Early Learning and Care begins in September of each year. This is a popular program and fills up fast.
There is priority seating in this program for students of Indigenous ancestry.
Waiting for a seat? Start program courses this September.
Effective date: September 2018
When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.
Tip Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.
|Requirement||High school course||Camosun course||Alternatives|
|Info Session||Attendance at a scheduled Early Learning and Care program Information Session is required. If you are unable to attend a scheduled session, please contact the Program Leader.|
|Experience*||Submit proof of completion of 40 hours experience as an employee or volunteer within the past five years under the supervision of a licensed early childhood educator.|
|*Experience must be with children five years of age and under. You should submit a letter from your employer/supervisor outlining your experience.|
On or before the first day of class students are required to:
- Submit documented completion of a current First Aid Certificate accepted by the Child Care Facilities Licensing Board.
- Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.
- Computer skills including keyboarding, word processing, internet navigation, and email management.
- A TB skin test may be required. Students are responsible for the cost of this test.
- Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines. Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the childcare organization or the College barring the individual from the practicum setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student’s ability to successfully complete the practicum placement course and/or a practicum.
Students must receive a "C+" in all letter-graded courses in the program, plus successfully complete ELC 143, ELC 240; and ELC 241 or ELC 242 with a COM, to graduate with a Diploma in Early Learning and Care.
You should be advised that graduation from an approved post-secondary early childhood education program does not automatically ensure registration as an Early Childhood Educator. For more details, call the Registry office toll-free at 1-888-338-6622 (in Victoria 356-6501) or check the government website.
Waiting for a Seat?
Looking for online courses?
*ELC 110 and 150 are also offered online to anyone looking for an elective or some professional development (offerings are subject to a minimum number of seats being filled). No prerequisites are required for these online offerings and enrolment in the ELC program is not necessary. These two courses are recognized by the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development when applying to be an Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA).
To enrol in ELC 110 or ELC 150 online, call Registration at 250-370-3550.