Early Childhood & Education

Make a difference in the lives of young children by providing quality care and education for healthy learning and development. Specialize your skills with a diploma in infant/toddler care and/or children who require extra support.

Early Childhood Care & Education Registry

North Island College is recognized by the B.C. Early Childhood Educator Registry to offer programs that meet the academic requirements for provincial certification as an Early Childhood Educator, Special Needs Educator, Infant and Toddler Educator. Graduates from recognized programs can work in licensed child care facilities once they are certified by the Early Childhood Educator Registry. For more information on provincial certification requirements, including the application process, please visit: www.gov.bc.ca/earlychildhoodeducator

The NIC Advantage

  • Graduate employment ready and enter a high demand career
  • Flexible study schedules, including full-time and part-time options
  • Transfer opportunities to continue learning with bachelor degrees such as UVic's Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

Faculty Profiles

Theresa Gereluk
Department Chair, Faculty
Early Childhood Care & Education

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Dual Credit

Get started in high school. NIC’s Dual Credit option allows you to start your college education while you’re still in high school.

Department News

Connecting culture through early years education
NIC Early Childhood Care and Education graduate Megan Edgar is connecting to her Indigenous culture through her early years education practice.

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The way that the courses are laid out, the instructors start you out with the basic philosophies of educating children, and the practicums helped so much. I had amazing mentors who really prepared me. The NIC training gives you the skills to work in the field in a really holistic way.

Megan Edgar
NIC ECCE diploma student