What is an RECE?

(registered early childhood educator)

Whether beginning their career at a licensed child care centre or home child care, RECEs nurture children from the earliest stages of their life.

RECEs understand the value of learning through play, exploration, and collaboration. RECEs inspire and empower.  They nurture confidence, curiosity and compassion in children.

Educators are competent and capable, curious, and rich in experience. They are knowledgeable, caring, reflective, and resourceful professionals. They bring diverse social, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. They collaborate with others to create engaging environments and experiences to foster children’s learning and development. Educators are lifelong learners. They take responsibility for their own learning and make decisions about ways to integrate knowledge from theory, research, their own experience, and their understanding of the individual children and families they work with. Every educator should feel he or she belongs, is a valuable contributor, and deserves the opportunity to engage in meaningful work.”
(Ontario. Ministry of Education. (2014) How Does Learning Happen, Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, 7.)

Who Should Become an RECE?

Children deserve to be with adults who are passionate about being with them. RECEs are strong collaborators, working alongside children, families, their colleagues, and the community.  Successful RECEs are kind hearted, curious, critical thinkers who view reading, writing, research and life long learning as essential to this profession. These Educators embrace the knowledge that their work impacts the lives of children today and in the future

Why is Now the Right Time to Become an RECE?

  • RECEs are in high demand in London/Middlesex.
  • There are recognized benefits to having a diverse RECE workforce.
  • London/Middlesex has a dynamic, robust child care community with ongoing opportunities for leadership, collaboration and Professional Development.
  • The field of early education is changing. These are critical years in a child’s life and there is compelling and significant research to support the importance of this profession.

How do you Become an RECE?

Becoming a Registered Early Childhood Educator requires a diploma in Early Childhood Education.  Luckily, there are different ways to achieve this, and it’s never been easier to find the right path that suits your situation.




The role of the educator is multidimensional. The best educators, first and foremost, use a warm, responsive, and inclusive approach, building positive relationships with children, families, colleagues, and communities. Educators participate as co-learners with families and children – learning with children, about children, and from children. Knowledgeable educators get involved in play with children to support development, challenge thinking, and extend learning. They engage in reciprocal relationships with families and caregivers, learning about, with, and from them. Educators share their professional knowledge and experience and also seek out the knowledge and perspectives of families. The value of early years educators cannot be overstated.”
(Ontario. Ministry of Education. (2014) How Does Learning Happen, Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, 19.)

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