Students in the ECE Online Diploma program are required to complete Four Field Placements: FW1600 (5 weeks), FW1601 (5 weeks), FW2600 (4 weeks) and FW2601 (4 weeks). Provincial program standards require that learners must complete a majority of their placements in a regulated child care centre. A minimum of 500 hours for the Diploma must be completed in a regulated child care centre, while the remaining hours may be in a regulated family child care home, child care centre, a family child care agency, a kindergarten classroom or a family resource centre. For new students accepted into College of the North Atlantic's Early Childhood Education (2nd year) of the Diploma (Online) program, FW1600 and FW1601 are already completed.

For those online students currently working in regulated child care for less than 12 consecutive months, from the start of FW2600, a minimum of 1 week must be completed at a College of the North Atlantic (CNA) demonstration child care centre. Written confirmation of work experience will be required. An additional week at a CNA demonstration child care centre (for a total of 2 weeks out of the required 8 weeks) will be mandatory for students not working in regulated child care.

Applicable students will be assigned a CNA demonstration child care centre based on geographical location. Our centres are located in St. John's, Corner Brook and Happy Valley - Goose Bay. As well, any weeks already completed at a CNA demonstration child care centre will be credited towards this graduation requirement (as applicable).

Students in the ECE Online Certificate program are required to complete two Field Placements: FW1600 (5 weeks) and FW1601 (5 weeks). Provincial program standards require that learners must complete a majority of their placements in a regulated child care centre. A minimum of 260 hours for the Certificate, must be completed in a regulated child care centre, while the remaining hours may be in a regulated family child care home, child care centre, a family child care agency, a kindergarten classroom or a family resource centre.

For those online students currently working in regulated child care, for less than 6 consecutive months from the start of FW1600, a minimum of 1 week must be completed at a College of the North Atlantic (CNA) demonstration child care centre. Written confirmation of work experience will be required. An additional week at a CNA demonstration child care centre (for a total of 2 weeks out of the required 10 weeks) will be mandatory for students not working in regulated child care.

Applicable students will be assigned a CNA demonstration child care centre based on geographical location. Our centres are located in St. John's, Corner Brook and Happy Valley - Goose Bay. Please note: Students will be informed of the dates and which field placement course (FW1600 or FW1601) the mandatory week(s) will be completed.

If you are non-cohort student registering for a field placement course in Intersession 2023, please complete an ECE Field Placement Intent to Register form by March 31, 2023. Please note: The completion of this form only pertains to non-cohort students.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an ECE Placement Intent to Register form does not guarantee a placement for the current semester. Once the form is submitted, students will be contacted directly, regarding status of their field placement request.

PLEASE NOTE: Prior to the start of a field placement, students must submit to Student Services, a current copy of at least an emergency level (one day) diploma/certificate in first aid and CPR dealing with children. A list of approved first aid training providers can be found on the Workplace NL website


FW1600- FW2601

Learners are expected to take increasing levels of responsibility for the program and the children with whom they are working.

  • Learners with a minimum of 2 years experience in an early learning setting may apply for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for FW1600.
  • Learners cannot apply for PLAR for subsequent field placement courses (FW1601, FW2600, FW2601).

Prerequisites for a field placement must be completed before enrolling in a specific field placement course.

Course # Course Title Co-requisite courses and Prerequisite Courses
FW1600 Field Placement I EE1180, EE1340, EE1420, EE1290, FH1340,
(may also be completed as co-requisites), First Aid and CPR
FW1601 Field Placement II Pre-requisites: FW1600, EE1180, EE1340, EE1420, EE1290, FH1340

Co-requisites: EE1181, FH1360, EE1421, EE1360, EE1341
(may also be completed as pre-requisites)
FW2600 Field Placement III FW1601, EE1181, EE1341, EE1421, EE1360, FH1360, EE1440, EE1480, EE2500
FW2601 Field Placement IV FW2600, EE2180, EE2255

Placement sites:

Provincial program standards require that learners must complete a majority of their placements in a regulated child care centre. A minimum of 500 hours for the Diploma, 260 for the Certificate, must be completed in a regulated child care centre, while the remaining hours may take place in an alternate early learning setting, i.e., regulated family child care home, family child care agency, family resource centre, or kindergarten classroom.


On-Campus placements:

College of the North Atlantic demonstration child care centres are located at St. John's, Corner Brook, and Happy Valley - Goose Bay.

  • The Department of Education provides a bursary to students who successfully complete an on-campus placement.

    - The application for the Early Childhood Education On-Campus Field Placement Bursary can be found HERE .
    - The policy information for the Early Childhood Education On-Campus Field Placement Bursary Program can be found HERE
  • Accommodations: If you register for one of the on-campus field placement courses in St. John's, and would like accommodations in St. John's at Memorial University, please contact Dawn Baldwin at dbalwin@mun.ca or 709-864-4335. If you are looking for housing in the Corner Brook area, please contact Chantelle Troy at chantelle.troy@cna.nl.ca or 709-637-8576. If you are looking for housing in the Happy Valley - Goose Bay area, please contact Gaylene Chaulk at gaylene.chaulk@cna.nl.ca or 709-896-6300.
  • Requests for on-campus placement are impacted by capacity. If interested in attending an on-campus placement, registration should be submitted as soon as it becomes available for the upcoming semester. Please note: Cohort Students are assigned a demonstration child care centre at the time of admissions and the student’s date of attendance, where applicable, is provided prior to the start of FW1600.

Contact Us

For any questions regarding course selection or questions relating to the academic side of the ECE DL program, please contact:

Carla Conway, Instructional Coordinator
Email: carla.conway@cna.nl.ca
Phone: (709) 793-4470

Gail King Hynes, Instructional Coordinator
Email: gail.hynes@cna.nl.ca
Phone: (709) 637-8630