DecentWorkFundamentalsF.pngOntario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter

The Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter has been developed by the Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO) Decent Work Taskforce as one of the components to mobilizing a collective effort to achieve greater recognition and improved compensation and working conditions for those employed in the sector.

The primary purpose of this Charter is to promote a vision for decent work within organizational cultures in the early childhood sector (child care, child and family programs, licenced home child care, full-day kindergarten, etc). This requires organizations to commit to pursuing the development of high quality jobs and the structures, policies and practices to support organizations and individuals in implementing the principles that contribute to decent work. 

When organizations commit to the principles of decent work, they are creating quality workplace environments that will in turn support the foundations that underpin individual, family and community well-being. These include the economic and social structures that promote improved child outcomes.

Values to Guide Our Action

While the Four Foundations for Learning in Ontario’s pedagogical document, How Does Learning Happen? is aimed to guide the work of professionals in their work with children and families, we believe that these four foundations are also aligned with the value of the workforce itself;

BELONGING: Recognition of staff as valued professionals          

WELL BEING: Professional Pay/Compensation

ENGAGEMENT: Professional Learning                      

EXPRESSION: Quality work environments   

Defining Decent Work

Recognition of staff as valued professionals: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources internally and externally that recognize the critical role early childhood staff perform in the delivery of quality programs.

Professional Pay/Compensation: Commitment to establish and maintain strategies to provide professional pay for professional work. 

Professional Learning: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources to support early childhood professionals in all aspects of ongoing professional learning.

Quality work environments: Commitment to establish and maintain structures and resources that promote belonging, inclusion, diversity, well-being, engagement and expression in the work environment.

As an early childhood sector employer/organization we are signing this charter to confirm our commitment to advancing policy reforms needed to improve working conditions for all. We recognize the principles of decent work as integral to achieving quality programs and services for children and their families.

As leaders in our communities we will champion practices that promote and sustain decent work, and will join with our community partners, sector networks, associations, policymakers and funders to generate collective actions that expand decent working conditions. 

(programs and organizations can officially endorse the Charter below or by emailing their endorsement to info@aeceo.ca)

Print a copy and showcase at your Centre/Organization that you've endorsed the Charter (fillable form)

Supporting Documents

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Who's endorsing

Child care solutions
Denison Child Care Services
Cindy M Green Associates
London Bridge Child Care Services Inc.
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
St. John's Christian Nursery School
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre
Childcare Resource and Research Unit
George Brown College Advocates for Early Childhood Education
Growing Together Family Resource Centre
Compass Early Learning and Care
Child & Community Resources
Comunity of Maple Child Care Services
Family Day
Caring For Kids - The Centre
Waterloo Region DECE Local (ETFO)
Among Friends C.C.C. - Christians location
The Salvation Army Parent-Child Resource Centre
Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario
Andrew Fleck Child Care Services

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  • endorsed 2017-11-13 18:14:53 -0500
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-10 13:12:52 -0500
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us!
  • Child care solutions endorsed 2017-11-10 13:12:20 -0500
  • endorsed 2017-11-10 09:13:31 -0500
  • Denison Child Care Services endorsed 2017-11-09 18:44:31 -0500
  • Cindy M Green Associates endorsed via 2017-11-09 17:46:46 -0500
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  • London Bridge Child Care Services Inc. endorsed 2017-11-09 15:51:44 -0500
  • Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario endorsed 2017-11-09 11:37:57 -0500
  • St. John's Christian Nursery School endorsed 2017-11-09 09:03:40 -0500
  • Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada endorsed 2017-11-09 01:01:46 -0500
  • Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre endorsed 2017-11-08 21:22:42 -0500
  • endorsed 2017-11-08 18:43:13 -0500
  • Childcare Resource and Research Unit endorsed via 2017-11-07 19:10:29 -0500
  • George Brown College Advocates for Early Childhood Education endorsed 2017-11-05 00:06:10 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-11-01 10:39:53 -0400
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  • Growing Together Family Resource Centre endorsed via 2017-11-01 10:39:01 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-31 12:04:02 -0400
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  • Compass Early Learning and Care endorsed 2017-10-31 11:58:36 -0400
    Last night I presented the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter to our Board of Directors. They unanimously endorsed it and signed copies individually. Thank you so much for this document that will remind us all of the many aspects of decent work for people working in the Early Childhood field.
  • Child & Community Resources endorsed 2017-10-30 15:01:02 -0400
    Congratulations AECEO!

    On behalf of the CCR team we thank you for your leadership.

    CCR is proud to support the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter today and for years to come.
  • Comunity of Maple Child Care Services endorsed 2017-10-26 12:29:02 -0400
  • Family Day endorsed 2017-10-26 10:24:51 -0400
    The Family Day board of Directors endorsed the The Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter at our board meeting yesterday evening.
  • Caring For Kids - The Centre endorsed 2017-10-25 15:56:37 -0400
  • Waterloo Region DECE Local (ETFO) endorsed 2017-10-23 20:22:15 -0400
  • Among Friends C.C.C. - Christians location endorsed 2017-10-23 20:05:20 -0400
  • The Salvation Army Parent-Child Resource Centre endorsed 2017-10-23 14:05:17 -0400
  • Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario endorsed 2017-10-22 11:19:09 -0400
  • Andrew Fleck Child Care Services endorsed 2017-10-21 23:44:47 -0400
  • endorsed 2017-10-20 22:33:29 -0400