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Who Is Required to Be a Member?

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Who is required to become a member of the College of Early Childhood Educators?

An individual who is in any one of the following four categories:

1. Individual using the title “early childhood educator” (ECE) or “registered early childhood educator” (RECE).

2. Individual who works within the scope of practice of early childhood education defined in the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 as follows:

 

The practice of early childhood education is the planning and delivery of inclusive play-based learning and care programs for children in order to promote the well-being and holistic development of children, and includes:

(a) the delivery of programs to children 12 years or younger;

(b) the assessment of the programs and of the progress of children in the programs;

(c) communication with the parents or persons with legal custody of the children in the programs in order to improve the development of the children; and

(d) such other services or activities as may be prescribed by the regulations.

3. Individual who represents or holds out (expressly or by implication) that the person is a member of the College.

4. Individual who is required to be a member of the College under the Child Care and Early Years Act.

 

What are the implications if an individual who is required to register does not register with the College?

The Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 provides steps that the College can take against an individual for not registering. If an individual does not comply with the Act, its regulations or by-laws of the College, the College may seek a court order directing the person to comply. If a person who is not a member of the College uses the title “early childhood educator” (ECE) or “registered early childhood educator” (RECE), or represents or holds out (expressly or by implication) that the person is a member, or works within the scope of practice (unless there is an applicable exemption), the College can prosecute the person under the Provincial Offences Act. This may result in a finding of guilty in court and liability for a fine of not more than $5,000 for the first offence and not more than $10,000 for a subsequent offence.

Summary of Membership Requirements

 

Required to become a member

  • Individual using the title “early childhood educator” (ECE), or “registered early childhood educator” (RECE). ​
  • Examples of individuals who are required to become a member include:
    • Individual with a diploma in early childhood education or equivalent who is employed in licensed child care under the Child Care and Early Years Act.
    • Resource teachers who meet the registration requirements of the College and work within the defined scope of practice.
    • Home visitors employed by licensed home child care agencies to visit and monitor homes providing licensed home child care (unless otherwise approved by a director of the Ministry of Education).
    • Independent home child care providers who meet the registration requirements of the College and work within the defined scope of practice.
  • Individual who represents or holds out (expressly or by implication) that the person is a member of the College (e.g. if a member of the public would assume, in the circumstances, that the person is a member of the College).
Further Information
If you are interested in learning more about the College's registration requirements, please visit Registration FAQs.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact the College at registration@college-ece.ca.


 

 












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