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Early Childhood Studies Placements

Students in the Early Childhood program will complete between 700-800 hours in the field, 101 placement days, depending on the nature and requirements of their various placement sites. Students will gain experience working with infants, toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten-age children in diverse and integrated settings.

1. Field Placement Application Form

All students will be provided an electronic copy of this form. Field Placement Application forms will be submitted via email to the Field Coordinator by the due date given during the class visit.

2. Criminal Reference Checks and/or Vulnerable Sector Screens

Apply for your Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) during the last week of May to ensure that your CRC/VSS remains valid for the duration of the academic year. All students must submit processed checks to GHworks no later than the second week of August. Most checks are valid for one year, although some places may require a valid check within the last six months. Check with your Field Placement Coordinator

3. Required forms for placement can be retrieved on GHworks.

  • Placement Agreement Form
  • Student Agreement Form
  • Pledge of Confidentiality
  • Field Contact Information Form
  • Partner Agreement
  • Student Declaration of Understanding Form

**Once completed, ALL forms must be uploaded to GHworks for approval from your Field Placement Coordinator by the designated due date listed on the portal.

Immunization Clearance Cards

Immunization Clearance Cards are issued from the Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre (otherwise known as Humber Health Centre), LRC 2nd Floor at the North Campus. Students must renew their Immunization Clearance Card annually, including their TB testing. Refer to the expiration date on the backside of your card

Standard First Aid (AED) / CPR (Level C)

Training can be completed through:

  • Red Cross
  • Life Saving Society
  • St. John’s Ambulance

Ensure that you are completing the proper certification in order to meet the program requirements.

**All documentation must be uploaded to GHworks for approval from your Field Placement Coordinator in order to be eligible for field placement.

Field Placement Descriptions

ECS1030 – Field Placement I

48 hours

This course will introduce the students to the range of community services related to early childhood. Students will complete a 6 day job-shadow experience within an early childhood setting. Producing reports and a portfolio will enable the students to think critically about and reflect on their experiences.

ECS2040 – Field Placement II

105-120 hours

This course will focus on the early learning environment, providing students with opportunities to participate in many areas of the centre. A field binder and a reflective journal will be kept by each student documenting planning and self-reflection on learning.

ECS3030– Field Placement III

105-120 hours

This course will focus on the area of special needs. Through this experience, students will further their knowledge of services for children and families. A field binder and a journal will be kept by each student outlining areas participated in and self-reflection issues and learning.

ECS3060 – Field Placement IV

105-120 hours

This course will focus on the community. Students will further their knowledge of services offered to children and families within the community. Students will be expected to share their experiences in journal and seminar format.

ECS4070 – Field Placement V

175-200 hours

This final year course provides the students with further experiences in their chosen profession. Students will select their area of expertise and may link a research project to their chosen setting to complete over the two semesters.

ECS4080– Field Placement VI

175-200 hours

This course continues to enhance the students’ experiences. Taken in sequence with Field Placement V it can provide students with valuable continuity in their field placement over the academic year.

Please return placement forms and direct questions to:

Sandra Fazio
Field Placement Coordinator, Early Childhood Studies
416-798-1331 ext. 6219
University of Guelph-Humber
207 Humber College Blvd.,
Toronto, ON M9W 5L7