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 regulated child care and Pre-primary staff to continue their education will enhance skills and qualifications.

Continuing Education Program is intended to enhance the ability of regulated child care and Pre-primary program, family home child care agencies to recruit and retain staff and family home child care providers.

Eligibility Criteria

To receive Continuing Education Program funding for the 2021/2022 fiscal year (ending March 31,2022), the following criteria must be met:

  1. The applicant must be currently working with children or families in a regulated child care program or Pre-primary program;
  2. Eligible staff include teachers, directors, assistant directors, family home child 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), 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.

For more information on the program’s new requirements, criteria and funding allocations please read the 2021/2022 Continuing Education Program Terms and Conditions (PDF) (english).

If you have any questions, please call (902) 424-3430.


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 and family child 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:

Continuing Education Program
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development and Pre-primary Branch
Phone: 1-902-424-3430
Email: EarlyYears@novascotia.ca