For ECEs currently working in licensed child care or Pre-primary to earn a diploma in a shortened timeframe.
- Tuition, books, and student fees funded by EECD. Classes start January or February 2023.
- Work while studying; courses are online and happen outside of work hours.
- Practicums completed at workplace – no need to take time off to complete practicum.
- Post-secondary institutions assess your current knowledge and skills and give credit for your competencies. This rigorous process is called Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and allows ECEs to take fewer courses to obtain a diploma.
In 2021–2022, EECD provided funding to over 300 child care staff to participate in this program, including designated seats for Mi’kmaq and Indigenous peoples, Black and African Nova Scotians, Acadian and Francophone Nova Scotians, and newcomers.