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LOCATION: 1450 Meyerside drive, Mississauga
DURATION: 39 weeks
STARTING:  Flexible Dates
CREDENTIAL: Diploma from PEEL College, Diploma from NACC

Early Childcare Assistant (ECA)

The ECA diploma will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to provide developmentally appropriate child care for children. Through this diploma, you will learn the fundamentals of early childcare and rules and regulations of the Canadian early childhood education sector. Successful completion of the ECA diploma will enhance your chances gain employment in early childcare settings and early learning centers as an assistant. Our Diploma Program is designed and approved by NACC (National Association of Career Colleges). Link to NACC website directory.

ECA Diploma Description

The diploma takes nine months to complete and has two mandatory block placements of 245 hrs each. The theory part (12 Modules = 445 hrs) is finished in class whereas the practicums are to be done in placement sites. Placement #1 is done in infant /toddler class and Placement #2 is done in preschool.

Notes: Before entering the program, in compliance with the law for working in vulnerable sectors, students must submit:

1-Satisfactory medical examination
2-Police reference check

Learning Outcome

Skills gained after completing the diploma:

• Observation techniques to report children’s behavior and interests

• Implementation of play-based learning strategies to promote learning and skill development in a classroom setting

• Maintain a healthy, safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment for children

• Effective use of techniques for positive guidance of children’s behavior in various settings

• Communicate effectively with all the stakeholders within early education settings

• Understanding of Early Year Child Care Act

• First aid & CPR

• Safe food handling practices

Module Summary

Introduction to Early Child Care and Education – presents an overview of Early Child Care and Education. Students gain an appreciation of the historical development of child care and its impact on the contemporary approach to care and curriculum. The QUAD principles in child care are introduced.

Roles and Responsibilities – present with the professional expectations of early childcare workers, including the roles and responsibilities, attitudes, ethical standards, and advocacy issues. Critical thinking and professional development strategies are also covered.

Child, Family and Community – presents an in-depth look at the Canadian Family and the challenges facing families. Students will gain an understanding of community-based support programs available to assist families who are facing specific challenges.

Introduction to Child Development – gives an understanding of historical and contemporary theories of developmental psychology, developmental domains and research approaches to child development.

Introduction to Prenatal and Infant Development – gives an understanding of historical and contemporary theories of development, developmental domains and research approaches to prenatal and infant development.

Introduction to Toddler Development – gives an understanding of historical and contemporary theories of development, developmental domains and research approaches to toddler development.

Health and Safety – this course presents the concepts and strategies for developing and maintaining a safe and healthy child care setting.

Written Communication Skills – this course presents the skills to improve proficiency in written communication and documentation in a child care setting.

Observation Skills – this course introduces the roles of the observer and a variety of approaches to observing overall development in children.

Introduction to Preschool Development – gives an understanding of historical and contemporary theories of development, developmental domains and research approaches to preschooler’s development.

Guiding Children – introduces the dimensions of caregiving and positive developmentally appropriate techniques for guiding the children.

Curriculum Planning – introduces various approaches to curriculum and theories of learning. Various elements of curriculum are introduced, including activities and themes, circle time and center activities.

Nutrition – this module looks at various factors that affect young children’s eating habits and stresses encouraging positive and healthy eating habits.


Graduates may find employment as assistant educators:

• in child care centers

• in nursery schools

• as family-home child care providers

ECA Job Description

Some of the duties and responsibilities of an assistant involve:

• assist and participate in the day to day operations of a childcare centre or early learning centre

• help to provide a nurturing, caring environment in which young children can thrive

• understand the physical, emotional and intellectual development of children from infancy to age 6

• maintain a professional approach while observing and guiding children throughout the day

• demonstrate effective communication skills with parents, children and co-workers

• provide opportunities to enhance children’s self-esteem during daily activities

• encourage socialization of children as they play and experience things together

• be knowledgeable in related health and safety issues during daily operations (Source- NACC)

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected based on their academic achievement.

Job Prospects

During the next ten years, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Early Childhood Educators and Assistants (NOC 4214) in the Toronto region and across Canada. 
Given Toronto’s growing population, demand for these childcare workers is expected to increase during the forecast period. Qualified individuals who speak multiple languages may have better prospects.

{ Sources- Labour Market Information – ESDC | Outlook Methodology

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