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)

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Who's endorsing

Footsteps Family Centre
Allama Iqbal Open University
Ryerson Student Childcare Advocacy Association
Beacon Learning Centre
Air-O-Down Child Care Centre
A Child’s World, Family Child Care Services of Niagara
Isabella Walton Childcare Centre
Global Child Care Services
Happy Face Nursery School
Centrepointe Childcare services
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
St. Stephen's Community House
Noah's Ark Childcare and Nursery
Sunshine Heights Co-op Daycare
First Adventure Child Development Centre
Bruce Peninsula Family Centre
Oak Park Co-operative Children's Centre Inc.
Bettye Hyde Cooperative Early Learning Centre
Miss Lynn ‘s Stuff 68
Thames Valley District School Board

59 endorsements

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  • endorsed via 2018-05-10 11:31:34 -0400
    I support the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter because it details our needs which are consistent with the needs of the children who are under our care, a sense of belongingness, well-being, engagement, and expression.
  • endorsed 2018-02-11 12:36:50 -0500
    1) still seen as ‘glorified babysitters’, the professional role of RECEs need to be recognised PUBLICLY; 2) colleges need to set the bar higher for quality future ECEs; 3) ‘high staff turnover’ should to be a component of regional licensing
  • Footsteps Family Centre endorsed 2018-02-02 09:59:26 -0500
  • Allama Iqbal Open University endorsed 2018-01-30 00:10:26 -0500
    I want to overview your researchers in the field of Early Childhood Education.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-29 15:32:54 -0500
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us!
  • Ryerson Student Childcare Advocacy Association endorsed 2018-01-29 15:32:21 -0500
  • Beacon Learning Centre endorsed 2018-01-17 17:27:21 -0500
  • Air-O-Down Child Care Centre endorsed 2018-01-17 09:21:24 -0500
  • A Child’s World, Family Child Care Services of Niagara endorsed 2018-01-12 15:39:00 -0500
  • Isabella Walton Childcare Centre endorsed 2018-01-11 15:23:33 -0500
  • Global Child Care Services endorsed 2018-01-11 12:04:18 -0500
  • Happy Face Nursery School endorsed 2018-01-10 15:48:38 -0500
  • endorsed 2018-01-10 15:25:08 -0500
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-01-10 14:19:41 -0500
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  • @DanaSharkey tweeted link to this page. 2018-01-10 14:19:38 -0500
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us! http://www.aeceo.ca/ontario_early_childhood_sector_decent_work_charter?recruiter_id=29526
  • Centrepointe Childcare services endorsed 2018-01-10 14:18:51 -0500
  • endorsed 2018-01-04 22:47:38 -0500
    I would like to see the Government recognize the importance of RECE’s and start treating them as valuable professionals comparable to teachers without prejudice . They deserve to get equal professional pay for the hard work they do on a daily basis. The early years are the most important years of child development. These children are the future .
  • Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care endorsed 2017-12-20 16:48:31 -0500
  • St. Stephen's Community House endorsed 2017-12-14 11:42:46 -0500
  • Noah's Ark Childcare and Nursery endorsed 2017-12-12 10:57:07 -0500
    Make a change!
  • Sunshine Heights Co-op Daycare endorsed 2017-12-12 10:56:38 -0500
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-12-10 16:36:46 -0500
    We've just endorsed the Ontario Early Childhood Sector Decent Work Charter! Please join us!
  • endorsed 2017-12-07 20:28:48 -0500
  • First Adventure Child Development Centre endorsed 2017-12-07 09:52:18 -0500
    This will provide the RECE’s working in childcare with remuneration that reflects the responsibilities and expectations for quality childcare.
  • endorsed 2017-12-01 07:42:35 -0500
  • Bruce Peninsula Family Centre endorsed 2017-11-30 13:46:04 -0500
  • Oak Park Co-operative Children's Centre Inc. endorsed 2017-11-30 13:00:40 -0500
  • Bettye Hyde Cooperative Early Learning Centre endorsed 2017-11-30 12:37:38 -0500
    We appreciate this opportunity to have our voices heard as Professionals. By working together we can hopefully get the recognition we deserve for the valuable service and expertise we offer to our communities, cities and Province.
  • Miss Lynn ‘s Stuff 68 endorsed 2017-11-30 11:36:20 -0500
  • Thames Valley District School Board endorsed 2017-11-30 10:37:52 -0500