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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 Windsor-Sarnia Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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The outlook for early childhood educators and assistants in the Windsor-Sarnia economic region is expected to be average in 2012-2013. This is a fairly large occupation for this region. It had a labour force of about 2,300 at the time of 2006 Census, having grown by 21% over the previous census.
In Ontario, employment prospects are expected to be average for early childhood educators and assistants in 2012-2013. This is a relatively large occupation grouping. It comprised more than 57,000 workers at the time of the 2006 Census, up 19% over the previous census count. Employment in the occupation has been growing steadily over most of the last decade. These workers are fairly young, with an average age of 38 compared to 40 for all Ontario occupations. Most opportunities will arise from turnover as these young workers change jobs or seek advancement, higher wages, and opportunities outside of the profession.
The funding of full-time kindergarten and early childhood positions within elementary school classrooms in Ontario should help support improved prospects. In addition, increasing regulation of child care provision and public policy emphasis on early childhood development is pushing demand for the higher skilled workers within this grouping. The job outlook is also sensitive to the level of public funding for child care spaces.
Job prospects will be better for those workers with post-secondary qualifications and those with enhanced skills such as a second language or experience with special needs children.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society has laid off 18 case workers and family access workers due to budget constraints
Week of Mar 11 – Mar 15, 2013
- Fiddick’s Nursing Home will be hosting a job fair on March 26 and March 27 at Lambton College’s Employment & Learning Centre in Petrolia. The new nursing home will be open in April.
Week of Feb 25 – Mar 01, 2013
- Bluewater Health in Sarnia is consolidating its services due to funding reductions, affecting 23 employees and 12 vacant positions
- Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services has laid off six full-time and 16 part-time employees in Windsor
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