Job prospects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Assistant in Prince Edward Island

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "early childhood educator (ECE) assistant" was moved from the group Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) to the group Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as an "early childhood educator (ECE) assistant" in Prince Edward Island or Canada.

Job opportunities in Prince Edward Island

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

early childhood educator (ECE) assistant
Prospects over the next 3 years
Very good

The employment outlook will be very good for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) in Prince Edward Island for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

The federal-provincial Early Learning and Child Care Agreement will be implemented over the forecast period, resulting in the creation of new child-care spaces and early childhood educator positions in the province. The prospect for employment in this occupation is very good and new graduates should experience little difficulty finding employment in most areas of the province. 

On P.E.I., there is an increasing demand in the industry for qualified individuals who have a diploma in early childhood education. Some employers, especially those in rural areas, experience difficulty in finding certified early child care staff. 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.

Here are some key facts about Early childhood educators and assistants in Prince Edward Island:

  • Approximately 950 people work in this occupation.
  • Early childhood educators and assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Social assistance (NAICS 624): more than 95%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 85% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 15% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 54% of early childhood educators and assistants work all year, while 46% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • 7% of early childhood educators and assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: less than 5% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: more than 95% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 14% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 19% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 8% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 56% compared to 28% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 18% compared to 15% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 7% for all occupations

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