Continuing Education Program 2016/2017

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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 licensed child care centers or family home day care agencies.

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.

Eligibility

Current applicants who are already enrolled in the Continuing Education Program and were approved for the reimbursements prior to June 30, 2016, will continue to be eligible to receive reimbursements for courses taken towards Level 1, 2 or Level 3 Classification.

Funding for the new applicants will be subject to budget availability and the priority for the reimbursements will be as follows:
  1. Centre directors taking courses towards Level 2.
  2. Current untrained and Entry Level staff who are working towards Level 1 or Level 2 Classification.
  3. Other child care centres staff who are taking courses towards Level 1 or Level 2 Classification.

Important: Please note that some of the requirements for the course reimbursement have changed.

The following is the most important:

In order to qualify for the course reimbursement, all applicants must Pre - Register for the program by completing the Continuing Education Program Pre- Registration Form (english | français) by November 15, 2016.

For more information on the program new requirements, criteria and funding allocations please read the 2016/17 Continuing Education Program Terms and Conditions (PDF) (english | français) located together with the Pre- Registration Form.

Reimbursement

Eligible staff can qualify for reimbursements totaling:
  • up to a maximum of $1000.00 per year if employed part-time (70-120 hours per month)
  • up to $5000.00 per year if employed full-time (more than 120 hours per month)

For courses that require staff members to attend classes during normal paid working hours, the centre or agency where the staff member is employed during that time, will continue to pay the staff member and will be eligible to receive funding based on a predetermined hourly rate for hours a substitute was required.

A fixed travel allowance of $250 per course is also available if an eligible staff person takes a course at a location that is further than 100 km (one way) away from their home and there is no option for the course to be available at a closer facility.

Staff members taking advantage of this reimbursement will be required to commit to work in a Nova Scotia licensed child care centre or FHDC agency for 750 or 1500 hours depending on the amount reimbursed and the timing of the reimbursement.

Next Steps

  1. If you are interested in taking approved courses submit Continuing Education Program Pre-Registration forms (english | français) by August 15, 2016, November 15, 2016 and March 15, 2017 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
  2. If you have taken a course and are applying for reimbursement submit an Application for Course Reimbursement (PDF) by printing and mailing it to the address above.