Make a difference in the life of each child
In the Early Learning and Care (ELC) program, you'll be provided with cutting edge knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with children, families, professionals and communities. You'll learn to create responsive environments that support each child to reach their potential in every area.
We'll help you succeed
You will learn how to provide care and education that focuses on the needs of children and their families. You'll foster each child's optimal emotional, intellectual, linguistic, creative, physical, cultural and social development.
In the two years you'll spend in the ELC program, you'll participate in three practicum placements. Emphasis is placed on working collaboratively with families, within communities and with other professionals.
As a graduate you'll have a strong foundation for entry into many professional fields of early learning. Our graduates have special knowledge and skills necessary to support infants, toddlers and/or children with diverse abilities. With experience you'll be able to provide leadership within the community of early learning.
Further transfer opportunities
Graduates with a diploma in ELC have transfer credit towards a degree in Child and Youth Care. If you decide to continue with further education you may eventually seek employment as a licensing officer, consultant, policy analyst or college instructor. You'll have an exciting role in a quickly developing field of work. As public awareness of the importance of the early years grows, early childhood educators are beginning to receive professional recognition and appropriate pay for the role they play in the lives of young children. You may choose to pursue further education towards the Child and Youth Care degree at:
- University of Victoria
- Vancouver Island University
- University of the Fraser Valley
- Douglas College
- or Bachelor of Early Childhood Care & Education at Capilano University
Online Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators
This course introduces concepts of Early Childhood Education and current perspectives on the influences of culture, society and family on a child's life. Online section offered each January depending on sufficient enrolment.
Examine the Health, Safety & Nutrition needs of children through the development of curriculum and policies. Online section offered each September depending on sufficient enrolment.
*ELC 110 and ELC 150 are recognized courses by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development and qualify individuals for an ECE Assistant License to Practice. (Online sections require no prerequisites; no need to be registered in ELC Diploma program).
Early Learning and Care
- Two years, (16 months)
- Study Options
- Full-time (part-time options available)
- Work Experience
- Three practical placements
- Health & Human Services