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Early Childhood Education (Diploma) 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 who have completed their ECE Basic can pursue specialized studies in Infant & Toddler development and/or Children with Exceptionalities.

Students who take the Infant & Toddler program will learn more about working with children from birth to three years of age. Students will gain more specialized training in infant and toddler development, positive guidance strategies, and developmentally appropriate activity planning.

Students who take the Children with Exceptionalities program will learn about working with children who require extra support in child care settings. Students will learn observation techniques that they can apply when developing individualized care plans for children.

Students will develop a broad range of skills through the study and practice of our certified and approved courses so they will be able to develop and lead daily activities for children. They will be able to carefully select age-appropriate materials for young children and develop programs and activities for the important early years of learning.They will become nurturing and understanding Caregivers/Educators, who will implement these carefully selected materials and activities to help promote the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and early literacy development in each child. Some of these exciting activities include storytelling and fingerplays, music and movement, songs and games, creative arts and crafts, science and nature opportunities, along with many other activities that support children’s development and learning through play. They also 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. They attend meetings, workshops and professional development opportunities to continue their learning and progress as competent and qualified Early Childhood Educators. They may also supervise and coordinate the activities of other Early Childhood Educators and ECE Assistants.

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 child care 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 team work
• Interview techniques and creating an employment package

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).