Orientation courses are non-credit courses to receive a particular classification of Child Care Services (CCS) Certification in Newfoundland and Labrador. They are associated with 5 classifications of CCS Certification based on facility and age of children and provide information on the principles of child care as it relates to a particular age group in either child care centre or family home setting.
A refundable registration fee is required. Information about orientation courses, including fees can be found in The Orientation Courses Information Booklet on this page under ‘resources’.
Information about the Child Care Services Certification and application forms can be found on the ‘certification’ page on this website.
If you have any questions on how to enroll, please contact the Registrar at email@example.com or 709-579-3004 (Toll-free for outside St. John’s: 1-866-579-3004).
For questions about assignments, the process of completing an orientation course, or course content please contact the Orientation course and online specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 709-579-8993
Individuals not holding a Child Care Services Certification
The first step is to apply for child care services certification in Newfoundland and Labrador with an Initial Application. The initial application can be found on our website under the ‘Certification’ tab.
AECENL's Registrar will then determine if an orientation course or courses are necessary to receive the certification classifications for which you applied. If you require an orientation course, registration information will be sent to you.
If the orientation course is required to obtain child care centre - trainee level certification (Preschool and/or School-Age) under the NL Child Care Act and associated regulations acceptance letter into an Early Childhood Education program from a recognized post-secondary institution is also required before the certification can be issued.
Individuals already holding a Child Care Services Certification
To add a classification to existing certification individuals can simply request the classification in writing from the Registrar without an application.
A written request in form of an email, mail, or fax should include the following information:
Once the request is received the registrar will determine if an orientation course is necessary and if so will send registration information to the individual.
Adding a classification might change the level of certification. If the new classification changes certification to centre based trainee level, then under the NL Child Care Act and associated regulations enrolment letter into an Early Childhood Education program from a recognized post-secondary institution is also required before the certification with the new classification can be issued.
Other groups/individuals offering orientation courses must have prior approval from AECENL for the completion certificate to be recognized for certification purposes. Check with AECENL before enrolling with an outside group.
Preschool Orientation Course
The Preschool Orientation Course (PSOC) gives an introduction to the care and education of children ages 1 year 6 months to 5 years of age in a centre based child care setting and comprises 4 modules of study (6 assignments)
School Age Orientation Course
The School-Age Child Care Orientation Course (SAOC) gives an introduction to the care and education of children ages 4 through 13 in a centre based child care setting. The School-Age orientation course is broken down into 5 sections with an assignment for each.
Infant Orientation Course
The Infant Child Care Orientation Course (IOC) gives an introduction to the care and education of children ages birth to 24 months in a centre based child care setting. It consists of a textbook, resource materials and 2 Study Guides with 7 assignments. *Individual has to hold a minimum Level One in Preschool to enroll in the course.
Pre-kindergarten Orientation course
The Pre-kindergarten Orientation Course (PKOC) addresses the care and education of children ages from 3 years and 8 months up to 5 years and 9 months in a centre-based pre-kindergarten program setting. It consists of 5 modules with 2 quizzes and 3 assignments.
Family Child Care Orientation Course
The Family Child Care Orientation Course (FCCOC) is the National Level I Family Child Care Training Course developed by The Canadian Child Care Federation. It covers the care and education of children ages birth through 12 years of age in a family child care setting. There are 12 units, with a corresponding assignment after each.