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Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

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Program Description

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 Delivery



Sep 01, 2020 - Jun 25, 2021 - Blended - Available Anywhere

Program Year


Program Length

38 weeks

Academic Requirements

Fluency in English: Credit in English 30-1 or 60% in English 30-2, or credit in ENGL0190.
Applicants without the requirements will be considered if they satisfactorily complete an ACCUPLACER assessment.
Students may co-enroll in both the Early Learning and Child Care Certificate and Diploma programs.
Successful completion of an Early Learning and Child Care Certificate Program offered in Alberta is preferred.
Applicants with an Early Learning and Childhood Certificate from an out-of-province institution may have their transcripts reviewed for acceptance into the program.

Successful completion of a recognized Early Learning and Child Care certificate program from an institution in Alberta.

Transcripts from other provinces will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Other Requirements

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 means a student may not be able to complete the program requirements. Students are required to sign and submit a Police Information Check Declaration of Understanding form prior to the first day of classes. Contact the Program Chair for further information.

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