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The ECE Lab School hires Registered Early Childhood Educators holding a two-year ECE Diploma or degree in ECE (or those with equivalent education). We believe that professional Early Childhood Educators are essential to provide the high quality program that groups of young children deserve. All staff members are certified in Standard First-Aid and infant and child CPR.

We require regular participation by staff members in personal and professional development activities. An essential part of development activities involves team work.

About the ECE Lab School

The Seneca College Early Childhood Education Observation Laboratory Teaching School (ECE Lab School) is a demonstration and observation centre for the School of Early Childhood Education Diploma Program, ECE Apprenticeship Diploma Program, and Bachelor of Child Development Degree Program.  The ECE Lab School opened its doors in 1969 two years after the ECE Program began at Seneca College.  In 1992 the Lab School moved to its permanent site at the Newnham Campus.  The program provides care for Toddlers, and Preschoolers.

The ECE Lab School is a lab facility for the ECE students at Newnham Campus. Serving as a primary field placement experience, we model the program, curriculum and guidance methods the ECE students study in the classroom. There are usually students on placement daily at the Lab School. Each ECE student is assigned to one staff member.

Child Staff Ratios

Child staff ratios at the Lab School comply with the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. Our goal is to maintain the following ratios and maximum group sizes:

Child Staff Ratio

18 - 30 months
2½ - 4 years

Ratios are maintained at all times except during arrival, departure, and rest periods in accordance with the Child Care and Early Years Act 2014 — when they may be reduced to two-thirds of the requirement. The length of arrival and departure times varies from room-to-room and from time-to-time. We schedule shifts to reflect the realistic length of time when there is a fluctuation in numbers of children.