Workshops for Parents and Caregivers

On the last Wednesday of the month, the Vancouver Early Childhood Network hosts workshops for parents and caregivers here at our church building from 6:30-8:30pm.

The Hub is a network of early learning, family resource and child care programs. They provide resources, education, support and training to early childhood and school age service providers on the west side of Vancouver and we provide information, education, resources and service to families. 

The Wednesday Workshops are designed to support adults who work in early learning family resource, child development and child care programs.

Professional Development Certificates are available.

Next Sessions:

February 26: Making Sense of Anxiety (Parents/caregivers welcome)

presented by:

Deborah MacNamara, PhD, Counsellor, private practice, Faculty, Neufeld Institute

Deborah has over 20 years experience as a counsellor and teacher working in educational and community mental health settings. As many as 20% of children qualify for an anxiety disorder diagnosis making it the most common mental health issue. Anxiety can take many forms including obsessions, compulsions, phobias as well as other perplexing behaviours. We cannot treat something we do not understand so making sense of anxiety is fundamental in making headway. This presentation brings a fresh and promising perspective to one of our most troubling human problems. For more info on this topic and Deborah, visit



March 26: Song Play (Parents/cargivers and Children 3-9 years welcome) 

presented by Dr Fleurette Sweeney, Exec Director of the Living Language Institute. 

Fleurette has over 50 years of experience teaching and 30 years developing “sound to symbol”. The best way to talk about the beauty of the song games is that in the song games children face one another (not the children facing a choir director), they learn to engage with one another with the structure of the play around the game. This develops a sense of community as they learn to be present to their bodies and to one another, learn about flexibility of mind, learn about their own voices as speakers and learn to hear language in a way that supports reading and meaning making. 

 Cost :

$15 per workshop (cash or cheque only). Please make cheque payable to:

"Vancouver Westside Hub" 


Please contact the Westside Hub at

To sign up for the workshops, please go to the online registration page at: