Early Childhood Education

In the Early Childhood Education program you will learn how to help young children develop their physical, social, and intellectual skills, their self-confidence and imagination.


Fall 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: EC
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Cheryl Herder Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: September 06, 2016
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,442.32 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $7,589.35 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Winter 2017
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: EC
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Cheryl Herder Email
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Start Dates: January 09, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,272.82 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $7,479.85 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

Learn how to support, encourage and promote a young child’s growth and development through observation and implementation of creative play based learning experiences.

At Fleming College Early Childhood Education students have unique opportunities to engage in active classroom learning environments that equip students with the skills and knowledge required to work with children (birth to 12 years).

All courses are based on a philosophy that encourages inclusive practices and partnerships with families. An emphasis is placed on applying what’s learned in the classroom to real–world settings, preparing students to start their careers as early childhood educators.

Why Choose Fleming

A smaller program size means more individual attention in the classroom  and customized field placements.

The program is designed to provide varied and extensive applied learning opportunities -from courses like Interactive Early Learning With Toddlers and Families and Early Learning Practicums in semesters two, three and four. An interactive online course and a teamwork project “Creating Your Own Childcare” in the final semester consolidates and concludes your ECE learning.

Fleming offers support services to assist students in the further development of fundamental  life and learning skills important to successfully complete the program. These skills include being able to work independently, participate in a team, organizational abilities, taking initiative and developing good work habits.


Work Placement

In semesters two and four you'll put theoretical education to work in a child care environment. In semester three, ECE teams will implement and run an Interactive Toddler Program, overseen by ECE faculty in the Peterborough community. This will prepare you for semester four, when you will be pulling it all together in your final block field placements. 

A background working with young children (ages newborn to 12) in licensed child care centres is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for field placement.

Is this You?

To succeed in this program and in an ECE career, you need:

  • Good communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Experience working with young children
  • Well-adjusted, grounded personality
  • A good sense of humour and imagination
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Creativity

Career Opportunities

There is an extremely high rate of related employment for graduates.  As an Early Childhood Educator you will find work in child care centers, nursery schools, home day care programs, before and after school programs, early learning and parenting centers, resource services and Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten classrooms.Possibilities that are more exotic include children’s programming at resorts or on cruise ships. Graduates are also qualified to become owner/operators of child care centers.

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as an Early Childhood Educator, graduates must apply for registration in the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Graduates of Fleming College will meet the education requirements for registration. For more information please visit www.collegeofece.on.ca

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.


Health and Non Academic Requirements

  • Students need the ability to lift children up to five years of age and diaper children of all ages. Please consult the program Coordinator if there is concern regarding the physical expectations of the program.

    • Immunization Requirements: Your program has mandatory immunization requirements that include a "pre-entry" deadline date for submission. For more information, and to print a copy of the immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.
    • Non Academic Requirements: Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.

* Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.

Related Programs

If you're sincerely interested in working with children, and are not sure yet which path to take, you might want to consider the Educational Assistant, Social Service Worker or Recreation and Leisure Services programs.

Additional Costs

Supplies (name tag for placement, supplies for Toddler Program experiences, projects, and outdoor classroom supplies) and textbooks total approximately $1200.00 per year. Travel costs include transportation arrangements to and from field practicum experiences.

Transfer Agreements

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Fleming College
599 Brealey Drive K9J 7B1 Peterborough, Ontario,
(705) 749-5530