Earn a diploma in early learning and child care
Program: Early Learning and Childcare Diploma
Delivery Method: Classroom/Practicums
Duration: 2 Years
Delivery Location: Yellowknife North Slave Campus
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.
People entering the Early Learning and Child Care Diploma program may come from a broad range of social development fields or be interested in child development with a focus on healthy children.
Applicants will be admitted into the Diploma program based on the following criteria:
- 17 years of age
- Completion of Grade 12 English 30-2 (or equivalent), and Grade 11 Math 20-2 (or equivalent)/ (English course requires a grade of 65% or higher.)
- Mature student admission requires completion of academic placement tests and meeting standards of ALBE English 140, ALBE Math 140 may be required
- A satisfactory* Criminal Records Search
- Proof of a current immunization record as a health professional (per GNWT Child Day Care Standards Regulation)
- Two letters of reference which demonstrate initiative, a positive attitude, and a genuine interest in young children
- Knowledge of an Aboriginal language and culture would be considered an asset, and
- Completion of an Aurora College application form.
* A record of certain offences may prevent candidates from completing all elements of the program, in particular, working with children, securing work practicum placements (see Aurora College Policy C.21 Practicums/Internships). Anyone convicted of an offence for which they have not been pardoned may be ineligible for field placements, and thus may not be able to fulfill completion and graduation requirements of the program.
Applicants must complete an Aurora College application form, provide the results of a recent Criminal Records Search, provide evidence of current appropriate immunizations, provide high school and/or other official post-secondary transcripts, and letters of reference.
Applicants will be admitted to this program based on the program’s eligibility requirements, the applicant’s assessment results, space availability, and whether or not they display initiative, a positive attitude and a genuine interest in young children. The ability to communicate effectively with other adults and children and the ability to work as part of a team is also seen to be critically important. Individuals entering the program may come from a broad range of social development fields or be interested in healthy child development.
Mature students with relevant work/life experience will be considered on an individual basis. Those who are 20 years or older and have been out of school for at least one year can apply as mature students.
Students who have completed the Aurora College Early Childhood Development Certificate may be admitted to the second year of the Diploma program.
Students from other Early Childhood Certificate programs in Canada, seeking entrance into the Diploma program, will be assessed for transfer credit on a course-by-course basis based upon official transcripts and course outlines/syllabi from other Canadian approved post-secondary institutions. Students seeking transfer credit will be required to follow the process defined in Aurora College Policy C.01 Transfer Credit. Students who have already completed post-secondary course work in early childhood development or early learning and child care elsewhere, courses may have transferability into this program. Your school transcript and course syllabi/outlines will be required for evaluation. Students seeking transfer credit will be required to follow process defined in Aurora College Policy C.01 Transfer Credit.
Applicants will be admitted to this program based on the program’s eligibility requirements, the applicant’s assessment results, and whether or not they display initiative, a positive attitude, and a genuine interest in young children. The ability to communicate effectively with other adults and children and the ability to work as part of a team is also seen to be critically important.
If an applicant has already completed part of an Early Childhood program elsewhere, courses may have transferability into this program. School transcripts and course outlines will be evaluated for advanced standing.
Most courses completed within this program have transferability to the following post-secondary Early Learning and Child Care programs with Yukon College
Students who successfully complete all requirements of year one may be eligible to receive the Early Learning and Child Care Certificate. They can potentially find work 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.
Students who successfully complete all requirements of year two of the Early Learning and Child Care Diploma can potentially find work as Junior Kindergarten teachers, Aboriginal Head Start teachers, Nursery school teachers, managers in daycare centres, playgroups, 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.
Working titles include daycare worker, childcare teacher, family daycare provider, nursery teacher, special needs worker, kindergarten assistant or aide, child life worker, early childhood educator, and more. The demand for trained early childhood teachers is great and is connected to many leadership roles.
Course pre- or co-requisite requirements may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Permission must be granted by the Chair, School of Education, or designate, who will consult with the course instructor.
The two-year Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to become educators of young children in a variety of early childhood settings, including community early learning centers, home day cares, head start programs, and Junior-Kindergarten/Kindergarten teachers. Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work with families, community stakeholders and other professionals to support children’s learning and development. Emphasis is on the development of inclusive play-based curriculum for children from birth to age eleven with a focus on adapting Indigenous languages, cultures and traditions across the entire curriculum core and delivery models. 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.
The Early Learning and Child Care Diploma program builds on the success of Aurora College’s face-to-face early childhood development program offerings over the past three years. The two-year ELCC Diploma program is designed to enable graduates to:
- Improve the level of care and education to children from birth to eleven years of age with a focus on the critical developmental years from birth to six years of age;
- Enhance the preservation and promotion of Indigenous cultures, languages and traditional values;
- Support families in their search for high quality early learning and child care services to promote the well-being of their children while they work or go to school;
- Improve the developmental outcomes of children whose social, emotional and academic future may be compromised, thereby improving children’s academic outcomes and future wages, reducing income inequality and assisting in bringing many families out of poverty;
- Increase employment opportunities through both the development of trained professionals who can fill the demand for new educators, as well as the provision of supervision and care services that enable parents, especially women wishing to enter the workforce, to contribute to the GNWT’s growing economy.
Year one of the ELCC Diploma program will provide students with 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.
At the completion of year one, the student will be able to:
- Recognize and describe normal patterns of growth and development in infants, toddlers, preschoolers and young school-age children;
- Plan safe and appropriate living and playing environments for children in group care;
- Set up and maintain a secure, healthy home daycare environment for young children;
- Develop and practise the skills necessary for the operation and management of home child care;
- Understand and implement GNWT Legislation and standards for family home care, including First Aid and CPR;
- Be knowledgeable of basic child health and safety practices and promote them;
- Support healthy children by identifying, developing and designing appropriate programs and services;
- Recognize that traditional knowledge, languages and values are important for the growth and development of healthy children;
- Understand the skills for working with families and building strong centre-home ties;
- Be knowledgeable of needs identification and intervention techniques;
- Learn about the various agencies, their roles, responsibilities and the partnerships which exist at the local, regional, territorial, national and international levels; and
- Develop appropriate communication skills (facilitation, counselling, report and letter writing) and use problem-solving strategies.
Upon successful completion of the second year of the ELCC Diploma Program, graduates will have the knowledge, experience and confidence to function independently as classroom leads in any early childhood setting, with minimal to no additional support required by employers outside of the normal organizational policies and procedures. This would include the advanced ability to:
- Design and implement high quality care and learning curriculum programs and pedagogies for children birth to eleven years of age and their families, with a special focus on the foundational years of birth to six;
- To creatively administer these programs so as to preserve and promote Indigenous languages, cultures and traditional knowledge;
- Establish and maintain inclusive early learning environments that support diverse, equitable and accessible developmental and learning opportunities for all children and their families;
- Establish and maintain responsive relationships with individual children, groups of children, families, colleagues and community partners;
- Assess, develop and maintain safe, healthy and quality early learning environments which meet the requirements of current legislation, agency policies and evidence-based practices in early learning;
- Prepare and use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children, families, colleagues, employers, and community partners;
- Select and use a variety of screening tools, observation and documentation strategies to review, support and promote children’s learning across the continuum of early childhood development;
- Design, implement and evaluate inclusive and play-based early learning curriculum and programs that support children’s holistic development and are responsive to individual children’s and groups of children’s observed abilities, interests and ideas;
- Apply a developing personal philosophy of early learning in accordance with ethical and professional standards of early childhood education practice;
- Advocate for quality early learning environments and collaborate with members of the early learning team, families and community partners to establish and promote such settings;
- Engage in reflective practice, develop learning goals and maintain an ongoing professional development plan in accordance with evidence-based practices in early learning and related fields.
Students may exit this face-to-face Diploma program being offered in Yellowknife with either a one-year Certificate or two-year Diploma.
Early Learning and Child Care Certificate completion:
Students must successfully complete the required 34 credits of coursework. Students admitted to the program PRIOR to July 1, 2017, will be required to meet the Certificate course completion requirements identified in the approved Early Childhood Development program outline signed by the President, Aurora College, in November 2014.
Early Learning and Child Care Diploma completion: students must successfully complete a certificate year and the required 37 credits of course work identified in the diploma year (Program 140, 200 level courses).
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