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Early Childhood Care and Education

This program is grounded in a theoretical understanding of early childhood development. You will 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 experience the joy that comes with it!
Part of your training will be in the early learning centre located on our Prince of Wales Campus.

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: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: 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 Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) 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 or a teacher, not from a family member
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Provider
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate
  • Résumé 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.

*If you do not meet the academic requirements, you can still apply. Contact Admissions about the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES).

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

Tuition & Fees

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If you have any questions concerning the Early Childhood Care and Education program, contact:

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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