Early Childhood Education 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.

The diploma program provides the content of the Basic program in addition to Infant & Toddler development, and Children with Exceptionalities, involving working with children who require extra support in childcare settings.

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 Educator 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.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program the student will have developed a broad range of skills through the application and understanding of the following learning outcomes:

  • 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 the 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

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
2180 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
77 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Before & After School Care
Cruiseships and Resorts
Family Child Care
Group Child Care
Nanny
Preschools
Rec. Program Childminding
Strong Start Facilitator
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and may be required to do an entrance assessment

Note: English level assessment will be required for international students.

Diploma Requirements:
  • Necessary Ministry licensing requirements will be included in the curriculum and scheduled throughout the program
  • 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.

Note: Child Care sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) TB testing and/or other immunizations (to be done at student’s expense) prior to practicum and/or observing.

  • Students are responsible for their own transportation.
  • Practicum sites are subject to availability.
  • Practicum training may be conducted in shifts to accommodate placement facilities’ needs such as 8-hour shifts).
  • Necessary Ministry licensing requirements will be included in the curriculum and scheduled throughout the program. Practicum training is conducted in shifts at placement facilities (eg. 8 hours per day) Parts I, II and III will be taken prior to IV, V and VI.

Additional Notes:

Successful completion of any of the following courses – EC100, EC110 or EC180 individually or as part of a program will allow the student to apply for assistant status. Successful completion of EC100 includes attendance of a minimum of 90 instructional/classroom hours to be eligible for this certificate.
Note: Child Care sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) and TB testing (to be done at student’s expense) prior to practicum and/or observing. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Practicum sites are subject to availability.
Practicum training may be conducted in shifts to accommodate placement facilities’ needs (such as 8-hour shifts). Necessary Ministry licensing requirements will be included in the curriculum and scheduled throughout the program.

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

Important Websites

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children/child-care
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/early-learning/support/strongstart-bc
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/early-learning


* Early Childhood Education 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.

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
2180 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
77 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Courses List

This 77 week Diploma 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 childcare 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 the 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 the 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, teamwork
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate the 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

  • Creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for infants/toddlers as well as children who require additional supports

  • Review of comprehensive knowledge of the range of historic and current theoretical approaches to child growth and development

  • A comprehensive overview of the competent development, implementation and maintenance of all policies and procedures for the administration, funding, government policy and advocacy areas of managing childcare settings and services

  • A thorough presentation of the importance of parent, school, and community collaboration and increased knowledge of and respect for cultural, socioeconomic and family diversity

  • Planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate programs and routines
  • Caregiving and educating: philosophy and practise, observing infants, toddlers and two-year-olds
  • Explaining behaviour and understanding the growth and development of infants and toddlers

  • Planning, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate programs and routines
  • Caregiving and educating: philosophy and practise, observing infants, toddlers and two-year-olds
  • Explaining behaviour and understanding growth and development of infants and toddlers

  • 4-week practicum (includes Touch Back Lab)
  • Observe, monitor and record each child's developmental progress
  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs and activities
  • Practise physical and emotional ‘caring’ skills

  • The study of exceptionality (special education and supported childcare)
  • Neurological disabilities, special health care needs, severe and multiple Disabilities, pervasive disorders and visual and hearing impairments
  • Plan accessible, inclusive indoor and outdoor play environments
  • Develop positive approaches for guiding, caring and interacting with children with challenging behaviours

  • The study of exceptionality (special education and supported childcare)
  • Neurological disabilities, special health care needs, severe and multiple disabilities, pervasive disorders and visual and hearing impairments
  • Plan accessible, inclusive indoor and outdoor play environments
  • Develop positive approaches for guiding, caring and interacting with children with challenging behaviours

  • 4-week practicum (includes Touch Back Lab)
  • Observe, monitor and record each child's developmental progress
  • Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs and activities for children who require additional supports
  • Promote and understand inclusion
  • Use specialized equipment, adaptations and materials as needed and/or prescribed

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
2180 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
77 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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