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British Columbia & Lillio Academy

Can I use Lillio Academy for PD hours in British Columbia?

Yes! Lillio Academy courses are accepted by the British Columbia Ministry of Education and Child Care. Professional development training is approved on a case-by-case basis by the ECE Registry. Providers should work with their licensing representatives. 

Sign up for Lillio Academy to complete your professional development hours at your convenience! You can work at your own pace from wherever you want. Once you complete a course, you can download your certificate! 

British Columbia Child Care Training Requirements: 

Early Childhood Educators in BC are required to follow the conduct requirements outlined in the certification requirements outlined in Child Care Licensing Regulations. There are four levels of certification educators can hold in BC; ECE Assistant Certificate, ECE One Year Certificate, ECE Five Years Certificate, and Specialized Certification. 

ECE Assistant certificate holders are required to complete at least 1 hour of a basic early childhood education training program within a 5-year period. ECE One Year, ECE Five Year, and Specialized certificate holders are required to complete 40 hours of professional development within a 5-year period. 

When creating a professional development plan, educators are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate their professional practice and choose topics that will:

  • Increase their knowledge in the area of early childhood education

  • Help them stay current and improve their practice as an educator

  • Help them meet the needs of the children in their care, children’s families, and the communities where they work

Topics related to early childhood education may include:

  • Advocacy for children, families, and the field

  • Anti-bias and anti-racism programming and curriculum

  • Child abuse prevention

  • Child growth and development

  • Child Guidance

  • Cultural competencies, including cultural safety and cultural humility

  • Development of program policies

  • Diversity and inclusion

  • Ethical practice

  • History of Early Childhood Education

  • Indigenous perspectives in early childhood environments

  • Indigenous reconciliation

  • Interpersonal communication

  • Maintaining children’s health, safety, and nutrition

  • Managing childcare programs

  • Pedagogical approaches in early childhood education

  • Self-care as related to supporting effective practice

  • Trauma-informed care

  • Understanding legislative requirements

Click here to learn more about the courses Lillio Academy offers that cover required training topics! 

Opening a facility or beginning work in the childcare field:

If you are interested in opening a child care program or working in the child care field, please contact your state licensing agency for your state's specific requirements, rules, and regulations. The British Columbia licensing website can be found here.

Last Updated: May 2024

Though Lillio attempts to maintain accurate and up-to-date information, educators are individually responsible for understanding the submission and approval process of all professional development and licensing work in their state.

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