Certification is the process used to review post-secondary education and equivalent training to better determine an individual's eligibility to work in Alberta's regulated child care system. The Ministry of Alberta Children's Services issues certification for all three levels of early childhood educators (ECEs) able to work in licensed/approved programs in Alberta.
Parents, as a child’s first teacher, and a child's caregiver play important roles in the development of a child's early growth and development and this partnership between the two is significant. ECEs that have a foundational knowledge of early learning and child care (ELCC) can help to create better outcomes for all children and their families.
AECEA advocates for new certification standards for ECEs that will increase their required ELCC educational level and that they also undertake ongoing professional learning to strengthen their competency in the following areas:
- how to care ethically (children, families, other staff & self)
- foundational knowledge of how young children learn and develop for an early year's pedagogy based on play
- able to support children with diverse abilities
- able to work alongside and communicate with families
- work with evidence-based curricular resources
- communicate within a democratic community
- understand how to link research to practice and policy
Are you interested in increasing your certification level? Take a look at the ELCC post-secondary options in Alberta here.