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Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

Program Overview

Would you like to be a positive influence in the lives of young people? Consider a career in early learning and child care. The Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Program at Northern Lakes College will give you the training you need to work in this rewarding career. You will be trained to work with children from birth to 12 years of age in settings such as daycares, preschools, after-school programs, and private day homes. Graduates will develop the skills to work effectively with children with exceptionalities and will be prepared for administrative and supervisory positions within the field. Enrol today!

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Program Locations

Sep 05, 2023 - Jun 25, 2024 - NLC Anytime, Anywhere - Available Anywhere

Program Year


Program Length:

38 Weeks

Program Type

Early Learning and Child Care

Program Delivery

This program is delivered online using Bongo and Brightspace. To learn more about Bongo and to experience using it, check out this guide:

To learn more about D2L/Brightspace, check out this guide:

Pre-Program Considerations:
Practicum agencies may require an up-to-date Police Information Check (Vulnerable Sector) and an Alberta Children's Services Intervention Record Check of students placed in their organizations. The inability to present clear checks may prevent a student from completing the program requirements. Basic computer skills and reliable high speed internet connection are required. Contact the Program Coordinator for further information.

Successful completion of a recognized Early Learning and Child Care post-secondary certificate program from an institution in Alberta. Transcripts from other provinces will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Successful completion of an Early Learning and Child Care Certificate Program offered in Alberta is preferred.

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