Child Care Assistant Training Program

The Child Care Assistant Training Program is an 18 week program that provides students with an opportunity to learn about theories and stages of child development, child care legislation, child care programming, earn 6 credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and gain on-the-job experience.  Note: if you have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, you can still join!

Certifications include:  First Aid/CPR, Safe Food Handling, Infection Control, Service Excellence, CCEYA, WHMIS and more. 

Student Testimonials

"This program is very rewarding.  I loved having the opportunity to learn about the theory in class and then practice it during the nine weeks of placement.  Beside that, we also have an amazing and knowledgeable teacher who is always willing to help."  - Patricia

"As someone who was interested to start a new career, the Child Care Assistant Program introduced me to what Early Childhood Education is like. I recommend this program because I apply the knowledge and skills that I have gained from this experience to my job."  - Joseph

Cost for Materials & Certifications: $395

* Earn 6 High School Credits in Child Development & Cooperative Education.

Registration for September 2024

To begin the registration process, you must sign up for an orientation session (below).  The orientation begins with a literacy test and is followed by an interview.  Please allow 24-48 hours after the completion of the literacy test and interview for results.

Orientation is mandatory less than one year prior to course start date. You MUST complete the orientation process by successfully passing the literacy test and interview.  Successful candidates will be provided with the link for registration and will be required to upload Photo ID (Health Card or Driver Licence), Birth Certificate and/or Permanent Resident or Citizenship Card with the registration.

Oshawa Campus - September 2024 Program 

Orientation/Literacy Test for Dates for

Day Program - Oshawa

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm


Wednesdays: April 17, May 15, June 12, 2024

Location: Oshawa Campus - 850 King St. W., Unit 26


Registration for the April 17 orientation/literacy test will be available until April 16 at 12:00 pm. 


Register for the April 17 literacy test by clicking on the blue button:


Click here to Register 

Ajax Campus - September 2024 Program

Orientation/Literacy Test for Dates for

Day Program - Ajax

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Wednesdays: April 10, May 8, June 5, 2024

Location: Ajax Campus - 458 Fairall St., Unit 7

Registration for the April 10 orientation/literacy test will be available until April 9 at 12:00 pm. 


Register for the April 10 literacy test by clicking on the blue button:


Click here to Register 


Students in the program will be required to have updated immunization, Step 2 T.B. Skin Test and a clear Criminal Record Vulnerable Sector Check that is current within 6 months of starting placement.

Locations: Ajax and Oshawa Campus

Session 2023-24Classroom Training (8:30 am to 3:30 pm)Job Placement (Cooperative Education)
Fall/Winter  September 11 to November 10, 2023  November 13, 2023 to January 25, 2024
Winter/Spring  January 29 to April 9, 2024  April 10 to June 11, 2024

Dates for 2024-25 will be similar to the above.  Please check back in May 2024 for exact dates.


  • Part 1: Classroom Training (9 weeks, Monday to Friday) 8:30 am to 3:30 pm includes a digital literacy component to enhance 21st century learning skills.   Students will be expected to be in-class from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm each day.
  • Part 2: Job Placement (9 weeks) Cooperative Education Placement in a licensed child care facility.

Ajax Campus

458 Fairall Street, Unit 7  
Tel:  (905) 683-7713

Oshawa Campus

850 King St. W., Unit 26
Tel: (905) 438-0570


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This partnership is supported by The Regional Municipality of Durham as the Child Care Service System Manager, which is part of the new Canada and Ontario Early Childhood Workforce Agreement. This agreement provides one-time federal funding to support the retention and recruitment of a high-quality child care and early years workforce.