Thursday, October 17, 2013

Early Childhood Education program develops students knowledge in childhood development

Do you like caring for young children? Take your interest to a new level by turning it into a career in early childhood education (ECE).

Here are some reasons to start a career in ECE:
  • Help advance the future of the growing generations by assisting children in their cognitive learning and emotional development.
  • Enter a field with increasing opportunities as the government creates more jobs in ECE due to demands in roles to promote the benefits of learning at an early stage in life.
  • Job growth is expected to stay positive. According to Service Canada, college graduates make up the majority of the labour pool, and employment outlook remains very good in years to come.
  • Birth rates continues to increase, says Service Canada, which means that there will be clienteles to be helped by ECE workers.
  • Benefits of early childhood education is becoming more prominent to parents and guardians, so demand for Early Childhood Educators will continue to grow.

Many ECE workers start their career in child centres. Centennial College has child care centres in Toronto to help provide its students and the public manage their school and work life with their personal commitments. The Centennial College child care centre in Toronto is located near the Centre for Creative Communications while the Scarborough location is at the college’s main site at Progress Campus. The professional workers in those daycares must be registered in the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE).

In addition to its childcare centres, Centennial College also offers an ECE program that will lead to careers, not only in child daycare centres but also in educational institutions, community centres, and women and children’s resource centres. The Early Childhood Education (at Progress Campus) 1221 program is a two-year program located at Progress campus, preparing students to become Early Childhood Educators. They can become Kindergarten Teachers, Tutors, Assistant Teachers, Day Care Supervisors, and Pre-school Support Workers. Before that, they must be graduate from the two-year program designed to improve their understanding in childhood development and apply programs for children in an educational and safe manner.

The Early Childhood Education program at Progress Campus proves to be highly competitive, so spots will fill out quickly. Centennial College recommends their prospective students to apply early before the deadline at the Ontario Colleges website. Its early childhood studies involves academic training and a field placement starting on second semester. Students will continue to put their knowledge into practice with a field placement on the third semester in a childcare setting, under the supervision of a qualified early childhood educator. Graduates will relish the skills and training gained at college as they enter the workforce as Early Childhood Educators.

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