Early Childhood Education

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An individual who has received a Diploma of College Studies in Early Childhood Education works with children from the ages of 0 to 12 and can take part in the management of a daycare centre.

The main function of an early childhood educator (ECE) is to create an environment that promotes the physical, motor, cognitive, language, socio-affective and moral development of a child by establishing in them a significant affective relationship. In addition, the educator’s role is to develop, organize, lead and evaluate educational activities that promote overall childhood development.

The ECE must not only ensure the health, security and well-being of the children under their care, but also, their own health (physical and mental). Students in this program learn to self-regulate through organizing a secure daycare environment where daily activities are not overwhelming and by using stress management skills. In this respect, learning to balance and renew one’s energies through a healthy lifestyle represents an essential competency that an ECE must master in order to assume their numerous responsibilities and tasks.

Additionally, the ECE must develop their ability to reflect on their own practice within the context of their life-long development. A reflection on one’s practice is considered a useful means of personal and professional development in the field of education.



Students graduating from the three-year Early Childhood Education program will be well prepared to do the following:

  • Analyze the work function
  • Observe the behavior of the child
  • Identify the a child’s overall development needs
  • Conduct their work safely in the workplace
  • Establish a significant emotional relationship with children
  • Intervene with regard to child health
  • Ensure good nutrition for children
  • Communicate in the Workplace
  • Analyze the family and social context of a child to determine their effects on behavior
  • Analyze the needs or provide assistance to a child
  • Make use of creativity in professional interventions
  • Define the pedagogical approach to adopt
  • Design global development activities
  • Organize and facilitate educational activities
  • Work in a team
  • Establish a partnership with parents and resource persons
  • Take appropriate action with respect to the behaviour of children
  • Develop and revise curriculum
  • Arrange private child care
  • Provide educational services to a group of children

Related Program: Early Childhood Education AEC


The general education components are common to all pre-university programs and contribute to the development of twelve competencies that are associated with the three aims of college education:

  • To educate students to live responsibly in society:
    • Demonstrate independence and creativity in thought and action
    • Demonstrate rational, critical and ethical thinking
    • Develop strategies that promote reflection on their knowledge and actions
    • Pursue the development of a healthy and active lifestyle
    • Assume their social responsibilities
  • To help students integrate cultural knowledge into their studies:
    • Recognize the influence of culture and lifestyle on the practice of physical activity and sports
    • Recognize the influence of the media, sciences or technology on culture and lifestyle
    • Analyse works in philosophy or the humanities emanating from different historical periods and movements
    • Appreciate literary and non-literary works of other artistic expressions emanating from different historical periods and movementsTo help students integrate cultural knowledge into their studies:
  • To help students master language as a tool for thought, communication and openness to the world:
    • Improve communication in the second language
    • Master the basic rules of discourse and argumentation
    • Refine oral and written communication in the language of instruction


The main differences between the Early Childhood Education ACS and DCS programs at TAV:

ACS (Attestation of College Studies) Program:
  • 2 years to complete
  • Students are only required to complete program-specific courses
  • There is no Ministerial Exit Exam
  • ACS graduates must accumulate three years of experience before being recognized as qualified educators for the purposes of satisfying the requirements set by the Ministère de la Famille et des Ainés
  • ACS graduates are paid as per the pay scale for the profession

DCS (Diploma of College studies) program:
  • 3 years to complete
  • Students are required to complete a general education component of their studies in addition to program-specific courses
  • DCS graduates are immediately recognized as qualified educators for the purposes of satisfying requirements set by the Ministère de la Famille et des Ainés
  • DCS graduates are paid on a higher echelon as per the pay scale for the profession


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