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Early Childhood Educators

Working as a registered Early Childhood Educator is more than a job - it's a rewarding career!

"We call what we do "heart work" for a reason. It is demanding in the most wonderful, exuberant ways!" Mary, RECE Early Years Educator.

Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE) have diverse career pathways, such as Early Years Educator, Developmental Support Worker, Educational Assistant, Child Care Supervisor, and Director. There are also specialized careers in Early Literacy, Special Needs, and Policy Development. In Chatham-Kent, the opportunities for professional growth and personal fulfillment are wide-ranging and strongly supported.

RECE's enjoy a range of flexibility and benefits like:

  • Flexible hours: Weekdays, options for evenings, Before and After School programs
  • Become your own boss: You could run your own home child care.
  • Rewarding relationships cultivated through working with various ages and diverse groups.
  • Outdoor experiences with physical activity in natural settings and learning through play every day.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with other professionals creating engaging environments and experiences to foster children's learning and development

"I'm very passionate about this field, and knowing that the impact I have on these children day to day will last a lifetime, and for generations to come." Sylvie, RECE Bilingual Early Years Educator.

Read more about why Sylvie chose to live in Chatham-Kent, and what she loves about working as a Registered Early Childhood Educator in her story.

Working in Chatham-Kent

When it comes to working as an RECE in Chatham-Kent, you have options!

Where to go to School

Are you new to the field? While you can train as an RECE at various universities and colleges, St. Clair College 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 commitment to continuous professional learning. In Chatham-Kent, there are free professional development opportunities to help our ECEs grow, learn and reflect on their practice. Make sure you subscribe to receive emails for new professional development events. 

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