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Career Guidance for Current and Future Early Childhood Education Professionals

Current Early Childhood Education Professionals

Early childhood educators are part of the building blocks of learning. They help lay the foundation for education and discovery, for the rest of a child’s life. They are also key figures in the lives of families.

As an early childhood educator in BC, you know the critical role that early learning plays for children, families, and communities. As an ECE professional, you are an integral part of education for our children. Ongoing training and certification can result in positive leadership, helpful mentorship, and consistent knowledge transfer.

To continue your professional development:

Becoming an Early Childhood Education Professional

There is an increased demand for qualified and certified early childhood educators across communities in BC. ECE’s are professionals and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education offers a pathway into a rewarding career and an inspiring field. Educators in early learning play a key part in helping children learn and thrive as well as showcasing leadership, strength, and resilience in a caring and nurturing environment.

There is a need for more Indigenous ECE professionals in early learning environments so children can experience access to programs with an Indigenous perspective that also support families and communities. Employment opportunities may include positions in Aboriginal Head Start Programs, Licensed Child Care Centres, Nursery schools, before and after school programs, and Kindergarten.

To be certified in BC as an Early Childhood Educator requires successful completion of an early childhood education training program that is recognized by the ECE Registry, or a program that is deemed equivalent. For further information, go to the website below.

For details about applications, certifications, and regulations

Native Education College
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Northern Lights College

BC Universities and Colleges that have Early Childhood Education programs that offer an Indigenous perspective on early learning:

Northwest Community College
College of New Caledonia
University of Victoria
Vancouver Island University

Additional educational organizations with early childhood education programs can be searched for here:

If you are considering an education and/or career in early childhood education and want to speak to someone about this career path, contact

A career in early childhood education offers endless opportunities to explore and keep learning.


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