity: A Close Look at the Books We Choose

Ashleigh Davis

Feb 23, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Feb 24, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Online

What do our books tell children? Through this workshop educators will discuss topics of social justice and diversity, considering how all children can feel represented. We will focus on understanding the importance of representation in children's day to day lives and on the power books can hold.

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26
Feb

Basics of Yoga: Benefits in the Early Years & Self-Care for Educators

Katherine Connolly

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Online

Educators are part of children’s support system. To fully support the children we care for, we need to be able to nourish our own resilience and growth from within. During this training educators will explore basic tools to empower themselves and the children they work with.

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28
Feb

Family Child Care Administration Course

Vesna Krcmar

Monday to Friday, February 28 to March 4, and Monday to Thursday, March 7 to 10, 2022 Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 16 hours 9 weekdays, 1.5 hour sessions each, plus 30 minutes self-study per session.
Location: Online

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5
Mar

Social Responsibility, Wellness and Resilience

Ana Valle

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Online

Working in a diverse world requires educators to think ethically and critically about their daily choices. This workshop is meant to support educators in thinking with multiple perspectives by thinking about what social responsibility means to them.

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30
Mar

Mindful Creativity: Allowing Mindfulness to Guide Creative Play

Gina Miller & Lyn Sakari

Mar 30, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Mar 31, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Online

Let’s explore creativity outside the box! Come and explore ways to develop mindfulness while nurturing creativity and play inside and outside of the classroom through the Pedagogy of Listening.  

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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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