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Continuing Studies Winter 2019 guide out now!

Posted on November 29, 2018

A lot of great things can happen in the hours after school lets out and before the workday ends. For many kids from working families, after-school care programs fill this gap and play an important role in their learning and development. 

Studies show that children who have access to after-school programs with caring, responsible adults:

  • develop critical thinking skills,
  • develop social and emotional skills,
  • have meaningful self-direction social time with friends,
  • feel a sense of well-being and belonging as result of having access to a consistent, caring adults and learning community,
  • are able to take part in exciting and fun group games, creative arts activities and community field trips and events, and
  • have access to nutritious snacks.

Unlike the field of early childhood education, there is no standardized training for school-age care professionals. Most often, organizations develop internal training for the new employees or hire people with varying profiles and levels of education.

VCC’s Introduction to School-Age Care course, launching in January, is your starting point to one of the most comprehensive school-age care programs available. 

Participants in this course will gain broad-based, foundational knowledge required to work successfully in school-age programs. Key concepts include child growth and development, three school-age domains (group games, self-directed social play, and creative/fine arts), curriculum/program development, care and guidance best practice including elements of the British Columbia Early Learning Framework. 

The course is taught by VCC instructor Tyler Summers who has been working in school-age care for two decades and is the executive director at Jericho Kids Club Child Care Society and a member of the School Age Child Care Association of British Columbia. 


Other new VCC Continuing Studies courses starting in Winter 2019 include: 

Business Communications
Google AdWords Training
Visual Analytics with Tableau

Creative Writing
Writing Sparks to Completion
Mystery and Crime Writing

Early Child Care and Education
Introduction to School-Age Care

Personal Pattern Making 1 – Bottoms

Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) – Wine Sommelier Level 1
World of Breads

Jewellery Repair


Electronic Discovery and Litigation Technology

Personal Finance
Building a Stock Portfolio
Financial Literacy 101
Understanding the Stock Market

Designing Infographics with Google Tools
Google Fusion Tables: Creating Interactive Visualizations and Maps
Introduction to Logic Pro
Introduction to Python Programming
Photoshop Level 1 (Mac)

Pool Operator


Learn something new. Pick up the Winter 2019 Continuing Studies course catalogue at any VCC campus, download the PDF, or explore the full selection of Continuing Studies courses online. 


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