Early Childhood Education Assistant Program

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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 license from the Ministry for Children and Family Development.

Certificate Program

Total Program Hours:
410 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
14 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Before & After School Care
Child Care Center Supervisor
Early Childhood Educator
Family Child Care
Group Child Care
Strong Start Facilitator
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 (GED) or Mature Student Status
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and may be required to do an entrance assessment (with a composite score of 42)
  • Excellent communication skills (composition), signing a medical/criminal waiver, providing physician’s waiver, submitting a criminal record check (must be Public Safety & Solicitor General: Schedule B), and clear testing for TB. (All must be done no more than three months before the start date of the program).

Note: English level assessment will be required for international students (with a minimum score of 20/40 in language).

Certificate Requirements:
  • 70% average upon successful completion of all courses
  • CPR, First Aid and FoodSafe will be completed during the program

Note: 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 status. Successful completion of EC100 includes attendance of a minimum of 90 instructional/classroom hours to be eligible for this certificate.

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* Early Childhood Education Assistant Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

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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 childcare 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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