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VCC offers subsidized childcare education training in infant toddler and special needs

Posted on April 6, 2023

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Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to offer a one-year, subsidized Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) post-basic diploma program to eligible British Columbians beginning May 16, 2023.

Students need to complete the basic ECCE Certificate before enrolling and must reside in B.C. for the full-time, in-class program. The one-time funding provided by the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills would allow up to 25 students to specialize in infant toddler and special needs education.

Upon completion of the advanced diploma, students will receive two certifications to practice in the field and will have the opportunity to gain in-depth experience over four practicums.

According to the B.C. Labour Market Outlook, approximately 8,600 more early childhood educators will be needed in the next decade to meet the demands of increased childcare spaces across the province. Those certified to work with infant toddlers and children with special needs are particularly in high demand.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in British Columbia
  • Early Childhood Care and Education certificate


With the subsidy, the tuition fee for the post-basic diploma is $3,632.83 instead of $6,770.


  • Advanced child growth and development
  • Advanced Field Study
  • Advanced Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Infant Practicum
  • Professional perspectives
  • Enhancing family relationships
  • Childcare Administration
  • Role of the caregiver – Infant Toddler
  • Toddler Practicum
  • Role of the caregiver – Special Needs
  • Special Needs Practicum 1
  • Special Needs Practicum 2

To learn more about this program, sign up for an online information session on April 17. Apply or ask questions at