About the BC Early Years Professional Develpment Hub

The Story of the Hub

In 2019, as part of the BC Child Care Plan, BC Family Child Care Association, Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia, Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, and the Early Childhood Pedagogy Network each received funding to develop and expand key professional development opportunities for early care and learning professionals in BC. Each funding agreement included a mandate to increase access to professional development through the creation of online learning opportunities. Rather than developing four separate learning sites, the partners decided to work together to build a shared asset for the sector that would go beyond traditional course-based learning. The vision was to create a virtual space for educators to come together, learn with and from each other, share knowledge and experiences, and connect with others across the sector.

Who Is The Hub For?

The Hub is for anyone working with children aged birth through 12 years and their families.

As described in the BC Early Learning Framework, early years professionals are individuals “with specialized education, training and/or experience in supporting children’s learning and/or development in the early years.

We invite anyone interested in learning, sharing and connecting alongside others in the sector to join the Hub . To join, create a profile that includes your name (not an alias) and an email address. Hub users are asked to participate in ways that are professional and ethical. Please see the Hub Community Guidelines for more details.

Who Is The Hub For?

The Hub is for anyone working with children aged birth through 12 years and their families.

As described in the BC Early Learning Framework, early years professionals are individuals “with specialized education, training and/or experience in supporting children’s learning and/or development in the early years.

We invite anyone interested in learning, sharing and connecting alongside others in the sector to join the Hub . To join, create a profile that includes your name (not an alias) and an email address. Hub users are asked to participate in ways that are professional and ethical. Please see the Hub Community Guidelines for more details.

What Do We Mean by Professional Development?

We value professional development as a continuous journey of knowing, being and doing. We recognize learning as more than acquiring technological skills to be applied by rote. Rather, professional development is to continuously explore what it means to respectfully live and learn together in an unpredictable and always emerging world.

In British Columbia, certified Early Childhood Educators are required to complete 40 hours of professional development over the course of their certification term.

The organizations offering online courses through the EYPD hub will provide professional development certificates for the hours of course completion. Certificates can be submitted as proof of professional development along with your renewal application.

Learn more about the requirements for renewing and maintaining your Early Childhood Certificate here.

Learn more about requirements for different types of child care providers in BC here.

What Do We Mean by Professional Development?

We value professional development as a continuous journey of knowing, being and doing. We recognize learning as more than acquiring technological skills to be applied by rote. Rather, professional development is to continuously explore what it means to respectfully live and learn together in an unpredictable and always emerging world.

In British Columbia, certified Early Childhood Educators are required to complete 40 hours of professional development over the course of their certification term.

The organizations offering online courses through the EYPD hub will provide professional development certificates for the hours of course completion. Certificates can be submitted as proof of professional development along with your renewal application.

Learn more about the requirements for renewing and maintaining your Early Childhood Certificate here.

Learn more about requirements for different types of child care providers in BC here.

Get In Touch

If you have ideas or feedback for what you’d like to see on the HUB, we would love to hear all about it. Contact us to let us know your thoughts and ideas.