The two-year Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to become educators of young children in a variety of early learning settings, including community early learning centers, home day cares, Head Start programs, and Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten. Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work with families, community stakeholders and other professionals to support children’s learning and development.
Emphasis in the program is on the development of inclusive play-based curriculum for children from birth to age 11 with a focus on adapting Indigenous languages, cultures and traditions across the entire curriculum core and delivery model. Students benefit from opportunities to observe the application of best practices and to apply their knowledge in real-world settings as they participate in field placements.
Year one of the program will allow students develop a grounding in general early childhood care and learning principles so that graduates can function as assistants in any early childhood setting with moderate support.
Year two of the program will help students to develop the knowledge, experience and confidence to function independently as classroom leads in an early childhood setting, with minimal to no additional support required by employers outside of the normal organizational policies and procedures.