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Gain the knowledge and skills to specialize in the inclusive care and development of children aged 2-6 in licensed early learning settings in British Columbia.  

Start Dates
Jan, Sep

Funding Opportunity for Domestic Students

Hybrid online/in-person part-time basic ECCE program funded by the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills available for domestic students

Location: VCC Downtown Campus

Program timeline: February 21, 2024 - December 23, 2025 (six terms)

Class time: Evenings (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm) and Saturdays (daytime, TBD)

Online courses are synchronous (Zoom and Moodle), the in-person courses run in the ECCE classrooms DTN.


What you will learn


On completion of the Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate, graduates will be able to:

Protect and promote the psychological and physical safety, health and well-being of young children 2-6 years of age.

Develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with each child and with groups of children.

Administer daily experiences that support and promote children's physical, emotional, social, communication, cognitive, ethical and creative lives.

Use pedagogical narration to interpret and respond to every child's skills, abilities, interests and needs with special focus on infants and toddlers and children who need extra support.

Analyze variations in developing among young children 2-6.

Establish and maintain an open, cooperative relationship with each child's family.

Establish and maintain inclusive, supportive, collaborative relationships with others working in the early care and learning setting.

Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other community service providers working with the child.

Reflect on one's own knowledge, attitudes, and skills and take appropriate action for change.

Practice administrative and management skills as related to early care and learning settings.

Advocate for high-quality, accessible, comprehensive and inclusive early care and learning settings.


What to expect


Courses combine classroom lectures, presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and individual and group work. Students take an active role and learn by observing early childhood programs during field trips and off-site field studies. Students are exposed to the new ECCE resources SECD (Science of Early Child Development). Guest speakers are invited for every course in order to provide community awareness and connections for the students.

The class time includes the use of the ECCE Lab. The ECCE Lab is a combination of classroom space and several mock learning centers. The instructors incorporate the practical application in their lectures.

Practicum students receive on-site support and supervision from college instructors and sponsors who are qualified early childhood educators.


Admission requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • English Language Proficiency assessed at English 12 with a minimum ‘C’
  • Interview with Selection Committee, in person or by video conference
  • Two letters of recommendation, indicating suitability for the program
  • 40 hours of volunteering work in a licensed childcare facility in BC

Upon Acceptance:

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
    • Students in this program are required to complete a CRC. The CRC must be completed according to VCC's Criminal Record Check instructions. Students whose CRC results indicate they pose a risk to vulnerable populations will not be able to complete the requirements of the program (e.g. practicums) or graduate. 
  • TB Screening
    • Students must submit a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test. If the TB skin test is positive, a negative TB chest x-ray is required.
  • Immunizations
    • A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended and in some cases may be required for practicum placements:
      • Diphtheria/Tetanus
      • Polio
      • Measles, Mumps & Rubella
      • Varicella (chicken pox)
      • Hepatitis B
      • Influenza

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free in academic upgrading, university transfer or English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses.


Recommended Characteristics


The Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community.

The following attributes are recommended:

  • Desire to work with children and families in early childhood programs and services
  • Previous experience in working with young children
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English

Fees and other costs  


Tuition deposit: $400 (non-refundable)

Fee description Fee Amount Notes
Application fee $36  
Tuition $8,010  
College initiative $114  
Campus resource $321  
Graduation $45  
Total $8,526  

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