Thanks to Kate Santacaterina for preparing this useful information for those interested in working in childcare in Vancouver
Note: Article is written for Vancouver (British Columbia) but advice is applicable to all provinces in Canada
Early Childhood Educator (ECE)/Assistant
To become an early childhood educator, or early childhood educator assistant you need to register with the ministry of children and families all of the information can be found at the following website: http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/ece/index.htm. They do require applicants to have a BC registered ECE (or equivalent from another Canadian province) to vouch for you having 500 hours ‘work experience’ with preschool aged children, and may ask for an ICES (International Credential Evaluation Service) report in order to convert qualifications from other countries. If you’ve found a good centre who really want to put the time into taking you on full-time they might help pay for some of this – although it’s not common.
Another helpful organization is ECEBC. http://www.ecebc.ca/. They are quite good at answering questions and supporting ECE’s, although they cannot help you with any Ministry related problems. There is a job board on this site for ECE related work.
A quick place to find a list of all of the day cares in your area (for sending resume’s etc) is by contacting the west coast child care resource centre: http://www.wstcoast.org