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Early Learning and Child Care General

Northwestern Polytechnic

Northwestern Polytechnic
Early Learning and Child Care will prepare graduates for a career working with children from birth to age twelve, and their families. Research studies indicate that the first five years in the lives of children are the most critical in terms of their overall development. A commitment to this worthwhile profession will have long term benefits to young children, their families and the community in which they live and work. Graduates of the program have excellent opportunities for employment in a variety of different early childhood settings including child care centers, family day homes, nursery schools, inclusive child care programs, kindergartens, and out-of-school programs. Students may complete Early Learning and Child Care programs in a number of ways: 1) Full or part-time study at regularly scheduled times on campus and in local practicum settings such as a child care centre, kindergarten classroom, or preschool. 2) By distance education. All courses required to complete the Early Learning and Child Care curriculum are available by or online delivery. Early Learning and Child Care Certificate graduates qualify for certification as a Child Development Worker through Alberta Children and Youth Services (

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

To be accepted into this program, applicants must have an Alberta Education High School Diploma or equivalent with successful completion of English 30-1 or 30-2.

If applicants are 18 years of age or older and do not have these prerequisites, they should contact Admissions.

Students who are admitted to the program will receive information on recommended immunizations with their admission package.  For student safety, it is recommended that immunizations are up to date. All students are required to submit a police information check, including a vulnerable sector clearance.  This documentation must be provided a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of classes.  Late submissions may not be eligible to complete their practicums.

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 $5,382.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $2,041.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,000.00 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

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

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

Updated May 24, 2024. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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