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Child Development Practitioner

Program Description

This program is designed for people already working in the ECE field who wish to pursue formal studies and receive certification. Child Development Practitioner apprentices are required to take 22 modules of in-school training. This training is completed part-time (generally night classes) and in a full time spring/summer 7-week option. At the time of registration, the Ministry training consultant discusses the apprenticeship with the apprentice and the sponsor/employer.

In-school training for child development practitioner apprentices includes instruction in:

  • child development
  • health, safety and nutrition
  • infant/toddler, preschool and school-age methods
  • philosophy
  • interpersonal communications
  • administration
  • children with special needs
  • bias free education

Child Development Practitioner is a non-restricted certified trade regulated by the Apprenticeship and Certification Act. Upon the successful completion of the program, a person working in this trade is entitled to a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

Campus

Duration

3 years, or as determined by industry guidelines

Credential Awarded

Certificate of Apprenticeship, Ontario College Diploma

Application Information

How To Apply

  1. Contact the appropriate Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Apprenticeship office, to arrange a meeting:

    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
    Apprenticeship Office
    625 Church Street, 1st Floor
    Toronto, ON M7A 2B5

    Hotline - 1-888-562-4769 or 416.326.5656

  2. Sign a “Training Agreement” and pay $67.80 registration fee for the Training Agreement to be process.
  3. Mail the following items:
    • Cover page with Apprentice’s Name, Mailing Address, and Telephone Number
    • Training Agreement
    • The receipt of $67.80
    • Proof of education (grade 12 diploma or equivalent)

     

    William Leung
    CDP Apprenticeship Program Seneca College
    1750 Finch Avenue East
    Toronto, ON M2J 2X5
  4. You will receive an application package by mail after Seneca College receives the apprentice’s documents.
  5. Please sign the application form and return it to Seneca College.
  6. You'll receive a confirmation package by mail.

If you have successfully completed previous post-secondary academic credits, please forward the following documents:

  • An official transcript from the institution
  • Course outlines for those courses you wish considered for credit transfer
  • Canadian educational evaluation of credentials achieved outside Canada

Please wait until you have all your documents in order before submitting them to program co-ordinator, Terry Kelly

Your Career

A child development practitioner is a person who:

  • Provides a physically safe, mentally healthy, and intellectually stimulating environment for groups of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children
  • Observes and interprets children’s developmental levels and reactions to situations
  • Implements flexible curriculum which will meet the needs of each individual child in the group
  • Communicates positively and purposefully with children, parents, and other adults in the preschool and community

On-The-Job-Training

At the time of registration, an apprentice receives an Apprenticeship Training Standard. The Apprenticeship Training Standard outlines the skills, training objectives or competencies to be learned on the job. These competencies equip an apprentice to work in the trade as a certified skilled worker or “journeyperson.”

The employer, sponsor or trainer of an apprentice signs the relevant section of the training standard to indicate the progress of the apprentice in learning individual training objectives. This signature confirms that the apprentice has learned, and demonstrated the skills established by industry that are essential for being a skilled worker.

In-School Training

Child Development Practitioner apprentices are required to take 22 modules of in-school training. This training is completed in the following way:

Part-time (generally night classes) and a full time spring/summer 7 week option

At the time of registration, the training consultant discusses the apprenticeship with the apprentice and the sponsor/employer.

In-school training includes instruction in:

  • child development
  • health, safety and nutrition
  • infant/toddler, preschool and school-age methods
  • philosophy
  • interpersonal communications
  • administration
  • children with special needs
  • bias free education

Related Careers

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Students who have completed the Apprenticeship program are eligible to continue to earn an ECE diploma by completing an additional 4 general education courses which must include EAC150 and PSY125 or equivalent.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

Student Recruitment

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Student Recruitment
Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

Terry Kelly 416.491.5050 ext. 26520 Terry.Kelly@senecacollege.ca

Program Chair

Mary Fisher 416.491.5050 ext. 22040 Mary.Fisher@senecacollege.ca

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions


Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities


Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees


A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates


Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network