Unlock Your Potential and Become an Early Childhood Educator Assistant with Job Skills!

Have you been looking to return to the childcare industry but are unsure of where to start? Look no further than Job Skills’ Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA) program! In this blog post, we will cover all the essential information you need to know about the program, including what it covers, the benefits of attending, and why it’s an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to advance their careers in the childcare industry.

The Job Skills ECEA program provides individuals with the support and training needed to work in a licensed childcare facility in Ontario. The program covers essential topics, such as child development, observation, communication, and health and safety. It also covers regulated requirements, such as police checks, immunizations, and child abuse registry checks. Participants will come out of the program with industry-specific certifications, including first aid, CPR, WHMIS, and food handling, boosting their resumes and demonstrating their commitment to providing a safe environment for children.

The ECEA program structure consists of a 12-week in-class session, followed by a 160-hour placement practicum. During the placement, participants have the opportunity to put their learnings into practice and gain hands-on experience working in a licensed childcare facility. The program also offers workshops on topics such as job search strategies and stress management to equip participants with the necessary skills needed to succeed in their careers.

One of the most significant benefits of attending the ECEA program is the chance to connect with other professionals in the childcare industry. Participants will build valuable relationships that can lead to job referrals and ongoing support throughout their careers. The program provides an excellent opportunity for internationally trained individuals or residents of York Region with childcare credentials or experience to advance their careers in the field.

Job Skills’ Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA) program provides participants with an exceptional opportunity to advance their careers in the childcare industry. Through essential topics, regulated requirements, and industry certifications, participants will have the necessary hands-on experience to work in a licensed childcare facility. Additionally, the program offers workshops on job search strategies and stress management to equip participants with the necessary skills needed to succeed in their careers. Sign up today and take your first step towards a fulfilling career in childcare.


For 35 plus years, Job Skills has been delivering solutions to job seekers and moving people into sustainable, meaningful employment. Throughout their long history, Job Skills has recognized that not every job seeker is the same. There is no one size fits all employment program. That’s why the Job Skills vision is building an inclusive society where all people are ensured equitable opportunities to fulfill their career aspirations and participate fully in the community.

Job Skills’ employment specialists are there to answer any of your employment questions. Job Skills‘ staff offer solutions to all job seekers, including youth, newcomers, mature workers, persons with disabilities, and entrepreneurs. Job Skills’ knowledgeable team can help you make educated decisions, set goals, and create a strategy to help you become happier in your career. Job Skills works with local employers creating employment opportunities for Job Skills’ clients.

Thanks to government funding, Job Skills’ programs and services are free to all users. Job Skills have locations across Keswick, Stouffville, Markham, Brampton, and Mississauga. Job Skills also offers virtual services for community members unable to attend one of our offices for in-person activities.

Find your employment solution today. Visit www.jobskills.org

Comments (1)


This is Melissa from YMCA York Region Employment Services. I am curious about the Early Childhood Educator Assistant Program.

Do you have to open an employment file with Job Skills to apply and participate in this program? Or can you remain a client with YMCA York Region Employment Services and participate in this program?

What are the eligibility requirements for this program?
Language level?
York Region resident?
Status (Canadian Citizen, PR, Refugee, CUAET, Visitor with Open Work Permit)?


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