Early Childhood Assistant Program (C105)

Early Childhood Assistant
School of Early Childhood
George Brown College at Ryerson University
30 weeks (2 semesters)
Ontario College Certificate
Early Childhood Assistant is a two-semester program that will prepare you to work as an assistant with young children aged six weeks to ten years in a variety of early childhood settings.

Full Program Description


Early Childhood Assistant is a two-semester program that trains students to work as assistants with young children, aged six weeks to ten 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.

Early Childhood student working with infant at a George Brown  child care centre

Your Field Education Options 

This program provides a block field placement in each semester. These intensive, supervised field experiences not only reinforce what's been taught in the classroom, but they help students gain confidence in their skills as they have the opportunity to practice what they've learned in a supervised environment.  


  • 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.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course name
GSSC1079 Infant and Child Development
ECE1069 Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE1087 Foundations of ECE
ECE1005 Fieldwork
ECE1052 Interpersonal Communication
ECE1076 Observation, Planning and Evaluation
ECE2045 Applied Curriculum
COMM1073 Language and Communications I


semester courses
Code Course name
GSSC1079 Infant and Child Development
ECE1069 Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE1010 Fieldwork
ECE1076 Observation, Planning and Evaluation
ECE1087 Foundations of ECE
ECE2045 Applied Curriculum
COMM1091 Language and Communications II
GSSC1064 Introduction to Sociology
ECE1000 Professional Development Workshop 1

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates may find employment as assistant educators:

  • in child care centres
  • in nursery schools
  • as family-home child care providers

Future Study Options 

This program is a “ladder” into the Early Childhood Education diploma program. Students who complete the Early Childhood Assistant program with a B+ grade in field placement, and have a GPA of 1.70 or higher, may apply to enter directly into the second year of the Early Childhood Education program (C100).

For further information on future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Tuition and Fees


$3,956.00 *

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 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

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

How to Qualify and Apply

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

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

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 and meet the minimum academic requirements.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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 level C course prior to beginning field placement.
  • For more information about the ECE Field placement requirements, please visit the field placement page.

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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 other 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  

School of Early Childhood

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2310

Email: ece@georgebrown.ca

Our office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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