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An Aging Population Still Needs Early Childcare Professionals

29 JUN 2012
Career Path : Childcare

Canada is home to an aging population. In twenty years from now, almost a quarter of the nation’s people will be older than 65 years-old. This statistic implies several different things. For one, an older population means an increase in demand for healthcare services. Older people are more prone to acquiring both physical and mental illnesses, which correlates with a higher need for medical attention than that held by their younger counterparts.

Also, the growth of the senior demographic indirectly points to the decrease in the youth demographic. A country with less young people will affect different industries in different ways. Although studies still have to confirm speculation, one can only imagine that an older population will mean less urban sprawl, a decrease in enrollment in post-secondary schools, and less consumerism on a whole.

Despite the rise in Canada’s aging population, there is, and will likely continue to be, a very high demand in early childhood care services. Now, this may sound slightly counter-intuitive seeing as how a lower birth rate necessarily means that fewer babies are being born. And if fewer babies are being born, then there is no way that the childcare industry in twenty years from now will be any bigger than it is today. This is true. But an industry does not need to get bigger in order to stay steady.

As it is now, the childcare industry mirrors the healthcare industry as a whole insofar as it is flooded with waitlists and over-enrollment. Any early childhood assistant will tell any parent to expect some sort of obstacle that will stand in the way of enrolling their children into daycare centres without delay. Some couples put their name on a waiting list two or three years before having their child, which involves a degree of preparation that not everyone is equipped with. Others have one parent take an extended maternity or paternity leave until their child is granted placement at a childcare facility. Either way, there is a degree of parental strain suffered by those who are in need of an early childcare professional service.

Canada might be getting older, but there is no shortage of infants and children that need to be taken care of. And although health colleges and universities can expect an influx of applications for senior healthcare-related specializations, such as personal support worker courses, physiotherapy courses, pediatric care programs and the like, there is still a great need for early childhood care workers and educators.

 

Visit The National Academy of Health & Business (NAHB) for more information on early childhood college.