Early childhood educators and assistants

Early childhood educators and assistants

NOC
4214

Plan, organize and lead activities to help children develop intellectually, physically and emotionally. They work with children between the ages of infancy and 12 years in a variety of settings.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

274
 

Median Hourly Wage

$16.00
$14.00
Low
$20.00
High

Median Salary

$20,303
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

4,641
 

% Working Full Time

81%
 

% Working Full Year

57%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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. Early childhood educators and assistants lead children in activities to stimulate and develop their intellectual, physical and emotional growth and ensure their security and well-being.

Main Duties

Early childhood educators and assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
Early childhood educators

  • 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 co-ordinate activities of other early childhood educators and early childhood educator assistants.

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, 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.

Also Known As

  • child care worker assistant
  • daycare helper
  • daycare supervisor
  • daycare worker
  • early childhood assistant
  • early childhood education worker
  • early childhood educator - preschool
  • early childhood educator (E.C.E.)
  • early childhood educator assistant
  • early childhood program staff assistant
  • early childhood supervisor
  • preschool helper
  • preschool supervisor
Requirements

Employment 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 is required in Ontario and certification is required in British Columbia for early childhood educators. Licensing for early childhood educators is usually required in all other provinces and territories.

Early childhood educator assistants

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Experience in child care 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 as an early childhood educator may be required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

95.6%
Female
4.4%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

21.3%
15-24
32.9%
25-34
19.6%
35-44
16.2%
45-54
8.8%
55-64
1.2%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

4.3%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
22.1%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
6.5%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
51.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
15.4%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

90.4%
Health care and social assistance
5.1%
Educational services
2.8%
Other services (except public administration)
1.7%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

15.60%
Northeast
31.90%
Southeast
20.10%
Southwest
21.90%
Central
10.50%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$20,481
Northeast
$23,673
Southeast
$22,740
Southwest
$21,500
Central
$22,271
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$16.25
$14.00
Low
$21.00
High

Southeast

$16.00
$14.00
Low
$23.00
High

Southwest

$14.66
$12.64
Low
$18.00
High

Central

$16.00
$14.00
Low
$17.25
High

Northwest

$16.25
$14.15
Low
$22.33
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$20,303

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$27,265

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$20,303

Newfoundland

$22,257

Prince Edward Island

$20,885

Nova Scotia

$21,300

Canada

$24,613
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

274
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

14
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

260
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

927
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

45
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

881