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About Our Program & Program Outline

The CDSBEO has partnered with Centre de services à l'emploi de Prescott-Russell (CSEPR) in Hawkesbury to provide a training program to help support the childcare agencies in Prescott/Russell Counties and the City of Cornwall with the labour shortage. Our Child Care Aid program will be offered to individuals who may or may not have their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and who are interested in working with young children with the idea they may like to further their education at college to become an early childhood educator or explore the apprenticeship program Child Development Practitioner. 

If eligible, the program may be subsidized by CSEPR.

This program will allow learners to earn credits towards the OSSD while obtaining certifications related to the field. To encourage the transition to post-secondary education, apprenticeship, or entrepreneurship, the learner will have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning in the childcare setting through cooperative education.     



The main role is to support early childhood educators and other certified staff. Child Care Aids will help to plan and organize activities for school and preschool children.

The program allows students to:

  •            Deepen their knowledge of the responsibilities of parents and child supervisors.
  •       Create and develop activities that are both educational and fun for the child.
  •       Understand the issues and challenges faced by educational staff and better interact with school-aged and preschoolers.



In addition, the childcare aid encourages and supports children in the development of fine and gross motor skills, and intellectual, physical, and emotional activities.



The program will run in Vankleek Hill and Cornwall for the 2022/2023 school year. 


The program will run Monday-Friday from 8:30-3:30 in class. Consolidation placement hours will be based on the hours of the placement facility. The program is 330 hours in length.



Session 1: October 2nd-December 23rd, 2022

Session 2:January 9th- March 24th, 2023

Session 3: March 27th-June 9th, 2023




  •      220 hours of in-class instruction
  •      110 hours of co-op/consolidation workplace experience 
  •      3 senior secondary school credits towards the Ontario Secondary Diploma requirements (for those who require additional credits to obtain their high school diploma).
  •      Students may also be eligible to earn secondary school credits through our Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) process. PLAR is an official evaluation and credit-granting process that allows mature students to earn credits for knowledge and skills acquired through hands-on life experiences. 
  •      Relevant Industry certificates:
    •      First Aid/CPR
    •      SafeFood Handling
    •      WHMIS
    •      Commitment to Kids Child Protection  Training


$500.00 (all materials, certificates, and fees included). There is a $100 application fee due upon registration.
If eligible, the program may be subsidized by JobZone and CSEPR. Contact Centre de services à l'emploi de Prescott-Russell for more information