Bright Futures

Careers in Child Care

Bright Futures: Careers in Child Care

Program Overview

Duration: 30 Weeks
Cost: Free
Method of Study: Online
Schedule: Monday – Friday
May 17 – June 11: 3.5 hours per day (PIVOT)
June 14 – Sept 10: 35 hours per week (full-time employment);
Sept 13 – Dec 17: 7 hours per day (ECA certification)
Age Requirement: 18 years and older
Eligibility: Resident of Ontario; legally able to work in Canada (no student visas); 2+ years in hospitality industry; sincere desire to work as an Early Childhood Assistant; available for shift work between 7:30 am and 6 pm, including split shifts; physically able to bend, lift up to 20 kg, push a stroller etc.; willing to work outdoors for a minimum of 2 hours per day, in all weather; clear Police Check with Vulnerable Sector check; First Aid/CPR Level C; Medical Check

Program Description

About This Program

HWTC has partnered with the Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) to create a special, limited-enrollment program to train hospitality professionals to become Early Childhood Assistants (ECAs).

Early Childhood Assistants work in collaboration with Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) to support children within a licensed child care space. ECAs are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the health, welfare and safety of the children remain the first priority of the centre;
  • Working in collaboration with ECEs to create an environment to support children’s learning and development, utilizing provincial curriculum;
  • Being actively involved and contributing to the day-to-day operations of the centre;
  • Assisting with the preparation of snacks and lunches;
  • Supporting the overall operation of the child care centre with tasks such as laundry, sanitizing toys, etc.;
  • Understanding and adhering to Health and Safety policies.

Once certified, ECAs can go on to become Early Childhood Educators, as well as child care centre managers or operators.

Only eight participants will be accepted into this program.

Program Details

May 6: Deadline for applications
May 10-12: Candidate interviews
May 17  – June 11: Summer employment offers made by LEF to candidates who have completed the PIVOT program successfully.
Mid –June: Participants apply for Early Childhood Assistant program
June 14 – Sept 10: Candidates start paid employment. $17 per hour, 35 hours per week guaranteed. (13 weeks)
July 19 – July 23: Successful candidates interview for the Early Childhood Assistant program.
Sept 13 – Dec 17: Successful candidates participate in Early Childhood Assistant program. (14 weeks)
January 2022: HWTC assists program graduates with job search

Why This Program

With the federal government signaling a significant investment in a national child care program as we recover from the pandemic, this is a field that will see growing demand for qualified workers.

Hospitality workers with exceptional customer service skills and a desire to work with children are uniquely positioned for success as Early Childhood Assistants.

With a combination of career supports, work experience, and a certification program, Bright Futures is an incredible opportunity to enter a growing field.

Best of all, there is no cost to qualified candidates who are accepted into the program.

Start Dates

May 17, 2021

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