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Early Childhood Education Diploma in Pond Inlet and Iqaluit

Cape Dorset Early Childhood Education students during the 2014 academic year. The College is excited to launch Diploma programming in Pond Inlet and Iqaluit this year. Cape Dorset Early Childhood Education students during the 2014 academic year. The College is excited to launch Diploma programming in Pond Inlet and Iqaluit this year.

This September marks the first delivery of the first-year Early Childhood Education Diploma Program with Nunavut Arctic College in the community of Pond Inlet.

It will be under the direct supervision of ECE Instructor, Shiloh Minor.  As well, we will be completing Year 2 of the ECE Diploma Program at Nunatta Campus, Iqaluit.

The Education Programs division, Nunavut Arctic College, offers an innovative Early Childhood Education program that prepares graduates to provide quality childcare in our communities. Students study early childhood education based on:

  • A child centred focus
  • Play based curriculum
  • Child development theories
  • Guidance techniques
  • Communication skills
  • Family and community relations
  • Professionalism
  • An emergent curriculum approach building on the interests of children, families and community

Background: The ECE Diploma is a two-year post-secondary, accredited program to enhance knowledge and skills in the development and delivery of quality Early Childhood programs in Nunavut. The program enhances the workplace three-fold: by providing graduates with professional credentials to work in the child development field; by improving essential childcare services for working families and finally; and by improving the opportunities for success in school and life of generations of Nunavut children.

Labour Market Need: There is an urgent need to build capacity in Nunavut’s Early Childhood Education field. The need for childcare services continues to grow as Nunavut has the highest rate of population growth in Canada and the highest number of young children per capita. Working families with young children require quality childcare.

Rationale for Early Childhood Education:  Trained Early Childhood educators create quality environments for children at the most crucial ages of brain development: infants to 5 years. Current research in brain development proves conclusively the importance of support in the early years: without adequate stimulation, communications, guidance and nutrition between the ages 0 and 5, children often face life-long challenges in school, work and relationships.

Outcomes: Graduates of the ECE Certificate and Diploma will demonstrate . . .

  • Skills knowledge and attitudes that qualify them for employment in licensed childcare centres, preschool programs, public health and schools
  • Healthy, effective parenting and childcare
  • Impact the local economy by contributing to the development of safe and nurturing childcare
  • Have the option to continue their post- secondary education in ECE through a partnership with a degree- granting institution

 The Education Programs division, Nunavut Arctic College, thanks Ellen Hamilton (Manager: Early Childhood Education) and her team for their commitment, dedication and service to ECE.

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