Nova Scotia is currently developing a model that will support professional development for ECEs in the future.
This new approach to professional development will centre around three key areas: Foundational professional development for ECEs, continuous professional learning, and the Advanced Practitioner program.
Will it be mandatory to take specific professional development to work as an ECE?
Yes, there will be mandatory PD for ECEs working in regulated child care settings, which will be related to provincial initiatives such as the Early Learning Curriculum Framework, Pyramid Model, Duty to Report protocols, etc.
Will EECD pay for my PD courses?
EECD will continue to provide professional development opportunities for ECEs. ECEs may choose to take other PD courses as part of their own professional growth which would be a cost to them.