Information for ECE Employers

The Excellence in Early Childhood Education workforce strategy is designed to keep currently working ECEs engaged and committed to the field while attracting new people to the exciting opportunities for ECEs in the province.
The strategy sets out to ensure ECEs are valued for the role they play in supporting and educating young children and reduce barriers to access to training and upskilling. Ultimately, it aims to build a strong workforce of ECEs who are professionally recognized, highly skilled, and committed to lifelong learning. 
The implementation of this strategy creates exciting opportunities for ECEs and changes that will impact the sector. One significant change is the shift from a classification system to a certification model in 2023.
ECEs and operators will be kept informed and have lots of opportunities to give advice and ask questions along the way. EECD will work with operators to ensure they can support all employees during the transition to the new model of certification. 

To support your staff in navigating upcoming changes and take advantage of training and upskilling opportunities, explore the various initiatives below and find answers to your questions about the Excellence in Early Childhood Education workforce strategy.

Free tuition and books for more than 300 Level 1 ECEs currently working to earn a diploma in a shortened timeframe while they work. Apply now.

ECCD is working with partner training institutions to design a post-graduate in-service certificate program for qualified ECEs to specialize and advance their knowledge and competence in a particular area of practice in early childhood education. Learn more.

One-time bursaries for up to 300 students currently enrolled full time in an ECE diploma or degree program in Nova Scotia. Learn how to apply for a bursary of up to $3,250, or $7,500 for students in one of six equity seeking groups.

EECD is partnering with Nova Scotia Works to establish career professionals to support and guide ECEs in their career path. Learn more.

Nova scotia will continue to provide the existing Continuing Education Fund to eligible part-time students pursuing diploma and advanced practitioner courses. Apply now.

Nova Scotia is shifting from a classification to a certification system that will define the competencies and scope of practice of ECEs with different levels of training. Learn more.

Nova Scotia is developing a new approach to professional development to to ensure ECEs continue to grow and learn throughout their career. Learn More.

Nova Scotia will support up to 60 ECEs to reduce the overall costs of participation in this initiative that leads to a Level 2 classification for successful candidates. Learn how to apply.