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First Day of Kindergarten

Early Childhood Educator Assistant Program

The Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA) program aims to equip aspiring educators with the foundational knowledge and practical skills required to support and assist in the care and education of young children.

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Program Introduction

Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) play a critical role in providing education and care for young children.  ECE Assistants work alongside ECEs and/or Infant Toddler Educators in licensed childcare programs for children,


This program provides knowledge and skills contained in select courses in; child growth and development; guiding behaviour; and, health safety and nutrition.

Learninng Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduates will have developed the necessary knowledge and related understanding of the early childhood field to work as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant:


Cover topics that relate to the education and care of children birth to 5 years old


Learn about occupational competencies that set the standards for early childhood education training programs that are recognized by the B.C. ECE Registry.


Develop an understanding of the key skills and aptitude in working as an  ECE assistant.


The outcomes of the program (course work) will allow the student to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to entry level positions.

This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. As such, PTIB did not review this program.


One of the requirements to work as an Early Childhood Education Assistant in a licensed childcare facility in BC is to be certified by the ECE Registry. The Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA) – Child Health, Safety and Nutrition program offered by Vancouver Churchill College is not recognized by the ECE Registry. This means that upon graduation, students will have to apply for certification through the ECE Registry’s equivalency process. For more information about the process visit the ECE Registry website.

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