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Early Childhood Care and Education

A comprehensive, nationally recognized program with stringent quality standards, the Early Childhood Care and Education program features content based on the Occupational Standards for Early Childhood Educators.

You’ll learn how to design and implement curriculum that inspires young minds; helps children develop socially, emotionally, and physically; and promotes inclusiveness. You’ll discover how much work goes into creating child’s play—and also experience the joy that comes with it.

Early childhood care and education is widely recognized as being vital in helping children thrive in school and later life. The training of early childhood educators is crucial to providing the best experience possible for children. You will have the opportunity to study the historical roots of child care and education and child growth and development, and to explore the connections between these factors. You will also develop an understanding of relationships, and how play and the learning environment contribute significantly to a child’s development. Through study and practical application, you will experience the thrill of making a difference in the lives of children and their families.


Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential Issued: Diploma, Early Childhood Educator
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent* with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic or general math, minimum 60%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic or general science, minimum of 60%
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt (Please keep a copy for your records.)
  • Written verification of 40 hours of volunteer or paid work at a licensed child care centre prior to program start date – Volunteer Form
  • Two letters of reference, one personal and one from an employer/teacher
  • Current CPR – Basic rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR trainer
  • Current WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) certificate
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

NOTE: Preference will be given to applicants with academic credits. Child growth and development, computer, and home economics courses would be an asset.

*Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements for this program are encouraged to apply. Successful completion of TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) may be used as a consideration of acceptance.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Early childhood centres
  • Organizations with child and family related programs
  • Nursery schools
  • Play groups
  • Recreation programs
  • Family resource centres
  • Developmental preschools

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 4214.


Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

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Degree Pathways

For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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