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Early Learning and Child Care

Early Learning and Child Care Certificate

The Early Learning and Child Care certificate program prepares you for a rewarding career working with children up to 12 years of age. Graduates will develop the skills to work with children who have exceptionalities. 

At NLC, we understand our students need the flexibility to balance work and home. Our Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program is flexible enough to fit into your lifestyle:

  • Take classes from home, work, or on-campus
  • Delivered online, through Supported Distance Learning
  • Apply as a part-time or full-time student
  • One-year certificate program for those in the full-time program
  • There are two intakes per year into the full-time program. Students may start the program in September and January. There are three intakes per year into the part-time program. Students may start the program in September, January, and May.

Applications should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the term start date. Applications received with less than 4 weeks from the term start date may be processed for the next available start date.

Program Dates

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Full-time September – June 

  • Term 1 dates September 1, 2021 – December 17, 2021
  • Term 2 dates January 4, 2022 – April 22, 2022
  • Term 3 dates May 2, 2022 – June 24, 2022

Areas of Study

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Career Potential

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Graduates will qualify for Child Development Worker Certification under the Alberta Child Care Licensing Regulation. Individuals are trained to work with children in settings such as daycares, preschools, after-school programs, and private day homes.

Further Educational Opportunities

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Graduates may be able to transfer into the ELCC diploma program or apply 12 credits towards the Educational Assistant Certificate program, both offered at NLC. Graduates have block transfer into Portage College's ELCC diploma program. Graduates have 30 credits towards Athabasca University's Bachelor of Professional Arts, Human Services Major.

Transfer Opportunity
Upon successful completion, you are eligible to receive a Child Development Worker Certificate (level 2) through Alberta Human Services.

 


Applications now open for classes starting in May (part-time) and September (full-time) 2022!

Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

Would you like to take your Early Learning and Child Care certificate to the next level? With the diploma program, you will not only build upon your skills to work with children with exceptionalities, but you will also prepare yourself for administrative and supervisory positions within the field.

At NLC, we understand our students need the flexibility to balance work and home. Our Early Learning and Child Care diploma program is flexible enough to fit into your lifestyle:

  • Take classes from home, work, or on-campus
  • Delivered online, through Supported Distance Learning
  • Apply as a part-time or full-time student
  • Two-year diploma program for those in the full-time program
  • There are two intakes per year into the full-time program. Students may start the program in September and January. There are three intakes per year into the part-time program. Students may start the program in September, January, and May.

Applications should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the term start date. Applications received with less than 4 weeks from the term start date may be processed for the next available start date.

Program Dates

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Full-time September 1, 2021 – June 24, 2022

  • Term 1 dates September 1, 2021 – December 17, 2021
  • Term 2 dates January 4, 2022 – April 22, 2022

Term 3 dates May 2, 2022 – June 24, 2022

Areas of Study

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Career Potential

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Graduates will qualify for Child Development Supervisor Certification under the Alberta Child Care Licensing Regulation. Individuals are trained to work with children in settings such as daycares, preschools, after-school programs, and private day homes.

Further Educational Opportunities

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Graduates of the program have five University Studies courses transferable into the NLC and University of Calgary's, Bachelor of Education – Community-Based pathways degree program.

Transfer Opportunity
Upon successful completion, you are eligible to receive a Child Development Supervisor Certificate (level 3) through Alberta Human Services.

 


Applications now open for classes starting in May (part-time) and September (full-time) 2022!