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Childcare workers are in high demand in Ontario, and the need is only expected to grow. Unfortunately, there is currently a shortage of staffing in the sector. Are You Considering a Career in Childcare? Here’s Why You Should Become an Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA) in Ontario. 

In 2022 the Ontario and federal governments announced  a $10.2-billion child-care deal, aiming to create 86,000 new child-care spaces and reduce fees to just $10 a day by 2026. However, there’s concern that there won’t be enough workers to staff these new spaces unless improvements are made to their wages and benefits.

If you’re someone who left the childcare sector but is considering reentering, becoming an Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA) could be a perfect fit for you.

ECEAs play a vital role in supporting the development and well-being of young children. You’ll work alongside ECEs and assist in planning and implementing activities that promote physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth.

Being an ECEA allows you to positively impact the lives of children and families. It’s a fulfilling profession that offers personal and professional growth opportunities in a diverse and dynamic sector.

ECEAs have access to various supports and incentives to further their education and advance their careers. From bursaries through the ECE Education Support Fund to priority access to permanent residency under the Provincial Nominee Program, the childcare sector offers resources to help you succeed.

The demand for quality childcare in Canada is increasing, and the government is investing in this crucial area. By reentering the field as an ECEA, you can contribute to filling the gap of qualified staff and provide accessible and affordable childcare for Canadian families.

It’s important to note that while licensing is required for ECEs in Ontario, it’s not necessary for ECEAs. However, some employers may prefer or require completion of specific courses in child development, guidance, health and safety, or nutrition.

So, if you’re passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families, consider reentering the childcare sector as an ECEA. The demand is high, and the opportunities for growth and impact are tremendous. Start your rewarding career today. 

Job Skills’ Early Childhood Educator Assistant program is designed to provide support and training for internationally trained individuals and residents of York Region with child care credentials or child care experience looking to re-enter the workforce.

Through the ECEA program, participants are provided with the education and training required to work in a licensed child care facility in Ontario that addresses current regulations/requirements and overcomes identified skills gaps and employment barriers. For more information, visit 


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