Program Details

We are recognized by the BC ECE Registry and offer a comprehensive program with excellent financing options.

NEXT PROGRAM START DATE: Tuesday September 3, 2024

Learning in Practice

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

Our Beginnings

The program came to life out of the immediate need to address the shortage and quality of early childhood educators which continues to this day.  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.

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


The ECE Program integrates 5 core aspects of the program:

Where Community is Curriculum

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;

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.

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;

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;

Pedagogical Documentation

Pedagogical documentation helps us all learn about the heart of education and shift to interwoven ways of understanding our lives together. We question dominant ideas in a continuing dialogue and reflective practices. 

Our Cohorts

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

Our Program is recognized by the ECE Registry.

How many courses do I have to take to become an ECE Assistant (ECEA)?

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
  • English test scores or portfolio
How do I register?

Contact Us and you will be required to:

  • provide personal information
  • pay a registration fee
What licensing will I receive?

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.

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