Trends in Early Childhood Care and Education:

One of the trends I am noticing in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) field in British Columbia is the increase in the availability of on-line ECCE courses/programs. I feel this escalation in accessibility can only serve to benefit students wishing to pursue a certificate or diploma in ECCE, given that on-line learning allows the learner to:

  • Remain in their own communities while they pursue their studies
  • Work at their own pace
  • Engage in an on-line learning community
  • Keep expenses down

Though on-line learning in this field of study has been available for some time, what was available was often costly and the range of options limited. With more colleges offering on-line ECCE programs, the cost tends to be less and the student’s choices of where to access this learning have been increased. With the need for qualified Early Childhood Care and Educators remaining a constant in British Columbia, this growth in availability can only be viewed as a benefit to those who work in the childcare field. This trend is also welcomed by future and current ECCE instructors because as availability grows, so will the need for qualified instructors.

To find out more, and to obtain an up-to-date listing on educational institutes offering on-line ECCE programs, please visit, www.gov.bc/mcf .

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