Child Care Assistant Certificate Program

The program will be offer in Quad 3, and Quad 4, 2022

Preregistration links will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday November 30th, 2021


Please note, the prerequisite for this program is ENG2C or higher or successful completion of an English Assessment indicating equivalent standing.  

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CALC’s Child Care Assistant Program enables you to gain knowledge and practical skills through in-school studies and a co-operative education experience in a licensed day care facility.

You will learn about the important role of a child care assistant while studying child behavior and development from birth to 12 years of age. Students develop strategies needed to communicate with and about children and will acquire an understanding of the skills necessary for effective care giving and professional relationships.  In just 18 weeks, 2 quadmesters, you will earn a certificate and experience in the child care industry and will earn 6 credits towards your secondary school diploma. 


Students may have an opportunity to transition into an CDP - Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship!

All students working toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, (OSSD) may apply to the Child Development Practitioner (CDP) Accelerated OYAP Program through the TDSB’s Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Students over 21 with an OSSD are not eligible.

Interested candidates will be coached to apply and will be assisted with their registration with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Applications are due at the beginning of November each year for the following semester (February – June).


Estimated Program Costs $350:

  1. CPR Certificate:  $175 
  2. Food handling Certificate:  $55
  3. Vulnerable Sector Check (Police Recored Search): $20
  4. Health form and required immunizations:  vary depending on students healthcare provider: $100 

*Costs may vary, depending on provider, and are due over the course of the program.  


Course Include:


Raising Healthy Children


Working with Infants and Young Children


Creating opportunities through Co-op (Careers)

Plus a practical experience; 3 linked Cooperative Education Credits: HPC3O1C & HPW3CS

The prerequisite for the program is ENG2D or ENG2P or the successful completion a program specific English Assessment.  Directions will be emailed to candidates once they have completed the questionnaire.