Early childhood educators and assistants

National Occupation Code (NOC): 4214

RECEs plan, organize and implement programs for children from infancy to 12 years of age.  The supervision of children is a shared responsibility, as RECEs and ECAs support one another in planning and delivering programming RECEs and ECAs work in partnership to develop relationships with children, families and colleagues, in order to support the holistic development of individual children. They draw from their knowledge of child development, their understanding of how children learn, and curriculum approaches to plan, implement, document and assess programs that are child-centred and play-based. Note: Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE) and Early Childhood Educator Assistants (ECA) are two jobs. These two jobs have the same NOC code.

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Job Duties for Early childhood educators and assistants

  • RECEs and ECAs support children’s learning and development of such skills as fine and gross motor, language and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, and science and creative arts through thought-provoking, open-ended, interest-based learning experiences, gauged to the developmental level and ability of the individual child.
  • RECEs will enhance and extend learning experiences through enrichment programs and off-site excursions that are intentionally planned to meet the interests and/or goals of the program, scaffolding the children’s foundational knowledge and fostering a sense of community engagement.
  • RECEs and ECAs observe and document the abilities, interests and needs of all children. Using critical reflection and in partnership with families and community partners, RECEs and ECAs plan and implement learning experiences to support these goals, and to advance each child through their individual stages of development.
  • RECEs and ECAs communicate with parents/guardians regarding the development and learning of the children through verbal, written and photo documentation, developing professional relationships in order to work collaboratively with one another. RECEs will provide parents with resources to further support the child and family.
  • RECEs and ECAs support children in developing self-help skills to gain independence during eating, dressing and wellness routines.
  • RECEs and ECAs partner with community resources to support the holistic development of all children, staff, and families in the program. RECEs and ECAs collaborate with educational partners to deliver before and after-school programs for school-age children.

Working Conditions for Early childhood educators and assistants

RECEs and ECAs are employed in child-care centres, daycare centres, kindergartens, agencies for exceptional children and other settings where early childhood education services are provided, with job activities that can take place both indoors and outdoors.

Alternate Job Titles

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