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Diploma in Early Childcare Assistant

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.

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 (vulnerable sector check)

Before starting the Practicum, students will require to be CPR certified.

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Peel College makes it easy to fund your own education and self development by offering interest-free installments. We also offer bursaries to deserving students. The Diploma is eligible for funding under Ontario's Second Career Program. Contact us today for more information.

Courses covered:

  1. Introduction to Early Childcare & Education
  2. Role and Responsibilities
  3. Child, Family and Community
  4. Introduction to Child Development
  5. Introduction to Prenatal and Infant Development
  6. Introduction to Toddler Development
  7. Health and Safety
  8. Written Communication
  9. Observation Skills
  10. Orientation to Practicum
  11. Practicum 1: Infant and Toddler
  12. Introduction to Preschool Development
  13. Guiding Children
  14. Curriculum Planning
  15. Nutrition
  16. Practicum 2: Preschool
  17. Job Search training


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)

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

Minimum wage: $ 16 per hour

Maximum wage: $ 23 per home


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Mississauga, ON L5T 2N5

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