More daycare space needed on PEI.
“Early Childhood Education is a rewarding career,” says Sonya Hooper, Executive Director, Early Childhood Development Association of PEI (ECDA).
“Their contribution is a cornerstone of PEI’s economic growth, because the availability of quality affordable childcare allows more people to find jobs. We often get calls from businesses that can’t expand or open for a longer season because their workers can’t find child care.”
ECDA manages the PEI Early Learning and Child Care Registry. “There are more than 260 infants on the waiting list for daycare,” says Sonya. “We often hear from parents who are not able to take a job because they can’t find a licensed daycare space.”
Where do they work?
Early Childhood Educators work in designated and non-designated early childhood centres, and in licensed centres in full-day or half-day programs, family resource centre programs, school-aged programs, and licensed family home care.
Jobs in Early Childhood Centres
- Director or Supervisor
- Early Childhood Educators
- Substitute Caregivers
- Special Needs Assistant/Inclusions Support Worker
- Early Childhood Educator Assistants
Substitute Early Childhood Educators require a criminal record check and vulnerable sector check, must be 18 years of age or older, and have emergency first aid certification. They do not require Early Childhood Care and Education training, although some experience working with children is beneficial.
Visit www.ecdaofpei.ca to sign up to be a substitute.
Education options on PEI
- Holland College: Early Childhood Care and Education program – 2 years
- Collège de l’Île:
– Early Childhood Assistant: 1 year
– Early Childhood Educator: 2 years
- UPEI 2 plus 2 program: Bachelor of Child and Family Studies
Starting a daycare business
“Starting a home daycare is a great option for stay-at-home mothers,” says Sonya. “However, there is a fair amount of homework to do upfront. Do your research and understand the needs in your community.
“PEI has invested in training to increase the level of knowledge and expertise among those working in the field.
As a result, there is an increase in the number of certified people working in the field, or perhaps interested in opening a family home centre.
“Although licensing your centre involves some paperwork, when a centre is licensed they can access childcare subsidies and other grants. As of January 2018, there are only two licensed home childcare centres on PEI.”
For more information about daycare regulations, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-early-learning-and-culture/frequently-asked-questions-family-home-child-care.
For more about the Early Childhood Development Association of PEI, visit www.ecdaofpei.ca.
Daycare providers are listed on the Early Learning and Child Care Registry. Visit www.ecdaofpei.ca/ecregistry/. An updated registry will be available in April, 2018.