Please Note: This program is permanently suspended and is no longer accepting students for the January 2020 intake and beyond.

Preparing graduates to work as Early Childhood Assistants for more than 30 years.

Early Childhood Assistant is a two-semester program that will prepare you to work as an assistant with young children aged six weeks to 10 years in a variety of early childhood settings.

A female child care worker is sitting down on the ground cross-legged and she has a little baby in her lap. They are clapping together.


Program name
Early Childhood Assistant
Experiential learning
Field Placement
30 weeks (2 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 N/A
Jan. 2020 Suspended
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 N/A
Jan. 2020 N/A
May 2020 N/A

Full Description

Please Note: This program is permanently suspended and is no longer accepting students for the January 2020 intake and beyond.

Early Childhood Assistant is a two-semester program that 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.

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

Experiential Learning

Field Placement

Your Field Study options

Students complete a 14-week placement in semester 1 and a seven-week field placement in semester 2 of the program in a variety of settings. Students have the opportunity to work with children of all ages.

Field placement provides a continuum of experience that gives students the opportunity to integrate and apply theory to practice.

To support student learning outcomes and ensure you have access to facilities that reflect the best practices we consider essential, we own and operate 12 child care centres that are located across the Greater Toronto Area. These lab schools expose you to the kinds of environments where you will eventually work and provide valuable services to the families and communities that they serve.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Implement play-based early learning strategies that respond to individual and groups of children’s identified abilities, interests and ideas.
  2. Maintain inclusive early learning environments that support diverse, equitable and accessible developmental and learning opportunities for all children and their families.
  3. Observe, report, document and review children’s behaviour and their responses to early learning opportunities.
  4. Guide children's behaviour in a responsive manner, both individually and in groups.
  5. Maintain health and safety practices in early childhood learning settings.
  6. Use professional written, verbal, nonverbal and electronic communications when working with children, families, colleagues and employers in early learning settings.
  7. Comply with the regulations of the Day Nurseries Act, 1990 and other relevant legislation in daily work within early learning settings.
  8. Work collaboratively with families and early learning professionals to maintain quality early learning environments.
  9. Develop and implement an ongoing personal and professional development plan to support work in early learning settings.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse name
GSSC1079Infant and Child Development
ECE1069Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE1087Foundations of ECE
ECE1052Interpersonal Communication
ECE1181Integrated Seminar I
ECE2045Applied Curriculum
COMM1073Language and Communications I


semester courses
CodeCourse name
GSSC1079Infant and Child Development
ECE1069Health, Safety and Nutrition
ECE1089Observation, Planning and Evaluation
ECE1087Foundations of ECE
ECE1182Integrated Seminar II
ECE2045Applied Curriculum
COMM1091Language and Communications II
GSSC1064Introduction to Sociology
ECE1000Professional Development Workshop 1

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

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 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


$4,181.00 *

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 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

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

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)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

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 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, an Accessible Learning 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 and requirements from Public Health and Ontario legislation, all students in this program must have completed the following prior to beginning field placement:

  • Standard First Aid with CPR level C course
  • Medical Clearance
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check

Students who are unable to provide completed field clearance documents may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program.

For more information on the ECE Field Placement requirements, please email

How Do I Apply to the Program

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

School of Early Childhood

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2310


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.

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