Classification, Training & Professional Development

We are committed to ensuring Nova Scotians have access to high-quality, affordable and inclusive early learning and child care.

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Financial Assistance Programs

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

Education, Professional Development and Classification Resources

  • Classification for Child Care Staff
    Classification is the process for reviewing training and determining eligibility towards one of four designations for employment in a licensed child care facility.
  • Early Childhood Education Training
    A list of approved Early Childhood Education training programs.
  • Leadership Training for ECEs
    A program for child care centre directors and ECEs aspiring to become directors, who wish to develop the knowledge, skill and competence in the essential elements of administering and managing early learning and child care programs.
  • Online Learning Network
    The online learning network offers an eLearning course (in English and French) on the Early Learning Curriculum Framework (ELCF) for early childhood educators, directors, pedagogical leaders, educators, and other staff in regulated child care and Pre-primary Programs throughout Nova Scotia.
  • Orientation for Staff Working in Licensed Child Care Facilities
    A series of informational modules and activities for child care staff working directly with children who do not meet the regulated training requirements.
  • Links to Professional Development Programs
    Useful links for current practicing early childhood educators who wish to upgrade their skills.

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