The education and care of young children demand a high level of personal and professional integrity and enthusiasm. The teachers have diplomas in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or are working toward this goal. An ECE program ensures that its graduates learn about the social, cognitive, emotional, physical, and creative needs of children (five and under) and have the skills and knowledge necessary for planning and carrying out programming which optimizes individual development for infant, toddler, preschool and school-aged children.
These teachers have knowledge about how to:
- provide a physically safe, mentally healthy, and intellectually stimulating environment for children five and under, by understanding psychological, sociological, and developmental theories and principles;
- observe and interpret children’s developmental levels and reactions to situations by assessing and analyzing children’s behaviour;
- implement a flexible curriculum which will meet the needs of individual children within the group and implement a combination of the children’s ideas along with the ideas taught in the curriculum so that children can expand their learning, and;
- communicate positively and purposefully with children, parents, and other adults in the preschool setting