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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 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

Apply for your Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) during the last week of July to ensure that your CRC/VSS remains valid for the duration of the academic year.

All CRC/VSS are completed in the area where you have a permanent residence.

All students that live in Toronto can complete CRC/VSS forms in Room GH108.

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

Due dates are posted on GH Works. All CRC/VSS must be valid within 6th months of the first day of placement.  Check with your Field Placement Coordinator

Immunization Clearance Cards

First-year immunization forms are on - first year immunization forms and must be completed and signed by a physician. This process may take several weeks to complete, please start in July to make sure your immunization is up to date. This form is for transfer students as well.

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

Once your forms are complete, please obtain an Immunization Clearance Card, they are issued from the Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre (otherwise known as Humber Health Centre), LRC 2nd Floor at the North Campus. You will need to make an appointment.

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

Training can be completed with Canadian Red Cross, Life Saving Society or 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 - upload documents for approval from your Field Placement Coordinator in order to be eligible for field placement.

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

  • Access to GH Works will occur after you have registered in your Fall Courses, you will receive an email through your Gryph mail account confirming access to Gh Works from your Field Placement Coordinator.
  • 1st year ECS students should apply for their Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) by August 7th to ensure it has a 6-month validity for the Winter 2019 semester. 
  • Please check your Gryph mail for placement details.

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
  • 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 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 day

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

105-120 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

105-120 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

105-120 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

175-200 hours – 25 days

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

ECS4080– Field Placement VI

175-200 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:

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