At CUPS we change the lives of low-income and homeless Calgarians by addressing the root causes of their challenges. Using science, we address trauma, manage adversity, and build lifelong resilience that spans generations.
We are driven by our compassion for those in distress and vision to end the cycle of poverty and trauma for all Calgarians. Acting with ingenuity and collaboration, we transcend traditional models of social service & organizational management to lead the way to integrated, responsive and scientifically tested standards of practice in all we do. Honoring the dignity of our clients, partners, and each other, while holding ourselves to the highest level of professional practice and accountability, we set the stage to move from surviving to thriving for everyone who enters our organization.
CUPS is seeking an Educational Assistant who understands what it is to be present with children and recognizes the importance of building respectful and nurturing relationships to work four (4) days a week (0.6 FTE) in our One World Child Development Centre. CUPS provides early intervention programming which operates with a philosophy of providing a nurturing educational environment to help children, aged 3-6, and their families, who are living with adversity to reach their full potential.
- Provide 1-1 support for a child in CUPS CDC Pre-K
- To work collectively with classroom team to observe, assess and identify children strengthens and those who require specialized interventions
- Aware of the developmental stages of children and work collaboratively with co-workers and volunteers during activities to meet these needs in the areas of physical, cognitive, language and socio-emotional development.
- To provide guidance to the children and to utilize developmentally appropriate practices, particularly regarding discipline
- Provide support to children during daily routines, for example, dressing and toilet routines
- Provide support for challenging behaviours, for example, aggression (hitting, biting), unsafe behaviour (running, limited awareness of surroundings and personal safety)
- Responsible for the maintain classroom environment: and housekeeping practices, for example, laundry, sorting and cleaning toys.
- Organize classroom and label materials, and display students’ work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
- To bring to the Teacher’s attention any concerns relating to the health and well-being of the children, classroom functioning or policy and procedures
- Under the direction of the teachers and therapists provide one on one or small group instruction/focused activities to work on learner needs and IPP goals
- To provide general support to the classroom if the child is not in attendance on a particular day
- Attend school and classroom meetings as a team member to discuss student progress and teaching strategies.
- Other duties as assigned including monitoring and recording daily attendance, supporting children in daily routines as well as general housekeeping duties
- Develop and maintain collaborative and accountable working relations with internal CUPS colleagues to strengthen communication flow and cross-program understanding
- Provide caring, reliable, and trauma-informed care to all clients accessing CUPS to reduce barriers to service and increase community trust
- Share experience and knowledge with students, volunteers and guests interested in CUPS services to further develop CUPS social justice impact & external ambassador network
- 2-3 years of related experience working with children, experience being with special needs children is highly desirable.
- Experience working with students with ASD, ODD, Physical Disabilities, Learning Disabilities.
- A minimum of Level 2 Childcare Staff Certificate and familiarity with trauma informed practice.
- A strong team player with excellent communication skills who is motivated to help children and their peers achieve their goals.
Successful Applicants for this Position must:
· Complete a Police Information Check
· Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
*Please include both a cover letter and a resume with your application, along with your salary expectations.
Thank you for your interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Job Types: Part-time, Permanent
- Experience working with children having ASD,ODD, Physical and Learning Disabilities
- working with children: 2 years (preferred)
- Level 2 Childcare Staff Certificate (preferred)