Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

(NOC 4214)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

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 work for regulated child-care centres, family home day care agencies, pre-primary programs, early intervention programs, family resource centres, and other settings where early childhood education services are provided. Supervisors of early childhood educators and assistants are included in this group.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 360 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate 1830 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 5515 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

Multiple changes to the early learning and child care industry have created a large number of opportunities for this occupation. The provincial pre-primary program rollout concluded in October 2020, having created around 850 new positions for ECEs. Some vacancies have been created in the private child care system as workers moved to the public pre-primary program. The shortfall of ECEs has also been amplified by workers taking sick leave during the pandemic. Further, plans are in place to create nearly 10,000 more child care spaces and the ECE positions required to staff them. As part of these plans, a wage increase for ECEs from July 4, 2022 has been put in place. Jobseekers in this field should have little difficulty finding employment in most areas the province.

Hourly Pay

$13.60

Minimum

$17.00

Median

$23.40

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,119

Minimum

$20,817

Median

$35,707

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$16.30

Minimum

$30.00

Median

$51.30

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

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 work for regulated child-care centres, family home day care agencies, pre-primary programs, early intervention programs, family resource centres, 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:

  • Plan, implement, and assess developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor learning environments for young children.
  • Design programs based on an in-depth knowledge of child development and the observed needs of children.
  • Create and carry out a daily routine that incorporates child-directed activity, care routines and transition times.
  • Help children express themselves by listening and responding with questions or comments that extend conversations.
  • Use a variety of teaching techniques that include modelling, observing, questioning, demonstrating, and reinforcing.
  • Use knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate strategies to guide children’s behaviour.
  • Plan and carry out experiences that promote an understanding of a variety of cultures and value systems.
  • Provide play materials and experiences that promote diversity and acceptance in interactions and attitudes.
  • Participate in short- and long-term program planning and evaluation.

Early childhood educator assistants:

  • 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, singing, and preparing activities.
  • Prepare snacks and arrange rooms or furniture for lunch and rest periods.
  • Help with proper eating, dressing and toilet habits.
  • Discuss observations on children with early childhood educators or supervisors.
  • Maintain daycare equipment and assist in housekeeping and cooking duties.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • May assist early childhood educators or supervisors in keeping records.

Sample job titles

  • childcare staff
  • daycare director
  • 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

  • You should have an interest in child development and enjoy working with children. Good health and physical stamina are needed. You must be patient, imaginative, resourceful, and have the ability to work cooperatively with a team. The ability to communicate ideas in a clear, concise, and pleasant manner is also necessary.

Job requirements

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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. Movement to senior positions like daycare supervisor, is possible with several years of experience or with experience and advanced ECE qualification levels.

By the numbers

Quick look

3,800

employed in 2016

70.1%

employed full-time

12.5%

self employed

96.6%
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3.4%
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37.8

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

76.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

54.2%

Halifax

$20,965 median annual income
12.3%

Annapolis Valley

$18,947 median annual income
12.2%

North Shore

$24,201 median annual income
11.5%

Southern

$20,154 median annual income
9.9%

Cape Breton

$23,434 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

85.7%

Health care and social assistance

10.7%

Educational services

2.4%

Other services (except public administration)

0.6%

Public administration

0.3%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

25-34

23.0%

35-44

21.0%

45-54

19.0%

15-24

11.0%

55-64

2.0%

65+

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

24.2%

35-44

22.7%

45-54

21.4%

25-34

17.2%

55-64

8.4%

15-24

Top levels of education

46.7%

College Diploma

$25,081 median annual income
19.5%

High school

$13,311 median annual income
17.8%

Bachelor

$21,337 median annual income
5.8%

Less than high school

$6,297 median annual income
4.6%

Trade Certification

$22,251 median annual income

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

28.9%

Bachelor

$45,929 median annual income
21.2%

College Diploma

$35,398 median annual income
16.8%

Master

$71,043 median annual income
14.6%

High school

$29,055 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$100,443 median annual income

Education & training

Child Development

College or University Program

This program engages students in practical training and theoretical explorations in child and youth work, early childhood education, as well as early intervention and inclusive development.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

College or University Program

This program prepares students to work with young children ranging in age from birth to 12 years, in a variety of early learning and childcare settings.

Institutions providing this program

CBBC Career College Inc. - Sydney Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education Society

Halifax, NS

Island Career Academy

Sydney, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Jane Norman College (Truro)

Truro, NS

CBBC Career College Inc. - Dartmouth Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Early Childhood Educator

Special Requirements: The Day Care Regulations identify training qualifications for this job in Nova Scotia. A license to practice (classification) is a legal requirement to work in a licensed childcare centre, family home day care agency or pre-primary program.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development - Early Years Branch
Halifax, NS

Contacts

St. John Ambulance - NS, PEI
Dartmouth, NS