Need for early childhood educators on the rise

human-servicesEarly childhood educators lead children in activities to stimulate and develop their intellectual, physical and emotional growth necessary to help them grow up into well rounded adults.

Early childhood educator’s work with children aged 0-4 in early childhood centres and between the ages of 5-11 in primary schools. There is a predicted growth in this sector which is excellent news for graduates of child care education. Graduates may find work in either child day care services or in elementary and secondary schools.

The majority of people finding work in this sector work full time and are predominantly female. Government regulations in Canada require at least two thirds of educators in early childhood centres should be qualified, considering that there is a predicted rise in school population age children this will impact on the amount of new child care educators required.

There has also been a rise in the amount of funding granted for children to access these services. There is a wide range of different jobs in this sector and some examples are:

  • Early Childhood Supervisor
  • Program Staff Assistant
  • Educator Assistant
  • Educator
  • Education worker or assistant
  • Pre-School Programs

The average salary in Canada is $30,000 and this is dependent on experience, location (some places outside of Canada pay much better), employer and qualification. The types of activities early childhood educators are involved in include reading stories, playing games and teaching songs and nursery rhymes. Also, assisting children with activities of daily living; such as dressing, toileting and eating.

 Early childhood educators also assist children in learning social skills and basic numeracy and literacy, not only does this prepare children for secondary school but also allows for the early identification of any learning development problems.

Assessment of children’s developmental needs means that education can be tailored to their interests and development need. Having a qualified workforce means that the profession can be regulated, providing a safe and secure environment for children.

Jobs can be found in a wide variety of settings such as infant, toddler and preschool also, primary school, early year’s centres, health care settings and head start programs.