10 Reasons to Choose Quality Early Learning and Child Care

Expert knowledge Early childhood educators are experts in child development and are trained to create inspiring learning environments!
Intentionality Early childhood educators provide your child the gift of time and attention. They will stop and explore the new flowers or jump in the mud puddles with your child.
Young at heart Early childhood educators know how to have fun! They’re not afraid to be silly and laugh with your child; all while nurturing your child’s creativity and helping to build their self-confidence.
Setting limits Every child needs reasonable boundaries, such as no playing ball inside. Early childhood educators set limits and support families in doing the same.
Love of literacy Early childhood educators read and tell stories, sing songs, and do puppet shows to inspire a love of language and to build early literacy skills.
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Confidence boost Early childhood educators provide safe opportunities for your child to be independent and to become confident in their personality and decision making skills.
Inspired learning Early childhood educators ask open-ended questions to inspire creative thought and curiosity, to encourage children to explore, and to make learning fun.
Life skills Early childhood educators use their expertise to develop programs that use play as a tool for teaching math, literacy, science and essential life skills that last for life!
Making friends Early childhood educators are educated to appropriately support children to gain social skills, which are so important in making friends and developing positive relationships!
Helping hand Everyone gets stumped by parenting from time to time - juggling schedules, demands, and behaviours. When it gets tough and you need someone to talk to, reach out to your child’s early childhood educator!
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Province Announces Increase to ECE Wages at EYCs

May 5th, 2016

May 5, 2016 
For immediate release
Increase to early childhood educator wages

Government is increasing salaries to early childhood educators employed at early years centres by two per cent, as of July 2016.

“Prince Edward Island’s early learning and childcare system is among the best in Canada and early childhood educators are important partners in helping Island children fulfill their potential as they prepare for public education,” said Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie. “We are providing a two per cent increase in wages for over 300 early years centre educators, starting this July. This wage increase will see $300,000 re-invested into front-line educators.”

There are 44 early years centres across the province. Early years centres provide early learning and child care for Island children, supporting the development of social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills which will lay the foundation for future academic success. Government supports early years centres through yearly grants to offset salaries and expenses, covering approximately 40 per cent of operating costs of each early years centre.

“Nearly 2000 children are enrolled in early years centres, so this investment directly impacts Island families across the province," said Early Childhood Development Association of PEI Executive Director Sonya Hooper. "Early childhood educators are the cornerstone to quality early learning experiences for Island children. They establish the building blocks for children to learn skills for life."

The Government of Prince Edward Island will be working collaboratively with provinces and territories and the federal government to develop a National Framework on Early Learning and Child Care, in order to share Prince Edward Island success stories and pursue continued improvements to early learning and child care for Island children.

Phase 2 of the PEI Preschool Excellence Initiative will start soon. An Early Learning and Child Care Advisory Committee will be making recommendations on the future direction of early learning and child care in the province.

About Early Years Centres

  • In 2010, as part of the PEI Preschool Excellence Initiative, government introduced an option for licensed childcare centres to become Early Years Centres (EYCs).
  • EYCs are jointly funded by government and by parent fees. Parent fees are regulated and are competitive with other provinces and have not increased since 2014. This wage increase will not affect parent fees or childcare subsidies.
  • EYCs must meet certain requirements including providing infant care, care for children with special needs, charging set parent fees, and paying employees according to a wage grid.
  • This is the first increase to the wage grid since 2010.


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