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Who Is Required To Join?

Who is required to join the College?

An individual who is in any one of the following three categories:

1. Individual using the title “early childhood educator” (ECE) or “registered early childhood educator” (RECE).

2. Individual who works within the scope of practice of early childhood education defined in the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 as follows:

 

The practice of early childhood education is the planning and delivery of inclusive play-based learning and care programs for children in order to promote the well-being and holistic development of children, and includes:

(a) the delivery of programs to pre-school children* and school-aged children, including children with special needs;

(b) the assessment of the programs and of the progress of children in the programs;

(c) communication with the parents or persons with legal custody of the children in the programs in order to improve the development of the children; and

(d) such other services or activities as may be prescribed by the regulations unless the individual is in one of the exemptions listed below. 

* pre-school children includes infants, toddlers, pre-school children and children in junior and senior kindergarten.

3. Individual who represents or holds out (expressly or by implication) that the person is a member of the College.

 

Who is exempt from the requirement to join the College listed under #2 above?

An individual who is in one of the following categories is not required to join the College, unless the individual uses one of the restricted titles or represents or holds out (expressly or by implication) that the person is a member of the College:

  • A person employed as a teacher or teaching assistant in a school as defined under the Education Act.

  • A person in a day nursery licensed under the Day Nurseries Act (DNA) who is non-trained or partially trained as an ECE, such as an ECE apprentice or a person with an early childhood assistant (ECA) certificate.

  • A person otherwise approved by the Director to work in the place of an ECE in a day nursery licensed under the DNA.

  • A person providing private-home day care services for a private-home day care agency licensed under the DNA and under the supervision of a private-home care visitor.

  • A person employed as a private-home day care visitor, in accordance with the requirements of the DNA, by a private-home day care agency licensed under the DNA.

  • A person otherwise approved by the Director to work as a resource teacher for a licensed day nursery or licensed private-home day care agency in the place of an ECE.

  •  A person employed in a children’s recreation program as defined in regulation under the DNA.

  • A person providing informal care in a private residence for five children or less.

 

What will be the impact on a licensed day nursery where staff with a diploma in early childhood education or equivalent are not registered with the College?

In the first licensing visit following February 14, 2009, a term and condition will be placed on their licence if, after a 10 day time period to come into compliance, not all ECE staff have applied to join the College. Following current practice, this term and condition will remain for the duration of the licence even if the program becomes compliant. Additional steps will be taken under the DNA if the program remains non-compliant.

 

What are the implications if an individual who is required to register does not register with the College?

The Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 provides steps that the College can take against an individual for not registering. If an individual does not comply with the Act, its regulations or by-laws, the College may seek a court order directing the person to comply. If a person who is not a member of the College uses the title “early childhood educator” (ECE) or “registered early childhood educator” (RECE), or represents or holds out (expressly or by implication) that the person is a member, or works within the scope of practice (unless there is an applicable exemption), the College can prosecute the person under the Provincial Offences Act. This may result in a finding of guilty in court and liability for a fine of not more than $2,000 for the first offence and not more than $5,000 for a subsequent offence.

 

 

 

Summary of Membership Requirements

 

Required to Join 

Exemption from the Requirement to Join

• Individual using the title “early childhood educator” (ECE), or “registered early childhood educator” (RECE). ​

• No exemption.

 
• Individual who works within the scope of practice of early childhood education defined in the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 unless the person is exempt (see the list of exemptions in the opposite column).
 

• Examples of individuals who are required to join include:

    • Individual with a diploma in early childhood education or equivalent who is a supervisor in a day nursery licensed under the Day Nurseries Act (DNA).
    • Individual with a diploma in early childhood education or equivalent who is a supervisor in a day nursery licensed under the DNA.
    • Individual with an ECE diploma or equivalent who is a resource teacher employed by a licensed day nursery or licensed private-home day care agency.
 
• A person employed as a teacher or teaching assistant in a school as defined under the Education Act.
 
• A person in a day nursery licensed under the DNA who is non-trained or partially trained as an ECE, such as an ECE apprentice or a person with an early childhood assistant (ECA) certificate.
 
• A person otherwise approved by the Director to work in the place of an ECE in a day nursery licensed under the DNA.
 
• A person providing private-home day care services for a private-home day care agency licensed under the DNA and under the supervision of a private-home care visitor.
 
• A person employed as a private-home day care visitor, in accordance with the requirements of the DNA, by a private-home day care agency licensed under the DNA.
 
• A person otherwise approved by the Director to work as a resource teacher for a licensed day nursery or licensed private-home day care agency in the place of an ECE.
 
• A person employed in a children’s recreation program as defined in regulation under the DNA.
 
• A person providing informal care in a private residence for five children or less.
 

• Individual who represents or holds out (expressly or by implication) that the person is a member of the College (e.g. if a member of the public would assume, in the circumstances, that the person is a member of the College).

• No exemption. ​
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• Individuals who meet the membership requirements outlined in theRegistration Regulation of the College are not otherwise required to be members.
 

 • These individuals include:

    • Junior/Senior Kindergarten teachers or teaching assistants in a school as defined under the Education Act.
    • Recreation program staff.
    • Persons providing informal care in a private residence for five children or less.
 
 
 

 

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