Red Deer Polytechnic

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Early Learning and Child Care

Red Deer Polytechnic

Field of Study:Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $4,410
International: $15,465
Careers:Early Childhood Educators and Assistants


The importance of the early years in a child's development is well established. There is a critical need for a variety of programs for children and families and for trained staff to ensure children's developmental needs are being met. The Early Learning and Child Care Program trains professionals to work with children from birth to eight years, with some related preparation for working with children from eight to twelve years of age. Throughout the program, there is an emphasis on developing caring relationships with children and families.

A one-year certificate can help prepare students for a rewarding career. This program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop competencies in such areas as child development, interpersonal relations, curriculum content, family studies, exceptional children, and program management.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
Required: High School Diploma with a minimum mark of 50% in ELA 30-1 or a minimum mark of 65% in ELA 30-2 or Mature Student status. To attain this status, you must be 19 years of age or older, out of high school at least one full year before the program starts, and have a minimum mark of 50% in ELA 30-1 or a minimum mark of 65% in ELA 30-2 or a minimum score at the 50th percentile on the English component of the College Board Placement Test (written on campus) or the Test of Adult Basic Education (written off campus). Visit the Admissions page for detailed group descriptions.
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based)
Additional Admission Requirements:
    Note: Government requires people who work directly with young children to have a current immunization record and a criminal record check. While not an admission requirement for the program, some practicum agencies and field placements may require Criminal Record Checks of students working in their organizations. Information about obtaining Criminal Record checks will be provided to students after they have been admitted to the program. Some programs may require medical examinations, as well.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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