Early Childhood Assistant

Program Length: 40 weeks
This program is offered at our Toronto and Scarborough Campuses

Early Childhood Assistant

The Early Childhood Assistant program was developed to equip childcare workers with valuable knowledge, skills and experience for employment as Assistants in daycares or early learning centres. It was designed to give students an overview of the responsibilities of an early childcare assistant and opportunities to perform those responsibilities.

In addition to covering early childhood development, program planning, communication and other vital topics in childcare, the program also includes the role of computers in a childcare setting and how to use this tool to enhance the development in children.


  1. Introduction to the ECA Profession
  2. Role and Responsibilities – Families and Communities
  3. Child Development – I
  4. Health, Safety, & Nutrition
  5. Effective Writing and Interpersonal Communications
  6. Observation, Planning & Documentation
  7. Child Development- II
  8. Behaviours Guidance
  9. Early Childhood Curriculum Development
  10. Job Search
  11. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  12. Practicum: Infant and Toddler
  13. Practicum: Preschool


Clinical Placement
College also arranges 490 hours of mandatory Practicum Placement for the students. The placement provides the students the opportunity to apply the theories into a real work situation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as assistant teachers in child care centres and nursery schools, or as family-home child care providers. Job titles include: Child Care Assistant, Child Care Worker, Daycare Early Childhood Educator Assistant, Day Care Worker, Day Care Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Baby Care Worker, Infant Day Care Worker, Nursery School Helper, and Preschool Helper.

Admission Requirements

  • An Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, Or
  • 18 years of age or older on or before the program commences and       passing score of 14 on the Wonderlic SLE entrance test
  • Standard First Aid with CPR level C course
  • Medical Clearance
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check