Health & Community Studies

First Nations Child Care


Program Description

Interested in helping young children in their early education and development? And wish to work with youth as a career? The First Nations Child Care program will prepare you for employment within a range of occupations in the child and youth care care.

This program provides a generative approach of development and delivery is a method of providing bicultural education. Students gain the generally accepted theories and practices of the child and youth care field. At the same time, they also learn the values and culture of the local community with regard to childcare.

The First Nations Child Care program is delivered as a one-year Certificate program, and students can continue on to complete the second year for a two-year Diploma.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines


Regular Admissions

  • High School Diploma, ABE 12 or GED
  • Must have a criminal and vulnerable sector check

Mature Admissions

  • Must be 21 years of age or older;
  • The applicant must have a minimum of five years related work experience;
  • Complete an entrance exam (ie. CAAT) and achieve a Grade 11 minimum;
  • An updated resume;
  • If available, official transcripts.

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$4,284 $1,000 $575 $6,389
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
U-Pass - Saskatoon and Regina Transit Bus Passes

$260 per year

$130 per semester

The U-Pass is a City Transit bus pass for students that allow you to save on transportation costs. The U-Pass fee is a provided at a reduced cost compared to a standard monthly City Transit pass and is mandatory for most SIIT students in Saskatoon and Regina. You may use the U-Pass as many times as you would like during the academic term. Students who meet certain requirements can opt-out of the U-Pass, please contact the Admissions department for more information.
Please note: U-Pass fees are subject to change.

Certificate Level Courses

Year 1

  • Child Development I (DEVL 141)
  • Interpersonal Communications (COMM 130)
  • Introduction to Play (PLAY 119)
  • Child Development II (DEVL 142)
  • Communicating with Children & Guiding Children’s Behaviour (GUID 131)
  • Foundations of Curriculum Planning (CURC 120)
  • Practicum 125 (PRAC 125)
  • The Learning Environment (CARE 122)
  • Curriculum Design and Implementation (DESN 121) (80 hrs)
  • Introduction to Human Behaviour (BEHV 140)
  • Practicum 126 (PRAC 126) (160 hrs)

Diploma Level Courses

Year 2

  • Health, Safety & Nutrition (HSNT 245)
  • Children and Youth with Special Needs (NEED 240)
  • Caring for Infants & Toddlers (TODD 215)
  • Practicum 225 (PRAC 225)
  • Creativity: Art, Puppets, Stories, Music and Props for Preschoolers
  • Communication Skills for Professional Helpers (COMM 231)
  • Practicum 226 (PRAC 226)
  • Administration to Planned Change (ADMIN 235)
  • Practicum 227 (PRAC 227)

What to Expect

  • Expect a fair amount of classroom learning and some group and scenario based learning.
  • Expect 5-10 hours of at home learning per week outside of class time.

Graduation Requirements

Students will need to complete all courses will a 60% average to graduate from the program.

Attendance Policy

We recommend that students attend all classes; we do know that life can throw a mean curve-ball or appointments cannot be missed, in this case, please let your instructors know of your absence to make arrangements for missed class time.

If applicable follow your funder’s requirements.

Career Possibilities

Graduates from this program may find employment within the child care sector. These include careers such as: early childhood educators, childcare workers/directors/supervisors, and teaching assistants.

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

English Language Benchmark

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to those who are status First Nation but programs are open to anyone.

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Administration Office
Suite 118-335 Packham Avenue
Asimakaniseekan Askiy Reserve
Saskatoon, SK S7N 4S1