About Early Childhood Educators





What does an early childhood educator do?

• Assesses children’s developmental needs and stages in all developmental domains;
• Designs curriculum to address children’s identified needs, stages of development and interests;
• Plans programs and environments for play and activities that help children make developmental progress;
• Maintains healthy emotional and social learning contexts for children; and

• Reports to parents and supervisors on children’s developmental progress within healthy, safe, nurturing and challenging play environments. 


Where does an early childhood educator work?

Early childhood educators (ECEs) work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to: infant, toddler and preschool (including child care and nursery school) programs; before- and after- school programs, kindergartens and primary grade classrooms; special education and intervention programs; Ontario Early Years Centres; Head Start programs, family supports; home child care programs; parent/child/caregiver drop-in programs, paediatric playrooms and health care settings.

Why is it necessary to regulate the profession? 

Self-regulatory organizations exist to serve and protect the public interest. Members of the College are professionals who must meet the entry to practic​e requirements and standards of practice of the profession. This means that parents may be assured that their children are in the care of a qualified professional.

Why is there a regulatory body for early childhood educators? 

Early childhood educators were among the few professionals working with young children who were not regulated. Nurses, physicians, teachers, dieticians, pharmacists, psychologists and other professionals are all regulated by self-regulatory colleges. Regulation of early childhood educators protects the public and ensures that early childhood education services will be performed safely and competently by qualified professionals. The establishment of a self-regulatory college for early childhood educators confirms the professional status of early childhood educators.