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Early childhood educators plan and organize activities for preschool and school-age children. Early childhood educator assistants provide care and guidance to preschool children under the supervision of early childhood educators. Early childhood educators and assistants lead children in activities to stimulate and develop their intellectual, physical and emotional growth. They are employed in child-care centres, kindergartens, nursery schools, agencies for exceptional children, and other environments where early childhood education services are provided, or they may be self-employed. Early childhood educators who are supervisors are included in this group.
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- Develop and implement daily activities that support and promote the development of children
- Lead children in activities by telling or reading stories, teaching songs, demonstrating the use of simple musical instruments, preparing craft materials and demonstrating their use, providing opportunities for creative expression through the media of art, dramatic play, music and physical fitness, and taking the children to local points of interest
- Guide and assist children in the development of proper eating, dressing and toilet habits
- Observe children for signs of learning disabilities or emotional problems and take appropriate action
- Assess the skills, abilities, interests and needs of children
- Discuss progress or problems of children with parents and other staff members
- Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other community service providers working with children
- Attend meetings and workshops to develop and discuss new teaching methods
- May plan and organize activities for school-age children in child-care programs before and after regular school hours
- May supervise and co-ordinate the activities of other early childhood educators and early childhood educator assistants.
- Conduct and monitor activity programs designed for young children
- Lead children in activities by telling stories, teaching songs and preparing craft materials
- Prepare and serve snacks
- Arrange rooms and furniture for lunch and rest periods
- Assist with proper eating, dressing and toilet habits
- Submit written observations on children to supervisor
- Attend staff meetings to discuss progress and problems of children
- Assist supervisor in keeping records
- Maintain day-care equipment and assist in housekeeping duties.
Outlook & Prospects for Early Childhood Educators and Assistants in Centre-du-Québec Region
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Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Centre-du-Québec region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
The number of jobs in this occupational group is high. There are aproximately 1,850 jobs in this group in the Centre-du-Québec region which are mostly located in childcare centres (including home childcare providers) (86%) and 13% in elementary schools.
Employment levels depend on the number of children aged 0-4 in the case of childcare centres and home childcare providers, and on the number of children aged 5-11 in the case of elementary schools. The demographic outlook for these age groups is favourable in the Centre-du-Québec region. The recent increase in the birth rate has prompted the government to introduce a series of measures to bolster educational childcare services.
The unemployment rate is very low. Job opportunities will result primarily from the employment growth, which is clearly stronger than that for all occupations. The need to replace retirees will also create good job opportunities. As well, employers in the early childhood services field regularly offer temporary positions to replace employees on parental leave, maternity leave or sick leave. A smaller number of openings will be created by employee turnover.
The percentage of workers aged under 45 in the workforce for this occupation in the Centre-du-Québec region (71%) is well above the average for all occupations in the region (59%). Women make up the overwhelming majority, accounting for 95% of the workforce in this group, which creates openings for replacements for workers on maternity leave. 24% of the workforce in this occupation in the region is self-employed.
According to the Relance 2011 survey of college graduates of the Quebec Department of Education, Recreation and Sports (MELS), the placement rate for graduates with a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in childhood education is 96% in Quebec.
Daycare centres must comply with regulations requiring a two-thirds ratio for qualified educators out of three. The third educator must have an Attestation of College Studies (AEC).
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 08 – Apr 12, 2013
- The centre d'hébergement du Roseau in Victoriaville invests $4.8M to expand and focus its food production in a single kitchen (available in French only)
Week of Mar 18 – Mar 22, 2013
- By January 2014, an 18-transitional apartment building will be built in Drummondville with $3M. L'Envolée des mères project is geared specifically towards young, single mothers and their children. (available in French only)
- The daycare centre "Sur une patte" of Drummondville has obtained the authorization to create 62 new spots, with 18 of them reserved to the new resource L'Envolée des mères (available in French only)
Week of Feb 04 – Feb 08, 2013
- An intermediary resources centre will be built in Drummondville with an investment of $1.5M; some 15 jobs will be created (available in French only)
Week of Jan 28 – Feb 01, 2013
- The Municipality of Saint-Rosaire is building a 39-spot daycare centre. It will be operated by the Centre de la petite enfance – La Petite École and will result in the creation of eight jobs. (available in French only)
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