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The Early Childhood Assistant program at Gates College provides training for people trying to find a rewarding job operating in the Early Childhood 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.

Main Duties

Early Childhood Assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Develop and implement child-care programs that support and promote the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children
  • Lead activities by telling or reading stories, teaching songs, taking children to local points of interest and providing opportunities to express creativity through the media of art, dramatic play, music and physical activity
  • Plan and maintain an environment that protects the health, security and well-being of children
  • Assess the abilities, interests and needs of children and discuss progress or problems with parents and other staff members
  • Observe children for signs of potential learning or behavioural problems and prepare reports for parents, guardians or supervisor
  • Guide and assist children in the development of proper eating, dressing and toilet habits
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with co-workers and community service providers working with children
  • May plan and organize activities for school-age children in child-care programs before and after regular school hours
  • May supervise and co-ordinate activities of other early childhood educators and early childhood educator assistants.

Private College Versus Public Community College

What is different about attending a Private Career College like Gates College VS Public Community Colleges like Fleming College, Confederation College, Sault College or Durham College?

Gates College is registered as a private career college and programs approved as vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. Public Community Colleges such as Fleming College, Confederation College, Sault College and Durham College operate under a separate branch. There are benefits you may experience when attending a Private Career College like Gates College, that the Public Community Colleges may not offer.

For example:

  • Small Class Sizes
  • One course at a time Modular Based Learning
  • Fixed Block Schedules
  • Frequent Start Dates
  • This program is currently being delivered in an Instructor-led online environment

A Gates College student will find that our Campuses and our On-Line experience is very student focused and always puts the students goal’s first!

Program Outline

In this program you’ll learn:

  • 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

National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 – 4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants