SkillsAdvance Ontario: ECE Assistant Training

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Free credit course. Paid placement. Apply today.

This is a SkillsAdvance Ontario project funded by Employment Ontario to train people with the technical, essential and employability skills needed in the Early Childhood Education sector.

Participate in the Principles of Child Development course from Mohawk’s ECE diploma program. Develop employment skills through workshops with an Employment Counsellor. Gain hands-on training through a 3-week paid placement at a local early childhood education centre. Access ongoing employment support.


How to apply

This is a competitive program with a multi-step application process. Register for an information session below or call 905-575-2489 if you have any questions.

  1. Register for a virtual information session
  2. Attend an information session to learn about program expectations
  3. Interview with the City School team

If admitted into the program, you must be able to provide proof of immunizations, TB skin testing and pass a Vulnerable Sector Screening criminal background check. We will cover the costs of these items, but they are required for participation in work placement activities. If these may be a barrier for you, please check out our other City School courses.


What you'll learn

  • Recognize the milestones, behaviours, skills and abilities of infants and toddlers at critical stages of development
  • Enhance your employability skills through career-specific workplace preparation
  • Develop your practical skills through a 3-week (30 hours total) paid work placement



  • Learn about different ECE diploma options
  • Explore pathways directly into employment with the support of an Employment Coach
  • Learn about Child Development Practitioner apprenticeships


Participants eligibility and suitability

The SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) is accepting to those who meet the following criteria until the cohort reaches capacity:

  • Demonstrated interest in working as an Early Childhood Education Assistant
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada 
  • Unemployed or working less than 20-hours per week 
  • Not enrolled in full-time education 
  • 18 years old or over 


Online course recommendations

Broadband Internet connection, desktop or laptop computer (tablet is acceptable), basic computer skills (web browsing & email).



Phone: 905-575-2489

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This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.