Job requirements Early Childhood Educator Assistant in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as an early childhood educator assistant in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

Early childhood educators
  • Completion of a two- to four-year college program in early childhood education or A bachelor's degree in child development is required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association for early childhood educators (ECE) is usually required.
Early childhood educator assistants
  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Experience in child care is required.
  • Completion of an early childhood education assistant certificate program or post-secondary courses in early childhood education may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association for early childhood educators (ECE) may be required.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Child Development Assistant Regulated Childcare Staff Certification Office, Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services
Child Development Worker Regulated Childcare Staff Certification Office, Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services
Child Development Supervisor Regulated Childcare Staff Certification Office, Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services
British Columbia Early Childhood Educator Regulated Early Childhood Educator Register, Ministry of Children and Family Development of British Columbia
Manitoba Early Childhood Educator Regulated Manitoba Early Learning and Childcare Program, Manitoba Families
Child Care Assistant Regulated Manitoba Early Learning and Childcare Program
Newfoundland and Labrador Early Childhood Educator Regulated Association of Early Childhood Educators Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia Early Childhood Educator Regulated Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
Ontario Aboriginal Child Development Practitioner Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Child Development Practitioner Regulated Ontario College of Trades
Early Childhood Educator Regulated College of Early Childhood Educators
Prince Edward Island Early Childhood Educator Regulated Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture, Government of Prince Edward Island
Saskatchewan Early Childhood Educator Regulated Ministry of Education, Government of Saskatchewan
Yukon Childcare Workers Regulated Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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