You can make a difference in the lives of children, family, and communities. The 8-month (full-time) Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Certificate program prepares you to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan emergent play experiences for the children in your care. You will gain knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning that will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences.
This program combines theory and practice and graduates are eligible for Child Development Worker certification from Alberta Human Services
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This introductory course examines the development of children from conception to twelve years of age. The course emphasizes the integrated approach to understanding children's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, as well as the impact of context and culture on child development. Learners explore key theories and theorists in child development as well as make connections between theory, research, and application.
This survey course focuses on understanding the goals and essential components for the development of successful early childhood programs. Through the study of the role of early childhood professionals, students will gain insight into their own philosophy of early childhood education.
Learners choose 1 of the above electives.
This first-year composition course provides learners with a solid grounding in the processes that writers use to communicate clearly in the academic context. By reading and analyzing texts from a broad spectrum of purposes, cultures, historical periods, and disciplines, learners develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others. They learn to quote, paraphrase, and summarize the work of other authors, prepare documents according to APA format, and write research papers.
This practicum provides learners with the opportunity to apply play-based skills and knowledge under the supervision of the college practicum supervisor and a designated workplace mentor. Through practice and seminar, basic health, safety, nutrition, observation, documentation, and appropriate practice with children are the learners' focus. The practicum is a combination of practical experience at a community work site and integrated class seminars. Pre or Co Requisites: 6 credits of year 1 Early Learning and Child Care content coursework.
This introductory course will explore the role of play in children’s development and how play is integral to a child’s developmental needs. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship of play to the different developmental stages, as well as the role of the environment and the early childhood practitioner in enhancing children’s play. This course focuses on the planning of inclusive and appropriate play environments including indoor and outdoor play experiences. Students will explore a variety of play situations/materials in used childcare settings.
This course introduces sociology of the family while developing a greater command of sociological imagination from various sociological perspectives. In addition, this course provides learners with a thorough grounding in both the theoretical and substantive issues in the sociological study of families. Issues dealt with include: how changes in the Canadian and global economies impact the definition of family; how the idea of family impacts the society's order; or whether common attitudes and beliefs about families can be proven empirically. As issues arise, learners explore demographic trends; examine how the challenges faced by families are social issues; and weigh common attitudes and stereotypes about families. Learners challenge the social practices, perceptions, and experiences related to families that are often taken for granted as "common sense", inevitable, or natural reality.
This introductory course provides an understanding of children's behaviour in a developmental context, and the importance of realistic expectations of children in various stages. The social development of the young child will be examined in the context of positive guidance to support self regulation. Appropriate strategies to help children to develop positive self-esteem and develop appropriate behaviour will be discussed. The prevention of behaviour problems through developmentally appropriate practices and interventions will be emphasized.
Healthy interpersonal relationships are central to our happiness, overall well-being, and work place success. Effective communication, including mindful listening, conflict resolution, non-verbal communication, managing emotions, and perception checking, are critical in such interpersonal relationships. This course has been designed to aid students as they develop strategies necessary for effective and accurate communication in relationship with others, whether those relationships exist in a work place, a family, a friendship, or a classroom. It focuses on the development of personal strengths and self-awareness that contribute to the development of communication skills and positive relationships.
This practicum provides learners with the opportunity to apply play-based skills and knowledge under the supervision of the college practicum supervisor and a designated mentor. Basic health, safety and nutrition, observation and documentation as well as appropriate practice with children across curricular areas are included through practice and seminar. Practicum is a combination of practical experience in a community work site and integrated seminars with a class. Pre or Co Requisites: 12 credits of year 1 Early Learning and Child Care content coursework and a grade of P in ELCC1998.
The International Human Services practicum experience is intended to provide students with the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and experiences. This experience will provide students with the opportunity to take their educational training in the Human Services and apply the skills and knowledge in different ways. This experience will support the transfer of knowledge and skills through service learning. HMSV2999 is offered during the Spring/Summer semester at Bow Valley College and can be taken in your 2nd semester in place of the program specific practicum. Please note: a ‘Pass’ is required to be successful.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Graduates of this program may be accepted into:
Some transfer available from: