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Child Care Assistant


The Child Care Assistant Program

The Child Care Assistant Program is designed for students who have an interest
in the field of child care and would like to work with children from 12 weeks to
12 years of age.
The program content varies depending on the grade level the student is enrolled
in. Overall, the academic course work and hands-on activities focus on working
with children in infant, pre-school, and school-age programs. Students are being
prepared to work in the child care field as professional CCA’s.
The Child Care Assistant Certificate issued to grade 12 students upon graduation
is recognized by the Manitoba Child Care Program as equivalent to the 40 hour
course required of all new CCA staff in a child care facility.

Career Opportunities

• Child Care Assistant in Licensed Centres
• Nursery Programs
• Family/Home Centres
• Kindergarten Programs
• Head Start
• Community/Recreation Support Staff
• Educational Assistant

Grade 9
The course includes an overview of pre-natal growth
and post-natal development up to 3 months of age.
Students will learn about the care required and financial
demands of a newborn. The program covers
teen pregnancy, options for adolescent parents and
challenges of being a teen parent. Hands on activities
are ongoing.
.5 Credit
Grade 10
The course focuses on infant & toddler development,
basic care and positive interactions. The
emphasis is on the development of children ages 3
months to 2 years of age. Students will learn about
milestones and the care required for this age group.
Students participate in individual literacy projects.
1 Credit

Grade 11*
Students will obtain an overview of the types of
child care facilities in Manitoba. They learn about
theorists, childhood stresses, temperaments and resiliency
as well as workplace skills. Students gain an
understanding of children with diverse abilities, and
their unique needs. Students participate in an elementary
school and infant practicum.
4 Credits

Grade 12*
Students learn about child development of preschool
children. They study guidance and behaviour
management practices, how to develop safe and
healthy environments, importance of play, common
childhood illnesses and communicable diseases, and
about partnerships with parents. Students participate
in a work practicum placement at a pre-school
centre. Individual and group projects will enhance
students’ knowledge and skills.
4 Credits

*Grade 11 and Grade 12 students are required to complete and obtain a clear
Criminal Record Check and a Child Abuse Registry Check in order to meet
entrance requirements to the program.​


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