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 are employed in 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, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 625 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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 large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Early Childhood Educators and Assistants most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 46% of Early Childhood Educators and Assistants who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $29,141. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$14.66

Median

$20.89

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,119

Minimum

$20,817

Median

$35,707

Maximum

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

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

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 are employed in 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, implement, and assess developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor learning environments for young children.
  • Using an in-depth knowledge of child development, design programs based on the observed needs of children.
  • Establish and carry out a daily routine that incorporates child-directed activity, care routines and transition times.
  • Assist children to 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 foster 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 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, singing and preparing activities.
  • Prepare snacks and arrange rooms or furniture for lunch and rest periods.
  • Assist 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

For these jobs, 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

Early childhood educators:

  • Completion of a two-year college program in early childhood education or a bachelor's degree in child development is required.
  • Licensing by the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development is required for work in regulated child care in Nova Scotia.

Early childhood educator assistants:

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • Completion of an early childhood education assistant certificate program or post-secondary courses in early childhood education 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

3,160

employed in 2016

73.7%

employed full-time

13.1%

self employed

96.3%
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3.7%
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37.8

median age

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

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

53.9%

Halifax

12.2%

Annapolis Valley

12.1%

Northern

11.4%

Southern

9.9%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

85.1%

Health Care and Social Assistance

10.6%

Educational Services

2.4%

Other Services

0.6%

Public Administration

0.6%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

29.5%

25-34

22.0%

35-44

20.8%

15-24

17.3%

45-54

7.1%

55-64

3.3%

65+

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

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

47.6%

College certificate or diploma

$36,794 median annual income
19.0%

High school

$33,204 median annual income
18.0%

Bachelor's degree

$42,361 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$35,228 median annual income
4.4%

Trades certificate

$36,476 median annual income

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

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Child development

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Early childhood education and teaching

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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

Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education Society

6208 Quinpool Road, 2nd Floor

Halifax, NS B3L 1A3

(902) 423-7114

Island Career Academy

721 Alexandra Street

Sydney, NS B1S 2H4

(902) 564-6112

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

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

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 child care centre, family home day care agency or pre-primary program.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development - Early Years Branch
PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

Contacts

St. John Ambulance - NS, PEI
72 Highfield Park Drive
Dartmouth, NS B3A 4X2
Tel: (902) 463-5646
Fax: (902) 469-9609

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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