Early Learning and Child Care

Admission Requirements Tuition and Fees Program Structure

 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.

After you graduate, you'll be able to:

  • 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

You'll gain a richer understanding of diversity, relationships, and issues related to working as a child care professional. Start a rewarding career nurturing and enriching the lives of children and their families.

Applications for the certificate and diploma year 1 are accepted for the Fall semester only. Please submit your application as soon as possible as many programs fill up quickly.

Applications for the diploma year 2 are accepted for Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters. Please submit your application as soon as possible as many programs fill up quickly.

Admission requirements

High school diploma (or equivalent)

  • a minimum of 50% in English 30-1 or 65% in English 30-2.

Current grade 12 students can submit an application on or after October 1 and we will process the application for admission. Any students with 5% or higher on the program admission requirements and school timetable showing they are registered in appropriate grade 12 courses may be given conditional acceptance into programs.


Or Mature students (21 years or older on the first day of classes or have been out of school for at least three consecutive years)

And English Language Proficiency

  • TOEFL: iBT with a minimum score of 79 with no score below 19
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0
  • CAEL with a minimum score of 60
  • MELAB with a minimum score of 80

See our Credit Calendar for other ways that you can meet the English Language Proficiency requirements.

Pre-Practicum Requirements

We will provide you with the forms for all requirements on Orientation Day for the academic year.

Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check

You must submit a Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Check on the first day of classes and apply no earlier than the second week of July

Child Care First Aid

You must complete Child Care First Aid before you begin your first practicum. You can often complete this during the first week of class. You are responsible for the cost associated with this training.

Have references available

We may ask you to provide three references, including their names, phone numbers and email addresses (no family members).

Tuition and fees

Full Time Fees

 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $1,911.00 $1,911.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Campus Rec Fee  $55.00  $55.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $75.00 $75.00
Total Fees $385.92 $385.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,296.92 ***$2,296.92


International Students
International Students Fees Fall Winter
Tuition  $5,733.00 $5,733.00
Campus Rec Fee  $55.00  $55.00
Heath & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92 
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $75.00 $75.00 
Total Fees $385.92 $385.92
Total Tuition & Fees



Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters and do not include mandatory laboratory fees. Laboratory fees can range from $29 - $114.

* Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage - deadlines can be found at StudentCare website
** These programs have a mandatory Spring semester if students intend to graduate on time.
*** Tuition is due 10 business days before the start of each semester.

For more information view the Keyano College Credit Calendar

Program structure

Term 1 
(September - December)
CHSD 101 Child Development I 3
CHSD 104 Guiding Children's Behaviour 3
CHSD 105 Personal Development & Interaction 2
ELCC 106 Learning Through Play 3
ELCC 110 Practicum I 4
ELCC 123 Creative Experiences for Young Children 3
ELCC 125 Practicum Seminar I 1
ENGL 100 Written Composition 3
Term 2 
(January - April)
CHSD 201 Child Development II 3
ELCC 102 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood 3
ELCC 116 Nutrition, Health & Safety 2
ELCC 206 Planning for Play 3
ELCC 210 Practicum II 5
ELCC 225 Practicum Seminar II 1

Please Note: ELCC and EA working in the Childcare field can now apply for spring courses.

 Requirements: A letter from your employer on a company letterhead indicating you work with children ages birth to 12 years.


CHSD 212

Exceptionality 1: Brain/Cognitive


CHSD 213

Exceptionality II: Physical/Medical


CHSD 214

Exceptionality III: Introduction to Communication Disorders


CHSD 215

Exceptionality IV: Behavioural Disorders


CHSD 218

Supporting Students with Severe Emotional/Behavioral Challenges           


CHSD 219

Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns                                            


CHSD 220

School-Age Care


CHSD 223

Working with EAL Children


CHSD 224

Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


CHSD 225

Working with Communication Disorders


EA 217

Adolescents in the Classroom


Robin's experience

Learn about Robin's experience in the Childhood Studies program at Keyano College.

Your child care career potential

Our graduates are prepared to work as:

  • Early Childhood Educators in daycares, preschools or out of school care programs
  • Day Home Providers
  • Infant Child Development Workers
  • Family Resource Centre Workers