Child and Youth Care Worker

Achieve a Rewarding Career that Makes a Positive Impact in the Lives of Young People

If you’re looking for a career that makes a real difference, where you can work directly with young people and affect positive change then now’s the time to explore training as professional Child & Youth Care Worker. Success College can help you get on a path to a career that will enrich your life — and the lives of those you work with.

The Child and Youth Care Work diploma program from Success College can be completed in 60 weeks and provides an excellent foundation to break into this rewarding field of social work.

A Profession that Makes a Difference

Child and Youth Care Workers strive to improve the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of vulnerable children and adolescents. Graduates of the Success College Child and Youth Care Worker program are prepared to facilitate change in children and adolescents who are experiencing a range of emotional, social, behavioural, and learning challenges.

Some titles a professional in this field might go by include Caregiver, Child Care Professional, Community Support Worker, Youth Care Worker.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find entry level employment in the following areas:

  • Youth Centres
  • Family Support
  • Outreach Programs
  • Community Recreation
  • Family Resource Programs
  • Small Options Homes
  • Non Provincially Run Residential Facilities

The Government of Canada projects good employment prospects for qualified Community and Social Service Workers in the Halifax area. (WORKING IN CANADA REPORT Occupation: Community and Social Service Workers NOC 4212—B)

Explore your career opportunities in Nova Scotia

Career opportunities for Graduates of the Child and Youth Care Worker program in Nova Scotia will begin their careers at entry level positions. Those entering the field with their diploma and relevant work experience will be considered for Level 2 positions.  A example of jobs that are applicable to new graduates without prior experience may include:

Child and Youth Care Worker, Youth Care Worker, Mental Health Worker, Community Justice Worker, Educational Program Assistant, Residential Counsellor, Support Worker, Project/Outreach Coordinator, Client Support Worker and Student Assistant.

For graduates who are interested in specific care units within residential youth care facilities in Nova Scotia (approximately  4% of the jobs in the youth care system in Nova Scotia), the Department of Community Services requires applicants to have a diploma and previous related experience.

Labour Market Information (LMI) for this program can be found at:

Becoming a Confident Child & Youth Worker

No doubt about it, this is a demanding career. It can be both physically and emotionally draining. But it’s also incredibly rewarding to know that the effort you put in every day is making a real difference in the lives of others.

As a student in the Success College Child & Youth Care Worker program you’ll gain knowledge and practical experience in a wide variety of important social work skills, including:

  • Professional Development
  • Introduction to Child and Youth Care
  • Introduction to Psychology & Sociology
  • Self- Exploration / Reflection
  • Community Resources
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Child Youth Care Practices and Ethics
  • Mental Health and  Medication Awareness
  • Diverse Abilities
  • Helping Practices
  • Field Practicum Preparedness
  • Group and Family Dynamics
  • Alternatives to Behaviour Management
  • Assessment and Individual Programming
  • Child Youth Care Interviewing and Interventions
  • Group Care
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Crisis Prevention and Management
  • Activity Programming for Child and Youth
  • Medication Awareness
  • Introduction to Computers
  • There are Two Field Practicum in this program.

And More

As a result of The Child and Youth Care Program at Success College I am able to continue in this field of work with confidence in my ability to be successful. I have realized that age and finances has no boundaries, when achieving a goal at stake.

— Debbie Gillis, Child and Youth Care Worker Program Graduate — 2001

Hands-On Learning & On—the—Job Experience

At Success College we know that the best way to learn a profession is hands–on. That’s why we support you as you train in a real work environment before you graduate. During your practicum you’ll work in a real social work setting and gain first-hand, practical knowledge and experience in your new career field.

You’ll feel confident when you enter the professional world with work experience already on your resume. Some graduates are even hired directly from their work practicum.

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 12 or Equivalent or Mature Student Status
  • Driver’s License upon Completion of Theoretical Training
  • Clean Criminal Record Check
  • Child Abuse Registry Check

Is a Rewarding Career in Child & Youth Care Right For You?

To learn more about your possible career opportunities as a Child & Youth Care Worker and to explore if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form to receive additional information. A helpful Success College Admissions Advisor will assist you with everything from course questions to financial aid and help you discover your perfect career path. For immediate questions, give us a call at 1–800–352–0094.

Why Success College is the right choice!

Every program is taught by industry experts, and students benefit directly from the breadth and depth of their experience. And our curriculum is developed so that you finish a 2 year program in just 60 weeks. Attend classes from Monday to Thursday, and have Fridays off for a job or recreation. Four day weeks limit your travel and therefore minimize your travelling costs.

Our Tuition Pledge

At Success College, the job placement rate of our graduates is consistently over 90%. With a success rate like that, we’re willing to stand behind our programs. Our newest commitment to help you succeed is the Success College Tuition Pledge. We’re so confident that you’ll receive the right skills to launch your career and get your first job that, if you haven’t found employment within twelve months of graduation, we’ll help pay your tuition loan or refund your tuition.* Simple as that.
* Please contact Success College for full details.

What Our Graduates Are Saying...

As a result of the program at Success College I am able to continue in this field of work with confidence in my ability to be successful. The instructors and office staff will ensure the personal support and educational needs, to promote success.
Debbie Gillis, Success Graduate
The skills and knowledge presented while at Success College has presented me with ample opportunity for employment. I truly believe that what you put into this program you will receive from it.
Tracy MacKillop, Success Graduate