Description

An early childhood educator works with children aged 0 to 5 years in different types of recognized childcare settings:

  • childcare centres (CPEs);
  • daycare centres; and
  • home childcare providers (HCPs) recognized by a home childcare coordinating office.

Worker profile sought

To be an early childhood educator, it is essential to be empathetic and kind-hearted. One also has to know how to:

  • conduct oneself with a high level of professionalism;
  • ensure children’s health and safety;
  • plan and organize educational activities and group life in a way that takes children’s needs into account;
  • maintain meaningful affective relationships with children;
  • assist children in their learning experiences;
  • integrate children with special needs; and
  • act in a spirit of partnership and collaboration.

For more details, see the Référentiel de compétences des éducatrices et des éducateurs de la petite enfance (PDF 1.68 Mb) (In French only).

Working conditions

Educators in educational childcare settings enjoy attractive working conditions:

  • a wage that can exceed $24/hour;
  • the possibility of a 4-day work week; and
  • conditions that allow for work/family balance.

Childcare centres (CPEs) and many subsidized daycare centres also offer the following advantages:

  • very attractive pension plans; and
  • group insurance programs

Training program

The diploma leading to qualification as an educator is the Early Childhood Education Diploma of College Studies This hyperlink will open in a new window. (DCS). This three-year program enables participants to acquire the skills they need to find a job in the field.

Student Financial Support

Early Childhood Work-Study Program

The Early Childhood Work-Study Program (the Program) provides an opportunity to get paid while you train during working hours and have your prior learning and skills recognized at the end of the Program. The Program leads to an Attestation of collegial studies (AEC/ACS) in Early Childhood Education.

The program is intended for individuals already working at or recently hired by a childcare centre.

If you would like to learn more about the eligibility requirements and how to participate, go to Parcours travail-études en petite enfance This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Important dates to remember for the training period starting February 2022

25 October 2021: Employers create their job offers and register internal candidates through the Employer portal.

1 November 2021: Candidates respond to the job offers and employers begin interviewing candidates.

22 December 2021: End of the recruiting process.

11 January 2022: Files for CEGEP registration put together.

17 January 2022: Files for CEGEP registration sent.

7 February 2022: Beginning of the 2022 winter semester at the CEGEPs.

Manpower Training Measure

The Manpower Training Measure is a program for enterprises designed to support skill development in individuals at risk of losing their jobs. It also allows enterprises to keep their expertise on site.                                                       

To learn more about eligibility criteria and how to participate, visit the Manpower Training Measure page This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Student Financial Assistance

The Student Financial Assistance loans and bursaries program helps Québec students finance their studies. Whether you are a part-time or full-time student, you may be eligible for this program. To learn more about eligibility criteria and to apply, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Bursaries for 1st and 2nd internships

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program are entitled to bursaries of $2,300 for their 1st and 2nd internships. To be eligible, they must successfully complete the internship and remain enrolled during the following term for a Diploma of College Studies (DCS).

For information, please contact your educational institution.

Intern Perseverance and Success Scholarship

Persons registered in the Early Childhood Education Techniques program qualify for the Intern Perseverance and Success Scholarship in connection with their final internship. To submit your application, please consult the Intern Perseverance and Success Scholarship for Various Programs in Education, Health and Social Services.

Recognized equivalencies

Some educational equivalencies allow candidates to qualify as educators provided that additional requirements are also met:

Attestation of College Studies (ACS) in Early Childhood Education Techniques

An ACS involving at least 1,200 hours AND three years of pertinent experience

ACS for educators in First Nations childcare settings

Three years of pertinent experience, only if the person has worked outside First Nations communities

DCS in Special Education Techniques or Social Work Techniques

Option 1 : with an ACS in Early Childhood Education Techniques involving at least 1,200 hours

Option 2 : with a university certificate specialized in early childhood that includes, or is supplemented by, college- or university-level courses on child health and safety and on appropriate educational approaches

University certificate in early childhood

That includes, or is supplemented by, college- or university-level courses on child health and safety and on appropriate educational approaches AND three years of pertinent experience.

A Bachelor’s degree

A Bachelor’s degree involving a minimum of 30 credits in early childhood, preschool education, school and social adjustment (speech and language therapy), and psychoeducation or psychology, AND that includes, or is supplemented by, college- or university-level courses on child health and safety and on appropriate educational approaches

Experience

Experience may be recognized as pertinent for purposes of qualification if the person holds an ACS in Early Childhood Education Techniques or a university certificate specialized in early childhood.

Experience is deemed pertinent if it meets three conditions:

1st condition
It was acquired, either:

  • as a home childcare provider (HCP). The childcare setting where the experience was acquired must be recognized by a home childcare coordinating office or hold a permit issued by the Ministère de la Famille.
  • as a staff member in a CPE or daycare centre. The CPE or daycare centre where the experience was acquired must hold a permit issued by the Ministère de la Famille.
  • in a kindergarten for four-year-olds, a kindergarten, or a school daycare. The experience must have been acquired in an educational establishment recognized by Québec’s ministère de l’Éducation.

2nd condition
It was acquired working with children aged 0 to 5 years.
 
3rd condition
It was acquired through the implementation of an educational program.
Consult the Directive concernant l’évaluation de la qualification du personnel de garde This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in French only) for more details.

Find a job

The Quebec Emploi site is the best platform for finding a job in an educational childcare facility in your region.