The Early Childhood Development Program is designed to train students to work with children
from infancy to the age of six, with an emphasis placed on the preschool years. It offers a balance
between classroom discussion, lectures, practical training and many opportunities to develop
teaching materials and guidance skills.
The Early Childhood Development Program will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes
necessary to promote the well-being of children, families and communities. The primary focus is
on promoting the growth and development of healthy children. This program also trains people to
design, deliver and/or evaluate programs and services in the community. Principles of the
- Addressing the needs of children pre-natal to six years of age;
- Enhancing child, family and community development;
- Supporting the role of parents/guardians by being family centred;
- Stressing wellness and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle;
- Following a holistic approach to foster a healthy environment for children and families;
- Community-based and community-sponsored early childhood development;
- Offering an introduction to the services available in the community, region and territory;
- Adhering to culturally appropriate traditions guided by Aboriginal perspectives;
- Stressing practical application of classroom theory; and
- Developing and relying on community support systems for the student.
Students who successfully complete the Early Childhood Development Certificate can potentially
find work as assistants in daycare centres, nursery schools, playgroups, or as operators of their
own daycare homes, or seek employment with Bands, Hamlets, Municipalities, Regional Health
and Social Services, health-related fields, Aboriginal organizations, community agencies or the
Government of the Northwest Territories.
The Early Childhood Development Program curriculum was adopted from Yukon College in
2004 after a successful four-year working relationship. Yukon College's program, in turn, shares
a similar history as both Aurora and Yukon College adopted standardized Early Childhood
Development curriculum from Alberta in the 1980s. Since that time, the program has developed
and changed in order to meet the needs of Aurora College students and NWT communities. It is
recognized throughout Canada as a quality Early Childhood Development Program.
Students who successfully complete the program will receive an Early Childhood Development Certificate and are eligible to work in daycare areas. The Early Childhood Development Program is delivered in partnership with Yukon College.
Working titles include daycare worker, childcare teacher, family daycare provider, nursery teacher, special needs worker, kindergarten assistant or aide, child life worker, early childhood worker, and more. The demand for trained early childhood teachers is great and is connected to many leadership roles.