Information for Early Childhood Educators

Information to assist Early Childhood Educators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated: September 1, 2020

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Health & Safety

The Ministry of Health has provided guidance and information to inform Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) on implementation of best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic


Certificate Extension

To support ECEs and ECE Assistants during the pandemic and to provide them with additional time to meet certification renewal requirements, the Ministry of Children and Family Development has amended the Child Care Licensing Regulation to extend the expiry dates on some ECE and ECE Assistant certificates that will expire this year. Specifically:

  • Five-year certificates (i.e. ECE Assistant, ECE, Infant Toddler, Special Needs) issued in 2015 between May 7 and December 31 will be extended by one year

  • ECE-one-year certificates issued or renewed in 2019 can now be renewed twice

Read the letter issued to child care partners for the full details, including next steps for registrants.

Should you have any questions regarding these amendments, please contact the Registry at 1-888-338-6622 or at ECERegistry@gov.bc.ca.


Wage Enhancement

Government implemented the Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement (ECE-WE), on April 1, totaling $2 per hour as of April 1, 2020. All eligible child care facilities that remain open are eligible for ECE-WE.


ECE Practicum

The ECE Registry has been working to support recognized post-secondary early childhood education programs during the pandemic. As a result of COVID-19, many programs have either postponed field practicum or have made changes to their practicum courses. As early childhood education programs are reflective of their communities and students, approaches to practicum may vary.

Students should contact their institution directly for more information on their specific program.

We are encouraging all operators in need of assistance to consider practicum students in their communities, by inviting them into child care facilities for learning and development opportunities.


Additional Support

ECEs in facilities that close can apply for Federal government support measures such as Employment Insurance without a waiting period, and the new Emergency Care and Support Benefits.

British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can rely on COVID-19 Provincial and Federal Benefits for income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.