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 2022-2023
Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.
 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,045.00 $2,045.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Campus Rec Fee  $65.00  $65.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,450.92 ***$2,450.92
Total Cost Per Year   $4,901.84

 

Full Time Fees International Students 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

International Students Fees Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,135.00 $6,135.00
Campus Rec Fee  $65.00  $65.00
Heath & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92 
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00 
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$6,540.92

***$6,540.92
Total Cost Per Year   $13,081.84
Full Time Fees 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

 Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,090.00 $2,090.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Campus Rec Fee  $70.00  $70.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,510.92 ***$2,510.92
Total Cost Per Year   $5,021.84
Full Time Fees International Students 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fee are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the tuition fee regulation.

International Students Fees Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,270.00 $6,270.00
Campus Rec Fee  $70.00  $70.00
Heath & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92 
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00 
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$6,690.92

***$6,690.92
Total Cost Per Year   $13,381.84

Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters.

* 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

 Certificate
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS 
Term 1 
(September - December)
  22
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)
  17
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.

COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS

CHSD 212

Exceptionality 1: Brain/Cognitive

1

CHSD 213

Exceptionality II: Physical/Medical

1

CHSD 214

Exceptionality III: Introduction to Communication Disorders

1

CHSD 215

Exceptionality IV: Behavioural Disorders

1

CHSD 218

Supporting Students with Severe Emotional/Behavioral Challenges           

1

CHSD 219

Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns                                            

1

CHSD 220

School-Age Care

1

CHSD 223

Working with EAL Children

1

CHSD 224

Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

1

CHSD 225

Working with Communication Disorders

1

EA 217

Adolescents in the Classroom

1

Course Descriptions - Term 1 (September - December)

No Code Course Name Course Description

1. 

Credit 3

45 Hours

CHSD 

101

 
 Child Development I  Understanding the development of children is the foundation for supporting children to be mighty learners and citizens. An exploration of the growth and development of the child from the prenatal period to the early childhood period is emphasized. Physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development will be examined through readings, simulations, discussion, projects, and observing and recording children’s behaviour. An introduction to develop perspective on history, research, and theories of child development.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

2. 

Credit 3

45 Hours

                                                

CHSD 104 Guiding Children's Behaviour

Children behave appropriately when expectations are clearly outlined, and their self-esteem is supported. Approaching guidance using a child-centred, problem-solving philosophy is a key component of the course. Communication skills with children will be explored to include passive and active listening, affirmations, positive communication of guidelines, negotiation, and facilitation of children’s problem-solving. Guidance strategies for developmental appropriateness are examined and applied to support and modify children’s behaviour. An emphasis on the importance of partnerships with families and respecting diverse family values is encouraged to holistically address behaviours.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

3. 

Credit 2

30 Hours

CHSD 105 Personal Development & Interaction  

Personal reflection and growth is an essential part of the complex role of the early childhood educator. A journey of reflection to identify personal values, needs, roles, biases, personal goals, strengths, and weaknesses will foster relationship building through increased self-awareness and practicing receptive and expressive communication skills. Giving and receiving constructive feedback will be modelled and exercised.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

 

4. 

Credits 3

45 Hours 

ELCC 106 Learning Through Play

An introduction to the nature, value and development of play in the lives of children is explored. The role of the early childhood educator is emphasized. Building familiarity with different categories of play and their importance in early childhood programs is highlighted. Observing, supporting, and extending play will be practiced through group and individual experiences

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

5.

Credits 4

165 Hours

 ELCC 110   Practicum I Students have an opportunity to put theory into practice by working with children in the Keyano Preschool and community settings, including daycare, preschool, and kindergarten classes. Students must provide their own transportation to assigned practicum, keep timesheets, and a daily record of progression in the Practicum Booklet. Practicum may be repeated or extended when deemed necessary by the ELCC department.

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: ELCC 125 and 3 first-year courses including ELCC 104

6. 

Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 123 Creative Experiences for Young Children 

Lab-based experiences will foster the development of comfort and skills to support and extend children’s creative expression. These skills will be gained through observing children and studying the developmental patterns in art, music, and movement. Selecting, adapting, and implementing resources in developmentally appropriate ways will be explored.  

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

 

 7.

Credits 1

15 Hours

ELCC 125 Practicum I Seminar

This course provides a weekly forum to support and debrief practicum experiences and explore the integration of theory with practice. The types of early childhood programs, the legislation governing those programs and the responsibilities and ethical behavior of early childhood professionals will be discussed. Students will be introduced to resource files as a method of organizing professional information and curriculum ideas.

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: ELCC 110

 8.  

Credits 3

45 Hours

ENGL 100 Written Composition

This course focuses on expository writing skills. Students will develop and organize their thoughts as they study examples of good prose and practice revising their own work. By following the steps of the writing process, students will learn to write clear, well-structured, interesting essays. Course requirements include writing essays, a summary, a report, and a research paper.

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

 

 

 

Course Descriptions - Term 2 (January - April)
No. Code Course Name Course Description

1.  Credits 3         

45 Hours         

CHSD 201 Child Development II

The study of child development from infancy to adolescence is fundamental to supporting the whole child. Emphasis is on development from middle childhood to adolescence in the areas of physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development. The exploration of inclusion and exceptionalities equips educators with the tools to meet the needs of all children in their care.    

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites: CHSD 101

2. Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 102 Language & Literacy In Early Childhood

A focus on the art of conversing with children and promoting skills that will lead to reading and writing will be emphasized. Experiences to further the language and literacy of children in school-age care will be explored. Practices to select and evaluate quality children’s literature to promote a child-centred, play-based environment will be focused on. An introduction to American Sign Language, strategies for English Language Learners, and adaptive language tools will be applied.

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

3. Credits 2

30 Hours

ELCC 116 Nutrition, Health & Safety The health and safety of the children in our care is a top priority.  This course emphasizes the importance of optimal nutrition, health and safety practices for young children and the staff who work with them in early childhood settings. Alberta’s child abuse protocol will be covered.

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None

4. Credits 3

45 Hours

ELCC 206 Planning for Play Play is the manner through which children learn about their world. It is the role of the early childhood educator to provide play experiences based on the interests of the children in their care. Observations will be used to document play interests as a basis for planning; various documentation methods will be explored. Methods of extending play and learning will be examined using a co-inquiry approach.   

 

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites ELCC 106

5. Credits 5

210 Hours

ELCC 210 Practicum II This course allows the students to build on skills learned in Practicum I and to demonstrate increasingly complex communication, guidance, and problem-solving skills with children. The student will demonstrate good planning and implementation of a developmentally appropriate program.

Prerequisite: ELCC 110 and ELCC 125; Co-requisite: ELCC 225 and 6 certificate courses

6. Credits 1

15 Hours

ELCC 225 Practicum Seminar II This course provides a weekly forum to support and debrief practicum experiences and explore the integration of theory with practice. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS), used by the Alberta Day Care Office to assess program quality will be examined.

 

Prerequisite: ELCC 110 and ELCC 125; Co-requisite: ELCC 21

7.

CHSD 226 Fostering Diverse Learning Environments

An introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) in the classroom. This foundational course expands thinking while promoting the importance of continuous learning in the DE&I space.  The importance of learning from and with children and families to create a safe and diverse learning environment is explored. Incorporated in this course is a rudimentary history of residential schools in Canada and the principles of Truth and Reconciliation to promote inclusive learning environments.  

 

Please note this course will not be offered this year.

 

 

 

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

An introduction to the nature, value, and development of play in the lives of children is explored. The role
of the early childhood educator is emphasized. Building familiarity with different categories of play and
their importance in early childhood programs is highlighted. Observing, supporting, and extending play
will be practiced through group and individual experiences

Prerequisites and/or co-requisites None