Early Childhood Assistance Program

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Early Childhood Assistant is a program that trains students to work as assistants with young children, aged six weeks to 10 years, in early childhood settings. Emphasis is placed on basic skills development. This is a two semester program (30 weeks) during each semester, the weeks are divided into three days of classroom theory and two days of field experience.

Field Placement

Students complete a 14-week placement in semester 1 and a seven-week field placement in semester 2 of the program in a variety of settings. Students have the opportunity to work with children of all ages.

Field placement provides a continuum of experience that gives students the opportunity to integrate and apply theory to practice.

To support student learning outcomes and ensure you have access to facilities that reflect the best practices we consider essential, we own and operate 12 child care centres that are located across the Greater Toronto Area. These lab schools expose you to the kinds of environments where you will eventually work and provide valuable services to the families and communities that they serve.


semester 1 courses
Course name
1 Infant and Child Development
2 Health, Safety and Nutrition
3 Foundations of ECE
4 Fieldwork
5 Interpersonal Communication
6 Integrated Seminar I
7 Applied Curriculum
8 Language and Communications I

semester 2 courses
Course name
9 Infant and Child Development
10 Health, Safety and Nutrition
11 Fieldwork
12 Observation, Planning and Evaluation
13 Foundations of ECE
14 Integrated Seminar II
15 Applied Curriculum
16 Language and Communications II
17 Introduction to Sociology
18 Professional Development Workshop 1

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