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Early Childhood Education Workplace

Combine your experience as a child care assistant (CCA) with in-depth learning and practical training.

Pursue a rewarding career as an early childhood educator while making a difference in the lives of children and families.

This program is specifically designed for experienced child care assistants (CCAs) working in licensed childcare programs across Manitoba.

Early Childhood Education Workplace is an accelerated program that provides the specialized training and credentials you need become an early childhood educator (ECE) Level II, enhance your employment potential and achieve your career goals while you work.

Through a combination of theoretical and practical learning, you’ll integrate your existing experience as a CCA while building your professional skills of an early childhood educator. You will attend classes for two full days every week while working at your current position for the remaining three. You’ll also complete a practicum experience each term at your workplace under the guidance of a practicum liaison.

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
    In-person hybrid
  • In-person Locations
    Notre Dame Campus, Interlake and Peguis – Fisher River Campus, Portage Campus, Steinbach Campus and Winkler Campus
  • Intakes
    Fall and Winter
  • Program Length
    2 years
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $10,400 – $11,900
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission
  • Work-Integrated Learning
    Gain hands-on experience with real work opportunities

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you will learn to provide high-quality, inclusive care to children and families across diverse early learning settings. You’ll also combine your experience with knowledge in play-based curriculums, guidance techniques, child development, family relations and professional communication.


Develop practical early childhood education knowledge and build professional communication and planning skills through a variety of foundational courses. Apply your new skills and knowledge in your first practicum.


Build on your foundational knowledge and learn more about planning play-based curriculums, child guidance, relationships and the most current research in child development. Complete your second practicum in your workplace.


Learn to engage the diverse experiences of children, families and communities while building and supporting collaborative partnerships. Complete your third practicum in your workplace.


Integrate your knowledge, skills and experience in your final term as you prepare for a successful career in early childhood education.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Infant care
  • Preschool programs
  • Before and after school programs
  • Nursery schools
  • Family child care
  • Family resource programs
  • ECE supports in early years classrooms
  • Supervisor and assistant director
  • Child development counsellor

Affiliations and Accreditations

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Connect, collaborate and expand your professional network with other CCAs in training, ECEs and professionals working in early learning and child care settings.
Explore early childhood education with the help of dedicated instructors, taking advantage of their areas of expertise and years of industry experience.
Inspire a love of learning and continue moving forward with a rewarding career working with children and families.
Learn more about play-based curriculum, guidance techniques, child development, family relations and professionalism.

Graduate Success

RRC Polytech grads play a significant role in fulfilling the demand for early childhood educators. As a graduate of the Early Childhood Education Workplace program, you’ll join a community of successful alumni who socialize, educate and empower children, families and community members across Manitoba.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2019-2020 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.


Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Workplace program can apply for ECE Level II classification through the Government of Manitoba. This credential, alongside the advanced knowledge and industry connections you build at RRC Polytech, gives you everything you need to achieve your career goals.


RRC Polytech graduates confidently pursue careers in their industry thanks to our combination of in-depth theory and practice. With this versatile set of skills and knowledge, you’ll be able to re-establish your career, develop your guiding and planning skills and pursue exciting new opportunities.


RRC Polytech instructors are experts and industry leaders with years of experience in various child care settings. They regularly update their skills, work with the community and maintain strong links with employers to ensure your education is practical, up to date and aligned with industry needs.

“The instructors are passionate about supporting students, their learning and their successes but also provide constructive feedback and tips that point towards growth and empowerment.”

Tatiana Mohammed – Early Childhood Educator
Early Childhood Education Workplace Grad 2021

“During this program, I learned many valuable lessons, skills and solutions that I was able to bring to my practice, and for this I am extremely grateful.”

Krysten Desmond
Early Childhood Education Workplace Grad 2022

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a student in the Early Childhood Education Workplace program, you want to help children, families and communities reach their full potential. You’re currently working as a child care assistant (CCA) and want to enhance your education and expand your career opportunities.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Adaptable
  • Big-picture thinker
  • Community-oriented
  • Creative
  • Team-oriented


  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Positive attitude
  • Problem solving


  • Child development and guidance
  • Child-inspired play
  • Inclusion
  • Families
  • Community

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Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.

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