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The Primary Teacher Pilot Program

 

The purpose of the Primary Teacher Pilot Program is to address concerns identified by child care service providers with obtaining qualified caregivers to work at their child care centre due to the long term employment and workforce impacts of COVID-19.

The Primary Teacher Pilot Program will permit child care centres to hire provincially certified primary teachers (active or retired) to fill short-term vacancies and absences. Unlike the existing Casual Caregiver Program, participating primary teachers will:

  • Be permitted to work as a single caregiver in a preschool or toddler age room;
  • Not require supervision from a qualified ECE; and
  • Not be limited to a number of consecutive working days or working days per year.


The Primary Teacher will not be assigned to a homeroom in the child care centre with:

  • children in the Infant age range; and/or
  • an individual approved under the Casual Caregiver Pilot Program.

This temporary pilot program will run until the end of 2023, at which point it will be re-evaluated based on success and the availability of qualified ECEs in the province.

A Primary Teacher is defined as an individual who holds a valid Newfoundland and Labrador teaching certificate with a professional study designation of primary/elementary or primary/elementary/secondary.

To participate in the Primary Teacher Pilot Program an individual will need to complete the online Casual Caregiver Module and the Early Childhood Learning Framework Workshop Series (4 workshops) online through AECENL. If the Primary Teacher has previously done AECENLs Preschool Orientation Course they will not need to do the Casual Caregiver Module, however they will still need to complete the Early Childhood Learning Framework Workshop Series online through AECENL. The Casual Caregiver Module and Early Childhood Learning Framework workshop series is free of charge and the Primary Teacher Registration Form for Required Professional Learning can be found on this webpage. Once the Primary Teacher Registration Form for Required Professional Learning is completed it is to be submitted by e-mail to the AECENL office at admin@aecenl.ca .  When AECENL receives the completed Primary Teacher Registration Form for Required Professional Learning the office will e-mail the applicant their personal username and password along with information required to complete the online Casual Caregiver Module and Early Childhood Learning Framework workshop series. After the individual completes the Casual Caregiver Module and Early Childhood Learning Framework workshop series, they are to print off the certificates of completion and submit the certificates to the child care centre’s Licensee/Administrator to be submitted with the child care centre’s Primary Teacher Pilot Program Application or to the regional office where the child care centre’s Primary Teacher Pilot Program Application has already been submitted.

Link to the Primary Teacher Pilot Program policies

https://www.gov.nl.ca/education/files/Primary-Teacher-Pilot-Program-Policy-Final.pdf

*THIS IS NOT NOR CAN IT BE USED FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING HOURS.