Demand is high – while other job markets may shrink, the need for RECEs is only growing, and it will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. This field has seen rapid growth in the London/Middlesex community. London/Middlesex is diverse and our child care and early years community reflects this. There is a demand for Educators to support and reflect the same diversity.
Multiple networks exist in the London/Middlesex community focused on Professional Learning, leadership and networking. LCCN, Strive and Child and Youth Network are examples of these community networks.
Scientists, Governments and the general public understand more than ever the value that RECEs contribute to the lives of children, families and society as a whole.
Leadership and Professional Learning happen first and foremost in the classroom alongside the children, each and every day. Continuous learning is a necessary expectation. Opportunities for career growth in early childhood education are extensive.
- RECE Educator
- Lead RECE
- Leadership Positions
- Centre Director
- Pedagogical Leadership
- Executive Director
Registered Early Childhood Educator
Educators collaborate with others to create engaging environments and experiences to foster children’s learning and development. They work with children from birth through 12 years in child care centres, home-based centres and before and after school programs. They integrate knowledge from theory and research, their own experience and their understanding of the individual children and families.
These educators consistently engage in best practice while mentoring other educators, students and volunteers in centre-based and before and after school programs.
Centre Leadership Positions: Program supervisor/program manager in licensed child care
Responsible for or oversees all aspects of the day-to-day management and operations of a single or multi-site organization including but not limited to licensing, human resources, enrollment, communication, financial etc. Those in Leadership positions actively participate on community networks and working groups.
- Home Child Care Coordinator
- Home Child Care Manager
A self-employed individual contracted with a licensed program who is committed to providing quality child care and early learning opportunities in their own home for children, from infancy to school age. Providers represent diverse backgrounds and experience levels. Some Providers may have limited child care experience, while others are Registered Early Childhood Educators, or working toward their RECE designation, as well as having post-graduate education. Providers receive regular support visits, ongoing communication, and guidance from Home Child Care Coordinators. The level of support offered by the licensed program is based on the Provider’s individual needs and interests. Providers are offered opportunities to learn and connect through ongoing professional development. Providers must meet the requirements and pedagogy of the Ministry of Education’s, Child Care and Early Years Act, and all other applicable regulations
Home Child Care Coordinator
Recruit, train, and mentor Providers, empowering them to develop and provide quality home child care programs that meet the needs and expectations of the children and families in their care. Coordinators working with a licensed program, support Providers to ensure that their home child care programs are not only safe and nurturing, but also operate in accordance with the standards and requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act, the Ministry of Education, and all other applicable regulations.
Coordinators connect families seeking home-based child care with an approved Provider suited to their family and support the relationship between the families and their Provider on an ongoing basis.
Home Child Care Manager
Oversees the management and ongoing development of the licensed home child care program, ensuring high quality and a family-centred approach. The Manager works collaboratively with the Coordinators, provides mentoring, ongoing support, and guidance.
- Community Connector
- Playgroup Facilitator
- EarlyOn Centre Manager
As the first point of contact for the families, they set and maintain a warm and welcoming culture and create an environment of trust. The Community Connector connects families to programs and services and ensures that families have an easier time navigating the children’s service system, including simplified referrals. In addition, this position is an important public face for the entire Family Centred Service System.
Playgroup Facilitators work in playgroups offered in EarlyON Child and Family Centres and other community locations. Playgroup Facilitators engage families and caregivers, support early learning and development and make connections for families. Facilitators, families, caregivers and children 0-6 years participate together in an inclusive, social, non-judgemental, success-oriented environment.
EarlyON Child and Family Centre Manager
As an employee of the Lead Agency, they are responsible for the oversite of all areas of the centre including but not limited to staffing, programming, communications, community partnerships, neighbourhood engagement, marketing and purchasing. The Manager is an important public face in the Family Centred Service System and actively participates on relevant committees and working groups.
- Resource Consultant
- Special Needs Program Assistant
Resource Consultants provide case management for families, develop Family Service plans, coordinate and participate in team meetings. They work with Service Providers, program staff and families to develop innovative and practical strategies that enable children to fully participate and to reach individual goals. They strive to strengthen the relationship between the family and the program while promoting inclusivity, communication and family centred practices
Special Needs Program Assistant
Program Assistants support inclusion of children with special needs. The Program Assistants role is to provide assistance to the classroom so that the program Educators can successfully support and include children with special needs.
Support and Resources for RECEs continues to grow
Registered Early Childhood Educators in London not only receive municipal support, they benefit from local networks and organizations that are setup to ensure their success.
PROVINCIAL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FPR EARLY YEARS AND CHILD CARE
COLLEGE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
ASSOCIATION FRANCOPHONE A L-EDUCATION DES SERVICES A L’ENFANCE DE L’ONTARIO