November - December 2014

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Online CCRR Workshop Registration

As many of you will know by now, we launched our new online CCRR workshop registration this fall.  There have been a few bumps and a learning curve for us all, but so far it seems to be working fairly well. I want to thank everyone for their flexibility and patience with our launch as we appreciate that this is a different process for our clients.

We have noticed a few issues that need clarification:

What is a Subscriber?
You are a subscriber to the CCRR program if you pay an annual membership fee. This is $20.00 if you are an individual, Registered Licence Not Required facility, or Licensed Family Child Care facility.  It is $50.00 per year if you are a group centre (per location) or a community agency.  This membership allows you to get a discount rate for workshops as well as borrowing privileges from our resource and equipment libraries.  A current subscriber receives a certificate and a Lending Agreement.

We are not doing subscriptions online through the workshop registration site at this time.  If you wish to subscribe or renew your subscription, please call Fariba Aghdassi at 604-982-3314 or email at

Credit Card Problem?
If there is a problem with the online registration taking your credit card, you will know immediately. Pay Pal, the service that collects the funds, cannot process the payment if there is a problem with the card (wrong number, expired, etc.).
In this case, you will need to check the number and information and re-enter or use another card.

Pay Pal:
You do not have to set up a Pay Pal account in order to pay.  Just click that you do not have a Pay Pal account and proceed to pay with your credit card.

Group Child Care - Registering More Than One Staff Member:
A group child care centre that is a subscriber can register other staff members at the reduced rate.  We need to know the names of everyone registered for a workshop.  Please list the names of all staff attending the workshop in the Comments section when registering.  It would also be helpful to forward the names in an email to us.  Please send this to Tunde Getaneh at  We will have the list on the attendance list for the workshop and will match these to people as they arrive at the workshop.

Last Minute Registration?
If you register the same day as the workshop you are planning to attend, please print your receipt and bring it to the workshop.  A last minute registration might not have had time to be added to our attendees list that is checked at the door.

We will work to resolve any issues that arise.  I want to thank Hossein Ebrahimi, our Information and Technology consultant, for developing this program and for his endless patience with the implementation.

June Maynard
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Fall Workshop Rates

Please note that in September 2014 the rates for our CCRR workshops increased slightly.  Workshops are now $15.00 for subscribers and $25.00 for non-subscribers per workshop.  This increase was required to maintain service as well as be more in line with other similar service providers.
How to Register for Workshops

For CCRR Subscribers and Registered Licence Not Required (RLNR) Clients: 
  • Visit
  • Click on Log In at the top of the website.
  • Click on Forgotten Password in order to receive an initial password.
  • Enter your email address and click Continue.
  • You will receive an email immediately with your password.
  • Now you can Log In with your email and new password. You can change your password by going to your Account at anytime.
  • Shop for your workshop(s).
  • To check out, use either the Check Out tab or click on the basket in the top right corner.
  • Pay with credit card via Pay Pal.  If there is a problem, you will get a message and you will need to recheck the number, use another card, etc. Registration is not complete until your payment is confirmed.
  • North Shore CCRR RLNR clients will be processed as free.
  • Once payment confirmed, the system will add you to the attendance list for each registered workshop.
  • You will receive an online receipt.
  • A workshop is full at maximum capacity.  There are no waitlists for workshops. 

It is important to update us if there is any change in your email address.

If you are not a CCRR Program Subscriber: 

  • Visit
  • Register by clicking on Create an Account and follow the registration process. 
  • You may want to subscribe to get the reduced workshop rate.  To subscribe, contact Fariba Aghdassi at or at 604-982-3314.  When your subscription is processed, you will be notified to go online and register as a CCRR Program Subscriber. 
Register at:

To download the complete registration guide, please click here

Upcoming Workshops


To download a copy of the September - December 2014 CCRR Workshop Schedule, please click here.


For the September - December Activity Calendar, please click here.


Upcoming Workshop Schedule:


TITLE: 1,2,3 Play with me, rhythm all around, come and see

DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm 
PRESENTER: Marika Kubinyi  


BIO: Marika is an early childhood educator, music teacher, founder of Treble Clef Education, and co-founder of the Creative Cart traveling interactive theatre for children.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Do you feel like you can't hear another "Twinkle" or "Wheels on the Bus" song anymore?  Children never get tired of those songs, so you can learn how to make those popular songs more interesting for you and for children by adding moves, rhythm patterns, and visual props.


TITLE: The challenges and benefits of providing child care in your home  

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:00 to 12:00 pm  

PRESENTER: Kim Pender  


BIO: Kim has been working in the child care field for over 27 years.  She has worked with infants, toddlers, special needs children, and teenagers who are pregnant and/or parenting.  Kim holds an ECE Diploma and is currently a Program Manager in a child care centre in Vancouver.   


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: In this workshop we will discuss the benefits and challenges of providing child care in your own home.  We will work in small groups and share ideas on planning for multiple age groups, different schedules and routines and meeting the expectations of parents.  We will discuss the attachment of your own child/children in the program and ways to build on the communication and relationships with the parents and yourself. 


TITLE: Teaching of 'Cedar Bark' 

DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm

PRESENTER: Alice Guss  


BIO: Alice Guss is a Squamish Nation member, born and raised and living in Squamish, BC.  She is a drum making, wool weaving, and Cedar Bark facilitator.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: In this workshop you will be a part of the Squamish Nations teachings of 'Cedar Bark'.  Participants will get to make and take a cedar bookmark, as well as be a part of the history, storytelling, singing, drumming and dancing. 

Articles and ResourcesArticle
A Job Well Done in a Stressful Time

The recent education labour dispute was a stressful time for everyone concerned: children, families, teachers, school district staff, negotiators, other school employees, and child care providers.

We want to thank the child care providers of our community for going above and beyond to accommodate families during this time.  We know many of you were stretched to the limit and yet made every effort to provide care to families in desperate need.
Canada's New Anti-spam Legislation

On July 1st, the Canadian Government enacted a new anti-spam law which requires most businesses, including non-profit organizations, to obtain consent prior to sending commercial electronic messages (CEMs) such as emails, text messages, and social media messages. 

North Shore Community Resources' Fariba Aghdassi has written this article which examines the content and consequences of this new legislation.

Putting the EDI Puzzle Together on the North Shore: Part 1


In the first of a two-part series, Sandra-Lynn Shortall, the District Principal - Early Learning in West Vancouver School District 45, examines the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and it's impact here on the North Shore.  Used to monitor physical health and well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, and communication skills and general knowledge in groups of Kindergarten children, the EDI is an important tool which acts to guide public policy.

To read this article, please click here.

11 Tools for Mindfulness


"Mindfulness is achieved by becoming aware of the present moment... to be truly alive, present to what you are doing and in harmony with those around you." 


In her most recent submission to the CCRR newsletter, Christine Mann, NSCR's Child Care Support & Outreach Consultant, examines the concept of mindfulness and how to incorporate it into everyday life. 


To read Christine's article, please click here.

Name That Certificate!


Be sure to print your name on the CCRR workshop certificates that you are submitting to the BC Early Childhood Educator Registry (the government department that approves training and issues or renews ECE licences and qualification documents).  


Lately, we have had clients who have been denied credit for professional development hours as the certificate they submitted did not have a name included. This was stressful for the client and meant we had to search our records to try and confirm attendance and report to the Registry.

We only give out one certificate to each person who attends the workshop. The time may be adjusted if the person has not attended the full workshop.  We choose workshops based on current issues and the interests and expressed need of our clients.  Although most of the workshops we present meet the criteria for professional development by the BC ECE Registry, we do not guarantee this. 

Child Care Substitute List

North Shore Community Resources Society provides a free child care substitute list which can be used by child care facilities to fill temporary vacancies and by substitutes to offer their services.

To add their names to the list, substitutes must fill in a form with their contact information, availability, and a general outline of their qualifications.  As stated in our information letter, on the substitute form, and on the heading of the list of substitutes which is sent to facilities when requested: North Shore Community Resources does not check qualifications, references, or required documentation for substitutes as this is the responsibility of the child care centre as required by the Licensing Child Care Regulations.

We update this list regularly, but cannot guarantee its accuracy as it is the responsibility of the substitute to advise us of any changes.

We hope this is a helpful resource.  For more information, please contact us at 604-985-7138.

Fall Activity Ideas


The shorter and damper days of autumn are upon us, but that doesn't need to spell the end of fun activities that help children engage with their environment. Christine Mann has again compiled a list of fun and educational projects that helps children and their caregivers celebrate the season and remain active.  


To read Christine's article, please click here

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again


If I had my child to raise over again,
I'd build self-esteem first and the house later.
I'd finger paint more and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often.
I would be firm less often and affirm much more.
I'd model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.

Anonymous Author

Submitted by Christine Mann, NSCR 


To download a copy of this poem, please click here

Announcements and EventsAnnouncements

Orange Shirt Day


On September 30, Capilano University joined with people from across Canada to acknowledge and raise awareness of the Residential School experience by holding Orange Shirt Day. 


Following Orange Shirt Day, the Early Childhood Care and Education club, the First Nations Department, and the Children's Centre collaborated to ensure that both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children would have the opportunity to continue to learn about First Nations culture and values through weekly drumming, singing, and oral storytelling.


To read more about Orange Shirt Day and the efforts of Capilano University staff and students, please click here

2014 Child Care Fee and Wage Surveys

North Shore Community Resources Society recently completed our Child Care Fee and Wage surveys for the North Shore, which are conducted every two years.

These resources are used by child care providers, child care developers, parents, local government, and community agencies and provide information on child care fees, the types of care available, and the wages and benefits of group child care workers.

We would like to thank all the child care providers who took the time to complete these surveys.  This year's return rate was a disappointing 30% (down from 67% in 2012). As a result, the range of information is limited.  However, we hope that this is still a useful tool for reference even the snapshot of information is smaller.

Due to the low return rate, we will review whether to repeat the surveys next year and how best to promote them to get a bigger cross section of input.  We are always looking for ways to improve this and if you have ideas, do not hesitate to contact June Maynard, the Manager of Parent and Child Resource Programs, at

Please note: the Wage survey is only from group child care and not family child care.

To view the results of the Child Care Fee Survey, please click here.

To view the results of the Child Care Wage Survey, please click here.  
Early Childhood Educator Registry Terminology: Change from Licence to Practice to Certificate

The Early Childhood Educator Registry, who are responsible for the certification of Early Childhood Educators (ECE) and Early Childhood Educator Assistants (ECEA), have announced that they will be changing the term 'licence to practice' to 'certificate' effective Fall 2014.

For more information on how this change will impact individuals who currently hold licences, licencing officers, and educational institutions, please click here.
Notes from North Shore Licensing:

The staff at North Shore Licensing have submitted these program updates: 
  • Child Care Licensing Officer, Therese Joseph is on temporary assignment to assist the licensing team with inspections.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health is in the process of updating our data system.
  • In light of some inquiries we have received from child care providers, please find the link to the VCH website in regard to the Enterovirus:
Welcome to our Newest Family Child Care Providers!

Auntie Jerri's Happy Hearts Daycare - new LFCC

Children's Garden - new LFCC

Cinderella Family Child Care - new RLNR

Grandmother's Arms - new RLNR

Kinder Stars Daycare - RLNR became LFCC

Mi Casita - new RLNR

Upper Lynn Family Child Care - new RLNR
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Circle of Care

The Circle of Care drop-in program for child care providers takes place every Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 am in the Family Resource Room at John Braithwaite Community Centre, located at 145 West 1st Street in North Vancouver.  Come enjoy a fun morning of play and networking.    


For more information, please click here or call North Shore Community Resources at 604-985-7138. 
Mother Goose

The weekly Mother Goose networking sessions for nannies, informal, and family child care providers will begin again on Monday, September 8 from 9:45-10:45 am at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, located at 220 West 8th Street in North Vancouver.  Violet and Christine are looking forward to see familiar and new faces.  Please help us to spread the word!

To see the flyer for the upcoming Mother Goose sessions, please click here.
Upcoming Monthly Network Meetings

The monthly network meetings for family or in-home child care providers take place on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Community Room at Capilano Mall, located at 935 Marine Drive in North Vancouver.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other professionals working in the field, share stories, and learn from colleagues in a relaxing and positive environment. 

To read more about the upcoming sessions, please click here.
First Aid Training for Child Care Providers
The following organizations provide First Aid training on the North Shore:
Canadian Red Cross Delivery, Partner Courses offered on the North Shore,  For upcoming Emergency Child Care and CRP/AED trainings, please click here
Canadian Red Cross Delivery

Emergency Child Care First Aid, Standard First Aid, and Emergency First Aid courses are available through NorthVanRec.  Please click here for course listings or call 604-983-6534.
Where to Take Other Training

There are a number of Lower Mainland organizations which offer training and workshops for child care providers.  Please click here for a list of groups that you can contact if you are seeking additional professional development hours.
Publications for Sale 

These titles are available for purchase at North Shore Community Resources:
  • Family Child Care Business Manual
  • Child Care Licensing Regulation
  • Community Care and Assisted Living Act
Please contact us at 604-985-7138 for more details.
About Our OrganizationAbout
North Shore Community Resources Society

A non-profit society with a variety of information and support services, including:
  • Information North Shore
  • Legal information and advocacy
  • North Shore Caregiver Support Program
  • Seniors' One Stop Information
  • North Shore Better at Home Program
  • North Shore Child Care Resource Program
  • Volunteer North Shore
  • Housing North Shore
  • Host for WECAN, Middle Childhood Matters, and North Shore Inter-Agency Network.
201-935 Marine Drive (Capilano Mall),
North Vancouver, BC  V7P 1S3

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
The CCRR is open until 8:00pm only on the dates when there is a workshop running.  Our upcoming workshop dates for September - December 2014 are:

September 18

October 9

October 23

November 13

November 20

December 11

Office Closed
New Year's Day (January 1)
Family Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
Victoria Day
Canada Day (July 1)
BC Day
Labour Day
Remembrance Day (November 11)
Christmas Day (December 25)
Boxing Day (December 26)

The CCRR Program Provides the Following Services

  • Newsletters
  • Workshops and training courses
  • Library of books, music, video and resources
  • Equipment and toy lending
  • Laminating and photocopying
  • Job postings
  • Computer access
  • Referrals to child care facilities

As well as support and consultation for parents, child care providers and the community. For other information and resources please check our website.

North Shore Community Resources CCRR staff

For a list of the CCRR staff members and their contact information, please click here.
Would You Like Email updates?
If you would like to be kept informed and up-to-date with our program and with current events in child care, please let us know.

Family Child Care Providers: 

Group Child Care Providers:

All others (parents, agencies, etc.):

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