A career in Early Childhood Education offers many diverse employment opportunities: Early Years Educator, Early Developmental Support Worker, Educational Assistant, Child Care Supervisors, and Directors. They are able to have specialized careers in Early Literacy, Special Needs,  and Policy Development. 

Everyday a career as an ECE provides new experiences and variety such as:

  • Flexible hours – you can work Monday to Friday with options for evening programs, Before and After School programs, or you can run your own daycare.
  • A rewarding relationship with the honour to work with various ages and diverse groups.
  • Outdoor experiences with physical activity in nature and Forest Educating and learning through play everyday.
  • The opportunity to work with other professionals creating engaging environments and experiences to foster children’s learning and development 

Where to go to school

While there are many universities and colleges where you can study, St. Clair College of Applied Arts offers the Early Childhood Education diploma program in Chatham. St. Clair College works with local employers for your ECE work placement, and offers the Work Study Program to gain additional work experience.
 
You can now apply for the ECE Education Grant, scholarships and bursaries, and OSAP to help cover tuition costs. There is also a Leadership Certification Grant for registered ECEs to continue their education. YouTube has a great video to help you apply for these grants. 

Professional Development in Chatham-Kent

To work as an early childhood educator in Ontario, graduates are required to register with the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators. As ECE is a regulated profession there is a committed to continuous professional learning. In Chatham-Kent, there are free professional development opportunities to help our ECEs grow, learn and reflect on their practice.

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Working in Chatham-Kent 

Become an Educational Assistant at any of our local school boards:
Join the development team at Chatham-Kent Children’s Services.

Find the contact information for Chatham-Kent’s licensed Child Care Centres to learn more about their job openings.
 
You can become your own boss by opening a home daycare. The Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre can help you start your daycare. If you want accepted subsidized child care fees in Chatham-Kent, contact Lambton Rural Child Care.
 
For ongoing job postings, please visit www.chatham-kent.ca/jobs