Required Documents for Practicum

In response to recommendations made by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia, the CYS department will no longer be collecting Child Abuse Registry letters, Vulnerable Sector Checks, Criminal Record Checks or First Aid Certificates. It is now the student’s responsibility to produce these documents to their practicum placement location on the FIRST day of practicum.

Failure to produce these documents within 24 hours of the start of practicum will result in an automatic removal from your practicum placement.

Child Abuse Registry:

APPLY ONLINE:  When you apply online you need to upload any supporting documents in PDF, JPG or PNG format.  CLICK HERE to apply ONLINE. 


OTHER WAYS TO APPLY:  USE THIS FORM if you’re unable to submit the form online. Send your completed form and supporting documents by mail.

Vulnerable Sector Check (includes Criminal Record Check):

To request your VSC (includes CRC) please visit MyBackCheck or visit your local RCMP station.

Emergency First-Aid & CPR “C”/AED

Emergency First-Aid & CPR “C”/AED can be obtained through any certified vendor – this will no longer be offered through the department.

St. John Ambulance

Make sure your documentation is valid and up-to-date!

In accordance with the current NS Early Learning and Child Care Act, Child Abuse Register and Vulnerable Sector Checks (includes Criminal Record Checks) must be updated on a regular basis as follows:

-Child Abuse Register Checks must be renewed every three years

-Vulnerable Sector Checks renewed every five years

-First-Aid expiry as noted on certificate or card (normally 3 years)

Please note, individual placements may have specific requirements regarding CAR/VSC – these are normally outlined in our placement correspondence to students.

Additional Information:

Students studying outside Nova Scotia/CANADA must adhere to the document requirements of their Province/Country.

*ALL students are required to attend the mandatory meeting.

If you are considering an IWK placement – please contact our Practicum Coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Miller (NO PLACEMENT is guaranteed)

*Distance Students refers to those students registered as DLCE learners and are taking all courses via DLCE.