Early Childhood Education is an exciting and rewarding profession. There is a great demand across British Columbia for qualified and dedicated Early Childhood Educators that can provide superior care and education for children from birth to school age. We believe that children learn through play and that they must be free to choose what they want to do in an environment that is safe and stimulating. When Early Childhood Educators support this play in a warm and nurturing manner, children’s development is enhanced in all aspects. We are committed to developmentally appropriate practices, and culturally sensitive and inclusive childcare.


Early Childhood Educators plan, organize and lead activities for preschool children to encourage their intellectual, physical, emotional, social, linguistic and cultural growth. They support young children’s early learning and development by providing rich experiences in the areas of well-being and belonging, exploration and creativity, language and literacies, social responsibility and diversity. As stated in the British Columbia Early Learning Framework, “[by] providing children with rich experiences in these four areas, early childhood educators, early years’ professionals, service providers, families, and communities can support children to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are the foundation for lifelong learning in a complex and changing society.”


As an Early Childhood Educator, you could work in a:

  • Profit or Non-Profit Childcare Centre
  • Parent Participation Preschool
  • Private Nursery School
  • Inclusive Childcare Preschool
  • Before and After School Care Centre
  • Group Daycare
  • Family Daycare
  • Child Minding Services

Program Goals

  1. Acquire the required academic knowledge, skills and abilities as set forward by the Childcare Sector Occupational Competencies
  2. Qualify for basic licensing with B.C.’s Early Childhood Educator Registry
  3. Gain employment in the field within 6 months (or less) of graduation

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education Program, you will be able to:

  • Represent the holistic nature of early childhood care by examining children’s social, physical, intellectual, emotional and cultural dimensions.
  • Be aware of your abilities, values, beliefs, and interpersonal skills to determine your needs for growth and development.
  • Identify the scope and limits of the caregiver’s roles within an early childhood environment, recognizing the importance of sensitivity and respect for the primary role of parents, family and the community.
  • Build respectful and democratic relationships with children, families, co-workers, colleagues and the community.
  • Apply principles of a working philosophy to your work with children.
  • Promote an attitude that working with young children is a process of life-long learning where one continuously investigates and seeks information about how to be most effective.
  • Prepare students to provide a healthy and safe environment for children.
  • Promote children’s overall learning based on knowledge of child development and observation.
  • Make connections between theory and practice and be able to articulate them.
  • Develop attitudes of acceptance and respect towards individual and family diversity.
  • Develop an awareness of emerging issues and research in the field of early childhood education.
  • Communicate the importance of collaborating and networking with other professionals and agencies on an ongoing basis to enhance overall growth and development in childcare programs.
  • Advocate the needs of young children to the community.
  • Develop ethical and professional behaviour and commit to continuing professionalism.
  • Understand and demonstrate the Ministry of Health licensing regulations.
Program Length
12 Months
Delivery Type

Course Flow

Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
Tab 1

Quarter 1 focuses on providing students with a solid foundation in early childhood education.  Students start with a look at the current approaches to childcare and governing regulations, including historical and social influences.  Upon this foundation, students add knowledge of the physical, social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual development of the child from prenatal to adolescence.

Courses Include: Foundations; Child and Growth Development; Professional Development I

Tab 2

Quarter 2 focuses on different ways of promoting healthy development in the children.  Student are taught the importance of observation and recording in relation to the behavior, growth and development of children.  This quarter also focuses on a comprehensive look at health, safety, and nutrition in the early childhood education setting.  In this quarter, students begin visiting childcare settings to observe, record and report.

Courses Include: Observing and Recording; Health, Safety and Nutrition

Tab 3

Quarter 3 shifts gears into the world of facilitating childhood development using the Reggio Emilia Approach.  Courses in this quarter will focus on the development of curriculum for day-to-day childhood education, including language, literature, music, movement, science, social studies, math, and creative art.

Courses Include: Emerging Curriculum; Language and Literature; Music and Movement; Science, Socials and Math; Creative Art

Tab 4

Quarter 4 ties together all the learning in previous quarters with experience in industry settings.  Courses focus on the role of adults in guidance, discipline and behavioral management in children, as well as how to foster positive relationships with parents and the community.  The program culminates in a practicum with an appropriate childcare facility, providing students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a team of industry professionals.

Courses Include: Guiding and Caring; Family, Teacher, Community Relations; Practicum



Combining passion for a subject with the right person to inspire and educate is key.  Matt’s personal education has been full of those connections, and he strives to provide that same experience to the students at Centre for Arts and Technology.

It would be fair to say that Matt has been around education his entire life.  While completing his Masters’ Degree at the University of Victoria, Matt was given the opportunity to teach aspiring students the intricacies of Humanities.  It was at this time that he became inspired by providing the education he had so cherished throughout his life.

Upon graduating, Matt took up a teaching role with a private K-12 school in North Vancouver, quickly progressing up the ladder, landing roles as Curriculum Developer, Faculty Manager, and eventually, Principal.  Matt loves to be an inspirational and memorable part of a student’s education, and found that this venue provided an exceptional environment to make a difference.

Returning to his Okanagan roots, Matt jumped back into higher education with his role at Centre for Arts and Technology.  Over the years, he has cultivated a strong educational team that continues to deliver exceptional education.  His goal at the Centre is to take a holistic approach to education, helping students reach their personal and professional goals.

When he’s not at the college, he is a family man, heavily involved in his kids’ passion for soccer.


Pat has been in the Early Childhood Education field for 35 years and her passion and love for Early Childhood Education has driven her to continue to find ways to improve quality care for young children.

Throughout those 35 years Pat has worked in childcare, owned and operated a successful licensed preschool, and has been teaching in, and developing curriculum for, Early Childhood Education programs at the college level for the past 24 years.

With a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Pat is also A.M.I. Montessori certified, has a Professional Instructor Certification and sits on the Provincial Early Childhood Education Articulation Committee.

Pat has been Head of the ECE Department at Stenberg College for the past 10 and a half years and continues to encourage passion for the ECE field in students as she guides them towards becoming dedicated quality educators of young children. Pat now serves as a Program Consultant to the CAT ECE Program.

Pat is married and has two sons, ages 28 and 31, the oldest is recently married so Pat is also hopeful she will be a “Grandma” sometime in the not-too-distant future.

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