Early Childhood Intervention: Module Three – The Professionals

“E” Professionals

Early Childhood Educator

Early childhood educators (ECE) hold college and/or post-secondary training in areas including early child development, curriculum and planning for young children (from infancy to age 8 years old). ECE working with children ages 6 – 8 are involved with programs outside of school. Elementary school teachers working with children in kindergarten up to grade 3 have received training in ECE.  In British Columbia,  ECE typically work in child care centers, Strong Start programs, and in general, any early childhood setting by providing direct care to children. A licensed ECE in BC is required to complete a Basic Early Childhood Education Training Program from an approved training institution. There are numerous post-secondary institutes offering approved early childhood education training programs.

Early Childhood Interventionist

Early interventionists provide consultation and support to infants, toddlers and young children who may have additional needs or are considered to be at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities.

Early interventionists work with the child’s family in a variety of settings, including home visits and consultation in support service centres. Some roles of early interventionists include setting up supported playgroups, educating parents about parenting skills and their child’s development and health, and boosting family links with local support services. They may also provide practical support in the home and provide home management advice to parents. Early interventionists play an important role in ensuring that the child’s activities are developmentally appropriate and encourage socialization and interaction with other children. They can also provide resource support to children in licensed child care programs. Early interventionists include pediatric therapists, infant development and supported child development consultants. They work with families to advocate for the rights of children with additional needs to receive additional services, including different therapies, as well as specialized equipment or respite care.

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