Holland College | Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Care and Education

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Early Childhood Educator
  • Grade 12 or equivalent* with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English*, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic or general math, minimum 60%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic or general science, minimum of 60%
  • Application could be enhanced by volunteer experiences in traditional early learning spaces and in other organizations that work with children, youth and families, such as camps, Scouting, Guides, and Sunday School 
  • Two letters of reference, one personal and one from an employer or a teacher, not from a family member (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR provider (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Preference will be given to applicants with academic credits. Child growth and development, computer, and home economics courses would be an asset.

Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check: Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees First Year Second Year
Tuition $4,430 $3,868
Student Union $168 $168
Health Insurance Fee $420 $420
Food Safety $50  $-
Graduation Fee $– $100
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Total $5,148 $4,636
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $2,798 $2,286
2ndinstallment due January 6 $2,350 $2,350
Other Program Costs First Year Second Year
Books $1,300 $250
Materials/Supplies $300 $200
Equipment/Tools/Teaching Aids $600 $600
Total $2,200 $1,050

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Early childhood centres
  • Organizations with child and family related programs
  • Nursery schools
  • Play groups
  • Recreation programs
  • Family resource centres
  • Developmental preschools

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Care and Education program is grounded in a theoretical understanding of early childhood development. You will learn how to design and implement curriculum that inspires young minds; helps children develop socially, emotionally, and physically; and promotes inclusiveness. You will discover how much work goes into creating child’s play—and experience the joy that comes with it!

Part of your training will be in the early learning centre located on our Prince of Wales Campus.

You will have the opportunity to study the historical roots of child care, education, growth, and development; and you will explore the connections between these factors. You will also develop an understanding of relationships, and how play and the learning environment contribute significantly to a child’s development. Through study and practical application, you will experience the thrill of making a difference in the lives of children and their families.

This program is located in the Charlottetown Centre. Click here to take a virtual tour.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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