Overview - 2020/2021

September intake only.

If you’ve already made the noble career choice to work in the Early Childhood Education field, and are looking to build on your current successes, Fanshawe’s Childhood Development Practitioner [Apprenticeship] program has been specifically designed for you. Available in a blended format, with some online classes and some face-to-face evening classes.

Upon completion of the program, you’ll have earned your Early Childhood Education Ontario College Certificate, where your already polished skills will be taken to a higher level. Because of the Apprenticeship component of the program, you’ll gain meaningful experiences in programs such as child development and best practices in early childhood, the early childhood educator's role and responsibilities, the importance of play in children's learning, family involvement and curriculum design and implementation. Your practicum will expose you to a wide variety of age groups and multiple organizations. You’ll have had dynamic and eclectic experiences that will make you more valuable to your current or future colleagues.

Childhood is a time of tremendous growth and learning. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep growing and learning, too.


This is an apprenticeship program.
You cannot apply to this program through ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants need a sponsor/employer.
Your sponsor/employer must register you with:

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Apprenticeship/Client Services
72-1200 Commissioners Road East 
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3 
MAESD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.

More information about Apprenticeships at Fanshawe.

Employment Ontario
This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada.


Child Development Practitioner-2020/2021

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory courses:
ECED-1030Child Development 13
Apprentices are introduced to general principles and sequences of human development. Emphasis will be placed on child study methods, especially observation techniques. Apprentices will examine the contribution of different theories to our present understanding of what constitutes normal growth and development in physical, motor, social, emotional, language and cognitive development from birth to five years.
ECED-1086Creative Expression3
This is a Creative Expression course.
COMM-1131Foundations of Early Learning3
This course provides students the opportunity to explore positive ways of communicating with young children and to plan programs that encourage self-expression and creativity. Students will be introduced to the role of the teacher. In addition, students form small groups to discuss personal reactions and constructive interactions in their field placement.
FLDP-1030Foundation Early Learning Placement1.2
Upon successful completion, the Apprentice is able to respond to children's needs and support play and inquiry based early learning in a placement environment.
HLTH-3012Health, Safety & Nutrition3
This course will identify components of a safe and healthy environment which meets the requirements of current legislation and regulatory bodies. The nutritional and health needs of young children are identified, and the implementation of appropriate environments and practices are discussed.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory courses:
ECED-3016School Age Learning Environment3
This course will describe the developmental characteristics and needs of children, aged six to twelve, and will identify guidelines for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in programs for school-age children. Observation methods and tools to evaluate and revise curriculum to reflect children's developmental needs will be included.
FLDP-3034School Age Learning Environ Placement1.2
Upon successful completion, the Apprentice is able to apply principles of emergent practice that meet the interests and needs of school aged children.
ECED-3013Child Development 23
Continue studying contributions of developmental theories, and sequences of normal development in children from birth through adolescence. Emphasis is placed on Middle Childhood and Adolescence. Current research in child development is critically examined.
ECED-1087Pre-School Learning Environment 13
This is a Preschool Learning Environment 1 course.
FLDP-3033Preschool Learning Environ Placement 12
Upon successful completion, the Apprentice is able to design learning experiences to support play inquiry for preschool aged children with developmental domains in a placement environment.
LAWS-3059Child Protection2
This is a Child Protection course.
HUMA-3005Inclusive Practice & Advocacy3
This is an Inclusive Practice and Advocacy course.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
EDUC-5007Philosophies/Education Models3
This is a Philosophies and Education Models for Early Childhood Education.
ECED-5004Infant/Toddler Learning Environment3
This subject helps apprentices apply theories of child development to create a learning environment for infants and toddlers. In addition, time will be spent in discussing and examining issues related to the field placement experience.
FLDP-5010Infant/Toddler Learning Envior Placement1.6
Upon successful completion, the Apprentice is able to apply principles of emergent practice that meet the interests and needs of infants and toddlers.
COMM-5011Interpersonal Communication3
Interpersonal Communications is an experiential subject that acknowledges human diversity. As apprentices engage in the processes of intrapersonal (self-reflection), and interpersonal (interactive) communication in a safe environment, increased awareness and acceptance of self and others is anticipated.
ECED-3048Pre-School Learning Environment 23
This is a Preschool Learning Environment 2 course.
FLDP-5011Preschool Learning Environ Placement 22
Upon successful completion, the Apprentice is able to design, implement and evaluate learning experiences to support play and inquiry for preschool children within developmental domains in a placement environment.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ECED-5010Child Development 3: Inclusion of Child3
This is a Child Development 3: Inclusion of Children with Exceptionalities course.
ADMN-5006Legislation/Social Policy3
This is a Legislation and Social Policy in Early Learning Administration.
SOCI-5003Child, Family & Community3
This course addresses the importance of establishing respectful and meaningful relationships with family members, as a means of supporting family and children's well-being. Communications with families incorporate sensitivity, respect for diversity, desire for collaboration and assurance of confidentiality. Various strategies to support families are considered, including an overview of agencies and community resources which can assist educators and families.
ECED-5011Professional Practice3
This is a Professional Practice course.
Upon successful completion, the Apprentice is able to act in accordance with ethical and professional standards by integrating theories and standards of practice in the design, implementation and evaluation of learning environments that meet the needs of all children.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 16 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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Program Coordinator:

Sheryl Third

For registration inquiries, please contact:

Anabela Ferreira
Phone: 519-452-4430 x4513

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