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Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

Other titles : day-care coordinator, day-care worker, teacher, day care


Description :

Early childhood educators plan and organize activities for pre-school and school-age children. Early childhood educator assistants provide care and guidance to pre-school children under the supervision of early childhood educators. Early childhood educators and assistants lead children in activities to stimulate and develop their intellectual, physical and emotional growth. Early childhood educators are employed in child-care centres, kindergartens, nursery schools and centres for exceptional children. Early childhood educator assistants are employed in day-care centres and nursery schools. Early childhood educators who are supervisors are included in this group.

Main duties :

  • Early childhood educators

  • develop and implement daily activities for children;
  • lead children in activities;
  • pbserve 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.

Early childhood educator assistants

  • conduct and monitor activity programs designed for young children;
  • lead children in activities;
  • assist with proper 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.

Regions where this career
has the best propspects:

  • Lanaudière
  • Laval
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Nord-du-Québec
  • Outaouais
  • Montréal
  • Estrie
  • Côte-Nord
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Laurentides
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Montérégie
  • Centre-du-Québec


Diploma of College Studies (DEC)



  • Early Childhood Education
  • Special Care Counselling

Early Childhood Education

Program lenght : 3 years

Program Objectives

The purpose of this program is to train educators for child care services for children ages 0-12 years. The main function of the educators consists of creating a an environment that favours physical, psychomotor, cognitive, language, and socio-affective skills, and morals while establishing a positive relationship with the children. They are also responsible for the conception, organization, animation and evaluation of activities that contribute globally to the development of the children that are left in their care.

Educational organizations offering the program



Special Care Counselling

Program lenght: 3 years

Program objectives

This program is designed to train people to be special care counsellors. The technicians in special care counselling intervene concerning different problems: physical or psychological deficiencies, behaviour problems, mental or health-related problems, and after having taken care of adapting them, their re-integration to society.

Educational organizations offering the program