Early Learning and Child Care – Certificate or Diploma – Vermilion Campus

With a class called play you know you're getting what you need to work with children from infants to school age.
child care student supervises young boy on playground
Our early learning and child care program is designed so you earn a certificate in your first year and a diploma by taking a second year of training.

While the certificate is a fast track to the workforce, your diploma opens up more job opportunities and a higher salary.

During your first year at Lakeland, you'll get a solid background by implementing what you have learned in on site child care centers.

You'll branch out in your second year, with courses on  infant/toddler care, sensory development and an introduction to animal assisted therapy. You'll also do blended learning as 4 of your courses are only available online. This also gives you the option of completing the entire second year online while you're working. Or, if you want the college experience take both face-to-face and online courses at Lakeland.

Each semester includes 11 weeks of classes and a 4-week practicum, working with children.

Only at Lakeland College, for your third practicum, will you get the opportunity to create your own play program with your classmates. You'll decorate and set the layout for the program activity rooms (preschoolers and infant/toddler). You'll interact with parents and other staff, and plan and prepare snacks and activities.  And, most importantly, you'll be working hands-on with children, from infants to age 5.

As our graduates are in such high demand, your second practicum can be a working practicum or an international practicum.  We have been to Australia, Dominican Republic and Hawaii.

Our certificate qualifies you as a Child Development Worker by the Day Care Staff Qualifications from Alberta or ECE II from Saskatchewan Community Resources and Employment’s Child Care Branch. Our diploma gives you Child Development Supervisor of the Day Care Staff Qualifications from Alberta or ECE level III from Saskatchewan.

You may also take Lakeland's early learning and child care programs online.

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