Early Years Continuing Education

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As committed in Action 11 of the Affordable, Quality Child Care: A Great Place to Grow Report released June 1, 2016 government is offering financial support to child care staff interested in attaining an Early Childhood Education (ECE) credential part-time while working in a regulated child care program.

Providing financial support to child care staff to continue their education will enhance skills and qualifications.

Continuing Education Program is intended to enhance the ability of licensed child care centres and family home day care agencies to recruit and retain staff and family home care providers.

Eligibility Criteria

To receive Continuing Education Program funding for 2019/2020, the following criteria must be met:

  1. The applicant must be currently working with children or families in a regulated child care program;
  2. Eligible child care staff includes teachers, directors, assistant directors, family home day care providers and agency staff;
  3. Applicants must submit the Continuing Education Program Application for the Course Reimbursement form within 60 days of the completion of the course.

The courses must be taken towards obtaining Level 2 classification (ECE diploma), Level 3 classification (Child & Youth Study, Mount St. Vincent University, undergraduate degree), Level 1 classification, the Early Childhood Administrator Continuing Education Certificate Course from Mount St. Vincent University, Early Childhood Leadership Training Program from Nova Scotia Community College, Leadership en petite enfance from Universite Sainte Anne and the Inclusion and Intervention Diploma from Jane Norman College.

Important: Please note that some of the requirements for the course reimbursement have changed as of October 1, 2018.

Pre-Registration for the Continuing Education Program is no longer required.

If you have any questions please contact Kristina Creamer, Coordinator, Family Home Day Care & Early Childhood Education at: Kristina.Creamer@novascotia.ca.

For more information on the program’s new requirements, criteria and funding allocations please read the 2019/2020 Continuing Education Program Terms and Conditions (PDF) (english).


Eligible staff can qualify for reimbursements totaling:

  • up to a maximum of $1000.00 per year if working part-time (70-120 hours per month)
  • up to $5000.00 per year if working full-time (more than 120 hours per month)

Staff members and family home day care providers taking advantage of this reimbursement will be required to commit to work in a Nova Scotia regulated child care program for 750 or 1500 hours depending on the amount reimbursed and the timing of the reimbursement.

If you have taken a course and are applying for reimbursement submit an Application for Course Reimbursement (PDF) by printing and mailing it to:

Coordinator, Family Home Day Care & Early Childhood Education
NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Brunswick Place
2021 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2S9