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: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

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 2021-2023 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.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

The provincial pre-primary program rollout concluded in October 2020, having created around 850 new positions for ECEs. Some vacancies were created in the private child care system as workers moved to the pre-primary program. The implementation of the Canada-Nova Scotia Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement over the next few years is expected to result in a further substantial increase in the number of certified ECE positions. As this is 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 4,250 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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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    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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