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 two-step application process.
Complete a pre-assessment survey.
Interview with the City School team to assess eligibility
If admitted into the program, you must be able to pass a Vulnerable Sector Screening criminal background check. In preparation for job placement interviews, with employers, you will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 swab test and a TB skin test (step one). We will cover the costs of these items, but they are required for the paid work placement with our industry partners. 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
The SAO stream is designed to support direct entry into the early years sector in an assistant role. By participating in this SAO program, you will earn a credit toward the Early Childhood Education diploma. To learn more about pathways to full Early Childhood Educator training and registration, please follow the links below.
- Learn about different ECE diploma options
- Learn about Child Development Practitioner apprenticeships
Participant 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, and document creation).
Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 4042
This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.