Early Childcare Assistant Diploma Program

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The Early Childcare Assistant program at Trillium College provides training for people trying to find a rewarding job operating in the Early Childcare Assistant Field. Early Childhood Assistants (under the supervision of the Educator or E.C.E.) provide a safe and caring environment for youngsters urging their social, psychological and intellectual advancement.


Areas of Focus

  • Introduction to Early Learning and Care
  • Roles, Responsibilities, and the Reflective Practitioner
  • Multiple Perspectives of Child, Family and Community
  • Introduction to prenatal and infant development
  • Introduction to toddler development
  • Introduction to preschool and school age development
  • Observation and Documentation
  • Responsive Relationships and Guiding Behavior
  • Program Planning and Philosophical Approaches to Learning
  • Written Communications Skills
  • Health and Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Placement: The Early Childhood Assistant students complete their education with
    490 hours of placement experience. The placement is broken in two: Infant &
    Toddler – 245 hours & Preschool – 245 hours

Employment Opportunities

As a graduate of Trillium College’s Early Childcare Assistant (ECA) diploma program, the opportunities you can pursue span nearly all aspects of childcare services. You may find employment as:

  • Childcare Centers
  • Ontario Early Years Centers
  • Parent/Child Literacy Centers
  • Private Regulated Home-based Child Care
  • Schools
  • LINC child minding services


According to updated information on *Indeed.ca

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status

Placement Requirements

  • Trillium College Immunization Report; completed and signed by a medical professional.
  • Submission of a clear Police Check (CPIC) report with Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  • Completed Vulnerable Sector Screening waiver (VSS).

Additional Information

Career Options

  • Childcare Provider - $42,535
  • Classroom Assistant - $56,223

Employer Options

  • Educational Programs
  • Bridging Programs
  • Language Training
  • Work Experience Programs
  • Voluntary Membership Opportunities