Family Child Care Certificate Timetable

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study family child care?
‌ You’ve always enjoyed children and have a great deal of patience and understanding for them. Whether you’re a parent working from home or someone thinking about a career in child care, the Family Child Care (FCC) certificate program is a quick way to jump-start your career.

What type of career can I expect
UFV has designed the Family Child Care certificate program in such a way that it can lead to a variety of options — in the workplace and/or further study. Many of our graduates start a family child care centre in their home, which allows them to stay home with their own young children and take in others. Some UFV graduates choose to use their FCC credential to work as child care assistants in larger child care centres. You may also opt to “ladder” your Family Child Care certificate into a more advanced UFV program, such as the Early Childhood Education certificate and diploma programs, if you want to go on in the field of child care where you work outside the home. These jobs may include preschools, group daycares, consulting, or teacher’s aide.  Or you might plan to continue your education even further and earn your Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care.

Why study at UFV?
In just 10 months, studying part-time, you can earn your Family Child Care certificate. This allows you to work while going to school, if you choose. Once you are finished you will have the skills required to establish a family child care facility within your home or work as a licensed assistant in any child care centre in B.C.  You can also use this certificate to work as a nanny or a child care aide or to work in larger day care centres. The program will also qualify you to work as a preschool or child care aide assistant.

How will UFV prepare me for my career?
If you’re not sure you want to earn a full Early Childhood Education (ECE) certificate, then the Family Child Care certificate is a good place to start. The program is offered on a part- time basis, so you can juggle other responsibilities while you’re studying. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to understand:
  • the caring aspects of Family Child Care
  • a child’s development stages so that appropriate care can be provided
  • appropriate activities and experiences for children
  • basic issues in the areas of nutrition, health, and safety in childcare settings, focusing on a home environment
  • the spectrum of actions and behaviours of children
  • communication techniques and strategies for dealing with challenging behaviours
  • the business aspects of family child care

Once you’ve completed the certificate and decide you’d like to take your career up a notch, you can then “ladder” into UFV’s ECE program — taking your six credits with you. You can also begin the Family Child Care certificate program while waiting for the next intake into the ECE program.

What type of courses will I take?

FAM 01 Introduction to Family Childcare:Provides an overview of the whole Family Day Care Program, including goals and content. The course introduces potential and existing day care providers, parents, and those considering a career change to the mechanics of operating a family day care as a home-based business.

FAM 02 Understanding Child Development: Provides an overview of the development of the individual from conception through adolescence. Particular attention is paid to the psychological, emotional, physical, moral, and intellectual development from birth to age 12. This course discusses different theorists' perspectives about development of children.  

FAM 03 Understanding Children’s Behaviour: Focuses on the guidance and nurturing of young children based on an understanding of their behaviour. Family day care providers will have the opportunity to achieve competency in the development of strategies for interpersonal communication, child management and the fostering of positive, emotional, and social development of young children. This course is valuable to parents who are seeking effective strategies for guiding young children.

FAM 04 Nutrition, Health, and Safety: Familiarizes participants with the health, safety, and nutritional needs of young children while emphasizing how family day care providers can offer a safe home environment that is consistent with the healthy growth and development of children. 

FAM 05 Planning Children’s Experiences: Offers family day care providers practical knowledge to plan activities in terms of materials, space requirements, and time management. The focus will be on play-based activities which promote learning that is developmentally appropriate so that children's needs can be met on an individual basis.

FAM 06 Operation of Family Childcare — Administration/Parent Interaction: Emphasizes the importance of recognizing family day care in a professional manner — as a business and a career. The details of administrative procedures necessary to deal with licensing, tax planning, parent/caregiver contracts, record keeping, household management, networking, and the operation of a business including liability insurance, will be covered.

Are these courses transferable?
Yes. You can transfer six credits from this program towards your Early Childhood Education certificate if you choose to take that program. Contact the ECE/CYC department at 604-854-4580 for additional information on this laddering process.    Don't forgot you need to have completed all six family childcare courses with a C+ or better before you can receive the six credits toward the ECE Cert Program.

What do I need to get in?
You’ll need a keen interest and commitment to working with young children. You also need to be in good physical and mental health. Non-smokers are preferred. You must also be able to read and write at a post-secondary level. During your studies you will need to arrange time where you can visit a family care setting and observe the operation. In addition to classroom instruction and observations you’ll be required to read and study outside of class for at least three hours a week. Guided observations require four hours per course.

How much does it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
Fees for Family Child Care are different than other UFV credit courses.  Fees for Family Child Care are $231 per course.  You can always consult our Fees and Other Costs section in the online calendar at It’s worth a visit to the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the disbursement each year of about $12 million in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students. A helpful budget planning worksheet is available online at

Sounds good. What do I do next?
Check out the Family Child Care certificate section of our online calendar at An application is not required; you simply need to enroll in the courses. Course fees are due when you enroll. The schedule of the Family Child Care certificate program is available at the Continuing Studies website at or in UFV’s Continuing Studies booklet.

What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?
Please visit to learn about the broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment.

I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?
Absolutely. We want to hear from you!  If you’re unsure of your direction, contact the Early Childhood Education department directly by calling 604-854-4580. You can also visit for more information. Contact Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling.

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