Join a growing sector and make an impact on the lives of Nova Scotia’s children and families.

Working with our post-secondary partners and the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) is pleased to fund the following two programs for newcomers to Nova Scotia who are interested in becoming ECE professionals.

A newcomer is an individual with legal permanent residency or refugee/protected persons status, or a recent Canadian citizen who has lived in Canada for less than 5 years.

Pathway Program at the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education (NSCECE)

  • Classes begin February 14, 2023
  • 2–3 years part-time online studies with paid workplace practicums
  • Includes English language supports throughout program (for students who require support)

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a newcomer to Nova Scotia
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 or higher in all categories
  • Have a high school diploma 
  • Work at least 15 hours per week throughout duration of diploma program (in a licensed child care or Pre-primary). Support is provided to find employment.
  • Complete EECD’s Orientation training for child care staff within 6 months of starting program 
  • Commit to working in the sector for a minimum of one year (at least 1080 hours) in NS upon completion of diploma (in a licensed child care, pre-primary, or family home child care program).
 

Pathway Program at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

  • Classes begin March 20, 2023
  • 3 years part-time, online studies with paid workplace practicums
  • Includes an English Readiness course and English language supports throughout program

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a newcomer to Nova Scotia
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark of 6 or higher in all categories and be committed to achieving a CLB 8 by end of diploma program.
  • Have a high school diploma
  • Work at least 15 hours per week throughout duration of diploma program (in a licensed child care or Pre-primary). Support is provided to find employment.
  • Complete EECD’s Orientation training for child care staff within 6 months of starting program
  • Commit to working in the sector for a minimum of one year (at least 1080 hours) in NS upon completion of diploma (in a licensed child care, pre-primary, or family home child care program).

Priority for funding to (1) ISANS clients, particularly individuals who complete ISANS’ early childhood education communications course as part of the Bridging the Gap program, and (2) individuals without a diploma in early childhood education from another country or Canadian jurisdiction.

For more information and to apply, email ISANS at employment_services@isans.ca

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