Feb 24 2019

Early Childhood Care and Education – Infant and Toddler Diploma – Vancouver Community College

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Early Childhood Care and Education – Infant and Toddler Diploma

The purpose of the Early Childhood Care and Education / Infant and Toddler Diploma is to prepare graduates to work in licensed childcare settings such as preschools and daycares. With a focus on children from birth to three years of age and infant/toddler childcare centres, this program offers students the knowledge and skills to provide high quality service for young children and their families.

Program Status.
Accepting applications Application deadline is May 31st for September 2017 start.

Part- or Full-time

Course Schedule & Fees

Fees and Other Costs

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If you’re ready and know the program you want, apply now.

Visit the Registration Desk at our Downtown campus. 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [map business hours ]


On completion of the Early Childhood Education and Care / Infant and Toddler Diploma, graduates will be able to:

  1. Protect and promote the psychological and physical safety, health and well-being of infants and toddlers
  2. Develop and maintain a warm, caring, and responsive relationship with each child and with groups of children
  3. Administer daily experiences that support and promote infant and toddlers’ physical, emotional, social, communication, cognitive, ethical and creative lives
  4. Use pedagogical narrations to interpret and respond to infant and toddlers’ skills, abilities, interests and needs
  5. Analyze variations in development among infants and toddlers
  6. Establish and maintain an open, cooperative relationship with each child’s family
  7. Establish and maintain supportive, collaborative relationships with others working in the early care and learning setting
  8. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other community service providers working with the child
  9. Reflect on one’s own knowledge, attitudes, and skills and take appropriate action for change
  10. Practice administrative and management skills as related to early care and learning settings
  11. Advocate for high-quality, accessible, and comprehensive early care and learning settings


Courses combine classroom lectures, presentations, discussions, practical exercises, and individual and group work. Students take an active role and learn by observing early childhood programs during field trips and off-site field studies.

Practica students receive on-site support and supervision from college instructors and sponsors who are qualified early childhood educators.

One year (three terms) of part-time study. Two nights per week and one Saturday per month. 510 hours of combined lecture, observation, and practicum.

Maximum time allowable for completion is two years.


Students are evaluated through a variety of methods including:

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 1.67 (55-59%) C-. If this level of achievement is not reached, students may be placed on probation.

Students failing to maintain a minimum GPA in each semester may be required to withdraw from the ECCE course, or may be prevented from registering for the following term

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates are awarded a Vancouver Community College Early Childhood Care and Education / Infant and Toddler Diploma.

Successful graduates are also eligible to apply for a B.C. ECE License to Practice and an Infant and Toddler License to Practice from the Ministry for Children and Family Development, Early Childhood Education Registry.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

  • Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate from Vancouver Community College or other approved training institution as per BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Early Childhood Education Registry
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Proof of English Proficiency and English 12 with a ‘C’ or equivalent
  • 19 years or older
  • Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current CPR-C Certificate
  • Physician’s Report (proof that individual is physically healthy and emotionally mature to meet the demands of working with young children)
  • Submission of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive proof of a negative TB chest x-ray is required
  • A VCC Immunization Record must be completed. Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended:
    • Diphtheria/Tetanus
    • Polio
    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
    • Hepatitis B
    • Influenza (on an annual basis)
    • Chicken Pox
  • Minimum two written letters of reference indicating suitability for the program
  • Minimum of 40 hours volunteer/work experience in licensed daycare or preschool with written proof of hours on organization letterhead
  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to this program will be responsible for any costs incurred in the Criminal Record Check. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply for a Criminal Record Check online.
  • Successful interview with the Program Coordinator based on criteria.


This program does not accept PLAR at this time.

Recommended Characteristics:

The Early Childhood Care and Education / Infant and Toddler Diploma is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community.

We recommend the following attributes:

  • Desire to work with children and families in early childhood programs and services
  • Previous experience in working with young children
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English

Written by HOTEL

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