Local Employment Requirements
The College of Early Childhood Educators is a self-regulatory body, ensuring the registration of practising early childhood educators (ECEs) in Ontario. The College grants the Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) Certificate, which is required by school boards and many other employers. The RECE is available to graduates of approved ECE programs within Ontario, and to graduates of Canadian and international institutions who have been assessed by the College. For more information, consult the College of Early Childhood Educators (www.collegeofece.on.ca).
Most employers require a criminal record check and First Aid certification. Additional requirements include knowledge of the Day Nurseries Act, enhanced security checks, CPR certification, immunization records, tuberculosis clearance and medical exams.
Local Skills Requirements
Computers have been introduced into nursery schools as learning aids. Early childhood educators will need computer skills in order to use computers as teaching devices
There are often specific abilities, aptitudes and knowledge that are prerequisites to obtain employment in an occupation.
Most employers who advertise are looking for workers who have the following experience and skills:
Early Childhood Education Skills:
Provide supervision and guidance of daily activities, field trips and special activities. Provide opportunity for creative expression through the mediums of art, dramatic play and music. Plan and develop child care and nursery school programs.
Early Childhood Educator Assistant Skills:
Prepare craft materials and assist children to use them. Conduct and monitor activity programs designed for young children. Guide children in development of proper eating, dressing and toilet habits.
Assist in housekeeping duties. Maintain day care supplies and equipment. Assist in maintaining records of children.
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Degrees and diplomas in early childhood education are offered at four universities and over 25 public colleges in the province. For more information, consult the following Web sites:
Entry into the profession is also available through apprenticeship. For more information, consult the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Web site at http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/.
Some child care related programs are available through registered private trainers in Ontario.
Consult the Ontario Private Career College Search site: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/ (search for "Private Career College Search Service).