Early Childhood Educator

Young kids listening to teacher

The number of working parents in Canada has risen. Early childhood educators (ECE) are the valuable partners who care for and teach young children during the day while their parents are at work. During these important developmental years, caring, patient, and dedicated educators are needed to help children acquire vital life skills and discover the world and people around them.

Increasing connectivity through the technology has allowed ECEs to have even more contact with parents, who can now be a bigger part of their child’s day-to-day care from a distance.

The skills and activities that an ECE can use to teach and care for kids have grown. For instance, an ECE might choose to take extra courses that introduce children to early childhood nutrition, so that they can pair play and discovery with good foods that are especially nutritious for young kids. Increasing connectivity through the technology has allowed ECEs to have even more contact with parents, who can now be a bigger part of their child’s day-to-day care from a distance.

 

Job requirements / Skills

 

It will always be important that early childhood educators are trustworthy, responsible, and fond of kids. Patient and empathetic ECEs will be able to model good behaviour so that young children acquire necessary lifelong skills. Being in good physical shape means that an ECE will be able to keep up with the kids that they’re caring for. More advanced training in early childhood development or child psychology will prepare certain educators to guide and teach children with disabilities or other characteristics that require a more specific approach.

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