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Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

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  • Objectives
    The Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) program at Bow Valley College is designed to provide learners with a combination of practical skills and theoretical knowledge to enable them to provide high quality developmentally appropriate care to young children. The diploma year focuses on linking theory to practice while continuing the development of research and writing skills relevant to early learning and child care providers who are able to supervise a program.

    The Early Learning and Child Care Diploma program prepares you to work in child care settings with young children and families as a frontline caregiver or as a supervisor. Completion of the diploma program qualifies you to apply for Child Development Supervisor certification with Alberta Children and Youth Services.
  • Academic Title
    Early Learning and Child Care Diploma
  • Course description
    Courses in program* (Subject to change)
    • Child Development Through Observation
    - Child Development: Documentation in all Domains
    - Child Development: Observing, Documenting, and Creating Portfolio
    - Child Development: Communicating, Observations with Families

    • Inclusive Care and Education of Young Children
    - The Role of the Early Learning and Child Care Practitioner in Inclusive Care
    - The Inclusive Environment in Early Learning and Child Care
    - Caring for Children with Challenging Behaviours

    • Respecting Diversity in Early Learning and Child Care Settings
    - Diversity in Early Learning and Child Care Settings
    - Addressing the Diverse Needs of Children
    - The Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families

    • Leadership in Early Learning and Child Care Settings
    - Elements of Quality Early Learning and Child Care Programs
    - Strategies for Achieving Quality Early Learning and Child Care Programs
    - Leadership in Early Learning and Child Care Programs

    • Creative Expression: Theory and Practice
    - The Importance of Creativity and Aesthetics in Early Learning Environment
    - Supporting Child Development Through Creativity and Art
    - A Holistic Approach to Creativity

    • Issues in Early Learning and Child Care
    - Policy Frameworks in Early Learning and Child Care
    - Societal Perspectives in Early Learning and Child Care
    - Frontline Issues in Early Learning and Child Care

    • Family and Society Studies
    - Understanding Families
    - Families Facing Challenges
    - Working With Families

    • Caring for Infants and Toddlers
    - Infants – Year One
    - Novice Toddlers – Year Two
    - Experienced Toddlers – Year Three

    • Introduction to Out of School Programming
    - School-Age Care: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    - Development in Middle Childhood
    - Developmentally Appropriate Practice for School-Age Children

    • Early Learning and Child Care Practicum IV
    • Early Learning and Child Care Practicum V
    • One Human Services elective course

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