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Early Childhood Education Assistant

Certificate Program

Total Program Hours:
410 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
14 Weeks
Includes holidays and professional days.
Delivery Methods:
  • In-Class Instruction
Program content is subject to change.

An Early Childhood Education Assistant supports all students in classroom environments and performs duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents.

The Early Childhood Education Assistant certificate program gives the student the skills and occupational competencies necessary in the industry today based on the Ministry of Education and Child Care approved curriculum.

Learning Objectives

After completion of the 14-week program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic information of health, safety and proper nutrition for young children
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic licensing regulations, safety and hygiene-related to childcare facilities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic child development
  • Promote the psychological and physical safety, health and well-being of each child
  • Develop and maintain a warm, caring and responsive relationship with each child
  • Establish and maintain open and cooperative relationships with each child’s family
  • Establish and maintain a supportive and collaborative relationship with colleagues
  • Effectively learn how to resolve problems and conflicts

Graduates are eligible to apply for an Early Childhood Education Assistant Certificate from the Ministry of Education and Child

Sprott Shaw is a member of Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC).

Why Study At Sprott Shaw? 

  • Lifetime access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation 
  • Lifetime tuition-free access to course refreshers if you ever need to retrain and update your skills 
  • Practicum opportunities with recognized organizations across BC
  • Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait 
  • Career and professional development success courses to help create a career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism, and identify the target markets and employment resources in the counselling field 
  • Preparation and orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for exams 
  • All-inclusive program costs where what you see is what you pay. Our costs include registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, uniforms, certificates, graduation fees, practicum fees, and much more 
  • Grant and scholarship opportunities are available to help you save on tuition. Up to $4000 in scholarships and grants are open to recent high school graduates, Sprott Shaw alumni, military veterans, and more! Click here to browse our full list of grants and scholarships.

Where Are Sprott Shaw Graduates Working? 

Our Early Childhood, Education, and Support graduates can be found working throughout the province. In addition to school districts across BC, our Early Childhood Education and Education Assistant graduates can be found working at daycares and preschools such as CEFA Early Learning and the Boys and Girls Club. 

Community Support Workers and Mental Health and Addiction workers can be found working in women’s shelters, mental health and addiction recovery facilities, homeless shelters, and more. 

Click below to learn more about where our graduates are currently working. Please note that these lists do not cover every single business that has hired a Sprott Shaw graduate, but they do provide a good representation of the sort of industries that Sprott Shaw graduates are working in. 


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Career Opportunities

Before & After School Care
Child Care Center Supervisor
Early Childhood Educator
Family Child Care
Group Child Care
Nanny
Preschools
Strong Start Facilitator
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals).
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment.
Domestic Students:
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
International Students:

International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following four options:

  • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
  • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOEFL Score of 70 or Equivalent Standardized External Assessment,  OR
  • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools, OR
  • International students that can provide a Canadian transcript (or evaluated credentials) showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
  • Excellent communication skills (composition), signing a medical/criminal waiver, completing a health declaration form (or physician’s waiver), and submitting a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General:  Schedule B).  (All must be done no more than three months before the start date of the program).
  • Provide evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a signed vaccination waiver on file.

 

Practice Education Requirement:
Please note certain facilities may require proof of a negative TB test. Without this documentation on the student file, it may limit practicum placement opportunities.
Certificate Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses
  • CPR, First Aid and FoodSafe will be completed during the program

First Aid Training Per: the Community Care and Assisted Living Act – Child Care Licensing Regulation (Section 23 and Schedule C), students are trained, and practicum students and employees, require a valid first aid and CPR certificate. The course provided in our program offers 8 hours of instruction, at least 3.5 hours delivered in person, and includes demonstration and skills relevant to matters in respect of children and infants.

CPR, First Aid and FoodSafe will be completed during the program.

Other Requirements:
  • ECCFACP Emergency Child Care First Aid and CPR Level C (1 day) (Comp/Inc).
  • HLTH010 FoodSafe (Comp/Inc).

Note that successful completion of any of the following courses – EC100, EC110 or EC180 individually or as part of a program will allow the student to apply for assistant certification. Successful completion of EC100 includes attendance of a minimum of 90 instructional/classroom hours to be eligible for this certificate.

Students can expect to complete 1 – 3 hours of homework per day.

 

* Early Childhood Education Assistant was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

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Courses List

This 14 week Certificate program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • The process of learning and maturation, child growth and development
  • Cultural, economic, and generational influences on development
  • Schedule B needed for child observations in child care centres
  • See EC100 course outline for details on applying for ECE Assistant Certificate

  • Positive contemporary child guidance practices
  • Understanding the causes and characteristics of inappropriate behaviour

  • Signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses
  • Developing safe and secure environments for young children
  • Policies and procedures for licensing requirements for observing and reporting abuse and neglect
  • Snack and meal planning, and applying the Canada Food Guide in childcare settings

  • 4-week practicum (includes Touch Back Lab) - 40 hours per week
  • Application of ECE assistant skills

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