Continuing Education Program 2018/2019

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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 Criteria

To receive Continuing Education Program funding for 2018/2019, the following criteria must be met:

  1. The applicant must be currently working with children or families in a licensed child care facility;
  2. Eligible child care staff includes teachers, directors and assistant directors. Family home day care providers are not eligible;
  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 (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.

The following is the most important:

Please note: Pre-Registrations for the Continuing Education Program is no longer required. If you have any questions please contact Kristina Creamer at

For more information on the program new requirements, criteria and funding allocations please read the 2018/19 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 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

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