Job prospects Early Childhood Educator (E.C.E.) in Québec

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

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Québec

early childhood educator (E.C.E.)
Prospects over the next 3 years
Good

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several 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.

Accessing an educator's position usually require a college diploma in early childhood education or an Attestation of College Studies in early childhood education. For early childhood assistants, a high school diploma and working experience with children are normally the basic requirements. In addition, a certificate of absence of impediment in connection with the job, as well as a valid first aid certificate for early childhood (which includes a section on severe allergies) are often required. Employers are looking for creative, dynamic, patient people with teamwork skills and interpersonal skills with children, parents and other staff.

Employment in this occupation depends on the number of children who attend early childhood centres, daycares and school-based child care, as well as government funding for these services. By 2021, while an increase in school-age enrollment is anticipated, the number of preschool children is expected to decrease slightly. However, according to data from the Ministère de la Famille, the number of subsidized and unsubsidized preschool places has increased in recent years, a trend that is likely to continue in the medium term and favor the outlook of this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Early childhood educators and assistants in Québec:

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