The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS) released a new report today that provides a snapshot of what it is like for Early Childhood Educators (ECE) to work in the Early Learning and Child Care sector in Nova Scotia. Understanding which factors influence their recruitment and retention is critical because we know high turnover affects the quality of the care provided.
Early Childhood Educator and CUPE member, Margot Nickerson had this to say, “This report provides evidence of what we have been saying; so many of my fellow ECEs are struggling with wages that do not reflect their education and specialized skills to work with young children. Frankly, these wages leave them struggling to pay for necessities for their own families. Also, the added pressures with the pre-primary roll-out have resulted in a shortage of ECEs. They are burning out.”