ECA – Early Childcare Assistant

Program Objective

The program provides individuals with knowledge, skills and experience that are essential to succeed as childcare workers and early childcare assistants. The program aims at training individuals who wish to work as Early Childcare Assistants.

Early Childcare Assistants have the opportunity to work and interact closely with children, their parents, child educators, and other childcare providers. They nurture and supervise children and facilitate their social, emotional, physical and intellectual development through a wide range of educational and interactive activities. They also assist in daily operations of childcare centres, thus continuously growing and learning in the process.

Students are required to complete two practicums as part of their curriculum: The first practicum is focused on infant and toddlers while the second practicum is focused on preschool. Both practicums are of 245 hours each. The practicum component of the curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to incorporate classroom theory into a real work situation.

It allows the student the ability to demonstrate, evaluate and refine skills needed by a professional in an early child care environment. It provides a mentorship for the student to observe and interact with other early childhood professionals.


  • 1). Introduction to Early Child Care and Education

  • 2). Roles and Responsibilities

  • 3). Child, Family and Community

  • 4). Introduction to Child Development

  • 5). Intro to Prenatal, Infant and Toddler Development

  • 6). Health and Safety

  • 7). Written Communication

  • 8). Observation Skills

  • 9). Practicum 1: Infant and Toddler

  • 10). Intro to Preschool Development

  • 11). Guiding Children

  • 12). Curriculum Planning

  • 13). Nutrition

  • 14). Practicum 2: Preschool

Employment opportunities for students

After successfully completing the program, students may have employment opportunities as:

  1. 1. Aide / worker - daycare / nursery school

  2. 2. Daycare assistant / attendant

  3. 3. Early childhood program assistant

Why MLC College?

  • International Student Program Designated Learning Institution

  • Registered as a career college under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005

  • Approved as a vocational program under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005

  • All our instructors are certified and/or have real world experience and/or have relevant university education and are well recognized and connected to the industry

  • Curriculum include realworld projects

  • Your tuition fees is income tax deductible

  • EI Recipients and unemployed may be qualified for HRSDC financial assistance

  • Courses may be repeated at no additional cost

  • Small classes to encourage individual attention and enhance learning experience

  • Paid or unpaid Coop available in all program to qualified graduates

  • Industry Driven Certifications

  • Continuous monthly enrolments to fit your schedule

  • Career Counselling, Resume Writing, and Placement Program available