The Early Learning and Child Care Diploma prepares the student to work in a supervisory capacity in children's programs at the early childhood level (ages 0-12). Emphasis is on the development of knowledgeable and skilled practitioners who can model and lead best practices in early learning and child care. The program course content provides the student with advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of: developmentally appropriate programming strategies for children with diverse abilities and backgrounds; specialized practice in meeting the needs of children with exceptionalities and developmental disabilities; sociology of the Canadian family; building interpersonal relationships with children and their families; professionalism and leadership in the work environment; nurturing child health and wellness; enhanced learning strategies in language and literacy; advanced skills in guiding and managing behavior. The program offers a combination of theoretical instruction and practical learning experiences in an early learning environment.
Successful completion of Early Learning and Child Care Certificate from Portage College or another provincial college, college transcripts, Criminal Record Check. Mature students who lack the required academic background may be granted admission based on mature status. Applicants may be required to do an interview with the Program Coordinator and it may be necessary to complete admission testing to assess academic abilities. Students may be required to travel to practicum sites and are responsible for arranging their own transportation, accommodation and child care. Please refer to the following link for minimum technical requirements at our site.
Graduates of the Early Learning and Child Care Diploma program are prepared to work effectively with children and their families in preschool programs, daycares, day homes, and other agencies providing services and support to children from birth to age twelve.
Some courses are transferable to the Portage College Educational Assistant program. Transferability to other provincial colleges is available. 60 block credit transfer to Athabasca University BPA program.
Course ID: ECDE210
Name: CHILD HEALTH
This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and skills in maintaining and enhancing child health and wellness in a safe and nurturing environment. There is specific emphasis on the health needs of children with developmental disabilities.
Course ID: ECEA201
Name: EARLY CHILDHOOD FOUNDATION
This course focuses on the historical perspectives which have contributed to, and have influenced the current philosophies and practices in the early childhood field today. Various contemporary program models are explored with an emphasis on Alberta’s educational system and initiatives.
Course ID: ECEA206
Name: SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
This course provides students with knowledge of family structures, family dynamics, and the various factors that influence growth and development of the family in Canadian society.
Course ID: ECEA209
Name: CHILDREN WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES
This course provides students with knowledge of various types of exceptionalities and with skills to assist in developing appropriate programming strategies for children with exceptional needs and abilities. Students will learn appropriate interventions techniques and how to utilize these when working individually with children and in integrated settings. Inclusive education is studied as it relates to Alberta classrooms.This course will provide in depth study of disabilities common in today’s schools including Autism Spectrum Disorder, FASD, and Emotional and Behavioural Disabilities. Specific programming strategies will be pursued.
Course ID: ELCC203
Name: FIELD PRACTICUM I
This practicum provides students with experiences in early childhood programs such as daycares, playschools or Head Start Programs. The practicum focuses on the application of increased knowledge of developmentally appropriate programming, child development theory, and effective communication with children. During the practicum, time is designated for an integration seminar at the College.
Course ID: ELCC211
Name: DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE GUIDANCE
This course will cover the planning and designing of early learning environments and implementing developmentally appropriate guidance. Students will also gain an understanding of management of persistent problem behavior and interacting with diverse families and parents.
Course ID: ELCC212
Name: EARLY LEARNING CHILD CARE CURRICULUM
This course will cover developmentally appropriate practice, the history of early learning, and planning developmentally appropriate activities. Students will also gain an understanding of guiding language and literacy in diverse families.
Course ID: ELCC215
Name: INTRODUCTION TO DAYCARE ADMINISTRATION
This course pursues issues related to operating a daycare and includes pre-school and daycare licensing regulations, programming regulations, funding regulations, record keeping requirements, and program and staff supervision.
Course ID: ELCC222
Name: LANGUAGE GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
In this course students learn the role of reading, writing, speaking and listening in early learning. Skills covered include: early language intervention, application of oral language skills, speech strategies, and speech technologies. Students will develop materials and teaching strategies to effectively assist children with speaking and listening.
Course ID: ELCC233
Name: FIELD PRACTICUM II
Students are placed in pre-school, daycare programs or other early learning environments where they will assume supervised duties and responsibilities as required by the practicum site. During the practicum, time is designated for an integration seminar at the College.
Course ID: RSER201
Name: ADVANCED STUDIES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
This course builds on RSER 101 and focuses on developing a greater understanding and appreciation for the multifaceted aspects of developmental disabilities.This course provides students with knowledge of various types of exceptionalities and with skills to assist in developing appropriate programming strategies for children with exceptional needs and abilities. Students will learn appropriate interventions techniques and how to utilize these when working individually with children and in integrated settings. Inclusive education is studied as it relates to Alberta classrooms.