Early Learning & Child Care Program Introduction
Early Learning and Child Care will prepare you for a career working with children from birth to age eight and their families. Research studies indicate that the first five years in the lives of children are the most critical in terms of their overall development. A commitment to this worthwhile profession will have long term benefits to young children, their families and the community in which they live and work.
For complete course contents, see the full Early Learning & Child Care Program Description.
Graduates of the program have excellent opportunities for employment in a variety of different early childhood settings including child care centers, family day homes, nursery schools, inclusive child care programs, kindergartens and out of school programs. Diploma graduates of Early Learning and Child Care are highly sought after by employers and have excellent opportunities to advance in their careers.
Options to complete the Early Learning and Child Care program:
- Full- or part-time study at regularly scheduled times on campus and in local practicum settings such as a daycare centre, kindergarten classroom, or preschool.
- Part-time, usually in summer session, throughout various Northern Alberta communities on a rotational basis.
- By distance education. All courses required to complete the Early Learning and Child Care curriculum are available by distance delivery.
Early Learning and Child Care Certificate graduates qualify for Child Development Worker Certification through Child Care Staff Certification, Government of Alberta, Children and Youth Services. Students with a Diploma qualify for Child Development Supervisor Certification through Child Care Staff Certification, Government of Alberta, Children and Youth Services. To receive Child Development Assistant Certification through Alberta Children and Youth Services students must complete one (1) 45 hour Early Learning and Child Care course.