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Early Childhood Care and Education

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Early Childhood Educator

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Student reading to small childThe Early Childhood Care and Education program is grounded in a theoretical understanding of early childhood development. You will learn how to design and implement a 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 study the historical roots of child care, education, growth and development, and the connections between these factors. You will 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. Take a virtual tour.

Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways and articulation agreements, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For more information, visit the Degree Pathways page.


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
Brock University, St. Catherines Ontario Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Graduates with a 70% average can complete a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree in apprioximately two and a half years.
Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, N.S. Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies Graduates can complete a Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study) with only two years of additional study.
University of New Brunswick - Fredericton, Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood Education Graduates with a minimum of 70% in all their program courses gain entry into third year of the Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood Education program.
University of New Brunswick - Saint John, Bachelor of Applied Management Graduates with a 70% average receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Management degree.
  • 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 training must be taken in person, NOT online.
  • 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.
  • Don’t have the courses you need to get into this program? Upgrade, earn high school credits, or get your GED in Adult Ed. It’s free!
  • If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1st Year



Tuition $4,293 $9,393
Fees $757 $1,507
Other Costs $2,200 $2,200
Total $7,250 $13,100

2nd Year



Tuition $4,136 $9,136
Fees $797 $1,547
Other Costs $1,050 $1,050
Total $5,983 $11,733

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition Fees

First Year

Second Year

Tuition $4,293 $4,136
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $445 $445
Food Safety $60 -
Graduation Fee - $100
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
     Subtotal $5,050 $4,933
1st installment due September 6 $ 2,982 $ 2,420
2nd installment due January 8 $ 2,068 $ 2,513

Other Costs

First Year

Second Year

Books $1,300 $250
Materials/Supplies $300 $200
Equipment/Tools/Teaching Aids $600 $600
     Subtotal $2,200 $1,050
Total $7,250 $5,858


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

First Year

Second Year

Tuition* $9,393 $9,136
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195 $1,195
Food Safety $60 -
Graduation Fee - $100
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
     Subtotal $10,900 $10,683
1st installment due September 6 $ 8,832 $ 8,170
2nd installment due January 8 $ 2,068 $ 2,513

Other Costs

First Year

Second Year

Books $1,300 $250
Materials/Supplies $300 $200
Equipment/Tools/Teaching Aids $600 $600
     Subtotal $2,200 $1,050
Total $13,100 $11,733

*Includes the International Student Fee.

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

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:COMM-1025

Communications: Self and Others

This course explores verbal, non-verbal, and,written communication knowledge and skills.,Students investigate humanistic theory, choice,theory, behaviour, motivation, communication,techniques, issues of responsibility and,accountability, and conflict resolution. ,Variations in culture and understanding are,examined.


Course Code:ECCE-1000

Foundations of Early Childhood Care and,Education

Exploration of early childhood care and education,and self as a practitioner. Students examine the,historical beginnings of the field including the,theorists and philosophers who have contributed,to our understanding of growth and development of,young children. Current trends in North America,and other areas of the world are explored.


Course Code:ECCE-1011

The Contemporary Family

Examine the process and outcomes of socialization,and develop a broader sensitivity to unique,family needs. Key areas of study include,parenting styles, the family within a societal,context, and how to build relationships with,families.


Course Code:ECCE-1030

Learning Environment As the Third,Teacher

Recognizing the environment as a significant,factor in early childhood education. Students,explore various components of play, investigate,their role as a facilitator of play, and consider,the connection between play and the learning,environment. Students create an environment that,will encourage optimal learning for children.


Course Code:ECCE-1070

Health, Safety and Nutrition

Attain the knowledge and skills to establish and,maintain healthy and safe environments and to,provide healthy and nutritious food for young,children. Key topics include prevention,,universal precautions, working in partnership,with families and community resources.


Course Code:ECCE-1200

Positive Child Guidance

This course is designed to help students,understand children's needs and behaviour and what,it means to use a positive guidance approach in,supporting children's social and emotional,development. The course will explore environmental,and developmental factors that influence,behaviour. Emphasis will be placed on positive,guidance strategies that enhance the child's,self-esteem and support emotional intelligence,,co-regulation, and self-regulation.,Developmentally appropriate self-management,techniques, and conflict resolution strategies,used to create an environment of respect,,cooperation, and social competence in early,childhood settings will be examined.


Course Code:ECCE-2012

Partnering With Families

Examination of significant impacts of family life,on children in an early childhood learning,situation. Students examine their role in,assisting families and effective communication,with other professionals and agencies concerned,with children and families.


Course Code:ECCE-2020

Supporting Children With,Exceptionalities

Students explore the individual needs of children,experiencing exceptionalities. Emphasis will be,placed on how to support children and their,families within a community setting.


Course Code:ECCE-2036

Inclusion, Diversity and the Child,

Students are introduced to techniques that foster,diversity and inclusion in their practice through,exploration of the social attitudes and,historical practices in early childhood,education.


Course Code:EDUC-1000

Curriculum I: Play is Learning

An introduction to curriculum in Early Childhood,Education settings. Students are exposed to,curriculum structures, approaches and frameworks,of learning through play. Students create,teaching tools and develop their own spirit of,playful learning.


Course Code:EDUC-1005

Curriculum II:The Planning Cycle

Addressing the full planning cycle, students plan,and implement programs for young children. From,the formulation of outcomes based on observations,and children's interests to implement emergent,curriculum plans that encourage each child's,potential.,


Course Code:EDUC-2000

Curriculum III:strategies and,Assessment

Students demonstrate how observation,,interpretation and assessment guide early,childhood practice, specifically in relation to,planning, creating, adapting and sustaining,inclusive early learning experiences. Students,explore methods and roles of assessment in,planning. Students learn how and why to employ,various instructional and assessment strategies.


Course Code:EDUC-2005

Curriculum IV:Programming in Action

Students critically reflect on and evaluate,program plans to solidify knowledge and skills in,all aspects of curriculum and program planning. ,Students will use identified gaps and patterns in,their previous program plans to develop a,sustainable action plan for growth.


Course Code:NCPR-1000

Food Service Sanitation Certificate

Students attend a food service safety course,featuring a presentation on safe food,preparation, how food poisoning happens, and how,it can be prevented. Students will learn how to,prevent food preparation mistakes that lead to,disease outbreaks and possible damage to,operator reputation. Students gain confidence,that food handling practices are in keeping with,recommended practices.


Course Code:PRAC-1000

ECCE Practicum I

Students participate in and provide daily,activities within an early learning centre,with a focus on core educator behaviours and,practices. Students begin to plan,and implement programming, document and assess,children's experiences and,progress, and explore elements of effective,relationships with children, families,,and team members.


Course Code:PRAC-2020

ECCE Practicum II

Students will gain confidence, integrate,knowledge, and demonstrate acquired skills in a,learning-related work setting. Students plan and,implement programming, document and assess,children's experiences and progress, and build,effective relationships with children, families,,and team members.


Course Code:PRAC-2025

Practicum III

This is the final work placement for the ECCE,program, where students demonstrate the,integration of skills, knowledge, and attitudes,required for success in a learning-related work,setting. Throughout the practicum, students are,expected to plan and implement programming,,document and assess children's experiences and,progress, and build effective relationships with,children, families, and team members. Towards the,latter part of the practicum, the student also,becomes responsible for the flow of the day.


Course Code:PROF-2030

Ethical Practice and Professionalism

Students examine ethical behaviour and,professional practice in the field of Early,Childhood Care and Education. Students develop,an awareness of the provincial and national codes,of ethics, as well as the national occupational,standards. These topics are explored in relation,to the students' future professional employment.


Course Code:PSYC-1005

Prenatal Through Toddler Development

Examining key areas of study in child growth and,development from prenatal through toddler stages,,including biological and environmental factors. ,Current research on brain development as well as,milestones in all developmental areas will be,explored. Students practice observing and,recording behaviour and development.


Course Code:PSYC-1010

Preschool Development

Students explore factors and their effects on a,child's development in the preschool years: ages,2 to 5. Knowledge of milestones in all,developmental areas are connected to theorists,who have contributed to our understanding of,these areas. Students practice observing,,documenting and communicating behaviour and,development.


Course Code:PSYC-2000

School Age Development

A survey of the growth and development of,children from 5 to 12 years. Students study the,developmental milestones and the theories,contributing to the understanding of children of,this age. Particular concentration on literacy,,cognitive advances and social/emotional,development.


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Graduating from Holland College is one of the most meaningful and exciting experiences in my life! I met amazing people in my program, people that now I call friends. All the teachers showed their passion about their job and that they really care about their students and our growth. I finally found the field that I truly love and where I want to serve for the rest of my life!

Karen, Class of 2021


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