Certificate in Early Childcare Assistant

You will gain an appreciation for the historical development of child care and its impact on contemporary approaches to care and curriculum. The role of government and associations in Canadian child care and education are explained. The QUAD principles in child care are introduced. And you will develop strategies for being a successful student.

As an Early Childcare Assistant graduate, you will consistently:

  • demonstrate professionalism in all elements of practice in the field of early child care and education
  • apply relevant legislation, regulations, policies, procedures and employer policies to personal ethics, early child care programs and settings
  • assess resources and uses available learning opportunities for further personal growth and skill development
  • demonstrate an understanding of the historical contributions to early child care and education, their influence on contemporary practice and the future direction of early child care in Canada
  • develop a reflective practice through keeping a daily journal of practicum experiences
  • reflect on each practicum assignment and experience; evaluate practices used and decisions made
  • evaluate constructive criticism from others; incorporate useful information into personal practice as an educator
  • identify mistakes; be accountable and make corrections if appropriate; be prepared to explain decisions and actions
  • demonstrate a willingness to learn from others – children, parents, co-workers, supervisor, etc
  • identify successes; reflect and assess with a view to transferring skills to other situations
  • demonstrate the ability to adapt skills to address new situations; reflect and evaluate adaptations

What to expect:

Mode of Delivery

Instructor-led classroom training


40 weeks / 945 Hours


Local $9,320 / Intl $11,570 CAD





Admission Requirements

  • The student has an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent OR is 18 years of age or older on or before the program begins AND can pass a qualifying test (Wonderlic – 13) that has been approved by the Superintendent.
  • 2 step TB skin test and vaccinations record, and Police clearance.

Program Curriculum:

  • Written Communication
  • Observation Skills
  • Health and Safety
  • Introduction to Early Child Care and Education
  • Intro to Prenatal, Infant and Toddler Development
  • Guiding Children
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Nutrition
  • Practicum 2: Preschool
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Practicum 1: Infant and Toddler
  • Intro to Preschool Development
  • Child, Family and Community

Job Market Potential

Median Income:

$34K+ per annum through salary or contract based on experience, organization, location and duties involved.

Possible Job Titles:

Daycare Aide, Daycare Supervisor, Daycare Teacher, Daycare Worker, Daycare Worker Assistant, Early Childhood Assistant, Early Childhood Education Worker, Early Childhood Educator (ECE), Educator Assistant – Junior Kindergarten, Infant Daycare Workers Supervisor, Infants’ Daycare Worker, Nursery School Aide, Nursery School Helper, Nursery School Teacher, Preschool Helper, Preschool Supervisor

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