Positive Approaches to Behaviour Initiative
CanAssist and the Ministry of Education and Child Care
Project Overview – June 2023
CanAssist is an organization of the University of Victoria that is dedicated to addressing gaps in existing services and increasing awareness of disability issues. CanAssist serves people of all ages and abilities to improve quality for individuals with disabilities and their families.
CanAssist has previously collaborated with the Ministry on several initiatives:
Current Project 2022-2024 – Positive Approaches to Behaviour
The Ministry of Education and Child Care (MECC) has granted CanAssist funding to develop resources to support child care providers in taking positive approaches to supporting children’s behaviour. The goal of this initiative is to build knowledge and capacity within the Child Care community and reduce the number of children who are excluded from child care programs in response to their behaviour.
Community Engagement & Partners
Stakeholder consultation and validation is critical to the success of this project. CanAssist will act as a convenor and ensure the expertise and voices of the BC Child Care Community shine through this project from beginning to end.
Core Advisory Group
The Core Advisory Group will act as a consistent steering group throughout the duration of the project, providing strategic input from a broad provincial perspective at key points throughout the project.
The community network will be a large strategic network of partners to engage with as needed throughout the project. This network will grow as the project progresses and members will have numerous opportunities to be involved in various capacities. We will seek input from a broad range of stakeholders, including (but not limited to):
The Positive Approaches to Behaviour Project is a two-year project that continues to March 2024. Phase 1 of the project is complete. Current work is focused on the completion of Phase 2 and the transition into Phase 3 of the project.
Phase 1: April to September 2022 (COMPLETE)
- Initial research and engagement
- Identify and analyze existing resources and key resource gaps
- Establish language to be used for the project and key operational definitions
- Draft outlines of Position Statement and Online Training
Phase 2: October to March 2023 (COMPLETE)
- Position Statement Content Development, Graphic Development, and External Review
- Online Training Content Development
- Propose additional deliverables
Phase 3: April 2023 to March 2024 (IN PROGRESS)
- External Review of Online Training materials
- Media and Graphic Development to support Online Training
- Launch Position Statement and Online Training
- Complete work relating to additional deliverables
Take part in this project
Throughout our community engagement we have often asked people to think of a phrase that they might put on a billboard about children’s behaviour. The idea of the exercise is to come up with one key phrase that sums up an important message about supporting children’s behaviour. We always have so much fun hearing everyone’s answers. We decided that we wanted to find a way to make these “billboards” a part of our online training and give people a chance to have their message broadcasted to a larger audience.
We are creating an introductory video for our online training that is based around what we are calling “behaviour billboards”. We are looking for folks to submit their billboards to us for a chance to be featured. We have created a short video with the instructions and a few example videos so that people can see what the videos look like. The video submissions are very short and meant to be a fun way for people to get involved.
We are hoping to feature photos of BC childcare spaces in the online training. We are looking for folks to send us photos that do not feature children but relate in some way to supporting children’s behaviour. If people have parts of their spaces that are especially helpful for supporting children’s behaviours (i.e., sensory caves, calm corners, visual schedules, etc.), resources that they use for relationship building, visuals that they use to help children regulate etc. we would love the opportunity to feature photos.
For more information please contact:
CanAssist Special Projects Team Lead
CanAssist Special Projects Coordinator