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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 Edmonton Region
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Local Employment Potential Information
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The demand for licenced day-care spots continues to exceed the available supply. There is no shortage of children who require quality day care however the challenge is to find sufficient monies to pay for these services.
There is increasing demand in the industry for qualified individuals who have the Early Childhood Education Certificate.
The occupation is termed "significant" due to the relatively high concentration of people working in this occupation within this geographic area.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- Strike notice served at west Edmonton seniors facility, where employees work without a collective agreement since December 2011
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- Good Samaritan Society has laid off some staff and reduced the working hours of others at their long-term care centres around the province
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- Forty-one health care workers in Edmonton have been given layoff notices as the province begins shutting down a 30-bed transitional unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital
Week of Jul 30 – Aug 03, 2012
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