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Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1820 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
65 Weeks
Includes holidays and professional days.
Delivery Methods:
  • In-Class Instruction
Program content is subject to change.

This program includes toddler and infant childcare courses that give the student the skills and occupational competencies necessary in the industry today based upon the Ministry of Education and Child Care.

This program provides the content of the Basic program (3-5 years) in addition to content specific to toddler and infant childcare which expands the age appropriateness training to birth (0- 3 years).

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 Certificate from the Ministry of Education and Child Care.

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

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

Why Study Infant Childcare At Sprott Shaw? 

  • Lifetime access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation 
  • Lifetime tuition-free access to course refreshers if you ever need to retrain and update your skills 
  • Practicum opportunities with recognized organizations across BC
  • Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait 
  • Career and professional development success courses to help create a career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism, and identify the target markets and employment resources in the counselling field 
  • Preparation and orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for exams 
  • All-inclusive program costs where what you see is what you pay. Our costs include registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, uniforms, certificates, graduation fees, practicum fees, and much more 
  • Grant and scholarship opportunities are available to help you save on tuition. Up to $4000 in scholarships and grants are open to recent high school graduates, Sprott Shaw alumni, military veterans, and more! Click here to browse our full list of grants and scholarships

Where Are Sprott Shaw Graduates Working? 

Our Early Childhood, Education, and Support graduates can be found working throughout the province. In addition to school districts across BC, our Early Childhood Education and Education Assistant graduates can be found working at daycares and preschools such as CEFA Early Learning and the Boys and Girls Club. 

Community Support Workers and Mental Health and Addiction workers can be found working in women’s shelters, mental health and addiction recovery facilities, homeless shelters, and more. 

Click below to learn more about where our graduates are currently working. Please note that these lists do not cover every single business that has hired a Sprott Shaw graduate, but they do provide a good representation of the sort of industries that Sprott Shaw graduates are working in. 

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Career Opportunities

Before & After School Care
Child Care Center Supervisor
Early Childhood Educator
Family Child Care
Foster Parenting
Group Child Care
Nanny
Strong Start Facilitator
Supported Child Dev
Young Parent Programs
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 entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment.
Domestic Students:
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
International Students:

International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following four options:

  • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
  • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOEFL Score of 70 or Equivalent Standardized External Assessment,  OR
  • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools, OR
  • International students that can provide a Canadian transcript (or evaluated credentials) showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
  • 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.
  • Excellent communication skills (composition), signing a medical/criminal waiver, completing a health declaration form (or physician’s waiver), and submitting a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General:  Schedule B).  (All must be done no more than three months before the start date of the program).
  • Provide evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a signed vaccination waiver on file.
Course Prerequisites:
  • Parts I, and II (at successful completion of Parts I and II the student will receive an ECE Basic Certificate) will be taken prior to III, IV and V.

Note – No Diploma will be issued for this program without successful completion of Part I and II.

Practice Education Requirement:
  • Please note certain facilities may require proof of a negative TB test. Without this documentation on the student file, it may limit practicum placement opportunities.
Diploma  Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses.

First Aid Training:

  • Per: the Community Care and Assisted Living Act – Child Care Licensing Regulation (Section 23 and Schedule C), students are trained, and practicum students and employees, require a valid first aid and CPR certificate. The course provided in our program offers 8 hours of instruction, at least 3.5 hours delivered in person, and includes demonstration and skills relevant to matters in respect of children and infants.
  • CPR, First Aid and FoodSafe will be completed during the program.

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.
  • 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, application can be made for Assistant Certification (EC100, EC110 or EC180).
Other Requirements:
  • ECCFACPR – Emergency Child Care First Aid and CPR (1 day)
  • HLTH010 – FoodSafe
  • An Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler Diploma from Sprott Shaw College is given upon successful completion of all courses in this program.
  • Note that 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 certification. 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/or other immunizations (to be done at student’s expense) prior to practicum and/or observing. Students are responsible for their own transportation. All three practicum sites are subject to availability. A minimum of two different practicum locations is required.
  • 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.
  • Students can expect to complete 1 – 3 hours of homework per day.

 

 

* Early Childhood Education Infant Toddler was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

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Courses List

This 65 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 child care centres
  • See EC100 course outline for details on applying for ECE Assistant Certificate

Observing and Recording

  • Main categories and methods of observational recording

  • 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

  • Plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate programs that meets the observed needs of children
  • Plan programs that reflect and respect diversity
  • Understand the relationship between the environment and
    the development of children's behaviour

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

  • 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
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to a wide range of individual communication style

  • Demonstrate professional communication skills which are mutually supportive of co-workers, families and communities
  • Apply knowledge of and respect for cultural, socioeconomic and family diversity
  • Demonstrate professional growth, attitude and conduct, including adherence to the Code of Ethics and ability to advocate
  • CPR & First Aid (1 day) and FoodSafe

  • 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

  • Skills and strategies conducive to learning in a college atmosphere, orientation to the college environment, using technology, knowing college policies and procedures.
  • Time management, writing and using citations, study strategies, student budgeting, and wellness/self-care/stress management.
  • An orientation to the PCP program and the emergency medicine professions.
  • Prepare for upcoming studies, learning environments, and work experience placements throughout the program.

  • 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

Strategies for Student Success:

  • 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

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