Resources to Support Early Childhood Educators
Resources and training are listed to support programs, educators and staff. Please note, BCACCS is not able to determine whether the training opportunities listed are considered eligible to be used towards renewal of certification through the ECE Registry.
All COVID-19 resources will also be listed in the BCACCS Resource Centre COVID-19 Subject Guide, searchable by keyword.
Program Resources and Supports
• Considerations for Continuity of Safe Care During COVID-19 Pandemic Conditions
This resource sheet created by BCACCS, offers ideas and considerations for community leadership and IELCC programs who may decide to provide continued and/or alternative child care supports and services to families and communities during pandemic conditions.
• COVID 19: Public Health Guidance for Childcare Settings
The Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control have created an information sheet COVID 19: Public Health Guidance for Childcare Settings that has some guidelines about hand washing, cleaning and ideas about social distancing for you to consider in your childcare setting.
• Child Care Response to COVID-19
Childcare BC is committed to keeping parents, childcare providers and partners informed about steps government is taking to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
• Questions and Answers on COVID-19 and Childcare Settings
The Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control have created FAQ for child care settings.
• Childcare & Schools
As child care owners and/or operators, you and your staff play a key role in protecting children from, and minimizing the impact of infection and illness. This website provides information about hand washing, cleaning and ideas about physical distancing for you to consider in your childcare setting.
• Child Care Daily Health Check Resource
This check list was created by Vancouver Coastal Health to help parents and child care professionals check children for symptoms.
• Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Settings
This document provides advice to public groups, transit, schools, universities, and other institutions in BC on cleaning for non-health care settings.
• What do you do when you go…aaaaachooooo?
This infographic from the Government of Manitoba shares information about robust hygiene practice suitable for children.
• Early Childhood Educators of BC Updates
Check out COVID-19 updates from ECEBC on their home page.
Working from Home
• Tips For Working Remotely
Working remotely from home can be a challenge for even the most experienced. BCACCS has put together some tips on how to make it work.
• 7 Essential Tips for Working From Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic
In the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic, many companies are implementing voluntary or mandatory work-from-home policies. That means lots of us are dealing with an unusual challenge: working from home for the first time, full-time.
• Eight essential tips for working from home during the coronavirus pandemic
The COVID-19 measures have led many companies to implement measures forcing their employees to work from home. For many, this is unfamiliar territory that comes with its own set of challenges.
• Tips on how to work from home for newbies
The global COVID-19 pandemic has thousands if not millions of people suddenly working remotely, trying to juggle their workload with their home life, not to mention anxiety about the future. • Working From Home: 5 Environmental Factors Affecting Your Well-Being Purdue University Explores 5 factors affecting online online students and remote employees when working at home and offers tips on how to adjust the workspace to improve overall well-being.
• Pacific Women Association of First Nations Women
Provides Indigenous, culturally safe learning and offer holistic supports to uplift Indigenous women and strengthen families.
Search this website for free online Early Childhood Education university courses.
• Science of Early Child Development
The Science of Early Child Development (SECD) is a knowledge translation and mobilization initiative designed to make current research accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the impact of early experience on lifelong health and well-being.
• Brain Story Certification
Learn the scientific underpinnings of the Brain Story from leading experts.
• The Power of Play to Take Care of Us
The Neufield Institute (with Facilitator Deborah MacNamara) recorded and shared this webinar. Isn’t play frivolous? Something to be done when everything else is taken care of? How can we even think about playing during times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic?
• Early Learning Framework Training modules
Work is being done to develop an online learning resource to accompany the updated Early Learning Framework. The plan is to launch this course in the summer of 2020. Until then, the online training modules associated with the 2008 version are still available.
• A Joyful Life of Caregiving
After completing A Joyful Life of Caregiving, you will be able discuss why your work with children is important, discuss ways to create a joyful atmosphere for children and adults, and determine the most important aspects of children’s environments.
• Anaphylaxis in Child Care Settings
Allergy Aware offers a 30 minute workshop on Anaphylaxis in Child Care Settings.
• Appetite To Play
Appetite To Play offers two 90 minute online modules on Healthy Eating and Physical Literacy. See the Training pull-down menu to begin.
• Early Childhood Investigations Webinars
Early Childhood Investigations offers free webinars to early childhood educators. The series is produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC., and presented by leading authors, experts, and leaders. Now, you can participate in conference-quality training without leaving your home, classroom, or office.
• Healthy Eating in the Childcare Setting – Division of Responsibility Model
Fraser Health’s Learning Hub has a one-hour workshop put together to help promote healthy eating in the Childcare Setting.
• Have A Ball Together!
Two 30-minute webinars dedicated to physical activity and physical literacy for children aged 0-6.
• Prevent It!
A 90 minutes online workshop dedicated to helping prevent child sexual abuse.
• Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Training
By receiving training on FASD, organizations that work with individuals living with the disability can gain a better understanding of FASD and tailor supports to meet the individuals’ needs. Check what upcoming workshops are available online through the FASD Network.
• Child Care Options -Child Care Provider Training & Workshops
Child Care Options provides child care information, services, and support to families and child care providers in the communities of Delta, Surrey, and White Rock. As a Child Care Resource and Referral they offer various workshops. See the training list for those which will be offered via Zoom.
• Family Sparks
The Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Package includes 10 one-hour child development courses together in one convenient package.
• Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre Workshops
Check out the various workshops offered online by Westcoast CCRR.
• Circle of Ideas
This website provides early childhood online workshops.
• Workshops on Early Learning
Accessing professional development is particularly difficult for ECEs living in rural and remote communities and that there is not always a good selection of quality online or distance education courses. These courses are offered for early childhood educators to complete the professional development online.
• Neufeld Institute
Most of the courses listed here are offered through the continuing education program which is housed on our state‐of‐the‐art virtual campus. These courses feature online support, discussion forums, study guides, supplementary resources, and much more. For individuals taking the self-paced version, you may register at any time.
• BC Council for Families (BCCF)
BCCF provides professional development training.
• Perpetual Preschool Lesson Plans and Online Workshops
In addition to the free curriculum and preschool lesson plans, Perpetual Preschool offers online workshops for early childhood professionals. They are self-study and will never expire.
• Association of Early Childhood Educators of Newfoundland and Labrador (AECENL)
Many free webinars are being offered which may be of interest to those in early learning and child care sector. Check their calendar for upcoming events.
• HighScope Professional Learning Courses
HighScope’s professional learning courses are designed to respond to participants’ individual strengths and focus on practical application and implementation in real world settings.
• Food Safety BC Courses
These courses on food safety are designed for anyone who works in the food service industry. FOODSAFE courses can be used in B.C. and across Canada to meet the requirements for food safety training.