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Nova Scotia ECE wages and retention are top concerns, minister says

Early Childhood Educator Wages, Recruitment and Retention Rates in Nova Scotia Topics Expected to Dominate Upcoming Conference Agendas for Early Learning andChild Care Engagement Tables is.

“Ensuring thatearly childhood educators are fairly compensated is an urgent priority. We are working to move this forward and get more money into their hands as soon as possible," said an email attributed to Nova Scotia's Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Becky Druhan,. Read the statement.

Druhan said an update on the ECE compensation rate will be out soon, adding that "this work is decades behind."

That renewal is a boon for her ECE, like Gillian McIsaac, who still struggles to pay her bills despite advancing her education to earn her Level 2 certification. Not available immediately.

``I don't have enough money to save. I don't have enough money to plan for retirement. I know many of my colleagues who are forced to work long hours," she said.

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MacIsaac says her wages remain stagnant despite having worked in the field for more than a decade.

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The tide is coming in and we're stuck in the same place," she said. rice field.

Jillian MacIsaac is a Level 2 early childhood educator, and wages in the field have stagnated for years, she said. Alexa MacLean / Global Halifax

Druhan's email statement includes whether the government will sway from the fall timeline. was not shown. Nova Scotia is in the midst of implementing the federal government's Canada-wide Early Learning and Childcare Plan, which aims to bring childcare costs across the country down to an average of $10 a day for her by 2026.

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Part of that commitment is to add 1,500 new licensed nursery spots by the end of 2022 and reduce fees by 50%.

MacIsaac said the cent fee cuts currently in place have already led to an increase in demand in day care centers.

"It would be great if the government prioritized her ECE and her family because we need help too," she said.

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