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.
The program came to life out of the immediate need to address the shortage and quality of early childhood educators. We created one of the most vital programs of its kind as the testimonials attest. Your connection to this program has the potential to enrich your life while giving you a solid grounding in Early Childhood Education. You have an opportunity to gain confidence, competency and capability to achieve ECE employment or open your own program. For related ECE groups go to: Early Learning Organizations.
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The ECE Program integrates 5 core aspects of the program:
1) Where Community is Curriculum. Children bring their interests in the world and we connect these in the IB Learner Profile. We teach to help children know themselves and the world, learn to describe their emotions, and develop the necessary skills to share what they are learning, thinking and wondering;
2) Indigenous Ways of Knowing. It is crucial that we learn from the First Peoples. In particular we follow the First People’s Principles of Learning. In addition, ECEs learn about the history of Indigenous Peoples in what is now known as Canada;
3) 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;
4). Pedagogical Documentation. Catalina is the specialist and Educator with a background in Arts who helps us learn to write our pedagogical narrations. We spend concentrated time on pedagogical documentation to help us rethink the purposes and heart of education and shift to richer, interwoven ways of understanding our lives together. With this approach in our practice, we question dominant ideas in a continuing dialogue of engaged and engaging reflective practices;
5). Outdoor Learning. Outdoor learning is one of the main features of our program. It is one that is supported by the goals of the Early Learning Framework. Understanding and respecting the places we live and work is central to the program of inquiry.
Our first cohort 12 years ago together with instructors:
Cohort 2 together with instructors:
Our Program is recognized by the ECE Registry.
The Ministry of Children and Family Development in BC requires that you complete one of the following courses:
When you complete this course you may order a transcript and have it sent to the ECE Registry to fulfill this requirement.
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:
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A certificate of graduation from Creative Minds ECE Certificate 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 ECE Registry requirements.
A transcript will be sent to the ECE registry on your behalf.
Please go to this ECE Registry site for more details.