L’Association des Centres de la Petite Enfance Francophones represents six early childhood education centres across PEI. The centres look after the education, basic care and social needs of children up to age five.
“Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain develops by age 5, says Kathleen Couture. “We get to teach them, nurture them and meet their needs. It’s a rewarding profession to see the children grow. It has been proven that children who started at early years centres will be successful students from kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary education.”
In August, the federal and provincial governments announced a three-year, $10.5 million investment into more early learning and child care spaces and professional development for Early Childhood Educators.
The Association Des Centres de la Petite Enfance Francophones currently needs at least 12 educators to meet demand.
“Early childhood education is an exciting place to be. Both French and English centres are looking for people to work year-round as trained early years educators, substitutes, special needs assistants, and cooks. Some programs may allow untrained workers to come in. We will help with Level One training.
“Aspiring Early Childhood Educators start with Level One training, which is three university or college level core courses. They are encouraged to go on to a two-year diploma program. The association works with staff to achieve that goal.”
For more information about PEI’s French-speaking Early Childhood Education Centres, call 902-439-5948. Visit la Fédération des parents de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (FPÎPÉ) at https://fpipe.org/.