Program Details

We are fully registered and offer a comprehensive program with excellent financing options.


Creative Minds Early Learning Society is applying for certification with PTIB and we cannot enter into any student contracts until certification takes place.

However, all program curriculum details are approved by the ECE Registry.

We hope for a speedy turnaround from PTIB in this certification since the significant change is only the ownership of the program from the former LLIF ECE program.

Therefore, stay tuned while we work to meet all regulatory requirements.


$100 registration fee

$7300.00 in a flexible payment plan

mentorship ECELearning in Practice

Throughout your entire program you will learn theory and gain knowledge of appropriate practice while observing and working with children. This process will strengthen your understanding and ability to deliberate and interpret.

Our Roots

The program came to life out of the immediate need to address the shortage and quality of early childhood educators for our young learners. With this concern, master teachers came together to create one of the most vital programs of its kind as the testimonials attest. Your connection to this program will likely enrich your life and give you a solid grounding in Early Childhood Care and Education. We will give you the confidence, competency and capability to get ECE employment or open your own program. Think of the possibilities.

Inquiry and the IB Programme

The International Baccalaureate Program was originally conceived by Marie-Terese Maurette as a way of teaching for peace. She wrote “Is There A Way for Teaching for Peace?” a handbook for UNESCO. Her ideas soon became the IB Diploma Programme followed most recently by the Early Years Programme. Creative Minds Early Learning Centre has been incorporating the IB Program for the Early Years since 2008. This will be a major curriculum development focus.

Let’s teach for peace and care of the planet.


The ECE Program integrates 4 core aspects of the program:

1) Sound-to-Symbol Praxis based on the belief that singing in the form of social play enhances children’s learning and provides a context for attaining respectful, attentive, social behaviours;

2) Inspired Curriculum by children.  Children bring their interests in the world and we connect these in the IB Learner Profile so that they come to know themselves and the world in which we live, learn to describe their emotions, and develop the necessary skills to share what they are learning, thinking and wondering; and

3.  Pedagogical Documentation.  Catalina is the Pedagogical Documentation specialist and Early Childhood Educator with a background in Arts.  She is a mother of two children. She believes we need to rethink the purpose and heart of education and shift to richer, interwoven ways of understanding our lives together. Pedagogical Documentation is a tool that can help us think deeper, expanding our awareness and capacity for responsiveness with children. It is a practice of deep engagement, a way of paying attention to the children and ourselves. It is making visible how we educators think about a moment in a child’s life that we witness with reverence and curiosity. Insights and questions arise in these moments and take hold of us. With this approach in our practice, we question dominant ideas in a continuing dialogue of engaged and engaging reflective practices.

4.  Outdoor Learning.  Dawn and Klara bring their understanding of outdoor learning to the program.  They are advocates for outdoor learning and as owners of their own outdoor preschool, their insights are invaluable about how to bring the world outside into careful view.


Students will connect with a variety of community events and organizations with an emphasis on events that connect to Indigenous ways of knowing.

Research and assessment

Creative Minds Early Childhood Education Certificate Program uses the Quality Assurance Standards, the Early Learning Framework  and the ECEBC Code of Ethics to assess competent practice in the field of ECE. Some headings for your assessment include: work performance and knowledge of the field of ECE; interpersonal skills with children, their families, peers and ECE professionals; communication skills and advocacy skills.

Our first group of graduates with Dr. Fleurette Sweeney, Dr. Pille Bunnell and Kate McCabe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Basic ECE program cost?

The basic ECE program has a total tuition of $6300.00 plus the costs of books and workshops.

Do I qualify for a student loan?

Creative Minds does not offer student loans but is prepared to work with students to support fees payments through various payment structures within our organization.

Is Creative Minds Early Childhood Education Certificate Program Certified?

We are applying for certification with PTIB.

Our Program is recognized by the ECE Registry.

How many courses do I have to take to become an ECE assistant?

The Ministry of Children and Family Development in BC requires that you complete one of the following courses:

  • Health, Safety and Nutrition;
  • Child Growth and Development;
  • Guidance and Discipline.

When you complete this course you may order a transcript and have it sent to the ECE registry to fulfill this requirement.

How do I make an interview appointment?

After your application has been received the Creative Minds representative will contact you to schedule an interview. At that interview the following materials need to be provided to the Creative Minds representative:

  • academic records;
  • registration fee of $100 (if it has not been paid already);
  • criminal record check.
  • valid picture ID
  • 3 letters of reference
  • 250-500 word letter explaining why you want to work with children
How do I register?

Contact Us and you will be required to:

  • provide personal information;
  • pay a registration fee;
  • provide three reference letters;
  • engage in a conversation with faculty about why you wish to enter the ECE field.
What licensing will I receive?

What licensing will I receive?

A certificate of graduation from Creative Minds ECE program is one step in the process for application for an ECE Certificate to Practice with the ECE Registry.

Upon completion of our 11 courses in the basic ECE program, you will receive a transcript which satisfies one of the licensing requirements. A transcript will be sent to the ECE registry on your behalf.

Please go to this ECE BC site for more details.

Have a question or want to apply? Give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to help.

Phone: 604-263-4711 (Kate McCabe)