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VST: Early Childhood Education

This option prepares students to meet the requirements for an Early Childhood Education Assistant certificate.




Prerequisite:     VST Child Care Aide Option

Corequisites:    At least one course in Early Childhood Education from a training institution currently approved by the Ministry of Children and Family Development:


  • Child Growth and Development
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Child Guidance

Applicants must:

  • Attend intake interviews
  • Have successfully completed the VST Child Care Aide Option
  • Have a minimum Grade 5 reading/writing level
  • Complete an “ECE Assistant” questionnaire to the satisfaction of the intake panel
  • Provide documentation of their disability
  • Provide a criminal record check upon acceptance to the program

Training includes:

  • Participation in an Early Childhood Education Course(s) with tutorial support
  • Class activities and assignments related to practical application of new skills
  • Employability Skills Classes
  • Participation in work experiences in ECE settings

Academic Content:

Activities and assignments related to the ECE courses.


Practical Component:

Students participate in a minimum of 15 weeks of work experiences (or employment) in ECE settings which are a minimum of 5 to 6 weeks long. Students work under the supervision of the employer with support and monitoring by APPD staff.