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3 years, or as determined by industry guidelines
Credential Awarded
Certificate of Apprenticeship
Early Childhood Education

About the Program

Over the course of this part-time program, you will take 23 courses in the evening at your own pace. These courses are designed for those working as assistants in early learning settings and seeking to earn an Early Childhood Education diploma. Before registering for this program, you must be signed as an apprentice through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. During your training you will receive instruction in a variety of professional subject such as, child development, curriculum, health, safety, nutrition and professional practice.

Upon successful completion of the Child Development Practitioner program, you will earn a Certificate of Apprenticeship. With an additional four General Education subjects, you will be eligible to graduate with an ECE diploma.

Work Experience


At the time of registration you will receive an Apprenticeship Training Standard which will provide a list of skills, training, objectives or competencies to be learned on the job. These competencies equip you, the 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.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for employment opportunities with the following responsibilities:

  • Provide a healthy, safe, inclusive and engaging environment for groups of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children
  • Observe and interpret children’s development in order to plan engaging programming
  • Communicate positively and purposefully with children, families, colleagues and other members of the community

Related Careers


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Infant/toddler, preschool and school-aged educational methods
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Curriculum design based on individual needs 
  • Administration