Early Childhood Educators’ (ECE) Working Group

Why is EECD setting up a working group?

The Government of Nova Scotia values the important work and the contributions of licensees and partner associations in the provision of high-quality early childhood education programs for children.

However, we believe there is value in hearing directly from Early Childhood Educators about the issues affecting them to ensure the long term success and sustainability of early learning child care programs across the province.

What is the purpose of the working group?

The purpose of the working group is to give ECE’s an opportunity to directly engage in discussions that are educational and meaningful to them, and to advise and report on issues affecting early childhood educators working in regulated child care such as wages, benefits, training and professional learning opportunities, as examples.

Although the group will not be making decisions in these areas, their input and advice will greatly inform government and employers to support quality and sustainability in regulated child care.

Who can apply to be a member of the working group?

Any interested ECE, working directly with children, is welcome to apply to be a member of the working group. You may also apply if you have an administrative role, such as a Director, that includes a component of working as an ECE.

Who will be selected for the working group?

Eight early childhood educators from regulated child care settings across the province, will be selected by an internal committee. To ensure equitable representation on the committee, consideration will be given to diverse regions, language, ethnicity, work experience and classification levels.

What is the timeline and commitment to participate on the ECE Working Group?

Several meetings may occur between November and December 2019. The duration and time of meetings, that is most convenient for members, will determine the schedule and may include weekdays, weekday evenings, or weekends as options.

Selected ECE’s will have the responsibility of ensuring that these dates and times work in their personal and professional lives. However, to support their participation travel costs, where applicable, associated with attending working group meetings, including substitute costs, will be covered by EECD.

How will ECEs, who are not on the working group, know what is being discussed during the meetings?

EECD will support a communication plan developed by the working group and assist with any technical requirements, such as website postings of the minutes, to keep other ECEs in the sector informed.

Will the working group members be responsible to write a final report?

No, an independent facilitator will help the committee organize the sessions, take notes and prepare a final report for the Minister, that captures the key ideas and themes of the discussions. A summary of the report will be posted on our website for others to review.

Will there be opportunity for other stakeholders to be involved with the committee?

Additional representatives will be invited in throughout the term of the working group to provide perspective, context, or information.  This may include EECD and childcare business operators/director, and Pre-Primary Program representatives, as an example.

When the working group identifies the need to be informed by a stakeholder group to move the committee mandate forward, a call for interested parties will be initiated by the ECE working group, or a designate.