Fact Sheet – Child Care Worker

Last updated: December 2019

Regulated profession:

  • Child Care Worker
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
4214 Early Childhood Educator and Child Care Assistant



There are three levels of classification in Manitoba:

    • Child Care Assistant (CCA)
    • Early Childhood Educator (ECE) II
    • Early Childhood Educator (ECE) III

Classification process:

Credential assessment:

  • MELCC refers internationally-educated applicants to members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC), for the verification and assessment of academic credentials. While MELCC will accept assessments from any of the ACESC members, IQAS is the preferred assessment agency. ACESC members are not regulatory bodies. Prospective applicants must contact MELCC for details.

Language proficiency:

  • See the FAQs on the MELCC website for internationally-educated applicants
  • While there is no specific language requirement for classification purposes, to be eligible for the Early Childhood Educator/Internationally Educated Qualifications (ECE: IEQ) bridge/gap program, applicants must have a minimum English language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 7 in all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
  • To gain employment in a licensed child care facility in Manitoba applicants must demonstrate a suitably professional level of English (or, where applicable) French language proficiency.

Professional competency profiles:

  • Profession-specific competencies describe the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that workers need to competently perform their duties in the workplace.  They can provide the IEP with valuable information about his/her profession and serve as a self-assessment tool.
  • Scroll through Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care’s list of publications to locate:Best Practices Licensing Manual for Family and Group Child Care Homes – See section C1 “Personal Assessment – What are Competency Areas”.


Membership associations:

Essential skills profiles:

Job Bank provides Essential Skills Profiles for over 350 occupations.  Each profile describes how individuals apply the Nine Literacy and Essential Skills in the workplace.  The nine skills are Reading, Document Use, Writing, Numeracy, Oral Communication, Thinking, Digital Technology, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning.

To search an Essential Skills Profile:

Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:

  • To search job postings in any occupation visit:
    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated child care worker may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations working with children, youth or in education settings.  While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification (e.g. First Aid/CPR Certificate).  Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (TA)/ Educational assistants (EA)
5254 Program leaders & instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness
5252 Coaches (sports/athletic)
4412 Respite workers, home support workers (Open NOC 4412 see ‘View all titles’)
4212 Social and community service workers
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
1411 General office support workers (schools, school division offices)
6541 School crossing guard (Open NOC 6541 see ‘View all titles’)
7512 School bus driver (Open NOC 7512 see ‘View all titles’)

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.