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Early Childhood Assistant Program (C105)-2014-2015
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Early Childhood Assistant Program (C105)

PROGRAMEarly Childhood Assistant Program
SCHOOLSchool of Early Childhood
LOCATIONGeorge Brown College at Ryerson University
DURATION30 weeks (2 semesters)
CERTIFICATIONOntario College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY2014-2015

This one-year program will prepare you to work as an assistant with young children aged 6 weeks to 10 years in a variety of early childhood settings.

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Full Program Descriptions


The program trains students to work as assistants with young children, aged six weeks to 10 years, in early childhood settings. Emphasis is placed on basic skills development. Within each semester, the weeks are divided into three days of classroom theory and two days of field experience. In addition, there is a block field placement in each semester. This program is a “ladder” into the Early Childhood Education diploma program.



  • Students must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination upon entering the program.
  • Field placement is a mandatory and complex component of the program. Should accommodation issues arise, a Special Needs Consultant may be called upon to assist the applicant in determining whether she/he can meet the requirements necessary for safe caregiving for young children.
  • In compliance with requests from our student placement partners, all students in this program must have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program.
  • Students must complete a standard first aid course prior to beginning field placement. 


Part Time Study Options  For more information visit the Part–time Early Childhood Programs page

Course Outline
Required Courses 




Infant and Child Development


Health, Safety and Nutrition


Foundations of ECE




Interpersonal Communication


Observation, Planning and Evaluation


Applied Curriculum


Language and Communications I






Infant and Child Development


Health, Safety and Nutrition




Observation, Planning and Evaluation


Foundations of ECE


Language and Communications II


Introduction to Sociology

For detailed course outlines click here.

For a list of General Education Electives click here.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities
Your Career Graduates may find employment as assistant teachers in child care centres and nursery schools, or as family-home child care providers.

Future Study Options 

Students who complete the Early Childhood Assistant program with a B+ grade in field placement, and have a B average, may apply to directly enter the second year of the Early Childhood Education program (C100).

For further information on future study options, see

Tuition and Fees
Tuition $3,636.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2013. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2014 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply
Special Requirements  
  • Field placement is a mandatory and complex component of the program. Should accommodation issues arise, a Special Needs Consultant may be called upon to assist the applicant in determining whether she/he can meet the requirements necessary for safe caregiving for young children. 
  • As a program requirement students must complete a standard first aid with CPR-C course prior to beginning field placement. 
  • For more information about the ECE Field placement requirements, please visit the field placement page.

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Information session - Other arrangements will be made for applicants who live outside the Greater Toronto Area and/or are unable to attend the information session.
  • Questionnaire
  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available for this program, final student selection will be determined by the College based on departmental interview results and academic standing overall or within required courses. Subject to competition, applicants may be required to have grades/averages above the minimum.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

NOTE: Information sessions are by appointment only and invitations are sent to students who have applied to a program in our School of Early Childhood.

Information sessions are held regularly and are an opportunity for you to learn about the program content and career options. You'll have an opportunity to meet faculty and staff and have your questions answered.

Course Exemptions: Certain Ontario Academic Credit (OAC), college or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Many courses are also eligible for prior learning assessment, based on your previous education and experiential learning. Please visit for more information.

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Student Success
Success Stories  

"George Brown has been an extremely positive experience for me. As a person with a disability I have had great support from the faculty, who have gone above and beyond what was expected in order to give me the best possible experience. The College only places us in high-quality, not-for-profit daycares, which not only helps us to learn the best practices but also to network and make excellent connections for future employment. I was offered employment right from my first placement and have worked regularly for the centres where I completed my second two placements. Thanks to George Brown I know that I will have a good job right from the day I graduate."

Morgan MacKinnon (student, Early Childhood)

Contact Us
Contact Us  

Call the George Brown School of Early Childhood at 416-415-5000 ext. 2310 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For updated information and course descriptions, visit or call 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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