Capital College

Early Childhood Assistant Program

Early Childhood Assistant Program (ECA)

Approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) and recognized by the Ministry of Children and Family Development, ECE Registry. Based on the elective course the student chooses, the program provides introductory learning in various early childhood philosophies, guiding behaviour and health, safety and nutrition.

  • Academic: 30, 40 or 45 hours depending on the elective

“This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training”.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing all the requirements for graduation students will receive:

At the end of this program you will have developed the necessary knowledge and understanding of various philosophies within the early childhood field to work in the early childhood field in early childhood level, infant and toddler level, and special needs level

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduate, 19 Years Old
  • Grade 12 English/ TOEFL 500/ Computer 173/ IBT 61/ IELTS (academic) 6.0/ 70% score on the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) – Level C or has successfully completed the Capital College LEC program; Interview with the Director of Student Affairs
  • or hold an existing Early Childhood Assistant certificate (for certificate renewal)

Required documents

  • Diploma and transcript in English for High School or Junior College graduate. Transcript and diploma/ certificate in English for Bachelor’s degree holder OR copy of Early Childhood Assistant Certificate (for certificate renewal)
  • Two English letters of references testifying to the suitability of the applicant for work in the early childhood field
  • Written Interview
  • Two recent 1” x 1” photos
  • Photocopy of ID: Personal ID (Local Students)/ Student Visa or Study Permit and Passport (International Students)
  • A Valid Canadian Criminal Record Check Clearance issued by Criminal Records Review Program

Program Highlights

  • Ability to work as an Early Childhood Assistant Educator in any preschool/ daycare within BC is granted upon completion of the program and upon the issue of Transcript by the College. Credit can be transferred into the College’s ECE program and Montessori program.

Heath and Safety

The College ensures the health and safety of all staff, students and community by following the official guidelines set out by the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia; local health and safety authorities.

TheCOVID-19 safety and response plans developed by the institution are intended to provide a comprehensive safety plan and support the return of international students. The intent is to mitigate risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plans apply to domestic and international students; faculty and staff; community and the public; and external contractors.

There are ongoing updates to the regulations regarding entering Canada due to the COVID-19 situation.

International students on study permits continue be allowed into Canada for institutions assessed to have appropriate measures in place to ensure that the students who attend the institution can meet applicable obligations with respect to the mandatory quarantine.   Please refer to the website below and/or contact the College for updates.


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