Job prospects Early Childhood Educator Assistant in Ontario

Job opportunities for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) are good in Ontario 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 Ontario

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 Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • The majority are employed in child day-care services
  • Elementary schools.

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • As restrictions ease and families return to work, employment opportunities for early childhood educators and assistants are expected to improve
  • Generally, steady opportunities as more parents participate in the workforce
  • Public sector investments in the child care system.

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • The College of Early Childhood Educators regulates early childhood educators in Ontario
    • Only registered members of the College can practise the profession and use the protected titles “registered early childhood educator” (RECE), or “early childhood educator” (ECE)
  • For early childhood assistants, there are two voluntary skilled trades available, namely, Child Development Practitioner, and Aboriginal Child Development Practitioner,
  • Valid First Aid and infant and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificates are usually required.

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Early childhood educators and assistants may be required to work split shifts
  • Some positions will be for individuals to work on call
  • There will be fewer job opportunities in the education sector during the summer months.

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

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