Childhood Studies

Preparing for your future career working with children and youth? One of Keyano College's Childhood Studies programs may be right for you.

Early Learning and Child Care Certificate

Keyano College's Early Learning and Child Care certificate program gives you the skills and credentials needed to work in the child care field.  Learn how to create child-centred play programs, give guidance through problem solving, and inspire learning. You’ll gain practical experience with children and learn the best practices for child care at each stage of a child’s development.

  • Support exploration through play
  • Observe and properly document a child's learning and behaviour
  • Foster creativity by actively engaging children in meaningful exploration
  • Create vibrant environments for children in a variety of child care settings

Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

The Early Learning and Child Care Diploma program is an upward step from our ELCC Certificate program and provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to pursue professional, supervisory positions in childcare. Study involves an ongoing forum of networking with other experienced early childhood professionals and projects tailored to students’ specific interests and requirements.

  • Year one of the Diploma program is the same as the ELCC Certificate program. After successful completion of year one of studies, diploma students will be eligible for an ELCC Certificate to apply for Alberta Child Care Staff Certification as a Child Development Worker. To continue onto year two, Diploma students will complete registration requirements.
  • Year two offers continuous intake every seven weeks and is available on a full-time or part-time basis, with programming delivery offered in an alternative format ( online and/or face-to-face with the possibility of web conferencing.) To accommodate working students, face-to-face classes are scheduled in the evenings on weekdays and/or on Saturdays.

Educational Assistant Certificate

Learn how you can play a key role in breaking down the barriers of learning through Keyano College’s  Educational Assistant Certificate program

Attending school can be a great adventure for many  students, but for some it can be a difficult experience. This hands-on program will prepare you to  support all students including students with learning challenges and special needs in school environments and community settings.

Our graduates are able to:

  • Learn and develop strategies for guiding behaviour
  • Apply and understand strategic adaptation and accountability
  • Understand specific disabilities and how they impact children's learning and development
  • Support curriculum in language learning, literacy, reading, and numeracy
  • Observe and analyze social, cognitive, and moral development