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Early Learning and Child Care Diploma

Keyano College

Keyano College
Early Learning and Child Care courses are based on a philosophy that children thrive in developmentally appropriate, child-centered play programs that use a problem-solving approach to guidance. Practical experience with children is an integral part of the program. The Early Learning and Child Care Diploma provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to pursue professional, supervisory positions in childcare. Study involves an ongoing forum of networking with other experienced early childhood professionals and projects tailored to students' specific interests and requirements. Continuous intake is available on a Full-time or Part-time basis, with programming delivery offered in an alternative format (face-to-face and/or synchronous and asynchronous online) to accommodate working childcare worker schedules. Study is also available through evening classes and day classes when space allows. Graduates are employed primarily in daycare centres, preschools, out-of-school care (OSC) and family day homes.

Office of the Registrar
8115 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta, T9H2H7, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

Year 1:

High School Diploma, or equivalent, with:

  • a minimum of 50% in English 30-1


  • a minimum of 65% in English 30-2.

Mature Students
Mature students (students who are 21 years or older) with less than a high school diploma are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered after their overall strengths have been determined through a combination of an interview with ELCC staff and the College Entrance Assessment.

Year 2:

  • ELCC Certificate or equivalent


  • A Level 2 equivalency, as recognized by Alberta Child Care Staff Certification Office, may be eligible, if applicants provide proof of competency in the following early learning courses: CHSD 104, CHSD 105, ELCC 106, ELCC 206 and have equivalent practicum experience in an early learning setting.

English Language Proficiency Requirements 
In addition to the appropriate coursework to meet the admission requirements for their chosen program students must also meet English Language Proficiency requirements. For more information on English Language Proficiency please visit

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $4,314.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,126.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $842.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated October 05, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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