Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

(NOC 4214)
+20.51%
 

Career Description

Early childhood educators plan, organize, and lead activities for preschool and school-aged children that are designed to encourage intellectual, physical, and emotional growth. They observe children for signs of learning disabilities or emotional problems, and discuss progress or problems with parents and staff members.

Early childhood educator assistants take care of preschool children under the supervision of early childhood educators. They also maintain daycare equipment and assist in housekeeping duties.

Duties May Include

Early childhood educators perform some or all of the following duties:

Develop and implement daily activities for children;
Lead children in activities by telling or reading stories, teaching songs, demonstrating the use of simple musical instruments, preparing craft materials and demonstrating their use, providing opportunities for creative expression through the media of art, dramatic play, music and physical fitness, and taking the children to local points of interest;

Guide and assist children in the development of proper eating, dressing and toilet habits;
Observe children for signs of learning disabilities or emotional problems;

Discuss progress or problems of children with parents and other staff members;

Attend meetings and workshops to develop and discuss new teaching methods;

May plan and organize activities for school-age children in child-care programs before and after regular school hours;

May supervise and co-ordinate the activities of other early childhood educators and early childhood educator assistants.

Early childhood educator assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

Conduct and monitor activity programs designed for young children;

Lead children in activities by telling stories, teaching songs and preparing craft materials;
Prepare and serve snacks;

Arrange rooms and furniture for lunch and rest periods;

Assist with proper eating, dressing and toilet habits;

Submit written observations on children to supervisor;

Attend staff meetings to discuss progress and problems of children;

Assist supervisor in keeping records;

Maintain day-care equipment and assist in housekeeping duties.

Examples of Titles

Child-care Worker
Day-care Supervisor
Day-care Worker
Early Childhood educator
Early Childhood Program Staff
Early Childhood Supervisor
Pre-school Supervisor
Pre-school Teacher

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Early Childhood Education Bachelor; Honours
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University of Guelph-Humber
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Early Childhood Studies Bachelor; Honours
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Early Childhood Education (Intensive) Diploma
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St. Lawrence College
Kingston, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Early Childhood Education (Online, Part-Time) Diploma; Online
Early Childhood Education Diploma
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Thompson Rivers University
Kamloops, British Columbia, CA

Related Program(s):
Early Childhood Education Diploma
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Modified on May 13, 2012