Early Childhood Education

With the recent announcement regarding affordable childcare, Newfoundland and Labrador will soon need hundreds of Early Childhood Educators to work in every region of our province. If you have a desire to work with young children and contribute to their development, there’s never been a better time to fulfill your dream. A portion of your tuition costs may be reimbursed and generous income supplements for graduates are available for those who qualify. Whether you’ve just completed high school or are re-entering the workforce, consider a rewarding career as an Early Childhood Educator!

  • Study from home
    • Supplemented with scheduled classes and drop-in sessions at campuses province wide
  • Graduate in as little as 38 weeks (Certificate) or 70 weeks (Diploma)
  • Live and work close to home
    • Demand for ECEs is increasing across the province
  • Enjoy a rewarding role
    • Contribute to the early development of future generations, right in your own region
  • Contribution to community
    • ECEs provide a valued contribution to our local communities
  • Educators needed now
    • Even before the introduction of the new affordable childcare, ECEs are becoming in high demand, and this demand is expected to skyrocket over the next 3-5 years
  • Paid work terms
    • Our team are already at work, securing work term placements right across the province
  • Tuition reimbursement
    • We are expecting tuition support from the Gov of NL to assist in your cost of education
  • Income supplements
    • Provincial income supplements are already in place and available to all certified ECEs
  • You could even start your own business
    • With the expected shortage of regulated centres and day homes in the province, becoming an ECE could be your first step to owning your own business

Typical ECE Earnings

The combination direct salary from local employers in the field plus a quarterly income supplement provided by the Provincial Government provides ECEs with very good earning potential.

Direct Salary

Increasing demand for ECEs is expected to drive earnings up in this valued profession over the next 3-5 years. Typical jobsite postings (As noted on Dec 20, 2021) include the following sample salaries ranges:

  • Central Labrador: $33,440.00/year
  • Portugal Cove-St. Phillips: 16-18.50/hr (est. full-time annual equivalent – $31,250.00+)
  • John’s: $15-18.50/hr (est 29,250.00+)
  • Gander: $15-17.00/hr (est 29,250.00+)
  • Paradise: $18.50/hr (est. $36,000.00)

Provincial Government ECE Income Supplement

The full-time annual supplement for certified ECEs in regulated Childcare Centres and Family Childcare Homes are as follows (as of October 1, 2021)

  • Certified Level One (Certificate) $12,900.00
  • Certified Level Two (Diploma) $14,400.00

Combined Earning Potential

Using the examples above, the combined earning potential for a certified level one or two ECE worker ranges from $42,150.00 to $50,400.00 annually (depending on employer, role and experience). And with increasing demand for childcare seats across the province (driven by more affordable childcare costs to families), these numbers are predicted to increase even further.

Admission and Administration Requirements

Academic Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma or high school equivalency (Transcript and/or diploma to be forwarded to the College); or
  • Mature students who do not meet the education prerequisites may be considered for admission on an individual basis provided the following conditions are met:
    • Applicants are at least 19 years of age at the time of application;
    • Applicants have been out of school for at least one year;
    • Applicants complete the standardized assessment instrument and obtain the result of high school equivalence on all subtests;
    • Applicants present a certified copy of grades for the highest educational level attained.
Administration Requirements:
  • Completion of Keyin College’s official application form;
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable).  It must be noted that this is an additional cost for the processing of your application.
  • International applications are subject to a $250 application processing fee (non-refundable)
Additional Admission Requirements:  
  • Satisfactory Certificate of Conduct
  • Satisfactory Child Protection Records Check
  • Applicants must be bondable
  • Applicants must provide a certificate signed by a qualified medical doctor indicating that they have met immunization requirements for the industry.  These will include TB screening along with others required by the Department of Health and Community Services to work in the field.  Please contact your Career Counselor for the most up-to-date list from the Department
  • CPR and First Aid are co-requisites of the program and must be obtained prior to the first day of fieldwork
  • All forms and documents listed must be received by the college prior to the first day of classes.  If not received, students will not be able to attend classes/start program.
Early Childhood Education Courses View
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition I
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition II
  • Creative Activities I
  • Creative Activities II
  • Family Studies I
  • Family Studies II
  • Developmental Curriculum I
  • Child Development I
  • Developmental Curriculum II
  • Child Development III
  • Child Development II
  • Employment Plus
  • Observation
  • Infants and Toddlers
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Child Care Organization & Administration
  • Computer Essentials
  • Fieldwork I
  • Fieldwork II
  • Fieldwork III
  • Guidance I
  • Inclusion I
  • Guidance II
  • Inclusion II
  • Planning & Evaluation
  • Early Childhood Education Practice
  • Developmental Curriculum III
  • Fieldwork IV

Currently offered at the following locations: