NS colleges scale up ECE training after expansion of childcare spaces

July 19, 2021

Nova Scotia colleges are expanding their programming and offering new supports in response to the Government of Nova Scotia’s announcement that it will be creating 9,500 new childcare spaces over the next five years. Minister of early childhood education Derek Mombourquette noted the increase in early childhood educators (ECEs) will be “substantial,” but that a variety of measures have been introduced to help them reach the number, such as free tuition and books as well as bursaries. Nova Scotia Community College plans to open its doors to 300 students who are already working in the child-care sector, and will improve virtual learning opportunities and offer more classes outside of typical work hours. Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education has also announced that it is scaling up its operations and has opened 60 additional seats to meet demand. CBC (NS)