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Early Childhood Educators

Working in Ontario

Early Childhood Educators develop and implement activities in early childhood settings for children from infancy to twelve. ECEs are responsible for planning and organizing activities that protect and promote children’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth. ECEs are also known as Preschool Teachers, Childcare Workers, Day Care Workers, Child Care Practitioners, Home child care visitor/consultant, Nursery School Teachers, Child care Assistant Supervisors, Day Care Supervisors, Child Care Coordinators. Supervisor and Coordinator positions require at least 2 years experience in the field.

Tools and Information

The College of Childhood Educators of Ontario (CECE) is the provincial professional organization that regulates early childhood educators in Ontario. The CECE was created by an Ontario law called the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007.

You must be a registered member of the College of Early Childhood Educators to call yourself an Early Childhood Educator or a Registered Early Childhood Educator in Ontario. To qualify for membership with the College, you must have, at minimum, an ECE diploma from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT) or the equivalent.

The Day Nurseries Act is the Ontario law that governs the care of young children in Ontario. Under the law, any location that provides care for more than five children under the age of 10 (who are not in the same family) must be licensed.

Staff from the Ontario Ministry of Education inspect licensed childcare programs frequently to make sure they meet health, safety, and caregiver training standards.

The Ontario Government has partnered with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) to create a Career Map for Internationally Trained Early Childhood Educators. The Career Map explains in detail every step of the registration process including the language requirements, industry trends, labour market conditions, credential assessment process, licensing fees and other important information.

Download a copy of the Career Map for internationally trained Early Childhood Educators:

Getting Help


Global Experience Ontario helps internationally trained and educated individuals in regulated non-health professions find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario.

Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.

Bridge Training in Early Childhood Education for Internationally Trained Individuals

Canadian Mothercraft Society

This program is for internationally educated early childhood educators, as well as preschool and primary school teachers. It provides academic course work, occupation-specific language training, workplace culture and communications training, workplace internship placements and employment supports. Upon successful completion, participants will be granted with an Ontario-approved diploma in Early Childhood Education which will be recognized for registration by the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). Graduates will register with the CECE required for employment as Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECEs).

Telephone: 416-483-0511
Location: Toronto

Fast-track early childhood education (ECE) training program for Francophone immigrants

Collège Boréal

This project provides a fast-track early childhood education training program for Francophone immigrants who have ECE experience but are from French-speaking countries where formal ECE training is not offered or available. The program leads to a college diploma in ECE and provides access to professional accreditation with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE). The program has a component covering integration into the host Francophone community and intercultural education, which will assist Francophone immigrants in successfully integrating into the host Francophone minority community. The project will also provide coaching and job search services.

Telephone: 1-800-361-6673 or (705)-560-6673
Location: London

Regulatory Body

College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE)
438 University Avenue, Suite 1900
Toronto, ON M5G 2K8
Telephone: 416 961-8558
Toll-free: 1 888 961-8558
Fax: 416 961-8772

Professional Associations

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO)
489 College Street, Suite 206
Toronto, ON M6G 1A5
Telephone: 416-487-3157
Toll free: 1-866-932-3236

L’Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (AFÉSEO)
140, Genest Street, Suite 280
Ottawa, ON K1L 7Y9
Telephone: 613-741-5107
Fax: 613-746-6140

Learning More

For information on Day Nurseries Act and licensing of Day Nurseries in Ontario contact:

Ministry of Education
Licensing: Standards, legislation and inspections

For more information on other Canadian professional associations contact:

Canadian Childcare Federation (C.C.C.F.)
383 Parkdale Ave
Suite 201
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Y 4R4
Telephone: 1-613-729-5289
Toll Free: 1-800-858-1412
Fax: 1-613-729-3159

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