Early Childhood Assistant (ECA)

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Position Title: ECA

Reports to: Centre Director

Compensation Package:

  • Base pay for an ECA will be $18.42 plus $2.00 PWE, totalling $20.42; depending on experience the rate of pay may change.
  • Health Benefits (medical and dental)
  • Wellness and Vacation Days
  • Focused Training and Development – CFEL focuses on creating a fun and creative environment to inspire our educators to grow and excel. We go above and beyond the average child care centre! (i.e., annual in-house Learning conference – paid time off, advancement opportunities with on-the-job training).
  • Staff Recognition and Culture – We love our employees and make sure to take time to let them know we value and appreciate their efforts and initiative. Examples include Wellness Activities, Smile Appreciation Day (in house employee appreciation), Child Care Worker Appreciation Day, Employment Anniversary Celebrations

Hours of Work: Monday – Friday, within the hours of 7 am – 6 pm

The Organization

Centres for Early Learning, fully licensed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and Toronto Children’s Services, is made up of nine childcare centres serving communities in various high need areas of Toronto, Canada. We believe that the right learning environment supports child development. With programs for infants to children 12 years of age, our centres offer fun, educational environments that parents trust and rely on. Our Education Curriculum is designed to meet the individual developmental needs of each child, including social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional and self-concept. We are proud to have been Enriching Lives for the past 47 years, and making a difference in lives of children, families and the communities we serve.

The Role

The ECA teacher is responsible for educating, stimulating, influencing, and caring for the children. Their principle responsibilities include: maintaining a high quality environment, assessing, observing and caring for the individual needs of every child, and maintaining open and honest lines of communication between parents and team members and always exemplifying professionalism.


The successful candidate can provide the specific needs of the classroom. This person will be responsible for: program planning, classroom organization, behavioral needs of the children, and planning and preparation of daily activities. The candidate will ensure they foster a nurturing learning environment where the children can grow and excel.


  • Up-to-date First Aid and CPR
  • Up-to-date Immunization and 2 tiered TB test
  • Confident and flexible in working with all age groups (Infants to School Age).
  • Ability to manage children with challenging behaviours and communicate effectively with parents.
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Confident and flexible professionalism

Duties & Responsibilities

  • The primary responsibility of the Early Childhood Assistant (ECA) is to support the RECE in planning and implementing a program and daily activities
  • Works cooperatively as a team member, encourages others to do likewise, and consistently maintains a positive attitude.
  • Report any issues or concerns that may arise in accordance with proper procedures.
  • Supports the direction and participate with children in all planned activities.
  • Use well-developed interpersonal, and relationship-building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff, and parents.
  • Maintains the cleanliness of the classroom


  1. CUSTOMER FOCUS: Demonstrates a strong customer orientation to enhance business performance.
  2. DECISION MAKING: Employs the right mix of analysis and experience to formulate sound judgments. .
  3. TEAM COLLABORATION: Actively builds highly cohesive and empowered teams.
  4. GROWTH AND LEARNING: Develops self and others to increase professional knowledge and skills.

Centres for Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment equity and the provision of fair and accessible employment practices under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for job applicants, where needed and upon request, to support their full participation in all aspects of the recruitment process. We encourage candidates requiring any support or accommodation to notify us at the time of application to ensure the provision of equal opportunities.

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  • My son started daycare at 1 year of age, spending the first year of his life at home during the lockdown.  It wasn’t easy as many other kids, however, staffs at Dawes Road CEL were so helpful and caring he eventually got it easy within the first 3 weeks. The staff members were very supportive and kept me updated with his progress. Especially the himama app helped me be informed of all his activities throughout the day.

    I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to the staff and management of the center for taking care of my son.


  • The last two and a half years have been wonderful for Asharib. I still remember the 1st day when I dropped him at daycare and how scared we both were. But he had learned so much in the past 2 years & I am glad that I decided to send him to Lori Gardens. Special thanks to all of Asharib’s teachers for taking such good care of him teaching him manners and always trying to make his day fun & exciting. Thank you so much for everything!

  • 45 years of excellence is a great achievement. Congratulations! We will continue to support your growth. Together stronger!

    Kyle & Kendrick’s Family

  • Happy 45th Anniversary to the Dawes Road Center for Early Learning staff team.

    Adonias & Genet

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Centres for Early Learning operates 9 different locations across the GTA, offering subsidized and full fee spaces child care programs for children from infancy to school age. For 44 years, we have been providing high quality care to countless families, many of whom have returned to us with younger siblings, has been both successful and fulfilling. We hope to continue to enrich the lives of children with you!