YWCA Discover is a free 44-week Early Childhood Educator Basic (ECE) certificate program, delivered by YWCA Metro Vancouver, Sprott Shaw College and WorkBC Centres. It will provide participants with the skills and competencies they need for a career as an ECE, in line with industry standards.

  • Develop a broad range of skills through the study and practice of certified courses in order to develop and lead daily age-appropriate activities for children aimed to help promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development
  • Learn to observe children and communicate professionally, when appropriate, children’s progress and/or needs with parents, other staff members and individuals involved with the child’s development
  • Upon graduation, be eligible to apply for an Early Childhood Education Basic license from the Ministry for Children and Family Development
  • Be provided a practicum placement. This experience within a workplace enables instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field

This training is provided in partnership with Sprott Shaw College, which is a member of Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC).


Self-identifying women who: 

  • Are 19 years of age or older, or have completed Grade 12
  • Are an immigrant, Survivor of Violence and/or Person with Disabilities, and/or a multi-barriered youth (19+)
  • Reside in BC and are Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons approved by court decisions
  • Have a Social Insurance Number (SIN), clean criminal records and immunization records
  • Are unemployed, employed (part-time, seasonal, or casual), or precariously employed and seeking training to find a new job
  • Are currently on EI OR had an EI claim in the last five years OR earned $2,000 or more in insurable earnings and paid employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least five of the last 10 years OR are on Income Assistance
  • Complete an entrance examination/interview with 70% or higher OR have evidence of Grade 12 English, or University English 100 and/or testing of CBLPT Level 7 (preferred). Level 6 may be acceptable and will be assessed at the time of interview
  • Are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, exemption requests must be supported by valid, legal documents

All participants require a referral to the program from a WorkBC Centre. WorkBC will cover the cost of transportation and child care. 


Training will be provided at both the Sprott Shaw Vancouver Downtown Campus and YWCA Program Centre in Downtown Vancouver. 


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The program begins on September 6, 2022. If you meet the eligibility requirements, contact your local WorkBC Centre and ask for a referral from a Case Manager. Then, fill out the form at the link above. You can find a WorkBC Centre near you at workbccentres.ca.


YWCA Discover
604 209 5221 | discover@ywcavan.org

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