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Early Childcare Assistant

Early childcare assistants (ECA) program teaching students care, plan and arrange activities for preschool and school-age children.

Program Length

36 weeks (845 hours) instructor-led
full time training With Co-op

Practicum Duration

8 weeks in total of 320 hours

Financial Aid

Free financial consultation available.
Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.
Program Description

Early childcare assistants (ECA) plan and arrange activities for preschool and school-age children. Early childhood educators and assistants lead children in activities to encourage and develop their academic, physical and mental/psychological growth. Our unique diploma program especially focuses on health and safety, children’s infancy, toddler and preschool development, interactive and two-way communications, child mental development and guidance, developing educational theories, designing age-reflective curriculum, and program management while working with families where needed.

Admission Requirements

Applicant must have Grade 12 level or a university degree or a college diploma and demonstrated competency in English.

Clinical Practice

After students finish in-class training, students will have an opportunity to have a minimum of 8 weeks of full-time placement in the day care centre.

Career Opportunities

In Ontario, employment prospects are expected to be on the rising pattern for early childhood assistants (ECA), a relatively large occupation grouping with a good future outlook all over in Canada. Employment in the occupation has been growing progressively over the last few years. These professionals are fairly young, with an average age group between 25-45 years.
After completion of the diploma program, early childcare assistants can easily work in child-care centres, kindergartens and nursery schools, agencies for exceptional children, and other environments where early childhood education services are provided, or they even may be self-employed at their own pace licensed as a home-based childcare facility.
They can work in various work-setting as:

  • child-care worker assistant in schools/daycare centers,
  • child-care worker in daycare/schools
  • day-care helper/supervisor
  • early childhood educator in education agencies
  • early childhood program staff assistant
  • early childhood supervisor
  • preschool helper/ supervisor
  • preschool teacher

Program Consultation: For further information, email or call the Program Coordinator at 416-821-4876 or 647-996-5876

What is the Early Childcare Assistant Program?

The program prepares individuals for roles in early childcare settings, focusing on child development, safety, and effective communication skills.

Who can apply for this program?

Applicants must possess a high school diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Those without a high school diploma may apply as mature students with specific requirements.

What skills does the program emphasize?

It emphasizes practical skills in early childhood education, safety, and communication, preparing graduates for assistant roles in childcare settings.

Is there hands-on experience included in the program?

Yes, practical experience is a key component, ensuring students apply their learning in real-world childcare environments.

How can I learn more about admissions and program details?

Contacting a career counselor at the college is recommended for personalized information about admissions, program specifics, and career guidance.


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