BC Early Learning and Child Care Professional Development Bursary
Eligibility and Funding Guidelines
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC) is administering the BC Professional Development Bursary Fund for early childhood educators and other child care providers in British Columbia. This funding is part of the Early Learning and Child Care Agreement with the Government of Canada. One objective of this agreement is to enhance the quality of licensed child care programs by supporting the training and professional development of early childhood educators and other child care providers. This funding is available for ongoing professional development after certification or licensing. This funding is not for entry-to-practice training or pre-service certification programs.
Who is eligible to apply for bursary funds?
- All applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent residents of British Columbia
- All applicants must work in at least one of the following roles:
- Early childhood educator
- Early childhood educator assistant
- School-age child care provider
- Licensed family child care provider
- Registered license-not-required child care provider
- Responsible Adult
What types of professional development are eligible for bursary funding?
This funding is available for professional development after certification or licensing.
This funding is not for entry-to-practice training or pre-service certification courses.
This funding is for early childhood educators or child care providers who wish to continue their professional learning.
A conference, course, and/or workshop sponsored by a government agency, a research institute or a non-profit organization in BC is eligible.
Online professional development is eligible if offered through one of the eligible organizations.
Professional development must take place in BC.
- The workshop or course must be relevant to working in the early learning or childcare field. This may include but are not limited to subjects such as:
- Child growth and development
- Child guidance
- Advocacy for children, families and the field
- History of early childhood education
- Self-care as related to supporting effective practice
- Development of program policies
- Addressing human resource issues
- Managing child care programs
- Maintaining children’s health, safety and nutrition
- Interpersonal communication
- Inclusive Practice
- Special needs
- Infant & toddler
- Communities of Practice offered through facilitating agencies e.g. CCRR
Professional development must be offered by a facilitator and/or trainer who has the necessary or recognized background and experience to deliver the content.
Training related to basic requirements (e.g. first aid, food safe) or basic running of a business will not be eligible, nor will courses, workshops or conferences taking place outside of BC.
Where can I find eligible professional development?
Where can I take training?
Training can take place in British Columbia. No training will be approved in locations outside of Canada.
What expenses are eligible for bursary support?
- Registration cost of the conference/workshop/event
- Travel costs if over 50 km from home (car mileage, parking, ferry, airfare)
- Travel and accommodation costs are prioritized for those who are living in rural or remote areas of the province, for whom travel costs represent a significant barrier to accessing professional development opportunities.
- Accommodation: To a maximum price of $250.00 per night
- Food or Meals (Up to $50 per day).
- Personal child care: To a maximum of $50.00 per day
How will I know my application is approved?
If your application meets the eligibility criteria, it will be approved subject to review and sufficient funds remaining in the bursary fund. You will receive an email confirming the approval of your application. If we need clarification about your application we will contact you by email or phone.
What is required from Individual Applicants?
Individual Applicants must submit their own bursary application request through this website. Once approved and at the completion of your professional development event, individual applicants will be required to submit a personal reflection form detailing your learnings from the Professional Development event which you attended as well as a copy of the registration and receipts for any and all expenses which you have occurred. In addition, you will need to provide us with your date of birth, SIN and banking information to receive payment.
Documentation is required within 2 weeks of the event completion.
Expenses for individual applicants are reimbursed at the completion of the workshop/course or event and are contingent on submission of all required information and adequate documentation of receipts and proof of participation or travel within 2 weeks of the event completion.
The personal reflections form is located here.
We will accept receipt for reimbursement for:
- Registration: The official receipt for the training event.
- Travel: Actual kilometres travelled from home to the event and back home. Event must be farther than 50 K from home to be eligible. Carpooling is encouraged when possible.
- Airfare: You must keep your boarding pass and submit original or copies of the boarding passes.
- Accommodation: Official lodging receipts. If you stayed in a friend or family’s home please document the name and address of the home and claim $35.00 per night (no receipts required for personal lodging).
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner receipts if not offered by the training event. Alcohol will not be eligible for reimbursement.
- Personal Childcare: Name and contact information of childcare provider for your child/children.
Individual applicants will receive a T4A for the amount of the bursary.
Community of Practice Applicants
What is required from Community of Practice Applicants
Community of Practice (CoP) groups are strongly encouraged to follow these recommended CoP guidelines. CoP groups need to have an identified individual or contact person on the application to communicate with the Bursary Manager. CoP groups who are approved will receive 80% of the funding at the beginning and 20% upon completion of requested documentation and evaluation.
Funds for the Communities of Practice must be held by a sponsoring group such as a non-profit organization, public institution, or municipality. Contact the Bursary Manager if you have any questions.
At the completion of the Community of Practice sessions, the CoP representative will be required to provide information relating to the success of the process and the learnings which occurred. Additional evaluations from participants may be requested. Given the unique nature of these undertakings, each representative will work directly with our Bursary Manager to ensure the needs of WCCRC and the funding sponsor, MCFD are being met.
What is required from CCRRs/Agencies
What is required from CCRRs/Agencies
Funds for the CCRR sponsored events must be held by the CCRR sponsoring agency or a sponsoring group such as a non-profit organization, public institution, or municipality. Contact the Bursary Manager if you have any questions.
CCRRs who are approved will receive 100% of the funding upfront. Completion of requested documentation and evaluation is a requirement of the funding agreement.
At the completion of your professional development event, CCRR representatives will be required to provide information relating to the success of your event and the learnings which occurred. Given the unique nature of these events and undertakings, each representative will work directly with our Bursary Manager to ensure the needs of WCCRC and the funding sponsor, MCFD are being met.
How will I receive the funds?
How will I receive the funds?
It is our intention to have all funds transferred electronically to the recipient after satisfying the above criteria. If alternative methods of delivery are possible, you will be contacted by the Bursary Manager to make the necessary arrangements.