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Early Childcare Assistant

Do you see yourself working in a school or early learning centre, caring for and empowering little ones to be their best? Then you have the compassion and drive to be an Early Childcare Assistant.



Program Duration
Full Time: 40 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Practicum Duration
490 hours
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) Curriculum


As an Early Childcare Assistant, you will have the opportunity to work closely with children, parents, child educators, and other childcare providers. Assisting and participating in the day-to-day operations of a childcare center, you will contribute to a nurturing environment in which young children can thrive. While working with children, you provide support and supervision as they play, encouraging socialization and enhancing children’s self-esteem during daily activities. Beyond child interaction, you will assist with record keeping, attend staff meetings to discuss progress and opportunities for growth and support and maintain the daycare equipment and environment.

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The program is 40 weeks, including 490 hours of practicum with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. Our Early Childcare Assistant Diploma program is designed to equip childcare workers with the essential knowledge, skills, and experience to provide positive and professional interactions with parents, guardians, team members, and children. It includes two practicum sessions: one with infants and one with toddlers where you will be able to incorporate classroom theory into a real work situation. Not only will you learn various playtime activities for toddlers and infants that will help them develop senses, and the operations of a childcare facility but we integrate various skills into training such as health and safety, child development, ethical standards, guidance and nutrition.


Beyond our industry-expert instructors, easy-to-use training materials and a hands-on learning environment for you to experience what it feels like to work in a childcare facility – what sets us apart, is a community of support, sharing your interests and goals for creating a life-changing career path, one that will become like a family as you navigate your way to success.

In addition, the Certification exam fees are included in your tuition fees.


  • Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through practicum with childcare employers
  • Work within our fully equipped childcare training centre
  • Learn with your fellow classmates, through materials and practice, how to provide exceptional childcare support and be part of a professional team


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It all started with a visit to Anderson College! … I moved to Canada and visited their downtown campus and that’s when I realized … “enrolling here is my 1st choice”.
Being an Early Childcare Assistant student under the supervision of the most kind and thoughtful teacher was a great opportunity. The faculty and admin at Anderson College are very cool … and approachable. With my classmates, we felt like we were one big family. … I was so excited to attend my class every day – as they say, “it’s a lot of fun to be in the ECA class”!
Your education is still your own responsibility but having instructors that help you in any way they can is very special. The atmosphere and sense of community is incredible. Thank you for shaping everyone who comes here into such loving people … never, ever stop changing people’s lives by helping them understand how important education is for our future.

Joanna M. G.


Brigitte L.

Brigitte L - Anderson College Faculty Member

“I love teaching at Anderson College because our students also teach me so much! Our students bring a great deal of diversity and energy into the class; to teach them is a great honour. I look forward to meeting you next!”

Brigitte has 20 years’ experience in early childhood education, working with special needs children and teaching ages 0-14 years in private Montessori Schools and child care centres across the Greater Toronto Area. Her previous roles include Summer School Director, children’s in-home-tutor, and Parent Workshop Leader. She combines her interior design background with the childcare field to ensure children, families, and her students have inspiring educational environments to learn from.

Brigitte holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education, is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (with the College of Early Childhood Educators), and completed her Montessori Casa training in 2015. She is also a qualified Interior Designer.

Zeynab A.


“Playing a significant role in building and developing an individual’s educational foundation has always been a dream of mine. It is truly my passion and honour to observe students learn, develop, and apply all the skills I teach them.”

Zeynab is a dynamic and engaging educator with over 15 years’ experience in childhood work and education. Throughout her career she has developed extensive experience in various settings like universities, daycares, and elementary schools. Zeynab is well-versed in industry standards and ensures she is aware of significant changes in the industry. In the classroom, her aim is to deliver a holistic educational experience around both the theoretical and practical branches of childcare to all her students.

Along with professional training in Childcare, Zeynab has also obtained education in the fields of English Literature and Physical Education from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College.

Susan R.W.

Susan Watt

"Teaching in Early Childhood Education and Care has left me with a funny and fabulous storybook of memories. It is those wonderful memories, that inspire my teaching today. Be it creating an outdoor adventure with nature, singing their favorite silly song, or observing new learning moments to then see a child’s eyes widen in delight, all of these memories and more are treasured."

Since 1995, it has been my pleasure to work as; an Early Childhood Educator (RECE), an ESL Kindergarten Teacher abroad, a Special Needs and Social Development RECE Consultant, and in the last 4 years, a College Instructor of the Early Childcare Assistant Program.

In my adult studies, there were many wonderful examples of teaching. The instructors/professors while I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, (BFA), a Diploma of Early Childhood Education (RECE), and a Bachelor of Education (BED), were knowledgeable, inspiring, resourceful and committed.

Following in their footsteps, and joining the Anderson College team, I have found the students quite impressive. It is an honor to teach them, as they begin to find their own treasured memories. They bring their best selves to class, learn, and aspire to grow professionally. Mentoring this new, mindful and exciting chapter for them is a career that will always be dear to my heart. Their goals become mine and I get to watch as they write the first pages of their storybook of memories.

Rose B.

“Believe you can, and you are halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

Rose has worked alongside and carefully studied children’s behaviour and development over the last seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc), a Master of Arts degree (MA), and most recently obtained her Master of Sciences (MSC) in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care.

For the past four years Rose has dedicated her work to studying children in depth and understanding their world through development, social construct and most recently within the clinical setting. Rose first engaged with children in school, at camp, and in recreation and childcare settings before and during her BSc. During her MA however, she took a more theoretical approach to learning about children's development, through research and understanding works of literature.

Rose is now practicing as a child life specialist and provides insights, guidance, and instruction to Anderson students, laying the foundation for their careers in early childhood education.

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