Early Childhood Assistant 1212

About Centennial
Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 1212
School: School of Community and Health Studies
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters
Start Date: Fall
Location: Ashtonbee Campus
Tel: 416-289-5303

Early childhood assistants fulfill a vital role in child care settings by providing caring and skilled support to each individual child's needs. Through their understanding of personal and social development as well as health and safety needs, combined with practical training, early childhood assistants are able to effectively support children as they grow through their early years. 

Students will benefit from field placements in Centennial’s two early childhood education centres, which allow them to experience and understand what high quality child care is all about.

This program provides a high level of support to students, including those who have a workplace destination level high-school diploma, are mature students (over the age of 19), and/ or students who have first languages other than English. By providing students with the small classes, a hands-on approach to learning and lots of opportunities to discuss and practice new skills, Centennial College is able to support their success in becoming skilled childcare professionals.

Semester 1 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
ENGL-117 ECA English Communications Part 1 Ashtonbee Campus
KD-102 Health And Wellbeing - Part 1 Ashtonbee Campus
KD-106 Introductory Practicum Ashtonbee Campus
KD-116 Professionalism Ashtonbee Campus
KD-119 Infant and Toddler Development Ashtonbee Campus
KD-120 The Learning Environment Ashtonbee Campus

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
ENGL-118 ECA English Communications Part 2 Ashtonbee Campus
KD-108 Health and Wellbeing - Part 2 Ashtonbee Campus
KD-112 Final Practicum Ashtonbee Campus
KD-114 Guiding Children's Behaviour Ashtonbee Campus
KD-121 Preschool and School-Age Learning Ashtonbee Campus
KD-122 Communicating with Families Ashtonbee Campus

Program Highlights
  • Most courses involve one or two major assignments, a mid-term and a final test
  • Assignments include presentations, small group assignments and in-class workshop participation
  • Both semesters contain field placement experiences

Career Outlook

Many of Centennial’s graduates find work as child care assistants in child care centers, child care providers with licenced child care agencies, independent child care providers and in-home nannies. As an early childhood assistant, you can look forward to becoming a professional team member.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Plan and implement individual programs and curriculum to meet the developmental needs of children
  • Utilize a variety of observation techniques to enhance work with children, families and co-workers
  • Maintain responsive relationships with individual children and groups of children
  • Establish and maintain safe and healthy environments that best meet the requirements of current legislation, regulatory bodies and program policies
  • Develop and maintain effective written, oral, non-verbal and electronic communications with children, families, co-workers, employers and individuals/ agencies
  • Apply relevant legislation, policies, procedures and regulations to early childhood education programs and settings in a changing social context
  • Apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education within the framework of ethical and professional standards
  • Act in a manner consistent with principles of fairness, equity and diversity to support the development and learning of individual children, within the context of their family, culture and society

Distinctive Benefits for Centennial College Students

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Hands-on approach to learning
  • Opportunity to observe best practices in our child care centres
  • Supportive faculty

Educational Partners

Each year, between 10 and 33 per cent of program graduates go on to study in Centennial’s two-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. Many of these students are exempt from some ECE courses as a result of attaining a high level of success in the ECA program. ECA graduates who have successfully completed the ECE program have also been accepted into Ryerson University or York University.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
Academic Requirements

  • English Grade 12 (workplace, college, or university preparation is accepted)
or   take an English Skills Assessment for Admission to the program (please book the CAAT B Assessment) Non-academic Requirements
  • Applicants are required to attend a Program Admission Session
  • Applicants will be asked to demonstrate appropriate workplace-level communication skills at the session
Career Outlook
Many of Centennial’s graduates find work as
  • child care assistants in child care centers
  • child care providers with licenced child care agencies
  • independent child care providers
  • and in-home nannies.
As an early childhood assistant, you can look forward to becoming a professional team member.