Community Connections – Instructor-Led (Administration & Management for Child Care)

Communities are at the heart of child care programs. 

In this 5-hour course, we’ll help you nurture your community connections to build support and collaboration, attract families and retain staff. We’ll also cover critical components of community advocacy, including how to advocate on behalf of families and educators, and educate the community on the value and necessity of child care. 

Finally, we’ll explore the tools to help you communicate and connect with others, helping you build competencies in websites, social media and marketing.

This is an essential course for helping ECE leaders form an even stronger bond with their communities, and for ECE students to develop best practices in community connections. 

This course contains two components: 3.5 hours of instructor-led time via Zoom, and 1.5 hours of self-guided time (to watch videos and complete quizzes prior to the instructor-led portion). Learners are credited with 5 Pro-D hours towards ECE certification. 

As part of the course, students also receive a three-month subscription to our WCCRC Administration & Management for Child Care Knowledge Base.

Students must use a laptop or desktop computer to take this course; it is not possible to use a smartphone for this work.

WCCRC Administration & Management for Child Care Knowledge Base

The WCCRC Administration & Management for Child Care Knowledge Base is a comprehensive online information database for ECE leaders, with detailed guidance on all areas of child care leadership, including Governance, Human Resources, Enrollment & Attendance, Health & Safety, Facilities & Equipment, Programming & Curriculum and Community Connections. 

Formerly known as the Westcoast INFORM Guide, the WCCRC Knowledge Base has been completely revised to reflect current practices and learnings in inclusiveness, Truth & Reconciliation, the BC Early Learning Framework, and inquiry-based approaches. A valuable tool for all child care staff, it includes comprehensive lists of online resources, as well as tools and forms you can use in your own practice.

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Course Includes

  • 3 Modules
  • 3 Lessons
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate

Scenario-based learning allows learners to view situations from different perspectives, encouraging thoughtful reflection. Applying learning in a more practical way can help to build confidence and gives the learner the ability to transfer knowledge to real-life work. You will see how best practices might look in action, determine alternate strategies you could implement in these situations, and reflect on your own experiences as a care provider.

Your task is to take on the perspective of the provider within the scenario and determine:

  • What worked well?
  • What, if anything, could be done differently?

Remember, it is not the job of providers to diagnose children. Instead, we can do our best to create safe childcare ecosystems that promote social emotional well-being and support children and their diverse range of behaviours. This will be important to keep in mind while navigating the scenarios in Module 4.