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Pedagogical Development Processes: Through the Lens of Educators 

With Dr. Deborah Thompson and the UBC Child Care Services Educators


The North Shore Early Childhood Conference is pleased to host Dr. Deborah Thompson, Manager of the UBC Child Care Services and a panel of the Centres’ educators to share their journey of pedagogical development processes.


The first UBC daycare was established in 1969 as a non-profit society. The initiative came from students, staff and faculty who needed a consistent, high quality and developmentally appropriate environment for their children. Through the 1970’s and 80’s more parent cooperatives at UBC succeeded in pioneering daycare in British Columbia. The first infant and toddler centres were opened at UBC and the staff members were the first to become members of the Child Services Employees Union. In 1989, brand new facilities were completed at a cost of $3.19 million. The University community donated land and funds to construct five duplexes to replace the renovated army huts housing the nine original daycares. In 1991 UBC began managing the child care programs and has since expanded the system. By 2003 UBC Child Care Services offered seventeen programs serving over four hundred university-affiliated families per year. In 2009 further expansion took place with the opening of four mixed age group programs and a new infant program with a total of one hundred and eight new spaces. In 2010 services expanded again with two programs located in the campus core area; one on Main Mall and one on West Mall.   More out-of-school care spaces were added in September 2014 when a new elementary school opened on campus.  UBC Child Care Services now operates just under six hundred licensed spaces in twenty-five locations on campus and employs more than a hundred and twenty early childhood educators.


Dr. Deborah Thompson, completed her dissertation “Caring, Dwelling, Becoming: Stories of Multiage Dwelling” in 2014 and is the Manager of Children’s Programs at UBC Child Care Services.  In her keynote, she will introduce and describe the organization’s ‘becoming’ pedagogical development. The keynote will be followed by a panel of early childhood educators from various centres at UBC Child Care Services who will highlight the challenges, complexities and affordances that were produced from engaging in this pedagogical development process. Delegates will have opportunities for questions and to participate in conversations with the panel members.