Early childhood educator (ECE) assistants work with children in child care and school settings.
Early childhood educator (ECE) assistants work with children in child care and school settings. You may work for public daycare centers or community centers. Other employers include large private businesses, religious organizations, hospitals and family resource centres. You may also be self-employed and operate a home-based daycare. People often say "ECE assistant" when talking about this job. You may also be called an early childhood assistant, daycare worker, child care worker or preschool teacher.
Generally, ECE assistants:
This job requires:
College or University
This job requires
0 - 2
years of work experience.
As an ECE assistant, you need to:
For some jobs, you may need education or experience in:
Source: Ontario Skills Passport
You need to communicate in person with children, parents and co-workers. You need to read books in English to children and teach them basic reading and writing skills. You need to keep notes of your observations about children. It can be helpful to know 2 or more languages.
Overall, this occupation experienced gradual growth in the past decade. Early childhood educators are regulated in Ontario, leading to some barriers to entry into the profession and limiting the number of eligible applicants. Early childhood assistants are not regulated and may not face the same constraints, although some employers might prefer licensed ECEs.
The work prospects for this job are:
The average hourly wage for this job is:
These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.
Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.
Here is an example of a language training program:
Many college programs and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.
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