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Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

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NOC:4214
Occupation:Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

About the job

Nature of work:

Early childhood educators plan, organize and implement programs for children between the ages of infancy and 12 years. Early childhood educator assistants provide care for infants and preschool- to school-age children under the guidance of early childhood educators. They are employed in child-care centres, daycare centres, kindergartens, agencies for exceptional children and other settings where early childhood education services are provided. Supervisors of early childhood educators and assistants are included in this group.

Job duties:
Early childhood educators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Develop and implement child-care programs that support and promote the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children.
  • Lead activities by telling or reading stories, teaching songs, taking children to local points of interest and providing opportunities to express creativity through the media of art, dramatic play, music and physical activity.
  • Plan and maintain an environment that protects the health, security and well-being of children.
  • Assess the abilities, interests and needs of children and discuss progress or problems with parents and other staff members.
  • Observe children for signs of potential learning or behavioural problems and prepare reports for parents, guardians or supervisor.
  • Guide and assist children in the development of proper eating, dressing and toilet habits.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with co-workers and community service providers working with children.
  • May plan and organize activities for school-age children in child-care programs before and after regular school hours.
  • May supervise and coordinate activities of other early childhood educators and early childhood educator assistants.
Early childhood educator assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Support early childhood educators in carrying out programs that promote the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children.
  • Engage children in activities by telling stories, teaching songs and preparing crafts.
  • Prepare snacks and arrange rooms or furniture for lunch and rest periods.
  • Assist with proper eating, dressing and toilet habits.
  • Submit written observations on children to early childhood educators or supervisors.
  • Maintain daycare equipment and assist in housekeeping and cooking duties.
  • Attend staff meetings to discuss progress and problems of children.
  • May assist early childhood educators or supervisors in keeping records.
Sample job titles:
  • child care worker - daycare
  • daycare supervisor
  • daycare teacher
  • daycare worker
  • early childhood assistant
  • early childhood education worker
  • early childhood educator (E.C.E.)
  • early childhood educator assistant
  • nursery school teacher
  • preschool helper
Skills:

For these jobs, you should enjoy working with children. Good health and physical stamina are needed. You must be patient, imaginative, and resourceful. The ability to communicate ideas in a clear, concise, and pleasant manner is also necessary.

Job requirements:
Early childhood educators:
  • Completion of a two- to four-year college program in early childhood education or a bachelor's degree in child development is required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association for early childhood educators (ECE) is usually required.
Early childhood educator assistants:
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of an early childhood education assistant certificate program or post-secondary courses in early childhood education may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association for early childhood educators (ECE) may be required.
Other considerations:

Self-employment and part-time work are both relatively common for this group. Experience in child care is required for early childhood educator assistants. Progression to senior positions, such as daycare supervisor, is possible with several years of experience or with experience and advanced ECE qualification levels.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Early Childhood Educators and Assistants may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 46% of Early Childhood Educators and Assistants who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $23,531. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2016 and 2018Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2016-2018Estimated rate of unemployment in 2017 Estimated hourly earnings in 2016 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2010
Early Childhood Educators and Assistants4,200Strong growth560Low
Minimum: $11.00
Median: $14.00
Maximum: $20.88
Minimum: $2,468
Median: $12,039
Maximum: $30,611
Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services58,400Weak growth4,215Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $26.00
Maximum: $45.19
Minimum: $4,797
Median: $38,421
Maximum: $81,697
Early Childhood Educators and AssistantsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time70%80%
Percent self-employed18%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentEarly Childhood Educators and AssistantsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern Region11%$11,26512%$30,581
Northern Region13%$13,90716%$33,660
Cape Breton9%$12,75312%$32,974
Halifax50%$17,22948%$41,209
Annapolis Valley16%$13,90213%$32,958
Top 5 Industries of Employment% Employed
Health Care and Social Assistance90%
Educational Services6%
Information, Culture & Recreation1%
Other Services1%
Public Administration1%
What are the workers like?
AgeEarly Childhood Educators and AssistantsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-2414%x
25-3436%12%
35-4422%45%
45-5418%28%
55-6410%9%
65+1%x
Median Age3542
GenderEarly Childhood Educators and AssistantsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female97%65%
Male3%35%
EducationEarly Childhood Educators and AssistantsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school5.9%$6,1793.8%$11,346
High school23.2%$9,65313.1%$25,801
Trades certificate6.0%$16,0436.3%$35,678
College certificate or diploma38.0%$14,36418.2%$28,183
University certificate or diploma6.0%$17,3934.8%$35,967
Bachelor's degree17.4%$14,98527.5%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma1.9%$10,5546.7%$47,801
Master's degree1.7%$9,51315.5%$35,978
DoctorateN/AN/A4.0%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/AN/A0.2%$83,456
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Early Childhood Educator
Special Requirements:Standards exist for this job in Nova Scotia. Certification or membership in a professional body may be required by employers, however, a certificate is not legally needed to work in this occupation.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
2021 Brunswick Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(888) 825-7770
(902) 424-0511
Useful contacts:
St. John Ambulance - NS, PEI
72 Highfield Park Drive
Dartmouth, NS B3A 4X2
Tel: (902) 463-5646
Fax: (902) 469-9609
info@ns.sja.ca
Nova Scotia Department of Education, Teacher Certification
PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-6620
Fax: (902) 424-3814

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Child care provider/assistant
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to be primary providers of home, family, residential, or institutional-based child care services. These programs include courses in child growth and development; nutrition; recreation; planning and supervision of play and learning activities; child abuse and neglect prevention; parent-child relationships; and applicable legal and administrative requirements.
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Eastern College - Halifax
6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111
Halifax, NS B3L 0B7
(902) 423-3933
Success College
800 Sackville Drive
Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8
(902) 865-8283
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Child development
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the intellectual, social, emotional, and biological development of children and the planning and design of related human services. These programs include courses in parent-child relations; parenting practices; special needs of children; parental and environmental influences on child development; external support services; and related public policy issues.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Program Name:Early childhood education and teaching
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to teach students that can range in age from infancy through eight years, depending on the school system and applicable regulations. Includes preparation to teach all relevant subject matter.
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Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education Society
6208 Quinpool Road, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3L 1A3
(902) 423-7114
info@nscece.ca
Island Career Academy
721 Alexandra Street
Sydney, NS B1S 2H4
(902) 564-6112
admissions@islandcareeracademy.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Jane Norman College (Sydney)
440 George Street, Suite M210
Sydney, NS B1P 1K3
(902) 564-9337
Jane Norman College (Truro)
60 Lorne Street, Suite 1
Truro, NS B2N 3K3
(902) 893-3342
Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning
Unit 37, 115 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1B3
(877) 491-6774
online.learning@nscc.ca
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