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Aug 12 2023 - Sep 16 2023


9:00 am





Responsible Adult In Child Care Settings Course

This is a multi-day workshop. Please ensure you are available for all the dates listed below:
Date: Aug 12, 2023 | Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm
Date: Aug 19, 2023 | Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm
Date: Aug 26, 2023 | Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm
Date: Sep 9, 2023 | Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm
Date: Sep 16, 2023 | Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm

Online August 12, 19, 26, September 9 and 16, 2023 from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm (no class on September 2nd)

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 concepts about child development from birth to 12 years of age, child guidance, health, safety and nutrition and programming. This is a basic course meant for people starting their career in child care. This course is not suitable for those requiring professional development to renew an ECE or ECEA certificate.

Suitable for adults starting their career in child care. It is recommended that participants who want to open a family child care program, also take the 16-hour Family Child Care Administration Course (FCCA) in addition to Westcoast’s 20-hour Responsible Adult Course, to learn about family child care as a business. This course is not suitable for those requiring professional development to renew an ECE or ECEA certificate.

Employment Possibilities

Responsible Adults are qualified to work in:

School Age Group Child Care (licensed before and after school care).

Occasional Child Care (licensed).

As a replacement (substitute/casual on call) for an ECE Assistant (for less than 30 days) in a licensed group child care centre (a Responsible Adult may not replace a fully qualified early childhood educator).

Open a licensed family child care or registered licence not required (RLNR) child care.*

Summer camps.

Requirements to be a Responsible Adult in child care settings

According to BC’s Provincial Child Care Licensing Regulation, a Responsible Adult must:

Be at least 19 years of age.
Be able to provide care and mature guidance to children.
Have completed at least 20 hours of training in child development, guidance, health and safety or nutrition and,
Have relevant work experience.

Facilitator(s): Christine Mann

Christine has over 25 years’ experience working with children and families from diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds in a variety of contexts. She is actively involved with the ECD and Family Support community and is currently working full-time at Parkgate Society in North Vancouver, BC where she manages their Child Care and Family Programs. Christine is a recognized and experienced facilitator of many child care related topics. She is passionate about giving workshops, lectures and courses for parents and early learning and child care professionals.

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