Job prospects Early Childhood Educator Assistant in Nova Scotia

Job opportunities for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) are good in Nova Scotia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as an early childhood educator assistant.

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

early childhood educator assistant
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) in Nova Scotia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

The introduction and expansion of universal pre-primary sites is expected to create new employment opportunities for qualified ECE's. However, there will likely be fewer opportunities available in private childcare settings, as many providers expect they will need to adjust their services and staffing requirements in response to the publically-funded program. In recent years, regulations around certification of workers have become stricter, so opportunities are particularly good for certified individuals. Being a large occupation, with opportunities spread throughout the province, there tends to be a steady number of job opportunities, particularly on a casual/part-time basis.

Here are some key facts about Early childhood educators and assistants in the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 4,300 people work in this occupation.
  • Early childhood educators and assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Social assistance (NAICS 624): 85%
    • Elementary and secondary schools (NAICS 6111): 9%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 75% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 25% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 54% of early childhood educators and assistants work all year, while 46% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • 13% of early childhood educators and assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Annapolis Valley Region Good Good
    Cape Breton Region Good Good
    Halifax Region Good Good
    North Shore Region Good Good
    Southern Region Good Good
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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