Early Childhood Education Basic Program

This program gives the student the skills and occupational competencies necessary in the industry today based upon the Ministry for Children and Family Development approved curriculum.

Students in this program will develop a broad range of skills through the study and practice of certified courses in order to develop and lead daily age-appropriate activities for children aimed to help promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development. Students learn to observe children and communicate professionally, when appropriate, children’s progress and/or needs with parents, other staff members and individuals involved with the child’s development.

Graduates are eligible to apply for an Early Childhood Education Basic license from the Ministry for Children and Family Development

This program includes practicum placement. This experience within a workplace enables Instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field.

Sprott Shaw is a member of Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC).

Learning Objectives

  • Cultural, economic, and generational influences on development
  • Main categories and methods of observational recording
  • Current licensing and registration regulations, development of policies and procedures, floor plans, and childcare center design
  • Development of partnerships with parents, colleagues, and other service providers
  • Positive contemporary child guidance practices, causes and characteristics of inappropriate behaviour
  • Planning and implementing comprehensive program plans, focusing on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, language and cultural development
  • Activities to facilitate diversity and multi-cultural experiences and concepts to enhance curriculum
  • Creating a positive learning environment that includes fun and engaging music and movement activities, enhancing other learning such as language and language skills
  • The use of concepts and activities from LEAP BC 2010 Resource Booklet and recognizing movement categories and motor skills
  • Creativity and open-ended, process-oriented creative art activities and experiences
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills and techniques.
  • Design newsletters and communication tools for parents, children and staff
  • Signs and symptoms of common communicable childhood illnesses
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, and teamwork
  • Interview techniques and creating an employment package

 

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Career Opportunities

Before & After School Care
Early Childhood Educator
Family Child Care
Foster Parenting
Group Child Care
Nanny
Preschools
Rec. Program Childminding
Strong Start Facilitator
Supported Child Dev
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals)
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and may be required to do an entrance assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42)
  • Preference will be given to those who can provide letters of reference detailing volunteer or professional experience working with children indicating their suitability for working in the field of Early Childhood Education
  • You will also need to have an interview with an instructor/director
  • Excellent communication skills (composition), signing a medical/criminal waiver, providing physician’s waiver, submitting a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General: Schedule B), and clear testing for TB. (All must be done no more than three months before the start date of the program).

Note: English level assessment will be required for international students (with a minimum score of 20/40 in language).

Certificate Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses
  • CPR, First Aid and FoodSafe will be completed during the program.
Additional Notes:

After successful completion of this certified and approved ECE Certificate Program, in order to register as an Early Childhood Educator in BC (five-year registration), you must apply to the ECE Registry for registration and provide the following:

  • An official transcript issued by Sprott Shaw College of courses completed (photocopies not accepted)
  • A letter of reference attesting to the applicant’s personal suitability to the field of Early Childhood Education and satisfactory completion of the required 500 hours of work experience, written by the supervising Early Childhood Educator with whom the applicant worked
  • The application can be made for a one-year certificate while obtaining 500 hours of work experience
  • After successful completion of one of the following courses, an application can be made for Assistant Status (EC100, EC110 or EC180) A Post-Basic diploma from Sprott Shaw College is given upon successful completion of the following:
  • Basic Early Childhood Education Certificate program
  • Post-Basic – Infant/Toddler Educator Certificate program
  • Post-Basic – Children with Exceptionalities Educator Certificate program
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* Early Childhood Education Basic Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

Certificate Program

Total Program Hours:
1260 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
45 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Courses List

This 45 week Certificate program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • The process of learning and maturation, child growth and development
  • Cultural, economic, and generational influences on development
  • Schedule B needed for child observations in child care centres
  • See EC100 course outline for details on applying for ECE Assistant Certificate

  • Main categories and methods of observational recording

  • Developmentally appropriate children's books, storytelling, puppetry, and Circle time presentation

  • Current licensing & registration regulations
  • Developing policies & procedures, floor plans, and center design
  • Developing partnerships with parents, colleagues, and other service providers

  • Positive contemporary child guidance practices
  • Understanding causes and characteristics of inappropriate behaviour

  • Plan and implement comprehensive program plans
  • Focus on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, communicative, and cultural development

  • Benefits of an investigative, natural science program
  • Developmentally appropriate activities
  • Ways to maintain curiosity and exploration

  • Activities to facilitate diversity and multicultural experiences
  • Concepts to enhance curriculum
  • Benefits which include early math and numeracy

  • Create a positive learning environment
  • Fun, engaging music and Movement activities
  • Enhance other learning such as language and listening skills

  • Hand-made instruments
  • Recognize movement categories and motor skills
  • Use concepts and activities from LEAP BC 2010

  • Understanding of creativity
  • Special needs / cultural diversity
  • Workshop experiences

  • Understanding of creativity
  • Workshop experiences
  • CPR/First Aid and FoodSafe

  • Basic language arts
  • Literacy goals for three- to five-year-olds
  • Plan/implement activities for young children

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication techniques
  • Design newsletters and communication tools for parents, children and staff

  • Signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses
  • Developing safe and secure environments for young children
  • Policies and procedures for licensing requirements for observing and reporting abuse and neglect
  • Snack and meal planning, and applying the Canada Food Guide in childcare settings

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem solving, team work
  • Overview of policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • 3-week Practicum - Includes Touch Back Lab
  • Practice physical and emotional 'caring' skills
  • Observe guidance techniques and display knowledge of appropriate skills
  • Implement planned activities for individuals and small groups

  • 3-week Practicum - Includes Touch Back Lab
  • Attend to personal care needs of children
  • Practice guiding skills
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate activities for small groups

  • 4-week Practicum - Includes Touch Back Lab
  • Extend knowledge, skills, and attitude
  • Observing and assessing
  • Guidance
  • Language and creative development
  • Working in a team, and professional behaviour

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

Certificate Program

Total Program Hours:
1260 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
45 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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