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CHILD CARE ASSISTANT

ChildcareThe Child Care Assistant Program is designed for students who have an interestin 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


Courses


Grade 9 (.5 Credit)
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.
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Grade 10 (1 Credit)
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.

Grade 11* (4 Credits)
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.

Grade 12* (4 Credits)
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.

*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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