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The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society is committed to nurturing excellence through community outreach, education, research, training and professional development, and advocacy to ensure every Aboriginal child in BC has access to spiritually enriching, culturally relevant, high quality early childhood development services. Because we value children, we work with all our partners to ensure that Aboriginal ECD services across the province are delivered with the highest quality of current and promising practice.

* Early bird registration deadline September 30, 2016!

Over 200 delegates are now registered. The BCACCS Annual Provincial Training Conference is a great place to network with other early chidhood professionals supporting Aboriginal children and their families. Workshops are filling up fast. We are offering workshops from Drum Making and Let's Move to Risk Taking and Simple Math Activities for Preschoolers. Make sure you register early to ensure that you get your first choice of workshops.

* BCACCS Publishes a CCLR Amendments Reference Sheet

BCACCS just published a Reference Sheet for the 2016 BC Child Care Licensing Regulation Amendments. Download it now.

Great Job Opportunity at Eagle's Nest

BCACCS has a Bus Driver position open at Eagle's Nest Aboriginal Head Start Preschool. Don't miss out, apply as soon as possible.

Research & News

* B.C.'s child-care squeeze 'so much more stressful than it has ever been'

Escalating fees that are outpacing inflation and a lack of spaces have created what child-care advocate Sharon Gregson calls a crisis on par with Vancouver’s housing crunch. It’s also why child-care affordability is likely to be in the spotlight at next week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria.

* A social policy theorist faces the trade-off between what's possible and what's ideal

"Given the limited resources that all governments, including the federal government, are able to invest, we want to make sure that those investments in early learning and child care will benefit most those families that need the support most," Duclos says.

* 20 years after the Family Policy - The AQCPE and INM announce creation of an Early Childhood Education Commission

Lucien Bouchard, Québec Premier from 1996 to 2001, was present today at the launch of the Early Childhood Education Commission. "Some 20 years ago, driven by a desire to let our children live in a fairer society, we formulated and adopted a policy that can provide young children with quality education. Two decades later, it is time to track our progress and see how well this initiative in support of children and equal opportunity has taken root."

* Odeminiwin: Understanding and Supporting Childhood Stimulation

Legacies of colonialism have been associated with risk factors for delayed childhood development in Aboriginal communities in Canada. In the Algonquin community of Rapid Lake (Québec, Canada), the maternal-child nurse carries out regular screening for developmental delay in children (0-66 months) using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). The aim of this project was to explore parenting practices and cultural traditions regarding childhood stimulation in this community as well as primary caregivers’ perceptions of the use of the ASQ.



* Resource Sheet from the Canadian Child Care Federation

The Child’s Rights in a Preschool Setting

* WhenThen Kids helps busy parents

The WhenThen Kids program replaces more than 40 books on brain development, psychology, parenting, happiness, and child development. They focus on the skills and characteristics your child needs to grow up confident and resilient.


Events & Announcements

* Early Childhood Intervention Services and Supports Survey

The Family Support Institute, BC Association for Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI) and Inclusion BC, have embarked on an information gathering project to try and determine what the key issues and concerns are for parents of children and youth with special needs in BC. The survey is only 10 questions long and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

Create a Resource Binder for your Parent Library

September 28, 6:30 pm 8:30 pm. As a dedicated child care provider you work hard to provide the families in your program with current information on a variety of parenting topics, community resources, and programs. Do you ever wish you had this information available at your fingertips? Eexplore and discuss the YMCA CCRR Community Resource List as well the parenting resources recently compiled by the Tri-Cities Early Years Centre. Materials will be made available to create a resource binder for your parent library. To register contact Vicki Kyvrikosaios 604-937-1239.

Guiding and Supporting Young Children in Your Classroom

September 29, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Do you feel as though you are "directing" or "solving the problems" for the children in your classroom? You are not alone! We will focus on "developmentally" appropriate practice and explore ways to empower children to become more independent and resilient. Supporting children with their behaviour is giving them tools that theywill use today and in the future.

First Call seeks coalition input for 2017 provincial budget brief

Each fall, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services holds province-wide public consultations on the next provincial budget, then drafts recommendations for the budget based on the input given.
First Call will be submitting a written brief and encourage our coalition members and partners to let them know by September 30 what issues you want to include in our submission. Contact with your suggestions or questions.

* World Breastfeeding Week is October 1-7!

In Canada we celebrate it the first week of October because the tenth month symbolizes the first week of a baby’s life (after nine months of pregnancy) when a baby starts to breastfeed.
Here are some of the information sites shared by FNHA:
Breastfeeding Information for Indigenous Families
Creator’s Gift to Mothers Video shared by Shibogama First Nations Council

Remembering to Play - Inspiring Joy, Freedom and Self-Care

October 1, 9:00 am4:30 pm at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort and Convention Centre, Cranbrook, BC. Play is the language of children, and it is the vehicle through which they learn and understand our world. To educate and support children, we must learn to speak their language by remembering to play ourselves. Remembering to Play is a fun and interactive playshop that supports you to remember the wisdom of a child's mindset and the importance of levity and joyful authentic expression as cornerstones for educating and healthy, productive living.

Survey for Richmond families - Let’s Talk Child Care

Survey deadline: October 2, 2016. What type of child care services does your family need? Is your family on a waitlist? Let the City of Richmond know through this survey.
The city wants to hear from Richmond families about their child care needs and experiences. Feedback will help the city understand current and future child care needs and update its Child Care Strategy.

Circle of Security® Parenting™ DVD Training

Prince George, BC (Prince George Native Friendship Centre-Power of Friendship Room). October 3 - 6, 2016. Circle of Security has established a DVD parenting education program oering the core components of the evidence-based and internationally acclaimed COS protocol. This 4-Day seminar trains professionals to use an eight chapter DVD to educate parents and caregivers. The program presents video examples of secure and problematic parent/child interaction, healthy options in care giving, and animated graphics designed to clarify principles central to COS. Circle of Security Parenting implements decades of attachment research in an accessible step-by-step process for use in group settings, home visitation, or individual counseling.

* FNHA and BCPSQC Present: Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Webinar Action Series!

The series will support development of tools and skills on how to be effective allies for advancing cultural safety and humility and what health service staff and allies can do to understand and integrate this work into their practice or interactions with First Nations and 

Aboriginal clients. October 4, noon - 1:00 pm.

Early Childhood Education and the Autism Spectrum Workshops

This seminar series is designed for early childhood educator and parents. The session will focus on children ages 2 - 8 years with and without autism spectrum. Each session is designed to build core understanding of best practices in support the social inclusion of children with autism, how to enhance peer socialization and play. Sessions will be held October 5, 6:308:30 pm at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre – New Westminster.

Room Makeovers Using Community Resources and Loose Parts

October 6, 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Burnaby). Suitable for child care providers of children 3 years of age & up. Ever watched those home renovation shows and thought…”I’d Love to do that with my child care environment!”  Well, here is a workshop that will hopefully help inspire you to see your space in a different light, learn about the power and many uses of ‘loose parts,’ look at your community businesses and how you can support one another and see a $78 room makeover that was done in a preschool.

* Make Me an Artist: Parent and Tot Art Classes

A series of art classes for parents and children ages 3 to 5. Call 604.903.3798
to register.

Series 1: October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 2016 between 5:00 - 6:00 pm.

Education Services Centre (ESC) Reid Room - main floor (2121 Lonsdale Avenue)

Series 2: October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 2016 between 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Westview Elementary School StrongStart Room (641 West 17th Street)

Kids Have Stress: Part 1

October 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children up to 5 years of age. Learning to handle stress is an important life skill for everyone. Developed by the Psychology Foundation of Canada this training teaches educators to help children enhance their physical, mental, emotional and behavioural coping skills, thinking styles and key abilities during the important window of opportunity of the early years. By providing participants with more information, tools and strategies, this training will help them learn effective ways to promote positive emotional development and self-regulation in young children, and create a learning environment that reduces stress and supports children by helping them to begin to effectively cope with stress.

* Telling Stories with Photographs

October 13, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. For years photos have been used to tell stories. Especially in classrooms, a series of photographs can be used to tell a story. There are few words needed or none, just the photographs. Taking great photos isn’t just about having a nice camera. Good photographs come from thinking creatively and thinking ahead; with some planning and practice whether we’re working with a fancy DSLR or a phone camera, we can learn to take great photos to tell a story.
-To learn how to create an effective story with photographs.
-To explore storytelling and storyboarding basics.
-To define the applications of visual storytelling in a child care program.

Understanding the Mask of Anxiety

October 15, 9:30 am - 12:45 pm at TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children up to 12 years. Anxiety is a deceptive disability that masks the true feelings and motivations of individuals. Children’s real or perceived fears will often show up in challenging forms of behaviour. If we as caregivers react to these behaviours we only cement the underlying anxiety, and end up increasing the overall problem. In this interactive workshop, we will explore together how anxiety sometimes looks in a range of children, how to see beyond the surface behaviour and begin to understand the underlying fears, how to build relationships with difficult to connect-to children, and how to develop strategies that support children to self-regulate, communicate and take risks. 

Social Justice: How Starting Small Can Change Our Communities

October 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. As Early Childhood Educators we need to remember that we need to connect with communities and give back. Humanity starts small. Children are loving, caring and extremely empathetic; they need exposure to the realities that surround them and need to learn to connect and be kind. The aim of this workshop is to facilitate a discussion on the importance of starting small, creating community in the classroom and connecting outside of the center.

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule

Foundation Series Workshops address a growing concern regarding the impact of advancing technology on developing neurological systems, and profiles the science behind the need for all human beings to move, touch, connect and create. Workshops offer participants a variety of innovative, practical tools and techniques to improve mental, physical and social well being, and achieve optimal productivity.

  • October 20 - Vancouver, BC
    Workshop for teachers and parents on the impact of technology on children sponsored by Vancouver Waldorf School. Contact person: Jennifer Breckon, 604-985-7435 loc. 202.
  • October 31 - November 11 - Online University Course
    Course on impact of technology on children for doctoral OT students sponsored by Pacific University, Portland, Oregon; co-instructor Dr. Chantelle Bernier. Contact person: Sandra Pelham Foster, 503-352-7351.
  • November 5 - Maple Ridge, BC
    Workshop for early intervention staff on attachment and addictions sponsored by Maple Ridge Child Care Resource Centre. Contact person: JoAnne White, 604-467-2273.

Multi‐Age Curriculum ‐ It’s Possible!

October 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Burnaby). Suitable for child care providers of children 3 years of age and up. Many child care providers work with mixed-age groups that include children of many different ages. It can be difficult to plan child care curriculum that is appropriate (and safe) for infants through school-age.  Are you looking for new ideas?  This workshop will help you plan a curriculum for a multi-age group that includes creativity and curiosity while supporting a child’s imagination.

Taking the Leap: Values and Practices for Planning an Emergent Curriculum

October 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The Jewish Community Centre (950 W. 41st Ave.) Though we don't usually think of "planning" somthing "emergent," educators at Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle have found that it takes a great deal of intention to facilitate a curriculum that is truly responsive to the children's own questions and pursuits.

Understanding ADD/ADHD and Embracing It!

October 22, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children 2‐ 6 years of age. Discover some great tips on how to embrace the great advantages of having ADHD/ADD. Understand how to support the child's needs through inclusive activities that strengthen the relationships of the child living with ADD/ADHD, as well as strategies to assist
the child with organizing thoughts, routines, circle time behaviour and transitions. Find ways to support the many wonderful atributes of living with ADD/ADHD, so that children learn how to channel their energy through creativity, leadership, responsibility and friendship.

ECD survey on access to early years programs in BC

Working with Early Childhood Development Roundtable members, First Call has developed a short survey (essentially just four questions) to collect data from service providers on service gaps in early years services and programs throughout BC.
Knowing where there are access barriers for parents is crucial for improving ECD services and supporting policy advocacy. Please forward the survey to any suitable contacts. New survey deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016

How Picture Books and Wordless Books Promote Literary Development in Young Children

October 29, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm.The use of picture books in early childhood settings is a resource for many kinds of learning. Participants will learn different ways to share picture books and wordless books with young children and how those experiences promote literacy and literary development. We will look at different kinds of picture books such as narrative, concept, whimsical, poetic and informational; with a focus on wordless books and the special qualities they offer to young children. We will read aloud and engage in various hands-on activities to explore how children learn language and how to implement response activities that support children’s literacy.

WIPCE 2017 Abstract Submissions Deadline Extended to October 31

The theme of WIPCE 2017 is “A Celebration of Resilience”. The role and impacts of Indigenous Education in truth and reconciliation around the world will be a key focus of the conference theme. Individuals submitting abstracts are requested to link their proposal to this focus, if applicable.

Outdoor Play Course

October to December 2016. Sign up to take part in a 12 module, 36 hour online training program that will provide participants the opportunity to explore how children’s outdoor play is influenced by the adults and peers, space, places and materials such as loose parts. Topics include the history and culture of outdoor play, why outdoor play matters, children’s life experiences and outdoor play, triggering children’s curiosity outdoors, role of practitioners in creating stimulating outdoor play environments, pedagogy of place and nature pedagogy. Don’t miss this opportunity to examine new curriculum perspectives and strategies for advancing children’s outdoor play experience and opportunities. Funding for this project has been made available through the Lawson Foundation. Project partners include: The Canadian Child Care Federation, The Justice Institute of British Columbia, Lethbridge College, Northern College, Oakanagan College.

Helping Children – Practical Tools for Engaging and Supporting

December 1-2. Participants of this workshop will develop competency to engage and communicate with children (ages 3-12) and their natural support systems.

Early Learning & Care – online Professional Development

These two courses are recognized by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. Individuals who would like to qualify for a license to practice as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA) may select one of these courses.

  • ELC 110 – Developmental Perspectives 1
    January - This course examines developmental theories that explain human growth from conception to early childhood.

Download an application form to apply by mail or in-person.
For more information call 250-370-3161 or email

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Behaviorly Challenging Kids

Join Dr. Ross Greene, author of "The Explosive Child" and "Lost at School" at the Coast Capri Hotel (1171 Harvey Avenue) in Kelowna from 9:30 am4:00 pm on June 2, 2017. Pre-registration is required and includes lunch and USB with handouts. Online registration/enquiries or

Job Postings

* Daycare Administrator - Early Childhood Education Program

Anahim Lake, BC
Closing September 29, 2016

* Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician

Two positions:
Merritt, BC
Closing October 7, 2016
Lillooet, BC
Closing October 11, 2016

* Early Childhood Educator Assistant

Kelowna, BC
Closing October 14, 2016

* After School Program Assistant

Kelowna, BC
Closing October 14, 2016

* Family Support Worker

Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Child Care Centre Supervisor

Klemtu, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Casual Early Childhood Educators

Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator

Vancouver, BC
Start ASAP. Position will remain open until filled

Bus Driver

Part Time

Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator

Full Time Term (Aug. 2016 – July 2017)

Westbank, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator – Special Needs

Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator

Nitinaht Lake, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Check our jobs page for more postings



Information About the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Practicum Bursary

The Sunshine Coast Early Years Council ECE Practicum Bursary is available to assist ECE students with recovery of a portion of lost wages during practicum placements. The bursary will be paid as a reimbursement after submission of proof of a successful practicum completion. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences


October 19, 2016

UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

Heart-Mind Conference

October 21 – 22, 2016

Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, BC

* Exploration and Discovery 2016 - The Sunshine Coast’s Own Child Care and Early Learning Conference

October 22, 2016

Chatelech Secondary, Sechelt, BC

Nature of Play Conference

November 5, 2016

Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo, BC

BCACCS 2016 Provincial Training Conference: Gathering Strength and Nurturing Growth

November 10 – 12, 2016

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

The 5th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference

November 16 – 18, 2016

Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC

Strengthening Healthy Development: Education and Public Health in Partnership

December 11 – 12, 2016

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

20th Annual Children the Heart of the Matter conference

February 17 – 18, 2017

Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey, BC

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE)

July 24 – 29, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON


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