Nova Scotia will be transitioning from the current Classification system to a regulated Certification system by 2023.
Additionally, EECD is currently developing a compensation framework for ECEs working in licensed funded programs throughout the province that will reflect ECEs’ education, speciality training, and years of experience.

Learn More About A Career In Early Childhood Education


A career in early childhood education provides a range of opportunities to work with young children from birth to 12 years of age, and their families.

As an early childhood educator some of the places you can work include a regulated childcare or pre-primary program, a family home day care agency or an early intervention program supporting families and children.

Your career could also lead to training the next generation of early childhood educators as an instructor in an ECE training program or to a position with the provincial government supporting children and youth programs. And more!

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Working As An Early Childhood Educator In Nova Scotia

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Classification and PD

  • ECEs who work in provincially funded licensed child care are required to hold an ECE Classification which is regulated through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
  • ECEs are required to take 30 hours of professional development every three years to maintain their Classification.


Salaries

  • ECEs working in provincially funded licensed child care receive their wages based on the wage floor which is currently $15 per hour for a Level 1, $17 per hour for a Level 2, and $19 per hour for a Level 3. Many employers pay their staff above the wage floor.
  • Salaries for ECEs working in Nova Scotia’s Pre-primary program are set through the Regional Centres for Education and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) across the province and can vary depending on scope of practice, and region.
  • Salaries and wages for ECEs working in unionized licensed child care programs, and unfunded licensed child care programs are set by the employer and can vary throughout the province.
     

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