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Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate

North Island College
1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate
British Columbia
North Island College

About this program

Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate

Make a difference in the lives of young children by providing quality care and education for healthy learning and development. Specialize your skills while you apply theory to practice with children ages 30 months to five years in a variety of early care and learning settings.

Admission requirements

  1. C in English 12, IELTS 6.0 with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.
  2. A signed Requisite Skills and Abilities (RSA) document. The RSA document describes the requirements for practice in early childhood care and education. Prospective students need to review these and decide whether they believe they are able to meet them. Should you have concerns about being able to meet the RSA’s, please contact the ECCE Department Chair.

In addition to above academic requirements, high school graduation requirement and English proficiency requirement apply to all international applicants.

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Program content

  • Developmental Journey – Part I
  • Partnerships – Part I – Child Guidance
  • Partnerships II - Advanced Guiding and Caring
  • The Learning Child – Part I – Play & Curriculum
  • The Learning Child – Part II – Planning for Play & the Environment
  • Foundations of Professional Practice
  • Practice Experience I
  • Practice Experience II
  • Practice Experience III
  • Effective Interpersonal Communications
  • Child Family and Community
  • Health Safety and Nutrition in Childcare Settings

Scholarships & funding

North Island College offers scholarship opportunities to new students. For details please visit the institute website.


For more information regarding tuition fees, please visit the website.

Continuing studies

Program graduates receive NIC's Early Childhood Care and Education certificate, which fulfills the provincial ECE curriculum requirements for certification and employment in the early childhood education sector in BC. Requirements for your BC Early Childhood Educator certification (including 500-hours of work experience) are posted on the BC Early Learning website.

Career paths

Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate

Employment opportunities in the field will increase with further training and work experience. The Early Childhood Care & Education certificate prepares you to work with young children of varying abilities from 30 months to five years, in a variety of early learning settings. Program completion is the first step toward your BC Early Childhood Educator certification. This program also provides opportunities for you to work with children and their families in other related fields.

Qualify as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant

Assistant certification enables you to care for children under the supervision of a fully certified early childhood educator. To qualify for ECE Assistant certification, you must complete at least one for-credit post-secondary course in an approved ECE training program in one of the following areas:

  • child development
  • child guidance or
  • health, safety and nutrition

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North Island College

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, West Coast of Canada, North Island College is a small public college which offers many programs including certificates, diplomas, a degree in business, and post degree diplomas. Areas of study include university transfer in the...

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North Island College

2300 Ryan Rd
V9N 8N6 Courtenay BC

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