Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)

The following characteristics concern the occupation of
Early Childhood Educator Assistants (4214.2)


Early childhood educator assistants supervise pre-school children and, under the supervision of early childhood educators, lead children in activities to stimulate and develop their intellectual, physical and emotional growth.

Note: The codes in brackets and under the Aptitudes heading are for career development specialists. Under the Interests heading, the code is in upper or lower case letters depending on the degree of importance.


Social (S)

Social persons like dealing with people. They enjoy caring for and assisting others in identifying their needs and solving their concerns. Social persons like working and co-operating with others. They prefer to be involved in work that requires interpersonal contact.

Methodical (M)

Methodical persons like to have clear rules and organized methods to guide their activities. They prefer working under the direction or supervision of others according to given instructions, or to be guided by established policies and procedures. Methodical persons like to work on one thing until it is completed. They enjoy following a set routine and prefer work that is free from the unexpected.

Directive (d)

Directive persons like to take charge and control situations. They like to take responsibility for projects that require planning, decision making and co-ordinating the work of others. They are able to give direction and instructions easily. They enjoy organizing their own activities. They see themselves as independent and self-directing.

Physical activities

Total visual field (V4)

Work activities involve the entire field of vision - Near and far vision (3) - as well as depth perception and peripheral vision.

Relevant (C1)

Colour discrimination is relevant in the performance of the work.

Verbal interaction (H2)

Work activities involve communication with colleagues, clients and/or the public on a regular basis.

Other body positions (B4)

Work activities involve body postures other than, or in addition to, Sitting (1) and Standing and/or walking (2) such as bending, stooping, kneeling and crouching.

Multiple limb co-ordination (L2)

Work activities are carried out by co-ordinating the movements of upper limb(s) simultaneously with lower limb(s).

Medium (S3)

Work activities involve handling loads between 10 kg and 20 kg.


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Data, people, things

Copying (D5)

Carrying out a set of explicit procedural/operational functions or processes based on an understanding of instructions or information necessary to perform the work.*

Serving - Assisting (P7)

Attending to the needs and requests of people or animals or the expressed and implicit wishes of people; helping and supporting other workers in the performance of tasks.

Handling (C7)

Using the body, hand tools and/or special devices to work, move or carry objects or materials. The attainment of standards or the selection of appropriate tool, object or material is not significant.

Environmental conditions

Regulated inside climate (L1)

A normal controlled environment such as an office, hospital or school.

Outside (L3)

An outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to variations in weather conditions and seasonal weather patterns.