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“The Early Childhood Assistant Program is designed to equip students with all the necessary skills to become successful educators and leaders in the ECE field. Students will learn how to support the holistic development of children in a variety of environments. Students will learn about every developmental milestone of infants, toddler, preschoolers, and school-aged students.”

Stacey MachadoAcademic Manager
Acquire a solid foundation in Early Childhood Education and how to support the holistic development of children in a variety of inclusive environments.
Throughout the program, students will learn about the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children.
Pertinent Early Childhood skills to meet the demands of today’s Childcare Centre environment
The program structure provides experiential learning for the students as they apply the theory learned in class in their field placements.
Focus on English communication throughout program
Paid/Unpaid Field Placement
Partners for field placements in various daycare center settings.
  • Student will reflect and discuss the different types of Child Care settings in Canada
  • Examine legislations that regulate the profession
  • Learn different learning theories
  • Examine Play-Based Learning
  • Create and Compare environments for specific age groups
  • Examine and learn about the different roles of an ECA in Canada
  • Create a professional portfolio for an ECA
  • Design a career path with specific goals
  • Outline quality in Childcare settings
  • Find current challenges in the ECE Field
  • Design a classroom routine that involves arrival, departure, washroom routines, nap, playtime, lunch/snacks and supervision
  • Compare and contrast different age group behaviors
  • Identify developmental theories and their application to infants and toddlers
  • Plan a variety of strategies to observe infants and toddlers in a childcare setting
  • Design environments that support infants’ and toddlers’ social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical skills
  • Illustrate strategies that promote quality, health, safety and nutrition of infants and toddlers
  • Design classroom routines that accommodate those with disabilities
  • List the different stages of social and cognitive play
  • Create learning opportunities based on an emergent curriculum
  • Identify the kindergarten program and school-age guidelines as well as the structure
  • Design environments and learning opportunities that are both inclusive and diverse
  • Explain methods that reduce risk of cross-contamination within an early childhood setting
  • Design procedures that reflect the importance of ensuring health and safety in a childcare setting
  • Describe the role of an educator in guiding children
  • Explain the theoretical foundations of child guidance
  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between direct and indirect child guidance
  • Identify what strategies support the emotional and social competence of children
  • Use observation and environmental assessment to evaluate how children behave
  • Design guides for children in various situations
  • explain the foundations of interpersonal communication in various context
  • apply specific listening, verbal, non-verbal and conflict management skills in professional settings
  • examine the different interpersonal relationships within a childcare setting
  • describe different family compositions/structures in Canada
  • learn different ways to involve families in a childcare setting
  • design a curriculum that accommodates diverse families and communities
  • identify different methods of observing and documenting children’s’ actions
  • use objective and positive forms of documentation
  • observe and compose observations based on interactions with children
  • plan formal reports based on an observation or documentation

Toronto Campus

Credential Upon Graduation

Ontario College Diploma

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of UMC ESL Level 11 or IELTS 5.0
  • Wonderlic -17
  • High School Diploma evaluated by WES / PLAR

Start Date

Official Starting Date

Program Options

Early Childhood Assistant Diploma
  • Academic Study: 30 weeks (Total 791 hours)
  • Total Length: 38 weeks (Includes Study Break)

Students that successfully complete all required program materials will benefit from a paid/unpaid field placement for practical experience. Although the school will provide you with such a placement, we encourage students to assist in identifying placement opportunities in fields or locations of specific interest. Students may need to participate in field placements that are within a reasonable distance to the College. Travel costs are the responsibility of the student. The College has partnered with several businesses throughout the Great Toronto Area to have a variety of settings available for our students to complete their placements.

Resume Clinics
Mock Job Interviews
Canadian Workplace Culture
Career Development Workshop
Networking Events & Job Fairs
Ongoing Placement Support

Introduction to Child Care and Education

This course is designed to introduce students to Canada’s Early Childhood Education, which includes the philosophies being used in different childcare settings, class routines, and current practices. It also introduces principles f child education that will facilitate the general understanding of typical behaviors that pertain to specific age groups.

The Early Childhood Assistant Roles and Responsibilities

In this course, students will focus on the roles and responsibilities of an Early Childhood Assistant in the ECE world in Canada. Students will research, reflect and discuss the different environments and examine how ECA’s contribute to the childcare settings. Students will also learn how to create a professional portfolio for an Early Childhood Assistant. In addition to the above, students will also design a career path with specific goals.

Introduction to Child Development

In this course, students will be introduced to different learning environments within childcare centers and outline quality in Early Childhood Education Settings. Students will also be able to identify current challenges in the Early Childhood Field. Students will also be able to design a classroom routine that involves arrival, departure, washroom routines, nap, playtime, lunch/snacks and supervision as well as compare and contrast specific age group behaviors.

Infant and Toddler Setting

This course covers the study of infant and toddler’s development, behaviors, strengths, and skills. Students will learn about the roles of an educator, methods of observation, and interpretation, setting goals, building responsive relationships, and setting supportive environments. It brings a variety of strategies to be applied in childcare settings during daily routines, but it also addresses social emotional, physical, and language development in different contexts.

Pre-school Setting

In this course, students will learn about preschoolers’ social, emotional, physical and language development through a variety of contexts, as well as different program models currently present in today’s early learning settings. The course also focuses on how to build goals and objectives for this age group and how to implement meaningful activities that will help preschoolers develop specific skills.

Field Placement/Practicum

Field Placement is the practicum portion of the ECA program. Students will attend 320 hours of unpaid placement in a licensed childcare setting, community services or EarlyOn Centers in Ontario. It is recommended that students attend placements with exposure to the infant and toddler age group to learn about their routines, development, and manner of interaction. Students will have the opportunity to interact with children, role-model appropriate behaviors, implement learning opportunities, learn about families, ministry-requirements, policies, and have their first experience of the role of an Early Childhood Assistant.

School-Age and Kindergarten Setting

This course focuses on child development theories and its applications to school agers (from 6 to 12 years of age). Students will examine different observation tools, portfolios, and class management. In addition, this course will analyze the before-and-after-school system programs, its functionalities, class routines and educator roles. This course will also introduce students to the Kindergarten Years in Ontario schools and how it differs from early learning centers. It will examine current legislations under the ministry of education, curriculum, classroom dynamics and the Registered Early Childhood Educator’s role.

Health, Safety and Nutrition

This course will cover concepts of a healthy and safe environment for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school agers. Students will reflect on current legislation and best practices to support quality health, safety, and nutrition for children. The course emphasizes on the prevention of injuries, illnesses and offers strategies to promote well-being. It highlights the importance of self-care of children and themselves as future educators.

Behavioral Guidance

This course is an in-depth study of children’s behavioral guidance that focuses on early learning settings. Students will examine various strategies to guide and support challenging behaviors depending on the child’s age and needs. In addition, students will familiarize themselves with different behavioral assessments, planning strategies, and interventions that can best support children.  

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

This course provides students skills to improve communication in a variety of contexts with focus on professional settings and childcare centers. It will give students the ability to work collaboratively in groups. Learn strategies to avoid conflicts and interact efficiently with others. It will help build interpersonal skills through theory, dialogue and practice. 

Understanding Families and Communities

This course introduces strategies that will help students work collaboratively with families and communities. The course focuses on building effective partnerships among educators, families and communities within early learning and care programs. Students will be encouraged to use a strength-based approach to analyze their own communities and find effective ways to build partnerships with families in the early learning settings.

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

This course provides students skills to improve communication in a variety of contexts with focus on professional settings and childcare centers. It will give students the ability to work collaboratively in groups. Learn strategies to avoid conflicts and interact efficiently with others. It will help build interpersonal skills through theory, dialogue and practice. 

Observation and Documentation

This course will introduce the different techniques of observation and documentation used by Early Childhood Educators. Students will observe and document children’s (birth to 12 years old) behavior, skills, interests and organize information to set pedagogical goals. The goals involve planning of learning opportunities, portfolios, and specific developmental strategies based on different styles of observation and documentation.
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