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Early Childhood Education
Becoming a Skilled Early Childhood Educator Professional
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.
The Role of an Early Childhood Educator
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
- Acquire the required academic knowledge, skills and abilities as set forward by the Childcare Sector Occupational Competencies
- Qualify for basic licensing with B.C.’s Early Childhood Educator Registry
- 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 in order 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 to 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 in order 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.