Today’s Early Childhood Educator is more than a babysitter. He/she has a basic knowledge of child development and child guidance, and knows how to work in partnership with families. They set the stage for play and know how to observe children in order to discover their interests. Owing to observation, educators are aware when skills emerge and a child’s knowledge surfaces. Through careful planning and guidance, the Early Childhood Professional prepares children to be life long learners.
All educators that care for children outside of the child’s home must be approved by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Group and School-age staff must hold professional certification. All educators must register annually with the department in accordance with EEC policies and procedures. Family Child Care Assistants and Group and School age staff are also required to complete EEC’s online orientation.