Course Code: 201

The Early Childcare Assistant (ECA) Program is designed to teach students the basics of childcare within a professional environment. It provides students with the skills to conduct and monitor children's activities, learn program planning, maintain a daycare, write observations on child development, and more.

Introduction

Are you caring and patient, with a natural interest in child development? If so, training to become an early childcare assistant could be your ideal path to rewarding, in-demand career.

Sunview College’s ECA program prepares students to plan educational programs, conduct and monitor children’s development, maintain a daycare facility, and much more. We teach best practices in child care so graduates enter the workforce ready to make a positive contribution to their communities.

Program available in our Mississauga, Scarborough, and Brampton centers.

Course Benefits

The Early Childcare Assistant program from Sunview College provides the hands-on training, practical experience and professional support it takes to pursue a successful career in this rewarding field. Graduates of this program enter the professional world with confidence after learning from experienced ECA professionals.

With the increase of single-parent and two-working-parent families, early childcare assistants have been in high demand over the last several years. And according to government sources, this trend is expected to continue. Service Canada estimates that “the number of early childhood educators and assistants should increase significantly over the next few years.”

Sunview’s qualified instructors bring the industry experience and expertise you need to learn, understand, and apply your training in the real world, as quickly as possible. You can use your child development skills by starting your OWN business or working as

  • Daycare Supervisor
  • Preschool worker
  • Childcare worker assistant
  • Early childcare educator
  • Family home childcare provider
Salaries for ECA graduates range from $16/hr to $27/hr.

Job Duties

Main duties for people in this field could be:

  • Conduct and monitor activity programs designed for young children
  • Lead children in activities by telling stories, teaching songs and preparing craft materials
  • Prepare and serve snacks
  • Arrange rooms and furniture for lunch and rest periods
  • Assist with proper eating, dressing and toilet habits
  • Submit written observations on children to supervisor
  • Attend staff meetings to discuss progress and problems of children
  • Assist supervisor in keeping records
  • Maintain day-care equipment and assist in housekeeping duties.

Units

Unit ID Unit Name
001 Introduction to Early Childcare and Education
002 Role and Responsibilities
003 Child,Family and Community
004 Introduction to Child Development
005 Introduction to Pre-Natal & Infant Development
006 Introduction to Toddler Development
007 Healthy and Safety
008 Written Communication
009 Observation Skills
010 Practicum 1: Infant and Toddler
011 Observation Skills
012 Guiding Children
013 Curriculum Planning
014 Nutrition
015 Practicum 2 : Preschool

Details

  • Ontario Grade 12 or equivalent
  • OR
  • Mature Student (18 years of age or older) & A passing SLE TEST
  • Provide Police check (clearance) of Criminal record and Medical clearance (Medical check)

Get the Support You Need to Launch a Successful Career

Career training isn't about getting a diploma - it's about getting a job you love. Our emphasis is on practicality. We believe that once concepts are understood in theory, your focus should be on the practical. By minimizing the amount of reading and increasing the hands-on practical experience, you will be better prepared to face workplace challenges with confidence. We provide practical approach and guidance for students looking to secure good placements in strong organizations in Canada and other countries. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.


What our Students Say

"I was a high school teacher back home but my degree wasn’t recognized here in Canada so I decided to go to ECA program in Sunview College. Upon finishing my program I was immediately hired at my second placement as a supply teacher. The college prepared me for what I am now." - Marilyn Apostol, Sunview Graduate

“My name is Angela. I had an amazing teacher, Miss Saima. I took E.C.A because I had an interest working with children. I find the program very interesting and I learnt a lot. If anyone is interesting in taking this program I strongly recommend this for you.” – Angela L., Sunview Graduate

Get Started

If you're interested in learning more about careers in Early Childcare Assisting and exploring whether this is the right career path for you. A helpful Sunview College Admissions Counsellor would be happy to answer any questions you have and help with everything from scheduling to financial aid.

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