Training Our Early Learning Workforce

  • Investing $10.9 million to develop the early childhood education workforce.
  • Introducing better benefits and pay for ECEs by 2022, providing a one-time grant of $500 for trained ECEs in provincially funded childcare centres, and introducing a certification process.
  • Supporting 300 currently enrolled ECE students and 300 staff currently working in childcare and pre-primary with free tuition and books.
  • Increasing diversity in early childhood education by designating seats and distributing bursaries to Mikmaq, Indigenous peoples, Black and African Nova Scotians, Acadian and Francophone Nova Scotians, and newcomers studying in ECE programs or already practicing as ECEs without a degree or diploma.

The Liberal Government’s historic completion of the Canada-Nova Scotia Early Learning & Childcare Agreement will provide $10/day childcare and add 9500 new childcare spaces by 2026.

Our ambitious plan is accompanied by an additional $10.9 million investment in our early childhood workforce, training hundreds more Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) while covering the cost of tuition and books for over 300 current childcare and pre-primary staff to upgrade their credentials.

Liberal government investments in the early childhood education workforce will:

  • Keep children and families connected to trusted practitioners by introducing better pay and benefits for ECEs by 2022
  • Immediately recognize the contribution of ECEs by providing a one-time grant of $500 for trained ECEs working in provincially funded childcare centres
  • Grow the ECE workforce by providing free tuition and books for 300 students currently enrolled in full-time ECE programs in Nova Scotia and promote ECE as a career option in schools
  • Support ECEs to develop their skills by providing free tuition and books for over 300 staff currently working in childcare and pre-primary without a diploma and establishing a post-diploma certificate training program to allow ECEs to advance their skills and specialize
  • Increase diversity in early childhood education by designating seats for and distributing bursaries to Mi’kmaq, Indigenous peoples, Black and African Nova Scotians, Acadian and Francophone Nova Scotians, and newcomers who are studying in ECE programs or already working as ECEs without a degree or diploma
  • Recognize and validate the skills of ECEs by introducing a certification process
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