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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 Placement Application forms will be sent to you via email. Once completed, you will submit it via email to your Field Placement Coordinator by the due date.

2. Required Documents for Field Placement 

Criminal Reference Checks and Vulnerable Sector Screens

Third and fourth-year students should apply for their VSS NO earlier than July. This will ensure your VSS will be valid for the fall semester. Any questions please contact your Field Placement Coordinator.

First and second-year students should apply for their VSS NO earlier than August to ensure it has a 6-month validity for the winter semester placement.

Students living in Toronto MUST connect with their Field Placement Coordinator to request an application form.

Please check your region for the application process. Some regions require a letter confirming a VSS is required for placement. If this is required, please connect with your Field Placement Coordinator and a letter will be put together for you.

Immunization Clearance Cards

First-year students will be required to complete the Pre-Placement Health forms which will be sent to you via email. These forms must be completed and signed by your 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 will need to complete the Returning Student Health forms, along with a one-step TB test.

Once your forms are complete, you will need to connect with the Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre via email at to set up a virtual appointment to have your forms reviewed. It’s important to let them know that you are a University of Guelph-Humber Early Childhood Studies student. Once your immunization package is cleared by the nurse, you will be issued an Immunization Clearance Card which you will then upload (front and back) 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 GHworks will happen once you’ve registered for your Fall courses (July). You will receive an email from your Field Placement Coordinator to your Gryph email with important information about required documents, due dates and steps to upload forms to GHworks.

4. Required Forms for Placement

Once placement begins, you will be required to complete and submit the following documents by the end of your first day of field:

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

*These can be found on GHworks in your field course under Resource Library*

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 For more information, please connect with your Field Placement Coordinator.