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Early Childhood Studies Placements

Students in the Early Childhood Studies program will complete 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 children ranging in age from infancy to 12 years old, in diverse and integrated settings.

1. Field Placement Application Form

All Field Practicum application forms can be found on GH Works. Under placement forms, Field Application tab. Once complete, please submit through GH Works by uploading to your personal document file and then send an email notification to the Field Coordinator by the due date posted on GH Works.

2. Clearance Documents Needed for Field Practicum

Criminal Reference Checks and Vulnerable Sector Screens

**Check GHworks for specific timelines to apply**

2nd, 3rd, 4th year students should apply for their VSS NO earlier than July. Any questions please contact your Field Placement Coordinator

1st year students should apply for their VSS NO earlier than the end of August, early September to ensure it has 6 month validity for their job shadow experience in the winter semester. 

Students living in Toronto MUST come to GH108 to complete the application form. Please bring 2 pieces of government-issued ID, one that shows your address in Toronto (Passport, Driver’s Licence, Permanent Resident Card, etc.) 

Please check your region for the process in which they need information to complete your VSS. All students must submit completed checks to for approval. 

Immunization Clearance Cards

First-year immunization forms are on - first year immunization forms and must be completed and signed by a physician. This process will take several weeks to complete, it's imperative to start the process in July to make sure you're able to complete this part of the requirements.

Returning students need to complete the Returning Immunization form to ensure all immunization is up to date.

Once your forms are complete, you will need to connect with the Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre (otherwise known as Humber Health Centre), LRC 2nd floor at the North Campus to make an appointment, walk-ins are not an option. It's important to let them know you are a University of Guelph-Humber Early Childhood Studies student. Once your immunization package is reviewed and cleared by the nurse, you will be issued an Immunization Clearance Card which will then be uploaded to GHworks for approval.

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

Training can be completed where you'd like as long as the certification meets our program requirements. Canadian Red Cross, Life Saving Society or St. John’s Ambulance are a few places you can book your certification.

Once certification is completed, upload your certificate to GHworks for approval.

3. First-Year Student Placement Document Information - Winter Semester 

  • Access to GH Works will occur after you have registered in your Fall Courses (July). You will receive an email from your Field Placement Coordinator with important information about required documetns, due dates and steps to uplaod documents to GHworks.through your Gryph mail account confirming access to Gh Works from your .
  • 1st year ECS students should apply for their Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) no earlier than end of August, early September to ensure it has a 6-month validity for the Winter semester. 
  • ALL documents are available through GHworks and will be due Monday September 14th, 2020

4. Required forms for placement can be retrieved from - required forms

Once placement begins, you will be required to complete and submit the following documents:

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

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

Field Placement Descriptions

ECS1030 – Field Placement I

48 hours – 6 days

This course will introduce students to the field of early childhood. Students will complete a 6-day job shadow experience within an early childhood setting.

ECS2040 – Field Placement II

120 hours – 15 days

This course will focus on the early learning environment, providing students with opportunities to develop and facilitate curriculum for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers.

ECS3030– Field Placement III

120 hours – 15 days

This course will focus on the area of special needs. Students will gain knowledge of how special needs impact children’s development and students will have opportunities to build skills for adapting curriculum to meet the individual needs of all children.

ECS3060 – Field Placement IV

120 hours – 15 days

This course will focus on the community. Students will further their knowledge of services offered to children and families within the community and the impact these services have on children and families.

ECS4070 – Field Placement V

200 hours – 25 days

This final year course provides the students with further experiences in their chosen field of interests.

ECS4080– Field Placement VI

200 hours – 25 days

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

Please upload all field practicum forms to - upload all field practicum and direct questions to:

Jenni Mastroianni
Field Placement Coordinator


Marie Narsoo
Career Services Coordinator
416-798-1331 ext. 6254